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Stellenbosch University Open Access Publication Fund
The Open Access Publication Fund has been established to support Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers publishing in open access journals with funding.  Open Access journals refer to peer-reviewed journals which are published online and are freely available immediately after publishing. 
By opening the Fund the Library endeavours to support the University’s researchers in publishing on open platforms and within open access journals. In doing so it actively purports to:
  • strengthen and visibly support the University’s open access mandate;
  • facilitate access to, and showcase the University’s research and knowledge production;
  • develop research capacity within the Institution and region by sharing research knowledge and practices;
  • promote and support new publishing models within academic scholarship that facilitate the sharing of knowledge and optimise access to information. In doing so, the Library hopes to provide support to open access publishers and to facilitate better methods of acquiring scholarly library materials; 
  • expose SU authors to open access and all its variations; and
  • manage the rising costs of library materials and access to scholarly knowledge.
The above is achieved by way of the following:
  • Subsiding author fees for publishing in open access journals

    JSTOR Open Access E-books

    What is Open Access?

    Open Access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access normally associated with publisher copyright agreements via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles, theses and dissertations, and scholarly monographs and chapters in books. Access is immediate, online and freely available to the end user. 

    What are the benefits of Open Access?

    • Accelerated discovery. With Open Access, researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction.
    • Public interest and enrichment. Much scientific and medical research is funded by public funds. Open Access allows taxpayers to benefit from the results of their investment.
    • Improved education. Open Access means that educators and their students have unrestricted access to the latest research findings throughout the world.
    • Data-mining and text-mining. Open Access provides freely available material with which data-mining and text-mining can take place in the semantic web, facilitating the generation of new knowledge from existing findings.



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