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Research Support: Publishing

The library provides research support to all postgraduate students and researchers

Predatory Publishers

Predatory publishers are those publishers who charge a fee for the publication of material without providing the publication services such as peer review and editing. Missing out on these important steps can undermine the final product and perpetuates bad research which and might exploit the Open Access publishing model.

They contact potential authors directly via email to offer their services and encourage publication and further organize conferences. To the researcher eager to make an impact with their work these can seem like very tempting offers but they often come with little academic reward.






Where to Publish: DHET Approved List of Accredited Journals

Only peer reviewed research articles in accredited journals qualify for subsidy. The  DHET approved List  is compiled annually from international and national journals. Journals included in these lists are considered accredited and are taken into account when government subsidy is granted to universities for scientific publication of research output.The following lists of journals are important in the identification of journals in which to publish.

  • Journal Citation Reports of the ISI (Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics), that is the Science Citation IndexSocial Sciences Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Index
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • Scopus
  • Norwegian list
  • SciELO SA
  • South African list

The List of Accredited Journals is maintained by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Consult Unisa's Department of Research webpage on the staff intranet for the the latest DHET Approved List. The DHET Accredited Journals List can be accessed by using the following steps: E-Connect → Departments → Research, Innovation and Commercialisation → Research Support → DHET and Documentation -DHET 2021- 2022 accredited Journal list.  


For more information contact:

Ms Zanele Hadebe -



National Research Foundation Statement on Predatory Publishing

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