Academic & Professional Publishing and South Africa

 A one - day seminar, developed by STM and PASA, bringing together international and local representatives of government, academia and scholarly publishing. Sponsored by DALRO

08:30 - 09:10

09:10 - 09:30

Coffee and Registration

Welcome from Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director, PASA

and from the Chairs

Karen Bruns, Research Africa

Michael Mabe, International Association of STM Publishers


09:30 - 11:00


09:30 - 10:15

Session 1. South Africa Research Environment

Keynote. Mclean Sibanda, The Innovation Hub


10:15 - 11:00


Moderator: Robert Kriger, National Research Foundation (NRF)

Wieland Gevers, Academy of Science of SA (ASSAF) 

A broad-based programme to enhance scholarly publishing in and from South Africa

The 'Academy of Science of South Africa' (ASSAF) is the country's national academy for all empirical disciplines. Its scholarly publishing programme (SPP) takes as its point of departure the extensive evaluations of South African journal- and book-based publication outputs released as consensus reviews in 2006 and 2009, respectively. The programme includes improvement-directed, discipline-grouped  peer review of scholarly journals published locally; a code of best practice in editing and peer review; national forums for journal editors and scholarly book publishers; a free-online, fully indexed e-publishing platform (scielo-sa collection); and  a free-online writing course.


The Humanities and the Return of the Manuscript in South Africa?- Implications of the Charter for the Humanities and Social Sciences on Academic Publishing

Ari Sitas is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town and the Director of the Ministerial Team for the Charter of the Humanities and Social Sciences; he is also a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and, a Guest Professor at the Albert-Ludvigs University of Freiburg



11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break


11:30 - 13:00

Session 2. Academic & Professional Publishing in South Africa

Moderator: Veronica Klipp , Wits University Press

Mike Schramm, Publishing Manager, NISC

A South African perspective on the scholarly journals of learned societies: history, status, trends and future prospects. A background to journal publishing by  local professional, scholarly societies is presented, summarising the history and current status of this form of publishing. Case studies of selected titles are used to highlight particular challenges of society journal publishing and to speculate on possible future trends.


The scholarly publishing landscape in South Africa: challenges and opportunities

Jeremy Wightman, Publishing Director, HSRC Press


The changing transactional environment of Academic and Professional publishing in South Africa in the context of building a knowledge economy.
Lynne Du Toit, CEO, Juta & Company


13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30



14:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30



Session 3. Academic & Professional Publishing Internationally


Overview, Michael Mabe, STM



Moderator: David Green, Global Journals Publishing Director for Taylor and Francis Group


Being a college textbook publisher in Southern Africa

Marian Griffin, heads the Oxford University Press Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd business unit for Higher Education and Trade

The higher education textbook market in South Africa is tiny, mainly focused on undergraduate students, and held back by challenges such as the nature of secondary school graduates, and lack of financial resources. Nevertheless,

it is a vital industry in which local and international publishers are finding a place for their materials and contributing towards the delivery of appropriate education for those who will, hopefully, join Southern African economies as productive, skilled graduates.


This presentation will provide statistics and insights into the Higher Education sector and the role of international and local publishers.


Mayur Amin, Elsevier

Graham Taylor, Publishers Association




15:30 - 16:00 Tea & coffee break


16:00 - 17:00

Session 4. Open Access, a debate

Academic publishing over the last decade and more has been dominated by debates about open access.  Open Access owes its origins to the open source software movement and seeks to make scholarly and professional material freely available to all. The challenge is how to do this in a sustainable manner.


This debate will focus on what Open Access is, how it can be implemented, and the differences that still remain between proponents and publishers.


 16:00 - 16:15


16:15 - 17:00



The essentials of OA, Carlo Scollo Lavizzari, STM


Wim van der Stelt, Springer

Dr Reggie Raju, Stellenbosch

T. Scott Plutchak, Medical Librarian UAL

Bob Campbell, Wiley

and interventions by delegates from the floor








Close, Karen Bruns


17:05 - 18:00

Drinks, sponsored by Taylor & Francis


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