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Open Educational Resources: Open Access Books and Journals

This LibGuide provides information relevant to open educational resources and open access. Please also take a look at the LibGuide on MOOCs

What is "Open Access"

Open Access (OA) stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse. Why this matters? 

Open Access Books

"(Open-access book) Open access is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly research. It is most commonly applied to scholarly journal articles, but it is also increasingly being provided to theses, book chapters, and scholarly monographs. ..."     Read more  

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Accredited Open Access Journals

For lists of Open Access Journals:

UCT's Research Office provides a list of accredited South African journals and indicated their access status. Please make sure that your consult the Read Me tab when the list opens.  We suggest that you download it.

Accredited Open Access Journals can be found on the latest DHET List of Accredited Journals (see below), by clicking on the DOAJ tab.

The DHET List of Accredited Journals can be accessed at the following link::

DHET List of Accredited Journals for 2021






Open Access Journals

Open-access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader "without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."[1] Some are subsidized, and some require payment on behalf of the author.     Read more

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