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Research Output

UJ IR  (Institutional Repository)
Research output, Theses & Dissertations

UJ IR is the University of Johannesburg's Open Access Institutional Repository.  The IR collects and maintains intellectual  scholarship such as published journal articles (pre-print and post-print), conference papers and proceedings, data sets, reports, theses and dissertations in a free and open environment.  For more information on UJ IR, Theses & Dissertations, Open Access, Pre-print, Postprint, AAM, Copyright, and Useful Links, click here

​Search UJ IR:  UJ IR collections & communities

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Submit Research output on OROSS:  Submit research articles
      For more information see the OROSS user guide  (PDF) and watch the OROSS Video

Accredited Journals

In South Africa, only articles published in accredited journals are considered for subsidy. Journals included in the DHET list below are considered "accredited" and will be taken into account for government subsidy and NRF evaluation.

Please note that the DHET list provided by the UJ Research Office is the ONLY source to be consulted. If anyone is not sure about a journal it is best to contact the Research Office: Reetha Nundulall, Tel. +27 11 559 6598; email:

The DHET journal list is also posted on the UJ web > Research > Research Publications > Accredited DHET journal lists

NRF Rating

The NRF rating system is a key driver in the NRF’s aim to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa. It is a valuable tool for benchmarking the quality of our researchers against the best in the world. NRF ratings are allocated based on a researcher’s recent research outputs and impact as perceived by international peer reviewers. The rating system encourages researchers to publish high quality outputs in high impact journals/outlets.

For more information on the NRF rating system, rating applications and contact details, visit the NRF web site.

UJ Guidelines for Research Output Authorship

The following UJ guidelines are available for research output authorship:

   1.  Authorship guidelines for research output

   2.  Co-authorship guidelines for research output

Visit UJ Research for more information on NRF UJ Rated researchers, guidelines, the rating process and incentives for researchers.

Measuring Research Impact: Citation Analysis Databases

1. Web of Science

By meticulously indexing the most important literature in the world, Web of Science has become the gold standard for research discovery and analytics. Web of Science connects publications and researchers through citations and controlled indexing in curated databases spanning every discipline. Use cited reference search to track prior research and monitor current developments in over 100 year's worth of content that is fully indexed, including 2.6 million records and backfiles dating back to 1898.

Access the Web of Science database here

Access the Web of Science training portal here

Journal Citation Reports 
The Journal Citation Reports module within InCites allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from approximately 12,000 scholarly and technical journals and conference proceedings from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. Journal Citation Reports is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all specialties in the areas of science, technology, and social sciences.
JCR provides dynamic, interactive features supported by visualizations of JCR indicators that allow researchers and librarians, as well as publishers, to compare, evaluate and inform their decisions on published research in varying fields in the Journal Citation Reports allow you to:

  • Focus on desired subject categories, enabling you to review journal titles and key performance indicators in the category;
  • Compare multiple journals based on a chosen indicator;
  • Evaluate the performance of journals in which you or your organization has published research;
  • Recognize trending journals in key research categories;
  • Identify the ideal journal in which to publish your forthcoming research.   ​​

Information for New Users - Getting started

2. Scopus (Elsevier)
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Access the Scopus database here

3.  SciVal     
SciVal helps you assess your institution's research performance from a variety of perspectives in order to establish, execute and evaluate strategies based on reliable evidence. Our Profile Refinement Service pre-populates SciVal with your institution's researchers and departments so you can start analyzing their performance straight away. Using advanced data analytics supercomputer technology, SciVal allows you to instantly process an enormous amount of data, 35 million publication records from 21,915 journals of 5,000 publishers worldwide, and provides access to more than 110 trillion metric values to generate powerful data visualizations on-demand, in seconds.

Access SciVal here

Integrated modular platform Visualize research performance from multiple perspectives using SciVal's easy-to-use interface.
Create and select research entities Test scenarios by modeling any Research Areas or groups such as newly evolving interdisciplinary Research Areas, groups of researchers to apply for a large-scale grant program, and departmental renovations.
Select metrics Select and combine any set of metrics to measure an institution's or a country's productivity, citation impact, collaboration, subject disciplinarity, visibility and more.
Supercomputing technology View and analyze big sets of data, fast, and generate graphs and tables on-demand.
Scopus publications and citation data Get access to comprehensive publication data drawn from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer reviewed literature.
Scopus and ScienceDirect usage data Incorporate COUNTER compliant usage data from Scopus and ScienceDirect into your analysis to reflect the engagement of the whole research community.
Patent article citations dataGet a proxy for innovation and the potential to transfer knowledge to industry with patent-article citations – i.e. specific references in patents to published research – from five of the world's largest patent offices (WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office), EPO (European Patent Office), JPO (Japan Patent Office) & IPO (Intellectual Property Office, UK)

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