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Category Archives: 3rd Quarter 2016

ASSAf hosts Mathematical Sciences Workshop

27 September 2016, 13:09

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ASSAf’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Standing Committee held a Mathematical Sciences Workshop on 15 and 16 September 2016 in Cape Town. This event was a first step to explore the possibility of growing and enhancing a mathematics culture that ensures broader and more meaningful access to the mathematical sciences in South Africa. [...]

SAJS articles break records

26 September 2016, 10:12

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The South African Journal of Science published two cutting-edge articles in the July/August 2016 issue of the journal. The articles have made international headlines in National Geographic, The New York Times, BBC and The Telegraph with record-breaking views and download counts. The first article identified the oldest tumour in the human fossil record – an [...]

South African Journal of Science Promotes Open Data

26 September 2016, 10:08

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Authors of journal articles for the South African Journal of Science (SAJS) will in future be able to publish a link to the open data supporting their published articles. SAJS made the announcement during International Data Week that took place from 11–17 September 2016. SAJS encourages authors to deposit their data in a reputable repository [...]

Directory of Open Access Journals

26 September 2016, 10:06

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ASSAf participated in a training workshop hosted by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), from 20-24 June 2016, Crete, Greece. This workshop was attended by 20 participants from many countries, including China, Russia, Brazil, as well as a number in Africa. The workshop provided a platform to exchange expertise with others working in open [...]

ASSAf and Thomson Reuters co-host South African Publishing Event

26 September 2016, 10:05

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Improving quality and visibility and reducing reviewer fatigue and turnaround times are common objectives among scholarly journal editors and publishers globally. Tools to assist in accomplishing these objectives were highlighted at a scholarly publishing event for South African editors and publishers co-hosted by ASSAf and Thomson Reuters on 12 July 2016. ASSAf strives to improve [...]

ASSAf Members in the News

26 September 2016, 09:58

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ASSAf Members Honoured with NSTF Awards The following ASSAf Members were winners in their categories at the 18th National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards Gala Dinner held on 30 June 2016: Professor Susan Harrison – Award for Research and Engineering Capacity Development Professor Thokozani Majozi – Award for Research and Engineering Capacity Development Professor [...]

Online Open Access Journals Becoming the Norm

26 September 2016, 09:54

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“Scholars need the means to launch a new generation of journals committed to open access, and to help existing journals that elect to make the transition to open access…” Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002 The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in collaboration with the Higher Education Library Interest Group (HELIG) – National, the [...]

Multimorbidity under the Spotlight

26 September 2016, 09:53

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The burden of multimorbidity will be scrutinised at an ASSAf workshop in November 2016. Throughout the world, populations are ageing, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) rise and infectious diseases (IDs) continue to affect millions of people every year. Multimorbidity presents a substantial international challenge for the near future and is likely to vary between countries, where [...]

Apply for DOAJ

26 September 2016, 09:51

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Requirements for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) were recently discussed at a webinar presented by ASSAf. Approval is only granted to peer-reviewed, open access journals, in addition to other requirements as specified by different indexes. Editors are invited to apply for inclusion in the indexes as additional scrutiny of journals will [...]

ASSAf Studies in Process

26 September 2016, 09:43

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ASSAf is currently engaged in a number of studies, some of which have been contracted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and others that have been initiated by ASSAf’s Standing Committees. • Technical Readiness of South Africa to support the Shale Gas Industry • State of Energy Efficiency Technologies in South Africa • [...]