[EIFLoa] Open Access Publishing in Africa: Free EIFL-OA – BioMed Central online workshop
iryna.kuchma at eifl.net
Mon Oct 10 18:43:55 EEST 2011
*Open Access Publishing in Africa: Free EIFL-OA – BioMed Central online
*Friday, 21 Oct 2011*
*Duration: 13:00 – 13:30 GMT
Registration is free, but required*. RSVP by Thursday, October 20, at
iryna.kuchma at eifl.net.
Are you interested to know more about the state of open access in Africa and
how open access can benefit the continent? Would you like to hear more
details about BioMed Central's activities to support open access in Africa?
Please join us for a conversation.
The guest speaker will be: Calum Land, BioMed Central.
Calum Land will review the state of open access in Africa, will talk on how
open access can benefit Africa and will present the open access journals
relevant to Africa. Calum will also share what BioMed Central is doing to
support open access in Africa: a Waiver scheme, Foundation Memberships and
Open Access Africa conference. There will be time for questions and answers.
*How to register*
To register your interest in attending the workshop, please email
iryna.kuchma at eifl.net by Thursday, October 20, stating your name, email
address, job title, country, and your EIFL role if you have one.
The session is open to anyone to attend but places are limited. If it is
oversubscribed, priority will be given to participants from EIFL partner
*How you participate*
Once your place is confirmed, you will receive a URL and password for the
session. All you will need is an internet-connected computer with sound (and
maybe headphones if you are in a busy room).
To check if your computer will be able to access the session successfully,
please go to www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest
Abuot BioMED Central
BioMed Central <http://www.biomedcentral.com/>– a STM (Science, Technology
and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model
– publish 221 peer-reviewed open access journals. Over 4,500 articles by
researchers from African institutions have been published in these journals.
BioMed Central operates a waiver scheme
<http://www.biomedcentral.com/info/authors/oawaiverfund>that enables authors
to publish their research without incurring the article-processing charges:
an automatic waiver is provided to authors based in low-income or
BioMed Central has recently launched a new free membership
qualifying universities and research institutions in low-income countries.
Foundation Membership enables institutions to demonstrate their support for
open access publishing and offers a range of benefits, which will enhance
the visibility of the institution’s research output. Institutions are
eligible to become Foundation Members if they are located in a country
covered by BioMed Central’s Open Access Waiver
have an official institutional policy in support of open access, and have
published at least five papers in BioMed Central open access journals within
the last three years.
Open Access Africa
now in its second year, will bring together researchers, librarians and
funding bodies to discuss the benefits of open access publishing in an
African context. Hosted by BioMed Central, in partnership with Computer Aid
International, the conference will take place on 25 - 26 October 2011 at
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
EIFL Open Access Programme Manager
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