ASSAf Programmes

Scholarly Publishing Programme

The Scholarly Publishing Programme (SPP) is regarded as a major intervention within the National System of Innovation (NSI) in South Africa. The strategic goal of the SPP is to enhance the national capacity to produce and publish research, on the one hand, and to increase the quality and visibility of South African research publications, on the other. The SPP is overseen by the Academy’s Standing Committee on Scholarly Publishing in South Africa (CSPiSA), chaired by Prof Robin Crewe. More information available here

Relevant links
Scholarly Publishing Resources:
OJS Journals:
SciELO SA Journals:  

SPP Communiques
June 2017 Communique
March 2017 Communique
January 2017 Communique
September 2016 Communique 
June 2016 Communique
March 2016 Communique
January 2016 Communique

Open Science (incl. Open Data) – according to Foster – “is the practice of science in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research data, lab notes and other research processes are freely available, under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods.”

The NSBPF focuses on scholarly book publishing in South Africa and was inaugurated in 2011.

ASSAf established a forum of editors of national scholarly journals in 2007, and since then an annual meeting of the National Scholarly Editors’ Forum (NSEF) has been held. Approximately 100 editors of scholarly journals participate in these meetings. Click here to view the 2016 programme.

This service entails a web-based online scientific writing course for post graduate students and young academic staff. A four tiered modular system has been developed and is aimed at supplementing and enriching inhouse offerings available at some universities and in making the resources available online and free for all postgraduate students across all South African universities.

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.

scielobreSciELO South Africa is an open-access (free to access and free to publish) searchable database of selected, high quality South African scholarly journals. The project is inspired by a global movement towards the implementation of online journals, pioneered by the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) project, based in Brazil.

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