John Butler-Adam, Susan Veldsman and Ina Smith

John Butler-Adam is currently editor-in-chief of the South African Journal of Science and consultant to the University of Pretoria. Previously, he was the South African program officer for the Ford Foundation for seven years. Susan Veldsman is the director of the Scholarly Publishing Unit at the Academy of Science of South Africa. Ina Smith is the SciELO planning manager at the academy.

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In South Africa, OA is a Necessity, Not a Nicety

Individual academics and institutions have driven the open access process in South Africa. This bottom-up approach has its merits, argue John Butler-Adam, Susan Veldsman and Ina Smith, but a push from the top is needed to ensure that the nation stays on track.

8 years ago