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., @gmail.com or @yahoo.com)


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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:


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South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science

The latest edition of South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science is now available at http://sajlis.journals.ac.za/pub

Table of Contents:

Provision of library services to people with disabilities in Malawi

By Aubrey Harvey Chaputula, Patrick Mapulanga

The impact of new information services on teaching, learning and research at the University of Zululand Library

By Lyudmila Ocholla, Grace Mutsvunguma, Zanele Hadebe

Trends and patterns of medical and health research at Moi University, Kenya, between 2002 and 2014: an informetrics study

By Daniel Chebutuk Rotich, Omwoyo Bosire Onyancha

Researchers adapting to open access journal publishing: the case of the University of Cape Town

By Reggie Raju, Jill Classeen, Elizabeth Moll

Using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to foster teaching and learning partnerships

By Allison Fullard

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Stellenbosch University joins MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) Institutional Membership Programme

Stellenbosch University has joined the Institutional Membership Programme of MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute), an academic open-access publisher.

In terms of the membership programme, corresponding authors associated with the University will receive a 10% discount on MDPI’s Article Processing Charges.

SU authors who publish with MDPI will be invoiced directly. Once the invoice has been paid, the author may apply for a refund from the Open Access Publication Fund, in agreement with the policy of the Fund.

If approved, the refund will not be more than 50% of the APCs for SU-authors.


For more information, contact Naomi Visser, E-resources librarian at nrv@sun.ac.za

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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

* Please share with colleagues/students where applicable.


 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: https://etd.sun.ac.za/submissions
  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
http://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/sajhe. 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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