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Data should be open, shareable - but not at the expense of African researchers and communities. Shutterstock

Africa must keep its rich, valuable data safe from exploitation

A focus on collaboration among African universities and research institutions is crucial in developing national policies that meet the principles of open data while keeping it safe from exploitation.
Locking articles away behind a paywall stifles access. Elizabeth

Academic journal publishing is headed for a day of reckoning

In our institutions of higher education and our research labs, scholars first produce, then buy back, their own content. With the costs rising and access restricted, something's got to give.
Clinicians can do their jobs better when they have quick, open access to scientifically rigorous research. Penn State/Flickr

Open, free access to health evidence: a new precedent for Africa

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to purchase a national licence to the Cochrane library -- giving everyone access to evidence-based information about health care.
Opening up data and materials helps with research transparency. REDPIXEL.PL via Shutterstock.com

Research transparency: 5 questions about open science answered

Partly in response to the so-called 'reproducibility crisis' in science, researchers are embracing a set of practices that aim to make the whole endeavor more transparent, more reliable – and better.
Research shows that Wikipedia is one of the most read sources of medical information by the general public across the world. jfcherry/Flickr

Wikipedia is already the world’s ‘Dr Google’ – it’s time for doctors and researchers to make it better

Medical entries on Wikipedia are widely consulted across the world. Doctors and medical researchers need to make efforts to ensure the content on the online collaborative encyclopedia is accurate.
Scientists themselves may be the key to finding the right balance. Scales image via www.shutterstock.com.

Accurate science or accessible science in the media – why not both?

The public loses when their only choices are inaccessible, impenetrable journal articles or overhyped click-bait about science. Scientists themselves need to step up and help bridge the divide.
Many students don’t consider downloading textbooks to be piracy. Shutterstock

Is it piracy? How students access academic resources

When it comes to accessing online learning materials, university students don't think much about whether their downloads might amount to piracy or copyright infringement.

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