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UJ IR (Institutional Repository including Theses & Dissertations)

UJ IR is the University of Johannesburg's Open Access Institutional Repository (IR). The institutional repository 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.

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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

Visit UJ Research for more information on NRF UJ Rated researchers, guidelines, 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.

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Access the Web of Science database 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 
Select a JCR edition and year

Journal Citation Reports® is published annually in two editions. Only the editions and years to which your institution subscribes appear on the home page.
JCR Science Edition contains data about more than 8,000 journals in science and technology.
JCR Social Sciences Edition contains data about more than 2,600 journals in the social sciences

The year that you select is the JCR year. All of the data that you see for journals and subject categories come from journal data published in that year. For example, if you select JCR Science Edition 2009, and you search for a particular journal, you will see the 2009 data for that journal, including:

  • Number of articles published in the journal in 2009
  • Number of citations to that journal from articles published in 2009
  • Impact Factor calculated from 2009 data, and so on

Select an option

  • View a group of journals by Subject Category, Publisher, Country/Territory. The default option is Subject Category. Search for a specific journal. Search for a specific title.
  • View all journals. View all journals in the JCR edition and year you selected.

Using Journal Citation Reports Wisely
You should not depend solely on citation data in your journal evaluations. Citation data are not meant to replace informed peer review. Careful attention should be paid to the many conditions that can influence citation rates such as language, journal history and format, publication schedule, and subject specialty.

The number of articles given for journals listed in JCR include primarily original research and review articles. Editorials, letters, news items, and meeting abstracts are usually not included in article counts because they are not generally cited. Journals published in non-English languages or using non-Roman alphabets may be less accessible to researchers worldwide, which can influence their citation patterns. This should be taken into account in any comparative journal citation analysis.

You should also consider the following four conditions, which may affect journal's ranking and Impact Factor.

  • Impact Factor by Article Type
    Thomson Reuters manually codes each published article with a document type, but it is not feasible to individually code the millions of references processed each year. Therefore, citation counts in JCR do not distinguish between citations to letters, reviews, or original research articles, even though only original research and review articles are used in impact factor calculations. If a journal publishes a large number of letters one year, there may be a temporary increase in the number of citations received. This increase is not proportionately reflected in the JCR article count given. To identify and evaluate any such phenomena, detailed article-by-article analyses can be conducted.
  • Changes in Journal Format
    Sudden changes in a journal's size can affect the Impact Factor. The average number of cites per article is lowered when there are more one-year-old articles than two-year-old articles because article citation rates tend to increase in the second year after publication. Likewise, when an article count drops, the Impact Factor may rise temporarily. The article counts used to calculate the Impact Factor are provided, so that any sudden changes can be noted.
  • Title Changes and Citation Metrics
    After a title change, two JCR years must pass before the new title fully replaces the previous title in JCR. In the first year after a journal title change, the new title is listed with an Immediacy Index but no impact factor because the article count for the two preceding years, used in Impact Factor calculations, is zero. The superseded title is listed with a normal two-year Impact Factor. One year later, JCR lists separate impact factors for the new title and for the superseded title, but only the new title will have an Immediacy Index. In this second year, the Impact Factor for a new title may be lower than expected because the article count includes only earlier articles. Similarly, the Impact Factor for the superseded title may be higher than expected because it is based upon only older articles. To calculate a unified Impact Factor, you can total the cites to the two previous years and divide that by the sum of the article counts for the two titles. For a listing of journal title changes, where both the new title and the superseded title appear in JCR, see the Journal Title Changes page, which is accessible from the Journal page, the Journal Search page and the Summary List page.
  • Cited-only Journals in JCR
    Some of the journals listed in JCR are not citing journals, but are cited-only journals. A journal that has no Citing Journal page information is a cited-only journal. Cited-only journals were not indexed as source items. They may represent former titles, titles that have been removed from coverage, or titles that are not selected for coverage in Thomson ISI citation databases.
    This is significant when comparing journals because self-citations from cited-only journals are not included in the JCR data. Self-citations represent a significant percent of the citations that a journal receives. Evaluations including cited-only journals are enhanced by self-citation analysis.

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More Help with using Journal Citation Reports®

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.

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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.

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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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