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Africa news roundup: 19-25 October

SAMRC backs Plan S and SA unveils municipal innovation tool

SA Medical Research Council backs Plan S

The South African Medical Research Council has announced that it will support Plan S, a controversial open access initiative backed originally by European funders. Plan S mandates that all publicly funded research be published in open access journals by 2021. “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,” said CEO Glenda Gray in a statement. Support for Plan S is not widespread in South Africa. Robin Crewe, a former president of the Academy of Science of South Africa, has said that the country does not need to join Plan S. A South African national science department official in January hinted that the country would support the plan, but nothing has since materialised.

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