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Law & Government Publications: Open Access

What is Open Access?

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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.


JSTOR Open Access E-books

Stellenbosch University Open 4 Research funding portal - International funding

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How to use the Open 4 Research platform:

  • Link to
  • Register once off with your @sun email address and use any password
  • Use the “Search for funding” and/or “Browse funding” options for a wide range of funding opportunities
  • For some of the most recent research funding opportunities highlighted by Open 4 Research, refer to “News” or “Funding news”
  • Refer to “Help & advice” for more details on how to search
  • For enquiries, please contact or

Directory of Open Access Books

Directory of Open Access Books is a community-driven discovery service that indexes and provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books and helps users to find trusted open access, book publishers. All DOAB services are free of charge and all data is freely available.