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Many an hour has been spent by a student or academic on research. Many an hour has ALSO been spent on such sites as Wikipedia, although said students and academics will never admit to have been anywhere near them in their research. However there is slowly becoming a better option online – Open Access articles. Articles with free open access (see, it’s in the name!) to anyone who has the ability to go online. This kind of Open Scholarship is good for academics everywhere, as well as the public. The Atlantic has more to say on the subject.


A heartfelt congratulations to UCT Libraries’ very own Jayarani Raju on the publication of her research! More information below the cut.


HSL reserach lecturesOn Tuesday 12 April 2016, the Health Sciences Library will be hosting a talk on Scholarly Publishing as part of their Research Lecture Series. This session is intended for emerging and established researchers. It will focus on finding the best journals in which to publish, copyright issues, archiving your thesis in the repository, and open access.  (more…)

springerOn Monday 2 November 2015, Springer will be hosting an Author Workshop at UCT Libraries entitled: Publishing Scientific Research. This workshop is specifically aimed at, but not limited to, academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students in the Physics and Astronomy departments interested in publishing.

The workshop will be lead by Dr Elisabeth Mol and Dr Aldo Rampioni, who will be sharing their vast experience in publishing at Springer. (more…)


The University of Cape Town Libraries hosted Elsevier last week, who facilitated an Author Workshop entitled Publishing Connect. The workshop covered various aspects of the scholarly publishing process including the peer-review process, Open Access publishing, getting your paper noticed among others. If you were unable to attend the workshop, and are planning to publish your research, make sure that you have a look at the Presentation.




With the annual UCT Libraries Research Week at hand, the library is gearing up for the influx of postgraduate researchers from across the university. On Monday 13 April, Emerald publishing will kick off Research Week with an author workshop. The workshop will introduce researchers to a series of academic guidelines touching on research methodologies, stylistic resources and criteria required by international journals for publishing.



Date:               Monday, April 13, 2015

Time:               9:00am – 3:00pm

Location:         Health Sciences Campus, PG Seminar Room 2, Barnard Fuller

Campus:          Health Sciences Campus

Categories:      Postgraduate event

To book your seat for the workshop, click here


Another day, another report of a junk science article published by China-based publisher Scientific Research Publishing, or SCIRP. This publisher specializes in publishing junk cosmology and junk physics, but with this article, the publisher is branching out into junk medical science, specifically AIDS denialism.
The article is entitled “Basic Principles Underlying Human Physiology” [1], and you don’t have to be a scientist to know that it’s junk, for it is a manifestation of AIDS denialism. The conclusion’s first paragraph says,

HIV is not etiologically involved in AIDS. It is just a common retrovirus found in AIDS conjuncturally. There is only AIDS that may not be strictly associated neither to a primary immune deficiency nor to an acquired immune deficiency. Actually, heart failure represents the causal factor of AIDS and many other “primary” immune deficiencies (p. 1821). (more…)

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:


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.

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University of Cape Town:  25th November,  9:30 – 13:00

Target Audience: The course is aimed at researchers, academics and librarians who wish to publish in international journals.

Charge: The workshop is free to all registrants. Registrations will be taken on a first come, first served, basis.  Seats are limited, so book now!

Certification: On completion of the seminar, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance. (more…)