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Discussion: “Open Access Scholarly Publication in Northern African Countries: Challenges and Opportunities” with Kamel Belhamel, University of Bejaia (Open Access Week Event) (virtual)
October 27, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
At this virtual event, Kamel Belhamel, faculty of technology at the University of Bejaia, Algeria, will join us to talk about achieving open access for scholars in northern African countries. His analysis considers many factors involved in the challenge, including language, local versus international journals, open access funding, infrastructure, policy, and more.
The term “open access” refers to free, unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. Open access content is open to all, with no access fees. In short, open access returns us to the values of science. Open access to scientific information and educational resources is becoming more and more necessary in the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the demand for scientific articles and references is increasing considerably.
Northern African scientists and scholars face many constraints to their access to scientific information, including increases in journal subscription fees, a lack of reliable technical infrastructure, and uneven competencies in university libraries. Additionally, a lack of awareness of the benefits of open access affects the impact and visibility of these scholars’ and scientists’ information.
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Find out more about Open Access Week 2021: It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.
Organized by the University Libraries. Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.