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.
In 2017, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) commissioned CREST to investigate the quality of research outputs in South Africa and make recommendations about how the current system can be changed and strengthened to ensure that only the best and highest quality South African publications are subsidised. The report, which is now available for download, consists of extensive findings of an analysis of the most recent trends in the quality and integrity of research publications funded under the DHET research output framework.
African scientists’ share of the world’s publications has been increasing and more of the research published by scientists from the continent is being cited, but more regular, reliable and comprehensive data on research universities in Africa is needed to ensure that imminent decisions related to investing in the continent’s universities are well-directed.
Over the past three weeks launched the largest national tracer survey of doctoral graduates who received their degrees at a South African university since 2000 was launched. This is the first comprehensive study of its kind which aims to gain a deeper understanding of South African doctoral graduates’ career trajectories after they complete their degrees.
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, Johann Mouton from Stellenbosch University said there is a danger that policymakers will focus on short-term objectives when funding science.