Intellectual Property LawReflections on Open Scholarship Modalities and the Copyright Environment in Kenya

This chapter may be cited as;

Ben M. Sihanya (2014) ‘Reflections on Open Scholarship Modalities and the Copyright Environment in Kenya’ in (eds) De Beer et al., Innovation & Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (1st edn, UCT Press).

This chapter outlines findings from research into the attitudes of Kenyan scholarly publishing stakeholders towards open scholarships and alternative publishing. The findings indicate a mix of interests and reticence in relation to Open Access (OA) and other modes of alternative publishing. for instance, the author surveyed recognize the potential of alternative publishing to enhance their scholarly profiles but at the same time, they fear the potential dilution of the economic rights afforded to them by copyright law. This chapter concludes with suggestions on how Kenya’s copyright environment could be made more amenable to open scholarship.

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