Tag Archives: Publishing

Next Golden Baobab Prize Season Opens in 2016

Deborah Ahenkorah (video link, another video), a 2015 Grinnell Prize winner, founded Golden Baobab in 2008 in Accra to encourage the creation, production and distribution of high-quality, culturally relevant children’s literature by Africans for Africans. Golden Baobab is a non profit organization registered in Ghana. From Golden Baobab Wednesday, 20 May 2015 (News): 2015 marks the 7th anniversary of the Golden Baobab […]

Open access breakthrough for South Africa’s Rising Star discovery

On September 10, 2015 a new species of extinct Homo was published, H. naledi. Our genus has only one living species, H. sapiens (humans), but we know of a few extinct cousins from fossil remains. Such finds are exciting because, among other things, they are the rarest of all fossil finds. Berger et al. 2015. “Homo naledi, a new […]

Models for publishing in African Studies

A guest post on Ton Dietz‘s blog (“Publish or Perish in African Studies: new ways to valorize research” posted on September 14, 2015 by fennekenveldkamp) offers a nice summary of African and western, as well as academic and publisher perspectives on the current status and range of publishing models. Dietz is Director of the African Studies Centre in Leiden, The Netherlands. This […]

Scholarly societies hold key to open access

Banks, Marcus. 2015. “Open Access Publishing: What it is and how to sustain it.” American Libraries 46(9/10):59-61. The article is a brief summary of the current (probably unsustainable) academic author/journal publisher/scholarly society/university library ecosystem or economy. My favorite quote from the article comes from Cameron Neylon, formerly of PLOS: “Scholarly societies hold the key to the […]

Elsevier further restricts author rights

From the Duke University Libraries blog on scholarly communications: Stepping back from sharing MAY 4, 2015 KEVIN SMITH, J.D. The announcement from Elsevier about its new policies regarding author rights was a masterpiece of doublespeak, proclaiming that the company was “unleashing the power of sharing” while in fact tying up sharing in as many leashes as […]

Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2015

By Jeffrey Beall, January 2, 2015 [via Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch]. Each year at this time I formally release my updated list of predatory publishers. Because the list is now very large, and because I now publish four, continuously-updated lists, this year’s release does not include the actual lists but instead includes statistical and explanatory […]

African Studies in the Digital Age. DisConnects?

I’m shamelessly plugging this book, not only as a contributor, but because it addresses important changes for scholarship and publishing in and relating to Africa. It begins shipping this week and was launched at the ASAUK Conference earlier in September (programme available). There’s a preview with selected contents available in Google Books (and preprints of some chapters are available […]