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Yabelana: Open access

This guide serves as a tool to provide detailed information on Research Data Management.

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).


Berlin declaration

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.



Open Access Policies

National Research Foundation in support of Open Access Publishing.

Directory of open access repositories

  • OpenDOAR  (Directory of Open Access Repositories) .
  • ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories).
  • OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records that represent open access resources.


Open access : publishers

Some publishers who are accepting open access material:

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