Scientific journals play an important role in academic information exchange and their assessment is of
interest to science authorities, editors and researchers. The assessment of journals is of particular interest
to South African authorities as the country’s universities are partially funded according to the number of
publications they produce in accredited journals, such as the Thomson Reuters indexed journals. Scientific
publishing in South Africa has experienced a revolution during the last 10 years. Our objective here is to report
the performance of the country’s journals during 2009 and 2010 according to a number of metrics (i.e.
impact factors, Eigenfactors® and the international character of editorial boards); to identify and compare the
impact of the South African journals that have been recently added to the Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation
Reports®; and to elaborate on issues related to science policy.