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Law - Faculty LibGuide: Open Access

Welcome to the Faculty of Law LibGuide! This guide will not only introduce you to valuable information sources related to Law, but also to services & facilities offered to undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and researchers in the Faculty of Law

UJ Open Access LibGuide

For more information about how the UJ Library supports open access, consult the Open Access LibGuide 

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What is Open Access (OA)

Open Access is the practice of providing unrestricted access normally associated with publisher copyright agreements via the Internet to:

  • Case Law;
  • Legislation;
  • Treaties and Conventions;
  • Peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles;
  • Dissertations and Theses;
  • Scholarly monographs;
  • Chapters in books;

The end user has immediate and free electronic access.

UJ Open Access mandate

In 2010, the Senate approved the University of Johannesburg Open Access Mandate which calls for all accredited research output to be archived in the UJ IR (Institutional Repository)

In 2011, the University signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, and the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

Benefits to researchers

How does Open Access (OA) benefit researchers? 

  • Increased visibility, usage and impact for their work;
  • Research papers are available in a short span of time and researchers'  online presence and research profile improve;
  • Avoid duplication of research topics and encourage liason between researchers.

Source: UJ IR (Institutional Repository)

South African Open Access law journals

International and Foreign Open Access journals

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