Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
JONES, R.T.. Open access to metallurgical publications. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2012, vol.112, n.11, suppl., pp. 999-1003. ISSN 2411-9717.
Technical publications in the field of mining and metallurgy have existed for a long time. Recent developments in electronic publishing on websites make it possible to disseminate information more widely and cost-effectively than before. Professional societies have an opportunity to serve their members and their industry by publishing high-quality peer-reviewed papers on their websites as well as in printed form. Older publications can be scanned, and optical character recognition used to provide searchable text. Various business models exist around this process. This paper outlines the approach used by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) to provide free open access to their journal papers and conference proceedings, as well as the work being done by OneMine.org to collect technical papers from a number of international societies and make them available to subscribers via a large database. An approach is outlined that should be of benefit to authors, readers, and society at large.
Keywords : Open access; publishing; metallurgy; SAIMM; Mintek; OneMine; Infacon; pyrometallurgy; peer review; self-archiving..