Open access (42) Open access in Africa (3) Universities discriminate against open access

10 August, 2019

Neil, thank you for your answers to William Nwagwu's posting.

You asked, 'It would be interesting to know more about perceptions of open-access across African universities and research institutions. Is there any evidence of active discrimination against open-access?' - Well, Yes, at least in one of my postings so far, I said that at the OA Conference organised by BMC in Kumasi Ghana in 2011, one of the main revelations was speaker after speaker lamenting that Appointment and Promotions Committees in African universities discriminate against OA journal articles, and that penalises staff in the Publish or Perish culture. Articles in OA journals are rated lower than those in traditional journals and are given less scores. I doubt if that has changed in some of these universities.

Joseph Ana.

HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

Email: jneana AT