Cite as:

Okune, Angela, Sulaiman Adebowale, Eve Gray, Angela Mumo, and Ruth Oniang'o. 

‘Perspectives on Open Access in Africa.’ March 25, 2020. Distributed by Research Data Share Archive.


This essay offers perspectives on the politics of Open Access publishing, paying particular attention to the potential effects a mandate like Plan S could have on the sociotechnical publishing systems on the continent. The essay includes a recorded discussion with scholars, activists and local publishers from the continent thinking together about how such policies might impact them and their colleagues’ everyday work.

This data is a supplement to the piece entitled "Conceptualizing, Financing and Infrastructuring: Perspectives on Open Access in and from Africa" published in a special issue of Development and Change Journal ( The work is also freely available at:


Initial analysis of the discussion and other materials were guided by a few analytic questions. An analytic is a question designed to elicit various viewpoints about the artifact. Clicking on the hyperlinked questions below will take you to responses by various contributors. You are invited to add your thoughts by registering here. Upon approval, you can add your own annotations using instructions provided here.

How is Open Access (in Africa) characterized?

What does Open Access promise?

What changes are perceived to be necessary to improve Open Access (in Africa)?

How is the research/publishing environment characterized?


An annotation is a user's response to an analytic question. A sample of some of the current annotations are included below.


Additional resources including previous interviews conducted on Open Access and publishing on the continent are available through the links below.