SciSTIP has two overarching, but intrinsically linked, missions in terms of its research: (1) to conduct and promote scientometric studies and scholarship; and (2) to conduct and promote science, technology and innovation (STI) policy studies.

While our focus is on strengthening research, scholarship and postgraduate research capacity in South Africa, we also explore and contribute to scholarship across the African continent. We aim to develop a relevant, inclusive and creative research group that is also internationally competitive.

Research activities at SciSTIP draw on diverse fields of scholarship, including scientometrics; bibliometrics; science, technology and innovation (policy) studies; sociology of science and technology; history and philosophy of science; research evaluation and performance studies; science communication and the public understanding of science and technology, as well as research in higher-education studies.

Science in (South) Africa
History, governance, state and trends.

Human resources for science and technology
The next generation of scientists, scholars and knowledge professionals.

Research evaluation
Assessing the uptake, utilisation and impact of research.

Science and technology and innovation studies
To develop an analytical coverage of the entire spectrum of S&T and innovation activities.

Communication in and of science
How do scientists communicate with each other, and how do scientists communicate and engage with their publics?