Open Access in Latin America

Are there other ways of making Open Access work other than the APC-based model we are used to in Europe and North America?  Sure there are. In this episode, Dr. Arianna Becerril-García talks about the state of Open Access in Latin America.

Becerril-Garica is the chair of AmeliCA and Executive Director of She is also a professor at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico.

She talks to us about the value of the scholarly-led, non-profit business model to achieve Open Access. She also addresses their concerns with Plan S.

Redalyc & AmeliCA

In this episode, Becerril-García also talks about their rapid growth and the demands from other regions to utilize their services. is an indexing system that integrates Open Access journals of scientific and certified quality. It is supported by the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. You can read more about Redalyc here.

AmeliCA is a communication infrastructure for academic publishing and Open Science. The initiative is led by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), and the Network of Scientific Journals of Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal (Redalyc).

The annual Munin conference

We had the pleasure of interviewing Becerril-García during the Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing. She spoke about “The value of the scholarly-led, non-profit business model to achieve Open Access and scholarly publishing beyond APC: the AmeliCA’s cooperative approach”.

You can watch the entire talk here.

Also, check out our episode with Samir Hachani on Publishing in the Global South