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Webinar : Publishing Open Access

Aim: To Give you a guide on all the choices and flexibility when you publish your work open access, from traditional options such as our open access journals and books to our innovative Open Research platform. 1. Benefits to publishing open access. 2. Access Give a global audience immediate and easy access to your research increasing the visibility of your work.

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HATHI Trust Trial

HathiTrust is a nonprofit collaborative of academic and research libraries. It has preserved more than 17 million digitized items thus far, securing them for easy access and preserving them for future use. The project began in 2008 with infrastructure put in place at the University of Michigan. U-M has been a significant contributor, with more than 4.8 million items scanned and deposited. Books and journals digitized from member libraries around the world, the Google Books Project, and the Internet Archive, date from 1500 to the present. Tips for searching, viewing, downloading and more can be found in the HathiTrust guide. The trial ends in December 2022


William Cullen Air-conditioner Refurbishment Project

Wits Library celebrates Library week with the Theme : Re-Imagine! Re-Purpose! Re-Discover…Libraries!

William Cullen Air-conditioner Refurbishment Project

The purpose of this project is to remove old obsolete equipment by installing new electrical wiring and air conditioners.

Project dates 4 April – March 2023

There will be no restrictions in using the library, however, noise and dust will inconvenience library users.

 Alternative Venues

Wartenweiler library; Biophy Library; Geomaths Library; Architecture library; Engineering Library 24 hour reading room -West campus and Commerce Library 24 hour reading room.

Enquiries: Margaret.Atsango1(at)


LibKey – Easy tools to find Full Text


The following LibKey services are now available. is a landing page where researchers can connect to millions of library-subscribed and open access articles using a DOI or PMID.  To get started, go to or search below:

Lookup a journal article by DOI or PMID

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Brave and Vivaldi browsers.  LibKey Nomad connects researchers to library-licensed and open access full text articles referenced on scholarly websites like PubMed, Wikipedia and publisher pages. Instantly and in one-click! Download and try Nomad: Lib Key Nomad

LibKey Discovery organically integrates the power of LibKey in your discovery system. Users benefit from one-click access to content, being able to view the complete journal issue from where the discovered article is from, and seeing cover images from over 22,000 journals. Wits Library users can see the LibKey Discovery results in searches done from the Library web page, look out for the cover images, “View Now”, “Article Page” and “View in Context” links, which will automatically display during the trial period.

BrowZine is the world’s most popular journal engagement platform.  Use this link to get started from your browser:  BrowZine or

From your mobile device:

  • Download BrowZine: From your Android, iOS or Kindle Fire device, visit the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store. Search for “BrowZine” and download the app to your device. (If you have previously been using BrowZine with our Open Access library, please delete the app and reinstall it.)
  • Access BrowZine: First ensure you are connected to the Wits network. Next, tap on the app icon to open BrowZine. A list of libraries will appear, please select University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) and tap Continue to enter the library. You’ll be prompted to login with your Library Account.
  • Start browsing! Use the Subject dropdown menu to browse by subject categories or our Titles A-Z to find a specific title by name.

You can also find LibKey trial information on LibGuides.



Article Processing Charges (APC)

2022 APC claims submissions for the APC 2/3 refund can now be sent to bongi.mphuti(at)

Articles published in the current year qualify for re-imbursement .When submitting the claim please - Ensure the journal is DHET accredited and Gold Open Access; Attach proof of payment, invoice, and article or acceptance letter.