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Open Access / Science

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Peter Suber (2015)

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives (SPARC).

Open Science is the practice of science in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research data, lab notes and other research processes are freely available, under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods 

The UWCScholar -Publications  The repository is a service that stores, distributes and displays digital copies of research output of UWC faculty. Search across the entire collection or browse amongst the research communities associated with our faculties.

Researchers register for an account and are given authorisation to deposit files to relevant collections.

Click here to search across the entire collection or browse amongst the research communities associated with our faculties.


Contact: Anelisa Mente-Mpako

Manager: Digital Scholarship


Telephone: 0219593953



UWCScholar - ETD Repository

The University of the Western Cape electronic theses and dissertations repository holds full-text theses submitted for degree purposes since 2004, with selected titles prior to 2004. Access to the complete theses (print) collection is available via the online catalogue. To access UWC Theses online, conduct a search or browse using the options as listed on the right.

Click here to search the repository


UWC PG students submit their theses and dissertation here for approval by their supervisors before graduating.

Click here for submissions


Discover research from the University of Western Cape with KIKAPU by Figshare!

Kikapu is a repository hosted by Figshare, where UWC researchers can make all of their research outputs available in a citableshareable and discoverable manner.

Kikapu hosts research on a wide range of topics, from bioinformatics to creative writing or chemistry. Kikapu features research from recognised academics with a history of publications and also researchers beginning their journey into scholarly communication.

Click here to start exploring!


Contact: Mark P. Snyders

Manager:  Scholarly Communication 

Tel: 021 959 2938


National ETD Portal - South African theses and dissertations

The national ETD portal hosts theses and dissertations from South African Academics and researchers, providing storage and access and aiding with the further dissemination of South African research

This site is run by the UCT-CS Digital Libraries Laboratory on behalf of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. Metadata for all theses and dissertations produced internationally are collected and made accessible, as well as disseminated further, from this site.

Click here to browse theses and dissertations!


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