Library and Information Services


Open Access 2018


NWU Presents Open Access Week 2018

Research constantly creates new information and knowledge. The results are widely published in journals, conference proceedings and reports to name a few and the web affords new forums for its communication.

Since the first statements regarding open access (OA) - the Budapest Open Access Initiative in February 2002 and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities - October 2003 open access has been the subject of discussion between academics, librarians, government and publishers.

OA content is online, freely accessible and encourage free exchange of knowledge and resources to widen access that might encourage creativity and also allow others to re-use the research. Anyone can benefit from wider access to research.

OA journals has become a recognised part of the scholarly communication landscape. Learning about OA will help you make informed choices about where to publish your work. The Library will be hosting a session at the campus in Potchefstroom: "Publishing with Predatory Journals dents your credibility to take an informed discussion on where to publish".  Copyright and Open Access will also be handled during the launch of OA Week at our campus in Mahikeng.

With the rising journal costs and constrained library budgets we need to consider alternatives to display research results. Benefits of OA to researchers include for example, helping to provide evidence for impact and improved reputation for researchers and their host institution through increased citations.

Programme for the week: 22 - 28 October 2017

 ​All the sessions will be shared via this Adobe Connect link:

A live video recording is also available via our Facebook account:

Monday 22 October 2018



Launch at NWU Vanderbijlpark Library 
(Venue 115)

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome: Dr Mathew Moyo - Chief Director Library and Information Service
10:15 -10:45

Prof Jako Olivier - Faculty of Education (NWU)
Being able to read open educational resources: exploring multi-literacies in support of equitable open knowledge [Presentation]

10:45 - 11:15

Dr Tony Lelliott - Programme Specialist: Teacher Education (SAIDE)
Should I publish in an Open Access journal? [Presentation]

11:15 - 11:45 Dr Tony Mays - Manager: Unit for Distance Education (UP)
Open Access through OER [Presentation]
11:45 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:15 Vote of thanks (Mrs Hendra Pretorius - Director LIS Client Services)
12:15 Refreshments


Wednesday 24 October 2018



  NWU Mahikeng Library
(Venue: Conference Room - G01)


10:15 - 10:45

Siviwe Bangani - Manager Information Services (Mahikeng)
The benefits and challenges of open access to legal knowledge in South Africa

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11:00 - 11:45

Emerald: Mr Sibu Zondi
Talk of the devil! The role of commercial publishers in open access publishing

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Friday 26 October 2018


  NWU Potchefstroom Library
(Venue: Research Commons, Conference Room - 317)

Welcome: Neli Kaunda - Director LIS Shared Services

10:15 - 10:45 

Prof Jako Olivier - Faculty of Education (NWU)
Panel discussion - Decolonizing the curriculum and equitable open knowledge: affordances of localized open educational resources. [Presentation]

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11:00 - 11:45

Zine Sapula - Librarian Research Support
Louw Venter - Manager Library Systems (Acting)

Figshare research data repository pilot: a case of NWU

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12:00 - 12:30

Mr Juan Steyn - Project Manager (SADiLaR)
The role of national research infrastructures in promoting open access [Presentation]

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