Publishing in the Open: Exploring pathways for open access publishing

19 – 23  September 2016

Dr Maha Bali, American University in Cairo, Egypt
Associate Professor Laura Czernierwicz, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town, South Africa

Please join us today for the webinar for Publishing in the Open: Exploring pathways for open access publishing at 1 pm (SAST) This is in the following time zones: Accra 11 am / Abuja 12 noon / Cape Town 1 pm / Nairobi 2 pm. To join: 1) Access the e/merge Africa Adobe Connect Room 2) Choose Log in as guest (usually default option) 3) Provide name and surname and click Log in to room

Format: There will be one 1 hour online session on Tuesday 20 September at 1:00 pm (SAST) (Please sign up separately for this event using the form below) and asynchronous discussion from 19-23 September.

Why should scholars from developing countries consider publishing their work Open Access? For some, there is an ethical imperative for scholars in the developing world to seek open access publishing for their work to enhance access to others in developing countries. For others, open access can improve readership of their own work. What are the barriers that prevent scholars from going the Open Access route? There are various pathways to open access publishing, which can be confusing and it is not always clear how to best benefit from the potential of open access while maintaining important standards of scholarly quality and becoming recognized as a serious scholar in one’s field. During this week, we hope to respond to participant questions and concerns about open access publishing and offer a variety of pathways to explore. We will do this via asynchronous discussions and a live interactive session. Please sign up using the form below

 Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz on Open Access Publishing:

Dr. Maha Bali on Open Access Publishing

Dr. Maha Bali is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning & Teaching at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She is a full-time faculty developer and also teaches creative educational game design to undergrads. Maha Bali is a co-founder of, co-founder & co-facilitator of Edcontexts, editor of journal Hybrid Pedagogy and blogger at Prof Hacker. She is also International Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab.
She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield in the UK, and believes very strongly in critical/interpretive approaches to social research, especially participatory approaches such as collaborative autoethnography. She tweets a lot @bali_maha and blogs at
Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz has a long history engaging with open scholarship, open access and open education in higher education. She is the director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Prior to that, she headed OpenUCT, a three-year Mellon funded initiative which culminated in an institutional repository designed to share both research and teaching resources, an enabling institutional open access policy, Guidelines supporting open access and research outputs. She blogs intermittently at and can be followed as @czernie on Twitter.


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