ASSAf provides commentaries on topical and relevant government policy documents and White Papers.

Best Practice Guides

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Best Practice Guides have been produced to improve the quality of editorship of South African scholarly journals.

Annual Reports

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ASSAf’s Annual Reports are distributed to stakeholders and Members. Each report gives an overview of the activities of ASSAf over the year under review and includes the annual financial statements.

The ASSAf Act provides the framework for identifying the Academy’s overarching goals, within which the strategic priorities and focus for the next 5-year period are outlined. 

Quest Magazine


Quest: Science for South Africa is a full-colour, quarterly, popular science magazine directed at a target audience comprising learners, educators and the general public.

SciELO South Africa

The Scholarly Publishing Unit takes responsibility for ensuring that Open Access initiatives are promoted to enhance the visibility of all South African research articles and to make them accessible to the entire international research community. 

SfS Newsletter


Access the previous newsletters for “Science for Society” by clicking on the buttons provided under this section. There is also an option to subscribe to the newsletter as well as regular updates on ASSAf.


Established in 1903, the South African Journal of Science is the leading multidisciplinary research journal in Africa, and features a great diversity of original work by researchers throughout the country and abroad, concentrating on articles that have an appeal that is wider than that of single disciplines.


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The mandate of the Academy encompasses all fields of scientific enquiry and it includes the full diversity of South Africa’s distinguished scientists. The Parliament of South Africa passed the Academy of Science of South Africa Act (Act 67 of 2001), as amended, which came into operation in May 2002. In celebration of this mandate, ASSAf has published a number of books.


ASSAf regularly issues statements and joint statements together with other academies or science academy networks, on key issues of common interest.

Consensus Study Reports

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2021 Title: Peer Review of Scholarly Journal in Mathematics and Science  Published by: ASSAf Publication date: November 2021 Publication type: Consensus study/Peer Review Title: Evaluation of Alternative Telecommunication Technologies for the Karoo Central […]