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7 August, 2019

Re: authors not self-archiving their work, the reasons Neil quoted from the Smith et al article seem to be spot-on: 'Many reasons could explain this behaviour, such as a lack of knowledge of journals’ self-archiving policies, lack of appropriate user-friendly self-archiving platforms, lack of time or general unawareness of the advantages of green OA (i.e. such as increased impact). Researchers may think that publication in traditional closed (paywalled) journals are sufficient because of initiatives such as HINARI, which provide a certain level of free or low cost access to research for LMIC researchers.'

I would add another reason: there are no incentives to do so. When you work for an institution that already grants you access to scientific knowledge and you have a lot of other demands on your time, this may not come to your mind. And even if it does, it may not be a top priority.

The important function of HIFA and other platforms that connect researchers around the world is to illuminate these challenges. Especially with the recent move of the University of California to end its Elsevier subscription (, this topic has been highlighted in the press. Have any of you seen opinion articles about some of the nuances of this issue, such as self-archiving? I suspect that young researchers and new faculty would be especially interested in making this a core part of their publishing process if we were able to elevate it in the public consciousness.



HIFA profile: Amelia Plant is the Portfolio & Impact Manager at Preston-Werner Ventures, a San Francisco-based foundation looking to create scalable impact at the intersection of climate change and social justice. Amelia specializes in sexual reproductive health and rights, focusing on family planning information & access. She is currently based in Cairo, Egypt. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Family Planning and the HIFA wg on Community Health Workers.