The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for Science for Africa Foundation (SFA Foundation), those whom it funds and its sponsors, to ensure that all research and associated data are made freely available to others, and to ensure that research resulting from SFA Foundation funding is optimised for the benefit of those who produce it — not for its monetisation by the publisher — and for the greater advancement of science.
Open Access (OA): Refers to free, unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. OA content is open to all immediately upon publication, with no access fees.
Research Data: The recorded factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings.
Research Findings: The principal output of a research project.
The intention of SFA Foundation is to ensure that the research it sponsors is made available for others to reproduce, extend, refute, confirm, etc., to ensure maximum impact of SFA Foundation’s investment. Maximising the distribution of research data and research findings, by providing free, immediate online access, is the most effective way of ensuring that the research can be shared, read and built upon.
SFA Foundation supports open and unrestricted access to the published output of its funded innovations and research. To do so, SFA Foundation will provide grant holders with a budget allocation for Article Processing Charges (APCs) for publishing work Open Access with the following constraints:
SFA Foundation is opposed to the limitation of scientists and technologists to access recent research findings, as well as reference materials and databases, by requiring subscription for access.
3.3 Open Research Africa (ORA)
Open Research Africa (ORA), serviced by F1000, is the publishing platform sponsored by the SFA Foundation. It offers SFA Foundation-affiliated researchers the opportunity to publish their work immediately, with transparent peer review on a platform that is fully and immediately accessible and accepts varied research outputs. Those eligible for submission of work to ORA include any researcher or student who receives or has received funding from the SFA Foundation, SFA Foundation Fellows, SFA Foundation Affiliates, SFA Foundation professional staff or any researcher affiliated with an ORA partner organization. The APCs for these SFA Foundation-associated authors will be paid by SFA Foundation through the mechanisms in 6.3 below.
Further, authors associated with ORA “Gateway Partners” also qualify to publish on Open Research Africa under the terms established between the Partner organisation and F1000. SFA Foundation does not provide funds for or facilitate payment of the APCs of these authors.
Open Research Africa publishes submissions, after ethical and technical checks, prior to peer review. Once the research passes peer review, it is indexed on PubMed, Google Scholar, SCOPUS and all other major indexes.
Outputs that are eligible for submission to ORA include traditional research articles, methods, datasets, case reports, null findings and/or any output that can be subjected to critical review by peers.
Related policies: Policy on Undertaking and Acceptance of Grants
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