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 Universities South Africa (USAF), and all research-active institutions.
Reports in the following subject fields have been completed: Agricultural and Basic Life Sciences; Law; Health; Social Sciences, Religion and Theology; Humanities Part 1, Classics, Literature and Language; ABEE; Humanities II: Visual and Performing Arts; Communication and Information Sciences; and Education. There are 4 more panels in the remainder of the subject fields.Reports in the following subject fields have been completed: Agricultural and Basic Life Sciences; Law; Health; Social Sciences, Religion and Theology; Humanities Part 1, Classics, Literature and Language; ABEE; Humanities II: Visual and Performing Arts; Communication and Information Sciences; Education; History, Philosophy and Politics; and Mathematics and Science. There are 2 more panels in the remainder of the subject fields.
One panel is currently in progress. Below is a list of peer review panel members for this disciplinary group.
Prof Willemien du Plessis (NWU)
Prof Lourens Erasmus (UL)
Prof Gabriel Tati (UWC)
Prof Ashraf Kagee (SUN)
Prof Salome Kruger (NWU)
Prof Sumaya Laher (WITS)
Dr Ntombi Mathe (CSIR)
Dr Sandiswa Mbewana (UCT)
Prof Thobeka Mda (Retired)
Dr Salmina Mokgehle (ARC)
Dr Robert Morrell (UCT)
Prof Enocent Msindo (Rhodes)
Prof Sarojini Nadar (UWC) – Vice-Chairperson
Prof Dion Nkomo (Rhodes)
Prof Peter Nyasulu (SU) – Chairperson
Prof Dennis Ocholla (UNIZULU)
Prof Tahir Pillay (UP)
Prof Laurence Piper (UWC)
Prof Karabo Shale (CPUT)
Prof Elizabeth Helena van Coller (Rhodes)