In November 2012 the third Open Access Africa event, hosted by BioMed Central and the University of Cape Town, discussed the implications of open access for African research. Through this collection of articles, we want to highlight the quality and the breadth of the research being carried out across Africa. It brings together a diverse range of specialities and study types, featuring research into diseases prevalent within the continent, and offering insights into health policy that can be implemented throughout the world. Case reports and clinical trials allow health workers to keep up to date with the latest treatments and information.
As internet and mobile technology improves, access to knowledge increases. This collection aims to show the impact of open access, which allows free access to and distribution of published articles, meaning that individuals aren't limited to seeing content from the journals they have subscribed to. Authors retain copyright of their work through a Creative Commons attribution license; they or anyone else can distribute it and reuse it as needed. Through open-access publication, the visibility of African researchers and institutions is improved, and the opportunity for local and international collaborations increase.
Collection published in: Infectious Agents and Cancer, International Journal for Equity in Health, International Journal of Health Geographics, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, Systematic Reviews, Journal of Medical Case Reports, and BMC Health Services Research.
Collection published: 5 November 2012
Last updated: 11 July 2013