Open access in South Africa

Open access to scholarly communication in South Africa occurs online via journals, repositories, and a variety of other tools and platforms. Compared to other African nations, open access in South Africa has grown quickly in recent years.

According to UNESCO, South Africa is a leading African country in terms of open access policies on the governmental level and grass-roots initiatives in universities and research organizations.[1] South African signatories to the international "Open Access 2020" campaign, launched in 2016, include the South African National Library and Information Consortium (SANLiC) and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.[2] As of January 2018, there are nine research entities with policies in the international Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies.[3]


As of April 2018, the international Directory of Open Access Journals records some 79 open access journals produced in South Africa.[4]


As of July 2018, the Directory of Open Access Repositories lists 39 repositories in South Africa. This includes 11 traditional universities (or at least their departments), several universities of technology (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Durban University of Technology, Central University of Technology and Tshwane University of Technology), three comprehensive universities (University of Johannesburg, University of South Africa and University of Zululand) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).[1][5]

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  1. ^ a b "South Africa". Global Open Access Portal. UNESCO. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ "OA2020 Expression of Interest: List of Signatories". Münich: Max Planck Digital Library. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Browse by Country: South Africa". ROARMAP: Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies. United Kingdom: University of Southampton. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Directory of Open Access Journals". United Kingdom: Infrastructure Services for Open Access. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Africa: Southern Africa: South Africa". Directory of Open Access Repositories. United Kingdom: Jisc. Retrieved 12 July 2018.

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