Open Access (17) A Systems Approach to Open Access Journals and Author Publication Charges (2)

30 July, 2019

Dear Sam,

Thanks for your timely insights. Building on a nice phrase for Pamela "OA is a philosophy, not a business model", I am very keen to explore answers to a question like "How do we convert a philosophy into a business model?" Limitations in LMICs go beyond lack of open publishing but constraints imposed by academic preferences as opposed to satisfying contextual knowledge development expectations. In that vein, journals are sufficient in promoting OA as long as knowledge is validated through citations, which do not exist in most developing countries. I have expanded this conversation in this direction:

Waving from a chilly Harare,

Charles Dhewa

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