Cambridge University celebrating OA week 2017 announced the full text Open Access to Prof Steven Hawking’s PhD.

The Office of Scholarly Communication is delighted to announce that Professor Stephen Hawking has given the University permission to make his thesis freely available and Open Access in Apollo. By making his PhD thesis open anyone in the world can now freely, and without any barriers, download and read this important piece of research by the world’s most recognizable scientist.

Professor Stephen Hawking’s 1966 doctoral thesis “Properties of expanding universes” ( is the most requested item in the University of Cambridge’s Open Access repository, Apollo. The Apollo record for Prof. Hawking’s thesis is regularly viewed over 300 times per month, and since May 2017 the University has received over 200 requests from interested readers who want to download Prof. Hawking’s thesis. You can also view this seminal work on the University of Cambridge Digital Library:

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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% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access).

Stellenbosch University repository and journals hosting platforms – SUNScholar and SUNJournals – are also indexed in BASE.

Try it out at

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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.

The article is available from:

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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 platform at Indiana University and charges no article processing fees.

Read more at:

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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 and their institutions will benefit from access to and integration with the ORCID registry. They are in the process of integrating ORCID into all application and grant management processes and systems. They are also considering integration benefits such as automated processes for uploading research output records into a researcher’s profile and research reports. Please read the NRF ORCID statement here.

What is ORCID?

An ORCID iD comprises a 16-digit identification number which uniquely distinguishes one author from another (e.g. In doing so it ensures that scientific authors are permanently connected to their online research activities throughout their research careers.

ORCID and Stellenbosch University

You will know that Stellenbosch University has been a member of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) network since 2015 and we would like you to associate (“connect”) your ORCID and SU network identities to allow for the integration of ORCID iDs across systems in a managed way.

While it is now compulsory to have an ORCID iD when applying for NRF-funding or –rating, Stellenbosch University would like to request you to create your ORCID record and connect it to the Stellenbosch University integration at the same time. To do so please click on the button below (if you already have an ORCID iD, please sign in to your account to connect it with your SU network identity).


Please read the ORCID Library guide if you need more information, for example on the benefits of using an ORCID iD and the benefits of connecting your ORCID iD to your Stellebosch University identity.

Enquiries: Contact your Faculty Librarian or Marié Roux, tel.: 021-8082623.


Die NNS ORCID verklaring

Die Nasionale Navorsingstigting (NNS) het op Vrydag 7 April ‘n verklaring uitgereik oor die vereiste om ‘n ORCID iD te gebruik in alle befondsings- en graderingsaansoeke. Die NNS se lidmaatskap tot ORCID verseker dat navorsers en hul instellings voordeel sal trek uit toegang en integrasie met die ORCID-netwerk. Hulle is in die proses om alle aansoek- en befondsingsbestuursprosesse en -sisteme te integreer met ORCID. Hulle oorweeg dit ook om met ORCID te integreer om die oplaai van navorsingsuitsette na die navorsersprofiele en navorsingsverslae te vergemaklik. Lees die NNS ORCID verklaring hier.

Wat is ORCID?

Die netwerk bestaan uit 16-syfer identifikasienommers wat skrywers van wetenskaplike navorsingspublikasies op ’n unieke manier van mekaar onderskei (bv. Sodoende word verseker dat skrywers vir die duur van hul loopbane, en daarna, met hul aanlyn- navorsingsaktiwiteite verbind word.

ORCID en Universiteit Stellenbosch

Soos jy reeds weet, is Universiteit Stellenbosch vanaf 2015 ’n lid van die Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) netwerk. Universiteit Stellenbosch nooi jou uit om jou ORCID iD met jou universiteitsrekord te skakel ten einde die integrasie van ORCID iDs oor stelsels heen op ’n beheerde manier moontlik te maak.

Terwyl dit nou verpligtend is om ‘n ORCID iD te hê wanneer jy aansoek doen vir NNS-befondsing of -evaluerings, wil ons graag vra dat jy jou ORCID iD met die Universiteit Stellenbosch integrasie koppel wanneer jy ‘n iD skep. Gebruik asseblief die skakel hieronder om dit te doen. Indien jy reeds oor ‘n ORCID iD beskik, teken asseblief hier op jou rekening aan en skakel jou ORCID iD met jou universiteitsrekord.


Lees asseblief die ORCID biblioteekgids indien jy meer inligting benodig, byvoorbeeld oor die voordele van die gebruik van ORCID en die voordele om jou iD met jou Universiteit Stellenbosch identiteit te koppel.


Navrae: Kontak jou Fakulteitsbibliotekaris of Marié Roux, tel.: 021-8082623.

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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:

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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 to connect African policy makers and development partners with the research needed to implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. The beta version of the Hub is available at currently contains the texts of 621 items, tagged in terms of SDG and Agenda 2063 aspiration. It is hosted by the University of Pretoria.


According to Minister Jeff Radebe, who delivered the keynote address at the opening, “the Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub is an online African initiative that focuses on collecting and disseminating relevant research on the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs in South Africa. I am told that this is the only Hub of its kind on the African continent and it provides access to the most recent and relevant South African research as an existing knowledge base to domesticate the SDGs”.


The Hub collects all recent publicly available research produced at South African universities that deal with implementing elements of Agenda 2063’s Aspirations and the SDGs. Articles are found by applying 401 search terms to research produced from 2014 to 2016. Of particular importance are articles that are technically accessible, and that focus on implementation.


Contact Prof Willem Fourie, Programme Coordinator: South African Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub, at +27 84 680 0911 or for more information.

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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 which to publish
  • SUNJournals
  • SUNDigital Collections
  • Open Access Publication Fund
  • How Open Access publishing can increase the citation rate of publications
  • Self-archiving of your research


Date: 28 March 2017

Time: 12:30 – 14:00

Venue: E-classroom, JS Gericke Library



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African Journal of Nephrology – new issue

African Journal of Nephrology has just published its latest issue at We invite you to review the Table
of Contents here and then visit our website to access the full-text

Best regards
Alain Assounga and Razeen Davids

African Journal of Nephrology
Vol 20, No 1 (2017)
Table of Contents

Editorial note (1)
Alain Assounga

The story of the African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN) (2-10)
Rashad S Barsoum

Malignant renal tumours seen in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching
Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria (11-15)
Christopher C Obiorah,  Vitalis Ofuru

Case Reports
Successful pregnancy in a South African patient with end-stage renal disease
with the use of thrice-weekly nocturnal haemodialysis (16-17)
Piers A Stead,  Nabeel A Bapoo, Ronell Grobbelaar,      Derek Miller,   Douglas
IgG4-related kidney disease: a rare cause of tubulointerstitial nephritis
Thadathilankal J John,  Adriano Pellizon,       Wiiliam D Bates,        Mogamat-Yazied

African Journal of Nephrology

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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 presumed legitimate journals. These may be useful for authors who are assessing journals for possible submission or for others, such as universities evaluating candidates’ publications as part of the hiring process. The 13 characteristics are summarized in the article:


The scope of interest includes non-biomedical subjects alongside biomedical topics


The website contains spelling and grammar errors


Images are distorted/fuzzy, intended to look like something they are not, or which are unauthorized


The homepage language targets authors


The Index Copernicus Value is promoted on the website


Description of the manuscript handling process is lacking


Manuscripts are requested to be submitted via email


Rapid publication is promised


There is no retraction policy


Information on whether and how journal content will be digitally preserved is absent


The Article processing/publication charge is very low (e.g., < $150 USD)


Journals claiming to be open access either retain copyright of published research or fail to mention copyright


The contact email address is non-professional and non-journal affiliated (e.g., or


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