Many universities across the world have started embracing Open Access publishing of research produced by staff and students to improve access to peer-reviewed knowledge. This is particularly important for research that is meant to bring solutions to communities. Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is not being left behind as this movement of Open Access publishing sweeps through universities.
On Thursday, 31 October 2019, the MUT library commemorated the International Open Access Week with presentations on usage and advantages of Open Access.
The MUT Library Services Senior Director, Dr Nthabiseng Mosala-Bryant told the audience that Open Access would pave the way for the internal repository which would save the University money. “The whole Ebscohost suite is R3 million per year,” said Dr Mosala-Bryant.
Dr Mosala-Bryant told the audience that Open Access makes research widely accessible to the public making the application of findings more likely. This means that research that is meant to solve societal issues is easily accessible to those that needs it. Dr Mosala-Bryant also went on to warn the audience about predatory publishers that take advantage of the Open Source movement by charging exorbitant publishing fees, requiring transfer of copyright and offering optional fast track fee-based review.
Lindiwe Khumalo, Institutional Repository Librarian at the University of KwaZulu-Natal presented on her university’s research data repository named Yobelana.
Dr Anette Meanie, Director of the Research Directorate at MUT, used the platform to congratulate MUT rated-researchers. She encouraged more researchers to apply for rating.