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INASP’s principles of responsible engagement for publishers

INASP works with publishers to enable affordable and sustainable access to online resources to meet the research needs of developing countries so that they are better equipped to solve their development challenges. Access to the latest information is essential for any strong research and knowledge system. 

We have developed a set of principles to guide and assist publishers who are committed to supporting development through providing on-going access to online research information resources.

Make an effort to understand the country context 

“In Malawi the biggest challenge is connectivity. The fibre optic network is just coming in from the sea coast. However the costs have not yet decreased enough, so institutions are still struggling to have adequate bandwidth for access to e-resources.” Patrick Mapulanga

Read more at http://blog.inasp.info/inaspprinciples-publishers-1-time-understand-country-context/

Respect a country’s wish to negotiate as a consortium or purchasing club

Avoid making sudden changes

Think medium to long term on pricing 

Be realistic about sales expectations 

These principles have been discussed in blogs here and here. For further information about INASP’s principles and to continue the discussion of how these can be applied, contact Anne Powell apowell@inasp.info.

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INASP works with publishers to enable affordable and sustainable access to online resources to developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We work with national consortia or equivalent bodies so that they can meet the information needs of their researchers.

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