Publication Support


Are the research output recognised for their credibility, trustworthy and meet all the criterion standards set and qualify for a subsidy by the Department of Higher Education (DoHET) and will be considered for NRF evaluation. To find a list of Accredited Journals please click HERE.

The Department of Education defines an accredited/approved journal as follows:

Journals refer to peer-reviewed periodical publications devoted to disseminating original research and new developments within specific disciplines, sub-disciplines or field of study. These include original articles, research letters, research papers, and review articles. However, only approved journals are subsidised.

The lists of Sabinet African Journals’ accredited journals:



scholarly publishing resources

This site attempts to address topics regardless of platform used, and would like to keep scholarly publications posted on recommended practices without being restrictive, within the South African research and higher education environment.





Scholarly Communications Manager

Mark Snyders



About Rating

The NRF rating system is a key driver in the NRF’s aim to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa. It is a valuable tool for benchmarking the quality of our researchers against the best in the world.  NRF ratings are allocated based on a researcher’s recent research outputs and impact as perceived by international peer reviewers. The rating system encourages researchers to publish high quality outputs in high impact journals/outlets. Rated researchers as supervisors will impart cutting-edge skills to the next generation of researchers.

The rating of individuals is based primarily on the quality and impact of their research outputs over the past eight years, taking into consideration the evaluation made by local and international peers. It identifies researchers who count among the leaders in their fields of expertise and gives recognition to those who constantly produce high quality research outputs. Several South African universities use the outcomes of the NRF evaluation and rating process to position themselves as research-intensive institutions, while others provide incentives for their staff members to acquire and maintain a rating and give special recognition to top-rated researchers.

The rating process is coordinated by members of academia who are represented in the following committees:

  • 27 Specialist Committees coordinated by a Convener
  • The Executive Evaluation Committee
  • The Appeals Committee

The ratings that are awarded fall within the following categories:

  • A – Leading international researchers
  • B – Internationally acclaimed researchers
  • C – Established researchers
  • P – Prestigious Awards
  • Y – Promising young researchers


The Library issues ISBNs for UWC publications. Follow the steps below:

  • Step 1 – Complete the UWC ISBN Application form
  • Step 2 – Complete the South African National Bibliography form
  • Step 3 – Have these forms signed by:
    • Faculty Dean
    • DVC Academic and Research (Both if possible otherwise the Dean)
  • Step 4 – Completed forms to be sent back with a Cover of the first page of the Publication to the Library
  • Step 5 – If less than 100 copies printed, the library requires 3 copies for:
    • 1 copy for the library,
    • 1 copy for the National Library in Pretoria, and
    • 1 copy for the Archives (3)
    • If it is more than 100 copies all National Libraries will need a copy which amounts to 7
  • When all the criteria are fulfilled, the Library will issue the ISBN number.

What is an ISSN?

An ISSN is an 8-digit code used to identify newspapers, journals, magazines and periodicals of all kinds and on all media–print and electronic.

  • Which publications are concerned by an ISSN?
  • What form does an ISSN take?
  • What is its role?
  • Where is it displayed?

Which publications are concerned by an ISSN?

An ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) identifies all continuing resources, irrespective of their medium (print or electronic):

  • newspapers,
  • annual publications (reports, directories, lists, etc.),
  • journals,
  • magazines,
  • collections,
  • websites,
  • databases,
  • blogs,etc.

In many countries, an ISSN is mandatory for all publications subject to the legal deposit.

What form does an ISSN take?

The ISSN takes the form of the acronym ISSN followed by two groups of four digits, separated by a hyphen. The eighth digit is a check digit calculated according to a modulus 11 algorithm on the basis of the 7 preceding digits; this eighth control digit may be an “X” if the result of the computing is equal to “10”, in order to avoid any ambiguity.

  1. g.:
  • ISSN 0317-8471
  • ISSN 1050-124X

What is its role?

The ISSN role is to identify a publication.

It is a digital code without any intrinsic meaning:

  • it does not include any information about the origin or contents of the publication,
  • it does not guarantee the quality or validity of the contents.

The ISSN is associated with the title of the publication. If the publication is modified significantly, a new ISSN must be assigned.

Where is it displayed?

For a print publication, the ISSN should be shown:

  • preferably, in the upper right corner of the cover,
  • failing that, on the pages where editorial information is shown (publisher, frequency, colophon, etc.).

Where is it displayed?

For a publication in electronic media, the ISSN should be shown:

  • on the homepage or on the main menu, if it is an online publication,
  • on any part visible to the naked eye (microfiche header, CD-Rom or DVD label, box, case, etc.), if the publication is on a physical medium.

If a publication is identified by ISSN and ISBN, both of these identifiers should be mentioned.


It is strongly recommended that publishers use the ISSN number as part of the title-level DOI they use to offer a persistent and resolvable link to their journal.

A DOI is the identifier of an entity—physical, digital or abstract. Its syntax is defined by ISO 26324:2012 Information and documentation – Digital Object Identifier System (DOI). It is composed of a prefix and suffix:

  • the DOI prefix is assigned to an organization by a DOI Registration Agency;
  • the suffix for a DOI is created by the organization depositing the DOI for a content item in the DOI system.

Among official DOI registration agencies, CrossRef specializes in scholarly and professional publications and it assigns DOI prefixes to publishers. The latter can thus identify articles or book chapters with DOIs. They are also strongly encouraged to create DOIs for journal titles.

The ISSN Standard, ISO 3297:2007, provides internationally accepted recommendations to use ISSN as suffix for title-level DOIs: “To construct a DOI suffix using an ISSN, precede the ISSN (including the hyphen) with the lowercase letters “issn” and a period”.

PIE-J: The Presentation & Identification of E-Journals, a NISO recommended practice (NISO RP-16-2013), provides the following example:

Title : Učenye zapiski universiteta imeni P.F. Lesgafta

ISSN :   1994-4683

Title-level DOI:

Publishers are also encouraged to follow DOI best practices defined by Crossref, notably:

  • A distinct DOI should be created for each version of a title deposited with CrossRef. Any title changes requiring a new ISSN should result in a new title-level DOI as well in order to ensure consistency between CrossRef and ISSN Registries.
  • A title-level DOI should resolve to a response page that displays the same title and ISSN recorded in the ISSN Registry and in CrossRef database.
  • Once assigned, a title-level DOI should be maintained.
  • Responsibility for maintaining a title-level DOI transfers to the new owner when title ownership is transferred.

The primary role of Registration Agencies (RAs) is to provide services to Registrants — allocating DOI name prefixes, registering DOI names and providing the necessary infrastructure to allow Registrants to declare and maintain metadata and state data. This service is expected to encompass quality assurance measures, so that the integrity of the DOI system as a whole is maintained at the highest possible level (delivering reliable and consistent results to users). This includes ensuring that state data is accurate and up-to-date and that metadata is consistent and complies with both DOI system Kernel and appropriate Application Profile standards.

This is the web site of the International DOI Foundation (IDF), a not-for-profit membership organization that is the governance and management body for the federation of Registration Agencies providing Digital Object Identifier (DOI) services and registration, and is the registration authority for the ISO standard (ISO 26324) for the DOI system.

The DOI system provides a technical and social infrastructure for the registration and use of persistent interoperable identifiers, called DOIs, for use on digital networks.


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