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Summary of the African Journal Partnership Program (AJPP) Annual Review and Planning Meeting 2017

The annual meeting of the African Journal Partnership Project (AJPP) was held on May 24-25, 2017, in San Diego, California, following the annual meeting of the Council of Science Editors. The theme of this year’s meeting was Open Science: Access, Transparency, Data Sharing and Reproducibility, and the information-packed two days offered a variety of detailed presentations and engaged discussions to further explore the challenges and opportunities facing the AJPP journal teams. Patricia Brennan from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) opened the meeting with a keynote address on open science. Dr. Brennan offered an overview of the NLM and its structure, resources and activities, tools and databases, and how these serve the mission of providing public access to science and research, which together accelerate further research and public policy. The tools and databases of the NLM, e.g., PubMed and PubMed Central, are of interest and importance to the AJPP journals, their growth and discoverability. There were additional presentations on the topics of “public access journals” and “open access journals” by representatives from sponsoring partners that gave insight into the industry definitions of both access models (and how these relate to the access models of the AJPP journals), how Open Access is managed at Taylor & Francis and the BMJ, and the mechanics of article processing charges (author fees for open access articles). There was lively discussion on this topic and all presenters gave the journal teams much to consider in reviewing their respective models and options for change. Following the […]

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