Copyright & A2K Issues - 3 November 2020

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Intellectual Property:

Openness is a Human Rights Issue: Copyright Amendment Bill and Access to Educational Materials in South Africa

The Domestic Effect of South Africa's Treaty Obligations: The Right to Education and the Copyright Amendment Bill

Bridging the Differences between Copyright's Legal Traditions – The Emerging EC Fair Use Doctrine

Copyright & Related Resources


Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication:

Open Access Resources


COAR Community Framework for Good Practices in Repositories

AfricArXiv – a preprint repository for African Research

Free reusable content with Creative Commons licences

Do open access journal articles experience a citation advantage? … an analysis by WoS subject areas

Want a better h-index? – All you need to know about copyright and open access

Preprints in Medicine: Useful or Harmful?

Why publish books open access?

The state of Altmetrics – 10th anniversary celebration

Campaign to investigate the Academic eBook Market


Open Science:

Open Science- Who is left behind?

Open Science (UNESCO)

Open data sharing accelerates COVID-19 research

New SPARC Europe report out: Scoping the Open Science Infrastructure Landscape in Europe


Predatory Publishing/Unethical Practices

Predatory Publishing Practices

Flaky Journals

Factors to consider when dealing with conspiracy theories

5 Ways COVID-19 is Changing Academic Plagiarism

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