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NRF Statement on Predatory Journals & Deceptive Publishers

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa’s peer review and adjudication system has identified a number of instances where applications for research grants, scholarships and NRF rating include publications in predatory journals or cite invitations by deceptive publishers to serve on editorial boards of journals.  

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NRF hosts first African DSpace-CRIS Repository Workshop

The NRF hosted a successful DSpace-CRIS workshop at its National Facility the iThemba Labs, in Cape Town from 04 to 05 December 2016. It was attended by 38 participants including IT administrators, librarians and repository practitioners, drawn from various universities and research councils.

The University of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries supported the hosting of this pre-conference workshop as part of the Open Access Symposium 2016 week at UCT.

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Statement on Open Access to Research Publications from the National Research Foundation (NRF)-Funded Research


The National Research Foundation (NRF) was established through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No.23 of 1998). As an independent statutory agency, the organisation promotes and supports research in South Africa largely through the country’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), National Research Facilities and Science Councils with a view to generating knowledge and promoting high-level research capacity within the National System of Innovation (NSI).

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