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Category Archives: 1st Quarter 2018

ASSAf’s Scholarly Publishing Unit hosts webinars

22 March 2018, 09:34

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ASSAf’s Scholarly Publishing Unit hosted the following webinars for members of the National Scholarly Editors’ Forum (NSEF). A webinar on Open Peer Review for journal publishing was presented by Sabina Alam, Editorial Director of F1000 Platforms, on 24 November 2017. Open peer review was adopted by several journals in order to encourage transparency in the [...]

New Staff at ASSAf

22 March 2018, 09:33

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Franciscus Fleischmann has been appointed as the Information Technology (IT) Systems Administrator in the Scholarly Publishing Unit and will be managing all IT systems of the Academy. He previously worked at NTP Radioisotopes as an IT Systems Administrator. His experience ranges from exchange environment to virtualisation, mainly in the cyber security sector. He is cyber-security [...]

SAJS Top Articles in 2017

22 March 2018, 09:32

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A total of 42 articles published in the South African Journal of Science (SAJS) drew media attention in 2017. The top articles in terms of impact discussed in international and national news outlets were: Top 3 downloaded articles on the journal website published in 2017 2 998 downloads – The extent of South African authored [...]

WACREN Launched

22 March 2018, 09:27

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The launch of WACREN – the Western and Central African Research and Education Network providing Internet to universities from West and Central Africa – was a highlight of the WACREN2018 conference. The conference was held from 14 to 16 March 2018 in Lomé, Togo and was opened by the prime minister of Togo, Komi Sélom [...]

Peer Review Panels meet to ensure quality scholarly journals

22 March 2018, 09:25

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The ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Unit (SPU) recently held three review panel meetings in Johannesburg. On 12 February 2018, an introductory meeting and workshop for the Review Panel on Education, History, Philosophy and Politics and Mathematics and Science was held. This panel will be reviewing 17 journals in education, 25 journals in history, philosophy and politics [...]

New Associate Editors for SAJS

22 March 2018, 09:23

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Chris Chimimba (replaces Sally Archibald for Organismal Biology) is a Professor at the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria. He holds a PhD from the University of Pretoria, an MSc from the University of Western Australia and a BSc from the University of Malawi.     Linda Chisholm (replaces Merridy Wilson-Strydom [...]

NEF Global Gathering held in Rwanda

22 March 2018, 09:22

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The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Global Gathering 2018 will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 26 to 28 March 2018 under the patronage of H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda. Prior to the start of the NEF Global Gathering, ASSAf held a bilateral meeting with the Rwanda Academy of Sciences which was [...]

ASSAf Members in the News

22 March 2018, 09:20

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Three ASSAf Members are amongst 32 senior scientists who were admitted as Fellows of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in 2017. They are: Prof Evance Kalula, Advisor to the ASSAf Council Prof Anthony Okoh, University of Fort Hare Prof Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya, ASSAf Council Member To date, the AAS has recognised 396 AAS Fellows and [...]

Top Young Scientists Selected for Prestigious Meeting

22 March 2018, 09:19

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Six young female South African scientists were nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting later this year in Lindau, Germany. The meeting will take place from 24 to 29 June 2018 and a record number of 43 Nobel Laureates are expected to attend. Some [...]

AAAS Addresses Science Advancement

22 March 2018, 09:18

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The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was held from 15 to 19 February at the Austin Convention Centre in Texas. The theme was Advancing Science: Discovery to Application. ASSAf was represented by Ms Phyllis Kalele, Senior Liaison Officer and Mr Tsepo Majake, Education Liaison Officer. Ms Kalele was [...]