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Open access is a development issue – the status quo needs to be challenged

Access to information is a basic human right entrenched in the South African Constitution. Yet there are many barriers restricting or preventing access to information.  What needs to be done to lift the impossible restrictions currently in place? The solution, Open Access.

South Africa is doing some amazing research but cannot share it globally because of restrictive copyright laws or unreasonable policies and embargo periods set by publishers. South African authors cannot become known and cited if their works are locked up behind expensive paywalls, accessible only to a limited audience.

South African students and researchers also need access to the best international and local up-to-date journals, books and other research to be able to contribute new knowledge in their fields.

This is the reason open access is so crucial for South Africa and other developing countries. Read more …

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