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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.​



EndNote is a powerful software combining online and desktop features, enabling easy creation, storage, and management of references and citations. It streamlines research workflows by directly importing references from online sources like library databases and Google Scholar into your EndNote library, facilitating effortless insertion of citations into Microsoft Word or Google Docs and automatic bibliography generation in your chosen style.

EndNote download for staff: click here

EndNote download for students: click here


Reference Techniques


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 ORCiDs:

  • Register for an ORCiD
  • Link it to your institution, in this case, the University of Johannesburg
  • Use your ORCiD 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:

Accredited Journals

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

For any queries regarding the 2024 DHET list, please consult your Faculty.

Researcher Visibility (Impact)

Visit this LIbGuide for more information on Researcher Visibility