The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is proud to announce the release of the Report on Peer Review of Scholarly Journals in Mathematics and Science. The focus of the report is on local journals in the following disciplines: mathematics, natural sciences and agriculture, science multidisciplinary, and general sciences.
This report is the 12th 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 Strategic Approach to Research Publishing, published by ASSAf, in 2006.
The 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 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.