Stellenbosch University funds open access

Earlier this year Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service created an Open Access Fund to support Stellenbosch University researchers publishing in open access journals.

 The Open Access Fund entails:

–       Subsidising author fees for publishing in open access journals.

–       Institutional memberships with Open Access publishers such as BioMed Central (BMC) and Public Library of Science (PLoS). Institutional membership endorses open access publishing and allows for the subsidising of author fees of Stellenbosch University researchers publishing in these journals.

–       Subsidising author fees for publishing in regular journals where an additional fee is required to allow open access to an author’s published article.

The Library is pleased to announce that the first open access article has been funded and published under the auspices of the new Fund.  The article, entitled “Pharmacogenomic Research in South Africa: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities in the Rainbow Nation“, has been published in Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine, Volume 9 (3), September 2011: pp.191-207. In an editorial report this article by Louise Warnich and co-authors is described as “a lead expert review article that examines how best to approach new genomics biotechnologies in a manner that carefully considers the public health needs and extant disease burden in South Africa”. Strategic directions that future personalised medicine research should take in South Africa are also evaluated.

Louise Warnich  is a professor in the Department of Genetics and Vice Dean of the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University.  Her team’s research is focused on determining the genetic profiles of specifically African and South African populations in order to facilitate both choice and dosage of drugs.  

The article may be accessed via Stellenbosch University’s open access SUNScholar repository at (  It may also be accessed via Bentham’s website, or on the Ingenta Connect platform

In order to apply for funding assistance from the Open Access Fund or to obtain more information please contact:

Renee Reagon

Director: Technical Services and Electronic Resources Management


Tel: 021 808 4877

JS Gericke Library, Rm 1004