Unisa Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Open access

The NRF has made a statement during January 2015 concerning its stance on Open Access.   They also provided FAQ’s in connecting with their statement.

Many options exist for academics to contribute to Open Access publishing.  This page provides resources to support them in this endeavour. The University of Pretoria also keeps and maintains a database of accredited Open Access journals for South Africa, which may be particularly useful.


AOSIS OpenJournals

AOSIS OpenJournals enables scholarly journals to take full advantage of the opportunities unlocked by electronic publishing and open access.

BioMed Central The Open Access Publisher

BioMed Central publishes 243 peer-reviewed open access journals.


With Brill Open, authors are offered the option to make their publication publicly online available in exchange for an Article Processing Fee.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages

IJRCM Journals

Monthly Double-Blind Peer Reviewed Refereed Open Access International e-Journals focussing on management.

JURN Search millions of free academic articles, chapters and theses

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

An international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).

Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS)

OASIS aims to provide an authoritative ‘sourcebook’ on Open Access, covering the concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving it.

Open Archives initiative (OAI)

The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content.


OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.

Registry of Open Access Repositories(Roar)

The aim of ROAR is to promote the development of open access by providing timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world.

Sabinet Open Journals Collection (Beta)

The collection currently comprises 46 South African journals. Publishers who would like to make their journals available as Open Access journals, are welcome to contact Sabinet

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of the outputs of the scholarly research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments. SPARC focuses on taking action in collaboration with stakeholders – including authors, publishers, and libraries – to build on the unprecedented opportunities created by the networked digital environment to advance the conduct of scholarship.

Scientific Electronic Library Online(SciELO South Africa)

South Africa’s premier open-access (free to access and free to publish) searchable full-text journal database in service of the South African research community.


Scolaris is the new digital platform for scholarly and academic publishing.

Search South African and African research repositories  (IRSpace)

Google Custom search harvesting African research institutions


RoMEO is a searchable database of publisher's policies regarding the self- archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories.

South African Data Archive (SADA) The South African Data Archive (SADA) has been launched by the NRF and preserves data (research, surveys, etc) for future use and attempts to make it as easily accessible as possible for research and educational purposes.
South African National ETD Portal (NETD)

Registry of South African Electronic Theses and Dissertations.

Taylor & Francis – Open Journals

Taylor & Francis and Routledge currently publish a number of pure access journals, with no subscription content. The articles in these journals receive both rigorous peer review and expedited online publication. Authors have the option of publishing their open access article under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license, as mandated by some research funders.

Last modified: 2023/07/30