Visibility, quality and empowerment: the Journals Online Project at INASP

Sioux Cumming, INASP

Abstract


The role of the Internet in the dissemination of scholarly research is now accepted, and research is easily available from offices, libraries and Internet cafes. However, there is still a significant divide between the experiences of those in the more affluent, developed countries, and those in less affluent, less developed countries. Computers and Internet connectivity are less accessible even within the university environment and ability to pay for journal subscriptions is limited. INASP, through its PERii programme has done much to support access academic research from international publishers, but perhaps less well known is its support for the dissemination of research and journals produced within the less developed countries. While some of the local research is published in international journals, much of it is of more interest and relevance to a local or regional audience and is published in indigenous journals which are usually print only, and have a very limited circulation.

The Journals Online (JOLs) project supports peer-reviewed journals from developing and emerging countries to publish their journals online, so that researchers can access knowledge or contribute their own articles. The aim is to put research from developing and emerging countries firmly on the international map. In partnership with PKP, six JOLs have been developed since 1998, leading to a significant increase in the international visibility of local research. The experience of developing these JOLs, and their use will be examined.

Key words: Journals Online; JOLs; INASP; PERii; local research