The Geneva Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication
from 4-8 September 2023
Health Specialist, Public Health Emergencies, UNICEF; Managing Editor/Founder, Pan African Medical Journal (Nairobi, Kenya)
Raoul Kamadjeu is a physician, co-founder and managing editor of the Pan African Medical Journal, an open access publishing house based in Kenya and Cameroon. The PAMJ operates from two offices in Kenya and Cameroon with 15 full time staff; publishes three biomedical journals and provides various other services to authors in Africa and outside of Africa.
Raoul got his doctorate in Medicine in Cameroon, completed his MPH in Belgium (ULB) and recently enrolled in the PhD program in Epidemiology with the City University of New York. He has experienced the broad spectrum of public health practice, from the district in Cameroon to international arenas with the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he worked for 10 years, and now with UNICEF. Raoul is a keen supporter of the Open Access movement. He thinks Africa as a major beneficiary of OA should also be recognized as a potential contributor; for this reason, he worked for more than 10 years to help develop a credible and vibrant biomedical open access publishing industry in Africa.
Africa is undoubtedly a major beneficiary of the open access movement; however, its contribution to open access remains extremely limited. In 2019, 196 out of 13,773 journals indexed in the DOAJ, were from Africa, down from 219 in 2011. The persistent North-South divide and the lack of representation of the big South in the open access conversation should be a cause for concern for the open access movement. Beyond the structural and environment challenges to research in Africa, the speaker will provide an overview of the challenges in developing a publishing industry in African including the views of the open access movement towards African journals. He will also discuss the need to reflect on the lack of geographical diversity in the open access movement, both in terms of content contribution and voices, and will explore how the open access movement could respond.
Slides available here: https://zenodo.org/record/5497849