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Lean Library

The Lean Library is a browser plug-in that allows you easy access to the electronic resources the UJ Library subscribes to when doing a Google or Google Scholar search. Access Library content wherever and whenever you need it. Visit this Lean Library Libguide for more information, how to download it and instructional videos.​


An online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
If you need to manage information for any reason -- whether it be for writing, research or collaboration -- RefWorks is the perfect tool. Use the RefWorks LibGuide and information resources on the RefWorks site to work smarter with RefWorks​. (The old RefWorks site can still be accessed for now)

Reference Techniques 

Harvard Reference Techniques   (We are currently updating to the latest version,  when using this old version, please be aware of inconsistencies)

APA Reference Techniques   (We are currently updating to the latest version,  when using this old version, please be aware of inconsistencies)
        Guide to What’s New in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition.
        Key changes between APA 6th and APA 7th

Harvard Quick Reference online  (Elize du Toit, UJ)

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 

ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor IDentifier)

ORCiD provides a persistent 16 digit, unique, digital identifier for researchers and scholars that distinguishes you from every other researcher. They can be used in any institution throughout a researcher's career life and are interoperable across systems of publishers, funding organizations and research institutions. To get the full benefit of using ORCID iDs:

  • Register for an ORCID iD
  • Link it to your institution, in this case, the University of Johannesburg
  • Use your ORCID iD in your: institutional profile page research outputs when submitting to publish, email signature, conference presentation, media stories, CV, anywhere you have a public profile

Watch a short introduction to ORCid on Youtube

Citation Analysis Databases

See Research Output: Measuring Research Impact ​

UJ Research and Innovation division

For more information on Research policies, partnerships, funding, outputs, initiatives, news and more, visit UJ Research

How to get published (Instructions to Authors) ​

Elsevier: For Authors
Publishing open access journals (Public Library of Science)
SAGE: Journal Author Gateway
Springer: For Authors
Wiley - Resources for Authors
Directory of open access journals: For publishers