ASSAf released the Report on Peer Review of Scholarly Journals in Education disciplinary group in June 2020.The report is aimed at improving the quality of the journals in our higher education system, thereby influencing the standard of research conducted in the respective fields. It is in the interests of our higher education system and society in general that the quality of research conducted in the system should be continuously improved.
This report is the tenth in a series of reports resulting from an ambitious programme of peer reviewing, in broad discipline groups, of all accredited scholarly journals published in South Africa. The reviews had their origins in a report on the Report on a Strategic Approach to Research Publishing in South Africa, published by ASSAf, in 2006. The 2006 report highlighted the need for a system of quality assurance for South African journals accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The ASSAf project of systematically subjecting locally published journals to independent peer review is intended to improve their quality, visibility and impact.
This Consensus Report on Peer Review of Scholarly Journals in Education should be of value to the various stakeholders in the disciplines concerned, as well as policymakers, publishers, editors, prospective authors (new and established) and peer reviewers within the scholarly publishing community.