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

Established in 2014 as part of the DSI/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.

Science funding after Covid-19 will be ‘a balancing act’

Research funding in the post-Covid-19 world will be “a real balancing act” between producing strategically important evidence and keeping the science system able to respond to a wide range of needs, a leading South African scholar has said.

Addressing a webinar organised by the South African Young Academy of Science on 23 July to discuss post-pandemic African science, Johann Mouton from Stellenbosch University said there is a danger that policymakers will focus on short-term objectives when funding science.

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.

Predatory journals defined: Shedding light on a major threat to scholarship

Illegitimate or predatory journal journals collectively publish more than 400,000 studies each year. These journals may offer to rapidly publish research findings but do not provide quality controls such as peer-review. Readers may be tricked into thinking content published in predatory journals has been vetted, when that isn’t usually the case.

Transforming Research Excellence: New Ideas from the Global South

This recently released book takes a critical view of conceptual issues and practical problems that inevitably emerge when ‘excellence’ takes center stage in science systems in the Global South. What is ‘excellent science’? And how can it be recognized and assessed? After decades of inquiry and debate, there is still no satisfactory answer.