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Peer Review Panels

The SPP carries out an external independent peer review and associated quality audit of all South African research journals in 5-year cycles. This is probably best 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.

The periodic, grouped, quality assurance-directed peer review of South African research/scholarly periodicals is functioning analogously to the quality audits of the CHE/HEQC, and focuses on: the quality of editorial and review processes; fitness of purpose; positioning in the global cycle of new and old journals listed and indexed in databases; financial sustainability; and scope and size issues. The ASSAf Panels carrying out the reviews each comprise 6-8 experts, at least half of whom are not directly drawn from the areas concerned.

The methodology comprises a detailed (mainly logistic) questionnaire sent to the editors, direct multiple, independent peer review of the journals in terms of content, and a panel meeting to review these materials and all other available evidence in order to make appropriate findings and recommendations.

- Questionnaire sent to the editors of the journals being peer reviewed
- Requests to independent peer reviewers
- Evaluation of journals according to DHET accreditation criteria and policy

The reports with recommendations are considered by the ASSAf Committee on Scholarly Publishing and released to the publishers and editors of the journals concerned, as well as other stakeholders such as national associations, the Departments of Science and Technology and of Higher Education and Training, the CHE/HEQC, the NRF and HESA, and all research-active institutions.

Please click on a journal to view a list of  journals (excel format)

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