ASSAf Programmes

The Scholarly Publishing Unit carries out peer review and associated quality audits of all South African research journals in 5-year cycles. This is done in relation to groups of titles sharing a particular broad disciplinary focus in order to make recommendations for improved functioning of each journal in the national and international system.

The periodic, grouped, quality assurance-directed peer review of South African research/scholarly periodicals focuses on: the quality of editorial and review processes; fitness of purpose; positioning in the global cycle of new and old journals listed and indexed in databases; financial sustainability; and scope and size issues. The reports are released to the publishers and editors of the journals concerned, as well as other stakeholders such as national associations, the Departments of Science and Technology and of Higher Education and Training, the Council on Higher Education (CHE) / Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Higher Education South Africa (HESA), and all research-active institutions.

Peer Review Process Guidelines and Criteria

Reports in the following subject fields have been completed: Agricultural and Basic Life Sciences; Law Journals; Health and Related Medical Journals; Social Science Journals and Religion, Theology and Related Field Journals. The report on Humanities Journals: Language and Literature will soon be completed. There are 8 more panels in the remainder of the subject fields.

Below are the links to the reports and associated panel members

The are three panels to be rolled out during 2016. Below is a list of peer review panel members for the journals to be rolled out. 

PANEL: HUMANITIES PART II: VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

  • Prof Rob Baum (University of Zululand)
  • Prof Kim Berman (University of Johannesburg)
  • Prof Leora Farber (University of Johannesburg)
  • Prof Franklin Larey (University of Cape Town)
  • Prof Hein Viljoen (North-West University)
  • Prof Martina Viljoen (University of Free State)

 

PANEL: COMMUNICATION, INFORMATION SCIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS

  • Prof Colin Chasi (University of Johannesburg)
  • Prof Christo Cronje (Unisa)
  • Prof Marijke Coetzee (University of Johannesburg)
  • Prof Archie Dick (University of Pretoria)
  • Prof Karin de Jager (University of Cape Town)
  • Prof Anthea Garman (Rhodes University)
  • Prof Hendrik Bok Marais (S&T Network)
  • Prof Stephen Mutula (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Prof Abiodun Salawu (North-West University)

 

ARCHITECTURE, BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND ENGINEERING

  • Dr Lowry Conradie (TLABS)
  • Prof Diane Hildebrandt (UNISA)
  • Prof Paul Jenkins (University of Witwatersrand)
  • Prof Elsabe Kearsley (University of Pretoria)
  • Prof Paul Musonge (Durban University of Technology)
  • Prof Amira Osman (University of Johannesburg)
  • Prof Gerhard Venter (Stellenbosch University)
  • Prof Alphose Zingoni (University of Cape Town)