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South African Medical Research Council to champion Open Access through cOAlition S


cOAlition S is pleased to announce that the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is the latest group to join the coalition and demonstrate its commitment to the realisation of science without publication paywalls. cOAlition S now has 24 members from across Europe, North America, Africa, and the Middle East.

The SAMRC was established in 1969 with a mandate to improve the health of the country’s population, through research, development and technology transfer, so that people can enjoy a better quality of life. The scope of the organisation’s research projects includes tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular and non-communicable diseases, gender and health, and alcohol and other drug abuse.

“Scientific literature is one of the cornerstones of the clinical research that we conduct at the SAMRC and although there are some systems in place to make health information and evidence accessible, a collaboration between multinational research funders shows a commitment to even wider access to health and science information,” says SAMRC President and CEO Professor Glenda Gray.