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BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)

BASE (operated by Bielefeld University Library) is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines for academic web resources. BASE provides more than 100 million documents from more than 5,000 sources with access to the full texts of about 60% … Continue reading

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South African authored articles in predatory journals

Prof Johann Mouton of CREST and Astrid Valentine recently published a significant study on predatory publishing in SA in the South African Journal of Science. This is the first study to analyse the extent of predatory publishing in South Africa. … Continue reading

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New open access journal on digital heritage

Studies in Digital Heritage is a brand new open access journal publishing peer-reviewed articles, monographs, and special issues treating the entire gamut of topics in the field of Digital Heritage. The journal is hosted on an Open Journals System hosting … Continue reading

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BLOG ORCID statement / NNS ORCID verklaring

The NRF ORCID statement On Friday 7 April the National Research Foundation (NRF) distributed an ORCID statement requiring all researchers and students applying for funding and rating to have an ORCID identifier. The NRF membership of ORCID ensures that researchers … Continue reading

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ImpactStory releases new Chrome Extension: Unpaywall

ImpactStory has released Unpaywall, linking users to full-text as they browse research articles. Unpaywall is powered by an index of over ten million legally-uploaded, open-access resources, and it delivers.   Read more or download freely from: http://blog.impactstory.org/unpaywall/

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AFRICA’S FIRST SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT KNOWLEDGE HUB LAUNCHED

The South African Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub – a first for Africa – was launched at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, South Africa on 16 March 2017.   The Hub is the first … Continue reading

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Workshop on the benefits of Open Access publishing for researchers

Learn more about the benefits of Open Access and the Library’s Open Access initiatives. The workshop will cover the following:   The philosophy and benefits of Open Access publishing SUNScholar (Stellenbosch University’s digital research repository) Finding Open Access journals in … Continue reading

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African Journal of Nephrology – new issue

African Journal of Nephrology has just published its latest issue at http://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/ajn. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our website to access the full-text articles. Best regards Alain Assounga and Razeen Davids African … Continue reading

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13 evidence-based characteristics by which predatory journals may potentially be distinguished

An interesting study regarding predatory journals has been published. “Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison” by Shamseer et al identifies 13 evidence-based characteristics by which predatory journals may potentially be distinguished from … Continue reading

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Promoting your articles to increase your digital identity and research impact

Self-archiving your articles in your institutional repository may increase reach and impact.   For ten ways of promoting your research output and increasing impact, read the full article by Jon Tennant here: http://blog.scienceopen.com/2017/03/promoting-your-articles-to-increase-your-digital-identity-and-research-impact/

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