OASPA Webinar: Open Access Publishing in the Global South

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What is the current state of open access publishing in different parts of the Global South? What are the particular challenges posed by open access publishing in this region, and what is the future of open access publishing in the Global South? How can open access journals in the Global South ensure they are recognised as legitimate and quality publishing channels within a global scholarly communication system?

In this one-hour webinar, Ina Smith (Academy of Science of South Africa), Abel Packer (SciELO), and Xin Bi (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) compare and contrast open access publishing in three regions across the Global South: South Africa, Latin America, and China. Lars Bjørnshauge (DOAJ) will moderate the discussion.

As with all previous webinars, this webinar is open to anyone based at an OASPA member organisation, and we welcome your participation and questions to the panel. If you aren’t able to join live, the webinar is being recorded and made available to registrants after the event, so do sign up even if you are not able to join us in real-time. Our thanks to the Copyright Clearance Center, who are once again hosting the webinar.


Ina Smith, Academy of Science of South Africa


Ina Smith is currently preparing for further studies on the adoption of open access publishing in the Global South, with specific emphasis on Africa. She is currently employed as a planning manager at the Academy of Science of South Africa, where she is working on a DST/ASSAf/ICSU/CODATA project for an African Open Science Platform, and is a DOAJ Ambassador for the southern Africa region. In 2014 she received the LIASA President’s Acknowledgement for Exceptional Contribution (2014), in 2011 she was a Runner-up in the international EPT Award for Open Access, and in 2016 she was awarded LIASA Librarian of the Year. She holds a Masters’ Degree from the University of Pretoria in Computer-Integrated Education, a Higher Education Teaching Diploma, and an Honours Degree in Library and Information Science.

Abel Packer, SciELO


Abel Packer is Director of the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) Program of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Project Coordinator at the Foundation of the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil, since June 2010. Previously, he was Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences (BIREME) of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization for 11 years. He participated pro-actively in the conception, management, operation and dissemination of major Latin American and Caribbean multilingual scientific information networks, such as the Latin American Population Documentation System (DOCPAL), the Virtual Health Library (VHL) and the Scientific Electronic Library Online network that publishes currently about 1000 journals through national collections from 15 countries most from Latin American in addition to Portugal, Spain and South Africa.

Xin Bi, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University 


Dr. Xin Bi has been University Librarian in Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) since August 2007. At XJTLU, Xin has established the Library, Museum, Campus Bookstore and an ACCA examination Centre for the university with his team. In his capacity as University Librarian, he was a lecturer of Computer and Communication Skills from 2008 to 2012 and the acting head of Brand and Marketing Office from 2012 to 2014. He has been active in research since 2014 as the Research Associate in the Institute of Leadership and Educational Advanced Development of XJTLU since 2014. He also currently serves as Editor and China Ambassador of DOAJ in China, and is a board member of Asia (Pacific) Library Advisory Boards for several international publishers.

Lars Bjørnshauge, DOAJ


Lars Bjørnshauge is the Managing Director and founder of the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals). From 2012-2016, he was the SPARC Europe Director of European Library Relations, and previously he was the Director of Libraries at Lund University, Sweden (2001-2011), the Deputy Director and the Acting Director of the Technical Information Center of Denmark Technical University of Denmark (1992-2000), and President of the Danish Research Library Association (1992-1994). He was the first Vice-President of the Swedish Library Association (2005-2011), and is currently a Board Member of OASPA (2012- Present). He is also the co-founder of Infrastructure Services for Open Access, co-founder of OpenDoar,  the Directory of Open Access Repositories, and co-founder of the Directory of Open Access Books.

作者: Xin BI

University Librarian (BEng, Msc, Ph.D, FHEA)

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