Day 5 of Research Week marks the successful conclusion of Research Week 2014. It seemed quite fitting that the Friday’s sessions focused more on student needs as the day was started by Sr. Joy Knighton-Fitt from student wellness, who spoke on research related stress. She approached the subject holistically, discussing the wheel of health and how to balance the various spheres thereof.

The open agenda took the stage for the rest of the afternoon to discuss topics that emerged from the Library’s Inspire Idea Tree. A successful talk, as subject librarian Glynnis Lawrence addressed postgraduate challenges such as supervisor relations, loneliness and funding to name a few. (more…)

Nelleke Bak, Director of Postgraduate Studies


The Research Expo saw the influx of academics and post-gradate students alike, as we reached day 4 of Research Week. The expo provided students the opportunity to promote their research by presenting it to academic staff and fellow students. Among the people crowding around posters, was a panel of judges who scored students in various categories. The winners of the day were: (more…)

The Research Week presentations are now available online.

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The conclusion of day 3 of Research Week at UCT Libraries marks the halfway point of the long awaited event. It has been quite an eventful week with panel discussions, author workshops and a lot of banter around the barista as attendees patiently wait on that aromatic cup of java.

Research Ethics and Open Access were the hot topics at Research Week yesterday. The morning session was lead by Dr Robert McLaughlin from UCT’s office of Research Integrity. Joining him was Prof Francois Viruly from the department of Construction Economics, Prof Mastin Prinsloo from the UCT School of Education and Dr Bert Mohr from the UCT Centre for Animal Research, for a lively discussion on Research and the Ethics that underpin it.

This was followed by a teleconference presentation by Iryna Kuchma from EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) out of Kiev, who opened the afternoon session on Open Access. Partnering with her on the topic was UCT’s Laura Czerniewicz and Ina Smith from Stellenbosch University.



ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-proprietary alphanumeric code to uniquely identify scientific and other academic authors. This addresses the problem that a particular author’s contributions to the scientific literature can be hard to electronically recognize as most personal names are not unique, they can change (such as with marriage), have cultural differences in name order, contain inconsistent use of first-name abbreviations and employ different writing systems. It provides a persistent identity for humans, similar to that created for content-related entities on digital networks by digital object identifiers (DOIs).

Source: Wikipedia.

The second video we are releasing shows you how to keep up to date with research publications.


Research Week 12 -16 May 2014

Research Week 12 -16 May 2014.

We will be adding each of the presentations given at Research Week 2014 to this page.

We would like to extend our thanks to all those participating in allowing us to make these presentations available.

Day One

Introduction to Research Week – Danie Visser  (PDF – 1MB)

The practice of research and publication in the South African context – Valerie Mizrahi (PDF – 347KB)

An overview of the research literature – Wieland Gevers (PDF –  138KB)

Day Two

Publishing Scientific Research – Fritz Schmuhl (PDF – 3MB)

Day Three

Open Access: be seen, be read, be cited, have impact! – Ina Smith (PDF – 768KB)

Research Week was well underway as day 2 of Research week arrived. Springer editor, Fritz Schmuhl, addressed attendees on scientific writing for publication, sharing his vast editorial knowledge and experience from the past 20 years.

Speaking to the difficulty of getting published, Fritz touched on both the author’s and the editor’s challenges, giving attendees great insight into the processes that govern publication, as well as common mistakes that go along with article submissions.

Make sure to have a look at his presentation, which will be available on the blog soon. (more…)

In conjunction with Research Week we will be launching a series of videos on our YouTube channel. The videos will include tips to support your research!

Here is the first on Using Web of Science for your Research.

Danie Visser at Research Week.

Professor Danie Visser (Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, UCT) talks at the beginning of Research Week.

Monday morning 12 May saw the opening of Research Week hosted by our very own UCT Libraries and the UCT Post-Graduate Centre, and marks the inception of what will confidently be an annual event of this kind. Born out of the Library’s strategic plan to foster and maintain collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in support of research, the Research Week will offer various talks and panel discussions for post-graduate students ranging from research ethics, open scholarship to publication.

The event was opened by UCT Libraries Executive-Director Gwenda Thomas and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Danie Visser. Prof Wieland Gevers and Prof Valerie Mizrahi kicked off the talks with a discussion around Research and Publication in South Africa.

As part of the open agenda, which will commence on Friday 16 May, the library has created a Research Tree to elicit research struggles from attendees. This will allow for discussion about common difficulties within the post-graduate experience. A number of research posters are also on display and will be judged on Thursday 15 May, when authors will be presenting their research. Feel free to stop by and have a look at the posters on display as well as interact with the researchers. (more…)