SciSTIP is a DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Established in 2014 as part of the DST/NRF Centres of Excellence Programme, SciSTIP focuses on in-depth analyses of the state and dynamics of science across the African continent. The insights generated by its varied research portfolio underpins evidence-based, expert advice that feeds into science management and policy directives.

The state of the South African research enterprise – E-book now available

The results of a comprehensive study on the state of the South African research enterprise, which has taken four year to complete, have just been released by CREST. The study, which was commissioned by the NRF in 2015, arguably provides the most comprehensive assessment of the state and recent trends of South African research.

Science policy shifts in SA

Recent Cabinet shuffles, ministerial mergers and a new White Paper herald a new era in South African science policy. In particular, a new emphasis on innovation has emerged. In an article published by The Daily Maverick on 12 August 2019, Professor Michael Kahn, Extraordinary Professor and member of DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science Policy at CREST reflects on these events and its implications.

Putting the brakes on predatory publishing

During April 2019, the Canadian Centre for Journalology, based at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, convened a global summit focused on the issue of predatory publishing. Prof Johann Mouton, CREST Director, and Marthie van Niekerk, CREST Centre Manager, were among the 40 experts, researchers, funders and publishers from around the globe invited to participate in the event.

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How well is South African science doing?

When assessing the performance of any national science system one needs to be clear about the “performance criteria” as well as the underlying data that are being used in such an assessment.