n Mousaion - South African scholars' and commercial publishers' perceptions of open access sources

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



This paper examines the fact that commercial publishers in the digital environment have introduced licences to govern licensed digital content; scholars believe that the introduction of licences to govern licensed digital content favours the interest of commercial publishers and may result in reduced access to information. Among the possible solutions found is to promote initiatives aimed at giving free access to digital information; this is known as "open access". This paper analyses, from a South African perspective, scholars' and corporate rights holders' perceptions of open access sources. The paper examines whether scholars' use of open access sources has influenced the use of licensed digital content and whether it is possible for the open access sources to act as surrogates to licensed digital information. The paper discusses the reasons for the possible failure of the open access sources, and proposes measures that should be implemented to allow open access sources to excel in the digital environment.

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