In 2010, the Senate approved the University of Johannesburg Open Access Mandate which calls for all accredited research output to be archived in the Institutional Repository, UJ IR
In 2011, the University signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, and the Budapest Open Access Initiative.
Open access is rooted in the ethical principle of information being unchained, supporting the belief that knowledge is an inalienable human right guaranteed to all. John Willinsky explained that open access is founded on the moral imperative that each person should be guaranteed an opportunity to "...exercise [their] right to know what is known." Open access seeks to eliminate or reduce the barriers of cost and copyright that restrict access to information and the knowledge it confers. In 2013, a White House memorandum to federal agencies noted scientific research "catalyzes innovative breakthroughs that drive our economy" and lauded the value of open access to research to spur "understanding and exploit discovery." Open access offers researchers around the world access to content that would otherwise be hidden behind pay walls. Here are some resources that provide a more in-depth exploration of the importance and value of open.
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At the University of Johannesburg we support open access publishing and the dissemination of information through open access platforms. Part of the our mission at UJ Library is to support research in any way that we can. There are several journals that are loosely 'housed' at the university and the editors of these journals are all faculty staff. The Open Journal System (OJS) is a digital platform on which these journals, and any other journal that faculty members may be involved in, can be hosted.