Open Access Publishing: How to avoid the web of predatory publishers

  • DATE

    21 October

  • TIME

    14:00 - 15:00


    Webinar via Blackboard Collaborate

The Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria cordially invites you to a webinar on Open Access Publishing: How to avoid the web of predatory publishers, as part of a series of webinars themed Shifting the boundaries of your research impact.

This presentation will provide an overview of open publishing for academics and potential postgraduate authors. It will provide some useful tips and resources on where to publish and how to avoid being caught up in the “web of predatory publishers”.

Presenter: Ms Denise Nicholson

Denise Rosemary Nicholson (BA HDipLib (UNISA), LLM (WITS)) is currently the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).  She has served 38 years in various library posts, including 24 years in copyright, open access and scholarly matters. She is recognised internationally and locally for her advocacy of access to knowledge, open access and copyright awareness. Since 1998 she has led a campaign for more balanced national copyright laws. In 1998 and 2000, she convened two copyright task teams, mandated by SAUVCA and the CTP (predecessors of Universities South Africa (USAf)), that challenged and prevented two proposals to amend the copyright law by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which were too restrictive and had negative implications for the library and education sectors. Since 2014, she has contributed to the current amendment process by engaging with the DTI, presenting at workshops, making various submissions on the Copyright Amendment Bill, presenting at the Parliamentary hearings in August 2017 and working with IFLA, ICA, EIFL, AFLIA, LIASA, CHELSA to promote and support the Bill. She is an active member of various international and local copyright committees and projects.  She served several terms on IFLA CLM and is currently an expert advisor for CLM, LIASA and USAf.  She served a few terms on the Legal Deposit Committee and has recently been re-appointed for another term on NCLIS, both of which are advisory bodies to the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture. She has presented at many conferences around the world, has many publications and provides an online information service to over 8000 subscribers globally.  She has received a number of prestigious awards for her work and professional contribution in South Africa and abroad.

Target audience: All students and staff

Registration: Please click here 

Moderator and enquiries: Dr Johann van Wyk

Other webinars in this series include:

  • Altmetrics
  • Bibliometrics
  • Open Access publishing and Article Processing Charges
  • Open Access: how to upload theses and dissertations to UPSpace
  • How to upload datasets onto the UP Research Data Repository (Figshare)
  • Researcher Profiles and Tools to enhance research impact.




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