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African Librarians' Newsletter: Issue 1

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Taylor & Francis African Librarians' Newsletter!

From our Johannesburg office we've been working very hard to cement links with African librarians, researchers and publishing partners. Based on our work with you, we thought we'd develop a newsletter for African Libraries that keeps you updated on the latest initiatives from T&F.

In this first issue of our Newsletter we're delighted to present Taylor & Francis' African programme which has three main strands:

  • focusing on publishing high-quality research in African Studies
  • collaborating with the South African publishers NISC and UNISA Press to combine our collective expertise by publishing and disseminating local research to an international audience
  • broadening access to our content in African libraries through local consortia and via free and low cost initiatives including our own STAR scheme and via the INASP/PERi and Research4Life Programmes

We would love you to get involved in our Newsletter by writing about your daily working life. If you would be happy to be interviewed for our Newsletter, do get in touch by contacting library@tandf.co.uk.

With best wishes,

The Taylor & Francis Africa Team:

Matt Crook - Sales Manager South Africa
Ines Ferreira - Managing Editor, Africa
Jennifer McMillan - Library Marketing Manager
Janet Remmington - Editorial Director, Africa

Contents

Working with NISC and UNISA Press

Innovative partnerships devoted to showcasing scholarship from Africa and supporting regional publishing and academic expertise

In 2007 Taylor & Francis launched our South African Publishing programme from offices in Johannesburg. Working initially with UNISA Press, and later also with NISC, we have been collaborating to combine local publishing skills and market reach with T&F's experience as a major global publisher. We have successfully worked together to boost the dissemination of 31 quality research journals based in Africa to an international audience. We also highlight the excellence of the work being produced in Africa.

All journals within the agreements, many published in collaboration with learned societies and professional associations, are provided with top quality publishing services from T&F for both the print and electronic editions. They also receive international distribution and marketing. Within Africa, discounted local rates, local publishing and local printing capacity are promoted and supported as fundamentals to both programmes.

The journal programmes covera wide range of subjects in the social sciences and humanities, and also in the natural and physical sciences. The journals in the programmes all share common characteristics in that they publish quality research, have standing amongst experts in their fields, and that they are of far-reaching interest. Additions to the programmes are considered on a selective basis.

The co-publishing partnerships were initially a leap of faith for all parties, and T&F have been delighted to have had the opportunity to work closely with the committed individuals based in both African publishing houses. Working with UNISA Press and NISC has deepened T&F's understanding of African higher education and research contexts; whilst T&F's editorial, marketing, online publishing, and production skills have been a real assistance to NISC and UNISA Press.

Mike Schramm, Publishing Manager of NISC (Pty) Ltd, is strongly supportive of the partnership, stating:
"Our ten respected journal titles from the biological, mathematical and social sciences, will see a significant expansion in the global reach of local scholarship. The partnership has given our authors and subscribers access to state-of-the-art publishing and online hosting services. Furthermore, local institutional and individual subscribers will still enjoy preferential, Rand-based subscription rates, commensurate with our lower local publishing and distribution costs."

Hetta Pieterse, Marketing Manager at UNISA Press, speaks of the arrangement as "extremely beneficial for the journals concerned and for the local academic publishing industry". T&F will be sharing a stand at the forthcoming Cape Town International Book Fair.

As with all collaborations, not everything runs smoothly all of the time but on the rare occasions where there have been issues we do our very best to identify any communications, pricing or delivery problems and rectify them immediately. We do encourage librarians and agents to be in touch with us to discuss any matters of interest or concern and you can contact your local sales manager, Matthew Crook, directly at matthew.crook@tandf.co.uk.

To find out more about our African publishing programme, visit: www.tandf.co.uk/journals/africa

Details of the 21 UNISA Press Journals covered in our programme are available at: www.tandf-unisa.com

More on the 10 titles covered via the NISC/T&F partnership is available at: www.tandf-nisc.com

Journal Cover: African Education Review Journal Cover: African Historical Review Journal Cover: Communicatio South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research Journal Cover: Muziki Journal Cover: Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies Journal Cover: African Journal of AIDS Research Journal Cover: Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Journal Cover: Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science

Developing World Programmes: INASP and Research4Life

Taylor & Francis Group is committed to the widest distribution of its journals to non-profit institutions in developing countries. Through agreements with worldwide organisations, academics and researchers in more than 110 countries can access vital scholarly material, at greatly reduced or no cost. Our goal is to help you make the most of these agreements and we wanted to highlight the following two which are important in your region.

Through an agreement between the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) and Taylor & Francis Group, eligible countries in Africa may purchase discounted nationwide online access for its network of libraries and researchers. We also partner with libraries in Asia, Latin America and the New Independent States.

INASP's work focuses on communication, knowledge and networks, with particular emphasis on the needs of developing and emerging countries. Guided by five key principles: equity, stakeholder participation, strategic partnerships, social responsibility INASP's current programme focus is the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERii). PERii works with partners to support global research communication through knowledge exchange, network building and capacity strengthening.

More information about how your library can benefit from our partnership with INASP

Taylor & Francis is also involved with the innovative Research4Life, an initiative which offers access to academic research to institutions in developing world countries for free or at significantly reduced cost depending on GDP.
It consists of three programmes: The Health Access to Research Initiative (HINARI); Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA); and Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE). Launched between 2002 and 2006 these initiatives have provided 4,500 institutions in 108 developing countries all over the world with access to over 7,000 journals from academic and professional publishers.

Find out more about the Research 4Life project

Further information about Taylor & Francis' involvement in developing world projects

Taylor & Francis' South African Round Table, 25th February 2010

Taylor & Francis' South African Round Table, 25th February 2010 Taylor & Francis' South African Round Table, 25th February 2010

February 2010 saw the first of the Taylor & Francis round table events in Johannesburg - an initiative designed to stimulate discussion within the library community and an opportunity for Southern African institutions to learn more about Taylor & Francis' publishing practices its relationship with its journal editors and authors, and its commitment to supporting regional research output. Of particular interest to those attending was the co-publishing agreements that Taylor & Francis now has with UNISA Press and NISC, and how these new partnerships have helped to promote and make accessible African journals to a wider global audience.

The venue for this inaugural event was the Wartenweiler Library, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, which provided an ideal setting for some very useful discussions. 15 librarians attended, representing 10 institutions from Durban, Bloemfontein, Botswana and the local Gauteng area. They were joined by a number of subscription agents (WWIS and SWETS), and were welcomed by representatives from Taylor & Francis' Editorial, Customer Service, Production and Sales teams. Guest speakers included Margaret Crampton from NISC, Hetta Pieterse from UNISA Press and Michael Titlestad, Editor of English Studies in Africa. Each gave valuable insight into the difficulties that small publishing operations face in ensuring the sustainability of their publications and how the alliance with Taylor & Francis is supporting regional journals and boosting research resources for African institutions now and well into the future.

The next Round Table will be held at the University of the Western Cape on Monday 2nd August, 2010. For further information please contact library@tandf.co.uk

Taylor & Francis Showcases South African Research at the London Book Fair

Taylor & Francis Showcases South African Research at the London Book Fair Taylor & Francis' South African Round Table, 25th February 2010

The volcanic ash cloud may have reduced numbers this year's LBF, but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm with which the South African market focus was received. Taylor & Francis' booth in the South African Pavilion presented a kaleidoscope of journals from and about the region, and we actively supported the South African seminar and networking events.

Our Africa programme now comprises around 60 journals and dozens of books, many of which are published in partnership with leading scholarly societies, institutions, and associations. The central components of our programme are the co-publishing agreements with UNISA Press and NISC managed out of our Johannesburg office. We are committed to promoting scholarship produced in South Africa and Africa and to supporting regional academic and publishing expertise. The Icelandic eruption certainly brought home the global and globalized nature of our existence - how ash particles travelling with the winds can ground Europe's planes and damage the rose export business in Kenya, for example. Our investments in publishing African research online and in supporting regional access initiatives are designed to boost knowledge flow.

At LBF 2010, we enjoyed engaging about South Africa's growing research output - around 30% growth in recent years - and South Africa's place as research leader on the African continent, while discussing the challenges. What would the future bring? What would the ash clouds leave in their wake? And, crucially, what effects would the upcoming World Cup have? More research to be done!

Janet Remmington, Editorial Director, Taylor & Francis South Africa

Publishers for Development Meeting: T&F Sponsors INASP Country Representatives Dinner

Publishers for Development Meeting: T&F Sponsors INASP Country Representatives Dinner

The joint ACU and INASP Publishers for Development (PfD) days on 13th and 14th May 2010 in Oxford were very successful. The meeting took the form of presentations and discussions designed to support the further development of a PfD 'think tank'.

Taylor & Francis and other representatives from the publishing industry who are involved in access initiatives, the Research4Life programme, members of the research and library community and the INASP Board of Trustees were invited to discuss the trends and current considerations around our developing country activities.

The forum is designed to improve publishers' knowledge of the context/specific needs of developing country colleagues and enable publishers' to share information about what we are already doing to improve access.

Day One offered a host of valuable presentations including :-Strengthening Research in Developing Country Universities: Some Things to Consider - John Kirkland, ACU and The Global Research Effort - Perspectives from: Africa, Asia and Latin America and was followed by a lively dinner, sponsored by Taylor & Francis.

Day Two offered opportunities for Country Coordination representatives to view the publishers' exhibition and attend meetings with publishers. Taylor & Francis enjoyed fruitful and productive meetings with representatives from Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.

Read more about the PFD initiative in Jonathan Harle (ACU) and Anne Powell 's (INASP) article in Serials, November 2009. It discusses the challenges faced by developing country researchers and the role of publishers in the dissemination of research and ideas. More information on PfD is and for full details of Taylor & Francis' host of access schemes, including involvement with INASP.

Editing a Journal: lnterview with Michael Titlestad and Colin Stoneman

Journal Cover: English Studies in Africa Journal Cover: Journal of Southern African Studies

Interview with Michael Titlestad, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Editor of English Studies in Africa) and Colin Stoneman, Editorial Coordinator of Journal of Southern African Studies.

T&F: Michael, what does it take to edit English Studies in Africa and what motivates you to do it?

MT: The editorial task falls largely to me, although I do have two associate editors who help out here and there. I perform the task on top of all of my regular teaching and research commitments: the institution within which I work makes no special allowance for my editorial activities and they are barely recognized or registered. Until affiliating with UNISA Press and Routledge (although ISI listed and accredited nationally) the journal was an in-house publication of the University, which had a minimal electronic footprint. At that point, we were responsible for all billing, subscription mailing and managing of problems and enquiries. The University proved unable to put systems in place that would alleviate these responsibilities, so I sought to affiliate first with UNISA Press and then to avail ourselves of the publishing agreement with Taylor and Francis. This affiliation means that I am now responsible for: planning the two issues a year (I am settling on a model of one special and one general issue); for dealing with unsolicited articles; for soliciting articles of sufficient quality; for managing the peer-review process (I use one international and one local scholar for each article); for overseeing revisions by writers; for finding cover images; for editing the articles and for proofreading. Particularly onerous has been the catching up the backlog on English Studies in Africa, which was two years behind schedule when I took over as editor. We caught up finally at the end of last year which was a brilliant achievement!

T&F: Being the Editorial Coordinator of Journal of Southern African Studies - what does it take to work with the journal and why do you do it?
CS: It takes a commitment of about a day a week and four editorial meetings a year. I like to stay in touch with fellow workers on southern Africa following my formal retirement.

T&F: What is it like working with Routledge?

MT: My communications are with UNISA Press, which liaises with Routledge. The local Routledge representative has been to see me, and I may be at fault for not having deployed more of the Routledge systems and opportunities (such as the production tracking system).

CS: I have always found ... T&F and Routledge pleasant and cooperative to work with. Problems are answered promptly and dealt with expeditiously. Although my contact is near the start of the process, I understand from my colleagues who deal with the later stages (delivery of MSS, sub-editing, proofing etc) that they also are happy with the relationship. Financially Routledge are understanding of our needs and respond generously.

T&F: Michael, what are the main topics covered by English Studies in Africa?

The journal is the oldest literary journal in the country and its mandate is to encourage, in the first instance, research into literary topics by African scholars, but also research into African literature by scholars across the globe. The second part of our mandate is to remain a general journal in which any research of sufficient quality can be published. The emphasis of the journal is on postcolonial and postmodern themes, African and South African literature and, more recently, on eco-criticism.

And what are the main topics covered by Journal of Southern African Studies?
CS: Southern African history, politics, anthropology, literature, geography, economics.

T&F: What do you see as being the main issues currently affecting the continent of Africa?

MT: Well, it's pretty big and diverse place to exist under a name. The main problems are literacy, health and political violence (obviously). In terms of intellectual work, there are too few universities that are linked adequately, either on a south-south axis or a south-north axis. Every effort should be made to counter African exceptionalism, to encourage African institutions to work globally and to place African intellectuals and intellectual projects alongside all others in terms of evaluating their standard or importance. There are ways in which Euro-American cultural formations own knowledge about Africa, and African constellations of thought need to both contribute to the global knowledge economy and to have their say.

CS: Currently the world crisis and its impact on peripheral areas, but more generally the subordianate relationship of Africa to metropolitan countries and the distortion of their economic policies to fit the preconceptions and commercial interests of the West. The relationship with China (and maybe India) may change much of that, but will raise new and possibly similar problems.

T&F: Why is African scholarship important?

MT: Why is European scholarship important? All scholarship is equally important. The world is not some giant hydraulic unit in which Africans press back against the world. The binaries do not hold. Africans have always been closer to the centre than Europeans imagine.

CS: Because it lays the basis for better policy- cultural, social and economic in the continent.

T&F: How do you find engaging with African researchers and is there anything T&F can do to improve this relationship?

MT: Increase internet access to T&F journals in a variety of African countries and contexts. Keep the differential pricing of journals in place so that they are cheaper for African markets. Encourage all journals to balance African and international peer-reviewing and publication. Foster, wherever possible, African research networks that are demonstrably productive and which emphasise postgraduate student development. Encourage African universities to recognise the importance of editorial functions performed by their staff.

CS: This is an issue we are paying increasing attention to in terms of mentoring younger academics, understanding special needs of researchers lacking adequate resources and helping them improve their submissions. We are investing money in the ASAUK writing workshop programme. T&F support in this respect will be appreciated.

Impact Factor Highlights - Africa-related Journals

  • 49% of Africa-related titles (co)published by Taylor & Francis are indexed by Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI).
  • 8 Africa-related journals in our portfolio have received their first Impact Factor in the 2009 JCR* and 3 more titles are expected in the 2010 JCR.**
  • African Journal of Marine Science is ranked 38/88 in the Marine & Fresh Water Biology JCR category - top ranked African Journal.
  • 3 other titles are indexed in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index.
  • Journal of Southern African Studies is ranked an impressive 18/44 in the Area Studies JCR Category.

* Education As Change
Language Matters: Studies In The Languages Of Africa
African Journal of Aids Research
Quaestiones Mathematicae
Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Southern Forests: A Journal of Forest Science
African Studies
South African Geographical Journal

** African Journal of Aquatic Science
African Journal of Range & Forage Science
Development Southern Africa

Journal Cover: Education As Change Journal Cover: Language Matters : Studies In The Languages Of Africa Journal Cover: African Journal of Aids Research Journal Cover: Quaestiones Mathematicae Journal Cover: Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies Journal Cover: Southern Forests: A Journal of Forest Science Journal Cover: African Studies Journal Cover: South African Geographical Journal Journal Cover: African Journal of Aquatic Science

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