Publishing your work is an essential part of research life, and choosing where to publish is therefore an important consideration. Your choice will be influenced by traditions, decisions and preferences in your scholarly community.
The golden rule is to publish in high impact accredited journals. For greater visibility the tendency to publish in high impact accredited open access journals has become a preferred way of publishing for many researchers.
A new Research Output Policy (2015) has been published for implementation from 1 January 2016 by the Minister of Higher Education and Training. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) issues, each year on or before the 31st of January, official lists of journals that will qualify for subsidisation for the reporting year. The new policy was applied to the 2016 research output that was reported on in 2017 and will be applied to research output in the coming years.
In 2021 the DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals was added by the DHET to the lists of accredited journals.
|The following link is the Alphabetical integrated list of accredited journals (including all 7 lists below)|
|Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Core Collection (previously called ISI).|
|IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences)|
|DHET Accredited Journals List of South African Journals|
|DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals|
According to the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Research Output Policy, only articles published in approved scholarly journals are subsidised. Only complete, peer-reviewed articles in journals are accepted for subsidy. The following types of articles are not subsidised:
(a) Correspondence to the editors
(b) Abstracts or extended abstracts
(c) Keynote Addresses
(e) Book reviews
(f) News articles
The Department of Higher Education and Training maintains the list of South African journals that meet the criteria set out in their Research Output Policy. South African journals not appearing on the approved lists of journals, but meet the policy's minimum criteria, can apply for accreditation. All South African journals currently not listed in any international index are encouraged to seek inclusion in such indexes and meet the stringent criteria for high-quality international journals. SA journals which do not achieve inclusion in any of these indexes and which continue to meet the criteria for accreditation to a separate list of South African journals remain in the latter list.
The University of Pretoria has become an open scholarship institution that supports open access to research literature and disseminates its own research output on an open access basis. It supports open access publishing in open access journals and archiving of theses and dissertations and research output in the institutional repository UPSpace.
Many public funded institutions and universities around the world have established green Open Access channels such as OA institutional repositories, subject repositories for self-archiving of research literature. Green Open Access is a term to describe the process when authors provide open access by self-archiving their journal articles in an OA repository.
The researchers affiliated with public institutions and universities have also started publishing research papers in OA journals. There is an increase of OA journals published by non-profit scholarly societies, professional associations, academies, universities and research institutions. Gold Open Access is a term to describe when authors provide open access by publishing in an open access journal.
Open access journals do not charge a subscription fee, but charge “Article processing charges” from either the authors or funding institution in order to make the content freely available to any end-user in the world. The UP has recently compiled a policy on Open Access Publishing Article Processing Charges to guide and manage a fund that supports Open Access Article Processing Charges. A document with Guidelines for application to the University of Pretoria’s Open Access Fund for Article processing Charges is also available. The fund will provide partial support for articles published in accredited open access journals with an acceptable impact factor.
The following are useful tools to find Open Access Journals:
Of late, for-profit publishers have taken interest in publishing OA journals and OA articles in hybrid journals. A Hybrid journal is a journal which itself is not fully open access, but authors may pay article processing charges to make their articles open access.
The Veterinary Library has compiled a list of accredited open access journal titles with impact factors to consider for publication