On 20 October 2014, Prof Martin Stratman, President of the Max Planck Society, congratulated the National Research Foundation (NRF) on joining 495 international education and research organisations in signing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. The list of signatories can be found here.
The 2003 Berlin Declaration asserted that scholarly research results and cultural heritage shall be freely accessible and usable for scientists and the public
- Increase the support for and interoperability of OA repositories for scholarly materials, while reducing and where possible eliminating embargoes, and improving the ability to re-use works
- Support new and innovative OA publishing models that meet the highest possible scholarly standards, and invest into a publication infrastructure optimised for the needs of research and scholarship; and
- Cooperate with one another to ensure a smooth transition to a stable and functioning, truly open scholarly publishing system, including access to scholarly source and cultural heritage data, where the full text of every research work is open immediately upon publication