This poster was presented at the 12th ELPUB Conference, Toronto, Canada June 25-27 2008 with the theme: Open Scholarship: Authority, Community and Sustainability in the Age of Web 2.0.
openUP houses the e-print collection of peer reviewed and published research articles/papers by staff, students and other affiliates of the University of Pretoria. The purpose of this collection is to make the University’s research visible and accessible to the entire international research community, in accordance with the philosophy and practice of Open access as well as the copyright policies of the publishers. The purpose of this poster is to report on progress made in a project to manage copyright and Open Access (OA) at the openUP Office of the University of Pretoria. The openUP office has successfully negotiated archiving policies for 219 journal titles - from mostly South African publishers. Feedback from the South African publishers indicates that 47% support Open access and are willing to allow the archiving of the published PDF version. The openUP Office plays an important role in promoting Open access and influencing publishers to either adjust or develop copyright archiving policies.
Comments by delegates: "Very impressive and progressive initiative at the University of Pretoria! This is an important moment in the history of scholarly communication and it is great to see the University of Pretoria taking a leadership role" - Leslie Chan (ELPUB 2008 Chair, University of Toronto Scarborough); "Very good to see so much uptake of scholarly content in the University of Pretoria repository in such a short time! The research on South African journal permission policies is just the kind of thing we need to do in Canada" - Diego Argáez (Research Officer, Canadian Association of Research Libraries) Poster: The colour image was originally created in CorelDraw and converted to pdf format with Adobe PDF. Brochure: Originally created in MS Word and CorelDraw and converted to pdf format with Adobe PDF.