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Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme (SCAP) (2010–2014)

The Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme, funded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre, was a large-scale, four-country research and implementation  initiative engaging the University of Botswana, the University of Mauritius, the University of Namibia and UCT. The project was aimed at promoting open access paradigms as a means of making the scholarship of Sub-Saharan researchers more visible, and was largely focused on the exploration of new affordable business models for open online scholarly publishing as well as the establishment of infrastructure such as repositories to promote open content sharing. The project had three central pillars to its project activity and institutional engagement: policy and infrastructure for open access publishing; economic aspects of open access publishing (sustainability, licensing models); and modalities for developing scholarly performance metrics.

Project outputs

Book chapter

Kell, C. & Czerniewicz, L. (2016).  Visibility of scholarly research and changing research communication practices: A case study from Namibia. In A. Esposito (Ed.) Research 2.0 and the impact of digital technologies on scholarly inquiry. Hershey: IGI Global. Available at https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/23990 

Synthesis report

Trotter, H., Kell, C., Willmers, M., Gray, E. & King, T. (2014). Seeking impact and visibility: Scholarly Communication in Southern Africa. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme synthesis report. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2310 

Reports

Czerniewicz, L., Kell, C., Willmers, M. & King, T. (2014). Changing research communication practices and open scholarship: A framework for analysis. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme report. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/9068 

Neylon, C., Willmers, M. & King, T. (2014). Rethinking impact: Applying Altmetrics to Southern African research. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme report.  Available at: 
https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2316

Swan, A., Willmers, M. & King, T. (2014). Costs and benefits of open access: A guide for managers in South African higher education. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme report. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2324 

Van Schalkwyk, F. (2014). Zero proximity: Increasing the online visibility of academics at the University of Mauritius. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme report. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2335 

Institutional briefs

Neylon, C., Willmers, M. & King, T. (2014.) Impact beyond citation: An introduction to Altmetrics. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme brief. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2314 

Neylon, C., Willmers, M. & King, T. (2014). Illustrating impact: Applying Altmetrics to Southern African research. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme brief. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2316 

Swan, A., Willmers, M. & King, T. (2014). Opening access to Southern African research: Recommendations for university managers. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme brief. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2313

Swan, A., Willmers, M. & King, T. (2014). Research publishing models: A guide for university managers. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme brief. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2315  

Institutional case studies

Trotter, H., Kell, C., Willmers, M., Gray, E. & King, T. (2014). Scholarly communication at the University of Cape Town: Case study report. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme report. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2367 

Trotter, H., Kell, C., Willmers, M., Gray, E. & Beeharry, G.K. & King, T. (2014). Scholarly communication at the University of Mauritius: Case study report. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme report. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2389 

Trotter, H., Kell, C., Willmers, M., Gray, E., Mchombu, K. & King, T. (2014). Scholarly communication at the University of Namibia: Case study report. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme report. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2378 

Trotter, H., Kell, C., Willmers, M., Gray, E. & Totolo, A. & King, T. (2014). Scholarly communication at the University of Botswana: Case study report. Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme report. Available at: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2356