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Category Archives: 2nd Quarter 2015

SciELO SA : 3 million+ views

6 July 2015, 08:37

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To date, texts in the SciELO SA open access collection have been viewed more than three million times. The SciELO SA Collection was started in 2009 as a full-text searchable database of selected, high-quality South African scholarly journals. Its purpose is to increase the visibility, accessibility and impact of South African scholarly journals. The collection [...]

South African scholarly journal landscape demonstrates growth in Open Access

6 July 2015, 08:30

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During the first half of 2015, the Scholarly Publishing Unit in ASSAf conducted an audit of scholarly journal publications emanating from South Africa. Information on journal titles accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training were collected and updated, and key trends were established. This list now contains comprehensive information on all journal titles, [...]

BIOVISION Forum 2015

6 July 2015, 08:18

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TWAS ROSSA has elected two young scientists, Mr Njau Daniel Gachuiri, a forensic biochemist from Kenya, and Ms Nikiema Zara Soutonnoma, a plant geneticist from Burkina Faso, to attend the BIOVISION FORUM that was held in France (Lyon), 15-16 April 2015. BIOVISION is a World Life Sciences Forum that engages renowned scientists, CEOs, policymakers and [...]

SAYAS launches new blog

6 July 2015, 07:52

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The South African Young Academy of Sciences (SAYAS) held a national blogging competition for PhD students from universities in South Africa. The goal of the competition was to launch the new SAYAS blog and to select four bloggers to contribute monthly on what it means to be a PhD student in South Africa. The objective [...]

ASSAf moving forward with the trends! Webinar on Creative Commons a first for the Academy

6 July 2015, 07:45

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Without question, technology is revolutionising how we conduct business and engage with individuals within the research environment. Researchers and editors are constantly on the move, are distributed all over the country, and often do not have time and resources to attend an event in person. Keeping these challenges in mind, the Scholarly Publishing Unit within [...]

Article footprints in the digital age

6 July 2015, 07:43

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The purpose of the SciELO indexing platform is to make scholarly journal articles openly accessible and highly visible, so that the impact of research conducted can be maximised and the return on investment in research can be increased. Once an article becomes available online, it finds its way to researchers in many different ways, for [...]

ASSAf Members in the News

6 July 2015, 07:41

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Professor Jeanet Conradie Prof Conradie was recently awarded the Merck Medal Award for 2014 by the South African Chemistry Institute (SACI) for her paper, Redox potentials of ligands and complexes. A DFT approach (S. Afr. J. Chem. 2011, 64, 203-209). The medal is awarded to the senior author of the paper, published in the South [...]

SAYAS hosts Networking Meetings

6 July 2015, 07:37

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The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) hosted three networking meetings in KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Gauteng in March and April. The meetings focused on developing working relations, brainstorming on potential SAYAS projects and providing a platform for building cohesion among SAYAS members. The meetings were attended by SAYAS Exco members, representatives from [...]

Quest: Science for South Africa

6 July 2015, 07:36

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ASSAf’s popular science magazine, Quest: Science for Society has embarked on a strategy to forge new relations, initiate links and support a number of initiatives nationally. Science festivals Quest was invited and attended the SciFest Africa in Grahamstown and the Science beyond Borders Festival (SBBFest) in Thohoyandou. Scifest Africa was held from 18-24 March 2015 [...]

Young Scientists’ Conference to Focus on Women Empowerment

6 July 2015, 07:34

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The ASSAf-TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientists’ Conference will be held from 16 – 18 September 2015 at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Johannesburg. The conference will be hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the South African National Research Foundation (NRF), TWAS Regional Office [...]