Scholarly Kitchen: Connecting Sustainable Development, Publishing Ethics, and the North-South Divide (9)

19 February, 2022

Thank you all for keeping this issue alive. I guess it started by discussing the motivations of authors to publish or “perish” then to OA. Authors publish to get recognized and promoted, at least in Jordan. When it comes to OA and APC, this morning I read the “Nature” piece which I love so much, especially that notion that authors from LMICs cannot afford payment so they are deterred from publishing. More interesting is that “Elsevier” declined to comment on the figures. Open-access publishing fees deter researchers in the global south (

Best regards. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji

HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.

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