Workshop: Submiting your thesis/dissertation to SUNScholar

Are you ready to submit your thesis, dissertation or article to the Library’s digital research repository? This library training opportunity for postgraduate students or staff is designed to provide practical guidance to those ready to submit their thesis/dissertation into SUNScholar.

Target audience: Masters and doctoral students.


This session will provide you with the necessary guidelines on:

  • Preparing your thesis/dissertation/article for fast and effective submission
  • The process and procedures involved in submission

Date & Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Thursday, February 2, 2017  AND Thursday, February 9, 2017
(Please click on the date to book)

Location: E-classroom (JS Gericke Library)

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Library Open Access Publication Fund: important notice

Dear Colleagues


Please take note of the following announcement that was posted on the OAP Fund website this morning:



27 January 2017

A limited amount has been made available for an interim period for the funding of articles to be published in non-BMC (BioMed Central) journals. Applications for funding are therefore accepted again. The Open Access Publication Fund policy will apply to all applications, with the following additional provisions:

  • Only 50% of the APCs for SU-authors will be funded.
  • Invoices should be paid first and refunds may be claimed after payment.
  • All refunds will require funding approval prior to refunds being paid out. Download the pdf form, complete and return to the contact person below. Please allow 5 work days for the assessment of your application.

BMC applications will continue to be dealt with as before.

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Beall’s list of predatory publishers removed

Beall’s list of predatory publishers removed

An academic librarian’s lists of “predatory” journals and publishers vanished from the internet without explanation.

Read more:

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Submission to SUNScholar

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 Submission to SUNScholar

SUNScholar is now open to receive new nominations for the March 2017 graduation period. Guidelines for submission into SUNScholar is available at Library Help-page and General Yearbook 2017 for policy guidelines. To summarise the process:


  1. The final document has to be submitted in pdf format. This is the copy following examination, and after all corrections have been made.
  2. The supervisor/promoter/admin staff member nominates the candidate via the staff portal.
  3. The thesis/dissertation is uploaded at:
  4. The supervisor/promoter/admin staff member approves the submission via the staff portal.
  5. The thesis/dissertation will be publicly accessible via the Internet following graduation.


The final date for the submission of theses/dissertations for the March 2017 graduation is 22 February 2017.

Publishing books/chapters in books and copyright

All inquiries related to copyright and the publication of books/chapters in books as a result of a thesis/dissertation can be directed to InnovUS.

Frequently asked questions regarding theses/dissertations

Signature on declaration page: Please note that the signature is no longer required, and that the student can simply type his/her name below the declaration. The reason for this is that the whole process is recorded electronically, as proof that all parties adhere to the policy etc.

Crest: If there are students struggling with adding the crest, please submit without the crest, and we will make sure that the crest is added in the end.


With kind regards

The Scholar team

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South African Journal of Higher Education

SAJHE has published its latest issue 2016 30(6) at We invite you to review the Table
of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Ms Anel de Beer
Managing Editor

Vol 30, No 6 (2016)
Table of Contents

General Articles
Why a contextual approach to professioal development? (1-7)
B.L. Leibowitz, J. Vorster,     C. Ndebele
Against theoretical evangelism: Imagining the possibilities of a critical
approach to theorising in professional academic development (8-23)
K. Naidoo
Conceptualising an epistemically diverse curriculum for a course for
academic developers (24-38)
L. Quinn,       J. Vorster
Scrutinising the role of reflection in a postgraduate diploma in higher
education (39-55)
L. Dison
Enhancing learner achievement through professional development: The
Zimbabwean experience (56-72)
G.N. Shava
Five writing development strategies to help academics flourish as writers
J. Castle,      M. Keane
Coaching interventions for postgraduate supervision courses: Promoting
equity and understanding in the supervisor-student relationship (94-111)
M. Keane
Asserting agency: Navigating time and space for teaching development
J. Jawitz,      T. Perez
Rurality and the professional development of university teachers (127-145)
C. Ndebele,     P. Muhuro,      V. Nkonki
Prompts in lecturer’s learning to teach in private universities in Kenya
M. Omingo
‘It takes a village’: Attaining teaching excellence in a challenging context
C. Winberg,     J. Garraway
A proposed ‘ladder of learning’ for academics’ professional development in
teaching (176-190)
A. Cameron,     C. Woods
Professional academic development – the influence of context on motivation
B.L. Leibowitz
‘I have a chameleon-like existence’: A duoethnographic account of border
crossing by two academic development practitioners (207-223)
S. van Schalkwyk,       W.J. McMillan

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In the past year, Altmetric has tracked over 17 million mentions of 2.7 million different research outputs. These are the top 100 most-discussed journal articles of 2016:


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Library Symposium Shapes Academic Library of the Future

lib-symp-2016-63-ladies950x375Author: Bronwyn Bruton. Translation by Naomi Visser. Photograph by Celeste Reynolds
Published: 22/11/2016

Professor Eugene Cloete (Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies) challenged delegates to change the paradigm of how learning happens and asserted that librarians lead the way and not follow. This was in his opening address at the Stellenbosch University 14th Annual Library Symposium which took place on the 3rd and 4th November 2016 at STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies).  The theme of the symposium was Shaping the academic library of the future: adapt, empower, partner, engage.

Tanja Hichert’s invigorating keynote How to be ‘future-fit’ and manage complexity and uncertainty, highlighted the tumultuous times in which we live and the need to work a lot differently. “Regime shifts”, “systemic differences” and “stresses” are a part of our ‘vuca’ world of ‘volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity’. Strategies she suggested include ‘crossing the river by feeling for stones underfoot’, and ‘start walking and the road will come to you.’

Dr Andrew Cox from the University of Sheffield ‘tackled’ the topic of Libraries and the wicked challenge of Research Data Management (RDM).  Andrew explained that RDM is ‘wicked’ as the problem is unique, contradictory solutions exist, and it may not be ‘solvable’. He reiterated that librarians have a very positive role to play in the wicked challenge.

Anita Nel, CEO of INNOVUS, the technology transfer company of Stellenbosch University, enlightened delegates about how the Western Cape has significant potential to become a leading knowledge region, with no less than four universities and the MRC. Partnership with the library contributes to this vision.

Kate Robinson, University Librarian from the University of Bath, provoked thought about what is possible for our libraries when institutions forge new connections and in different groupings. Kate enthusiastically shared insights about the Great Western Alliance (GW4) an open, collaborative and resourceful partnership of four research-intensive universities in the South West of England.

A mind shift is needed to understand the evolution of Web 3.0 for the library of the future. This was Prof Riaan Rudman’s message in a mesmerising, thought-challenging presentation.  The user of the future is self-centred, seeks instant gratification, has a short attention span and would rather watch a YouTube clip than read a 30 page journal article. An enormous mind-jolt for librarians is that keyword searches are dying!

In his exciting closing address Professor Mark Swilling informed delegates of a ‘great transformation’ (both an industrial and an agricultural revolution), which will be undergone within 25 to 50 years. ‘Millennials’ will learn through distance learning and e-learning.  Generosity, living for others, ‘relationality’ and open access are core values needed.

The Library Symposium was attended by 133 delegates from approximately 20 institutions. Forty-two library staff members from SU attended the symposium.  The programme was certainly packed with much ‘mind-shifting’ content.

For more information about the symposium and the presentations, visit the symposium website.


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Per Linguam has just published its latest issue

Per Linguam has just published its latest issue at We invite you to review the Table of
Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of

Thank you for the continuing interest in our work.

Prof Christa van der Walt & Dr Nanda Klapwijk

Per Linguam
Vol 32, No 3 (2016)
Table of Contents


Designing linguistically flexible scaffolding for subject-specific academic
literacy interventions (1-12)
Adelia Carstens
Discourse-shifting practices of a teacher and learning facilitator in a
bilingual mathematics classroom (13-27)
Robyn Tyler
A journey towards self-directed writing: a longitudinal study of
undergraduate language students’ writing (28-47)
Jako Olivier
From autopsy to autonomy in writing centres: Postgraduate students’ response
to two forms of feedback in a health professions education module (48-59)
Sharifa Daniels,        Rose Richards
The politics of mother tongue education: The case of Uganda (60-78)
Medadi Erisa Ssentanda, Kate Huddlestone,       Frenette Southwood
Literacy for All?  Using multilingual reading stories for literacy
development in a Grade One classroom in the Western Cape (79-94)
Ancyfrida Prosper,      Vuyokazi Nomlomo

Editor: Per Linguam

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Open Access highlights 2016

The Library and Information Service’s main open access initiatives currently include SUNScholar, the open access institutional repository, SUNDigital Collections, an open digital heritage repository, SUNJournals, an open journal hosting platform and SUNConferences, an open conference hosting platform. The library also manages an open access publication fund, established to support the university’s researchers in publishing in OA journals. Between 2009 and 2015 the author fees for 362 articles to a total value of R4,3 million were funded.

One of the highlights with regards to open access this year has been the movement of SUNScholar to the number one position in Africa in the July edition of the ranking of open access repositories performed by “The Ranking Web of World Repositories”. The use of SUNScholar is also increasing steadily, growing from approximately 104 000 downloads of theses, dissertations and articles in 2013, to a projected 142 000 downloads this year. According to usage statistics, 6 out of 10 of the most popular items downloaded are from the field of Economic and Management Sciences.

SUNDigital Collections have also grown significantly from 4293 items in 2014 to a total of 6978 items today. New additions to look forward to are the Frederik van Zyl Slabbert collection, which is currently being digitised, and the Beyers Naudé collection of sermons, which will be uploaded within the next few months.

SUNJournals welcomed three new journals on board this year, namely the South African Journal of Higher Education, the African Journal of Nephrology and the South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture. The 21 journals currently hosted on the system are being widely accessed with, for example, Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk receiving a total of 3626 visits in the last month, mostly from South Africa. Other journals that are receiving visits of thousands in the last month are e.g. African Population Studies, featuring a large number of views from African countries such as Kenya and Nigeria, and the South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, showing extensive usage from India.

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oawDear colleague

The Library and Information Service cordially invites you to a presentation in celebration of International Open Access Week 2016.

Guest presenter: Melissa Badenhorst from World Wide Information Services

Theme: Evaluating research output, impact, collaborations and trends in Open Acces

Date: Friday 28 October 2016

Tme: 12:00 – 13:30

Venue: Staff room, JS Gericke Library

Light refreshments will be served

Please register here for the event before 26 October 2016.

What to expect?

 Open access (OA) has expanded the possibilities for disseminating research and accessing that of others.

This movement has created a new channel of research in the scholarly community which has also lead to the objective evaluation of activities concerned with scientific research & technological development within the OA research landscape.

This presentation  will take a practical approach using case studies from South Africa and a specific focus on Stellenbosch University to give an insight into the opportunities and challenges regarding the evaluation of research output  in Open Access.

The Open Access initiatives of Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service will shortly be introduced prior to the presentation and an opportunity for Q & A will be presented thereafter.

Inquiries: Mimi Seyffert-Wirth


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