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What is open access?

This is the action of providing unrestricted access to material that would normally be subject to copyright restrictions. Some material may be initially restricted then at a later date become available via open access, some material may be published as open access in the first instance.

"In the Open Access environment, authors generally publish under the Creative Commons Attribution License which allows for free and immediate access to, and unrestricted re-use of, original works of all types. Under this license, authors make their scholarly content legally available for re-use, without permission or fees, and for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute, or re-use these articles, with the condition that the author(s) and original source are properly cited." (Yusuf Ras, Stellenbosch University).



    Brief history of the Open Access movement

    Open access

    Open access : journals

    BioMed Central

    BioMed Central's portfolio of 206 journals includes general titles alongside specialist journals that focus on particular disciplines. All the research published by BioMed Central's journals is open access.

    Open Access collections: books

    Directory of Open Access Books : DOAB

    The aim of DOAB is to increase the discoverability of open access academic books. DOAB was launched in 2013 and publishers can register to upload resources onto DOAB.

    Project Gutenberg - founded in 1971 and most books included have expired copyright.




      National Research Foundation Open Access Statement

      National Research Foundation in support of Open Access Publishing.

      Open access : publishers

      Some publishers who are accepting open access material:


        Directory of open access repositories

        OpenDOAR  directory of academic open access repositories


        • OAIster
          More than 30 million records of digital resources from open-archive collections worldwide.

        Berlin declaration


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