Andries van Aarde – (AOSIS)
Andries van Aarde was Professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria for 25 years. Subsequently he was honorary professor from 2009 to 1015 and senior research fellow in the Unit of the Advancement of Scholarship of the University of Pretoria. He is currently Senior Research Fellow in the Dean’s office. He obtained three doctoral degrees, DD, PhD and D Litt. He is Chief Editor of AOSIS Scholarly Books, Editor-in-Chief of an open access Web of Science ISI accredited journal, Member of ASSAf’s Committee of Scholarly Publications in South Africa, Member of the DHET’s Specialist Panel for the evaluation of Books and Conference Proceedings, and a NRF rated scholar.
Scholarly Books: Open Access, The New Frontier
The Department of Higher Education and Training’s subsidy on research outputs for public higher education institutions (PHEI’s) plays an important role in research funding in South Africa. Research outputs from PHEI’s is leaning heavily towards journal articles, but recent amendments to the Research Outputs Policy 2015 placed greater weight on scholarly books. It is important to understand the implications of these policy changes as it creates many opportunities for scholarly books.The traditional scholarly book publishing model is dependent on book sales, which comes with certain disadvantages, limiting its ability to upscale publishing output. The open access publishing model can overcome these limitations and has other distinct advantages for the scholarly community, notably higher impact of research. The open access model can also be delivered within the same quality parameters as the traditional model, but it requires financial planning and commitment from PHEI’s to realise its full potential.The advantages, opportunities, challenges and practical implementation of the open access publishing model for scholarly books shall be presented and discussed.
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