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Podcast interview with Dr Lara Skelly, from the University of Stellenbosch Business School, which is the owner of the open access South African Journal of Business Management

28 August 2018
Find out why the South African Journal of Business Management transitioned to an open access this year, after having being a toll access journal since 1979. Dr Lara Skelly, Research Manager at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, which is the owner of the journal will give some tips to authors on what to expect when publishing in an open access journal. Listen to the 4-minute podcast here.
Transitioning to open access
Dr Skelly explains that as with books, journals used to be a prized commodity and people had to buy them. However, now more than ever research is publicly funded. When authors publish in a closed journal with subscription fees, the public pays twice: for the article to be published in the journal and then to read it. Open access makes it easier for researchers to access the research which increases its potential impact. The more the authors have access to research, the more they can refer to it and build on it for new research. When the public has access to research they can make informed decisions based on quality research findings. Academics worldwide have a responsibility and duty to make their knowledge available and free for anyone to read. It is for these reasons that the journal changed to open access; it is available to all.
Tips for authors publishing in open access
Dr Skelly provides the following practical guidelines for authors new to publishing in open access journals:
Submission overview
When you submit an article to the journal, you will be able to track and participate in all the activities related to the processing of it, such as, the review process, copy editing, layout editing and proofing of manuscripts, which are all managed on the electronic platform. 
Please visit the journal website,, and contact us should you have any questions about the submission guidelines and procedures