Publishing South African scholarship in the global academic community

Show simple item record Le Roux, Elizabeth Henriette 2015-09-18T12:02:17Z 2015-09
dc.description.abstract South Africa's academic publishing history has been profoundly influenced by its colonial heritage. This is reflected in the publication of Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society (later, the Royal Society of South Africa) from 1878. Although the Society and journal sought to promote original research about South Africa, it was modelled after the Royal Society in London and formed part of an imperial scientific community. As the local higher education institutions grew more independent and research-focused, local scholarly publishing developed as well, with university presses playing an increasingly important role. The University of South Africa (Unisa) Press started publishing departmental journals in the 1950s, with a focus on journals that ‘speak to the student’, and it is today the only South African university press with an active journals publishing programme. As external funding declined and the country became intellectually isolated in the high apartheid period, the Press managed to attract journals that could no longer be subsidized by learned societies and other universities. More recently, new co-publishing arrangements have brought South African journals back into an international intellectual community. Although some argue that this constitutes a re-colonization of South African knowledge production, it is also an innovative strategy for positioning local research in a global context. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-09-30
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Le Roux, EH 2015, 'Publishing South African scholarship in the global academic community', Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, vol. 69, no. 3, pp. 301-320.. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0035-9149 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1743-0178 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1098/rsnr.2015.0033
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher The Royal Society en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society.. en_ZA
dc.subject Scholarly publishing en_ZA
dc.subject Journals publishing en_ZA
dc.subject Co-publishing en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Publishing South African scholarship in the global academic community en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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