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A win for Wiley at Author Workshop:

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Tuesday 25 November saw the commencement of the much anticipated Wiley author workshop, with attendees streaming inDSC_0516 (2) from across the Cape. Aimed at Researchers, the workshop focused on the dangers and the difficulties of getting published. Associate marketing director, Kate Smith, gave an overview of how Wiley serves the wider research community through the latest innovations to their Online Library. This was followed by Journals Publishing Manager, Peter Creaton, who addressed attendees on the process of publication, providing helpful insights into the publishing world. Finally, Associate Director Jill Hawthorne, spoke about Wiley’s stance with regard to new initiatives in Open Access and Altmetrics.

See the presentations below:

Karen Smith:


Peter Creaton:


Jill Hawthorne:


Wiley Workshop – Registration Closed

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Thank you for your interest in the Wiley workshop, we have received a huge response from researchers.

The workshop has been fully booked and registration for the event has closed.



Publication Count: Are you on the list?

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The publication count is an annual collation of UCT’s research output that is sent to the National Department of Higher Education (DHET). The count has a direct influence on the funding received from government and plays a vital role in the research sustainability at UCT. The purpose of the DHET policy is to encourage the production of research by rewarding research excellence.

The DHET puts emphasis on peer reviewed journals and for the purposes of this subsidy, however, they only recognize publications from a list of accredited journals.

Are you on the list? Click here for more information

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UCT rated best university in South Africa

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5.0.2The University of Cape Town has again been ranked as South Africa’s best university in the inaugural Best Global Universities (BGU) ranking by

This brings the total number of global university rankings that feature South African institutes to five, with UCT now topping four of the local listings.

In this latest ranking, Harvard University claims the No. 1 spot overall, on a list featuring 500 institutions, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2 and the University of California – Berkeley at No. 3. (more…)

GSBThe new research director at Africa’s top business school, the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, believes that the school can do even more to promote research that can change the world.

Academics should strive to do research that deals with real challenges and opportunities in society, says Dr Stephanie Giamporcaro, 36, senior lecturer and the new research director at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB). (more…)

The dawn of the digital age has transformed the the way the world shares and accesses information. This in turn, however, has had a major effect on scholarly name recognition. With about two thirds of authors sharing a last name and single initial, it has become extremely difficult for scholars to build their research brand.

ORCID (Open Research and Contributor ID) has aimed to solve this problem with unique alphanumeric codes assigned to authors. This unique code identifies authors, and tracks their scholarly contribution with an open and independent registry. An ORCID by any other name has never smelled as sweet.ORCID

Please click here for a slideshow of a recent ORCID webinar and more information about ORCID. is a training and learning site built on video tutorials. It allows members to learn in their own time, and at their own pace. Tutorials are taught by industry experts and members have unlimited access to training colyndaurses and materials. Courses are broken down into smaller, manageable sizes. This is especially convenient for students who do not have the time to sit through lengthy training courses.

Since landing at UCT about two years ago, has changed the way UCT trains, and ICTS has now made it even easier to access using your UCT network credentials. Have you joined the learning revolution?

For information on how to set up your profile, click here

Open Book Festival 2014

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It’s open time again as the Open Book Festival approaches. Taking place at the Fugard theatre and other venues across Cape Town from 17 – 21 September 2014, this year’s festival will see the assemblage of international and local writers joining together to promote a love of literature and to showcase South African writing. Some of my personal highlights include Wilbur Smith launching his new book as part of the festival, as well as Deon Meyer, Raymond E Feist and Andrew Salomon discussing the commonalities that exist between fantasy and crime writing.

Click here for the programme and see which events to add to your “not-to-miss-list”.OPen book

Resources offered through the eResearch Centre

The eResearch team will be providing an overview of resources available through ICTS and the eResearch Centre.  The session will be made up of three parts:

  • A quick overview of the eResearch Centre and how it can support young researchers
  • High performance computing resources at UCT – how to access it and what can you do on it?
  • Online tools to use in your everyday life as young researcher – a discussion

Presenter: Anelda van der Walt

Date: 25 September 2014

Time: 15:00 – 16:30

Venue: Ulwazi Training Room, Knowledge Commons, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.

RSVP: by Wednesday 24 September 2014

2013/14 Research ReportUCT wants to establish itself as a research-intensive university and hopes to do this through a renewed emphasis on cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration, improved support for researchers, and intensified efforts to integrate postgraduate students into international networks of scholars.