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WHSL Academic Staff Guide at the Faculty of Health Sciences: Publishing & Research

Useful information about WHSL and its services and Faculty of Health Sciences for academic staff members

Publishing Research in Journals

Wits academic staff are encouraged to publish in journals on the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) lists of accredited journals, which attract subsidies for the University and the Departments concerned. It is essential that you list your affiliation as Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand in order to receive these subsidies. You may of course also add your own School or Department or Research entity or unit as part of your affiliation.

Impact Factors

Impact factors can be found on the JCR (Journal Citation Reports) database from ISI Web of Science. Searching for titles by ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is recommended for optimal results. Establish a new session to begin searching.

Submission of Publications for Subsidy

Publications attract a financial subsidy for Wits University and for the author/and or Department/School. To receive this subsidy, all publications need to be submitted via the RIMS system. Each publication is submitted with the relevant form, completed, to the Research Office, via the School’s nominated ‘person responsible for publications’. On each form is a clear list of the documentation required to be submitted with that type of publication if it is intended that it be submitted to the Department of Higher Education and Training for subsidy. The Research Office does not submit  publications to the Department for subsidy if they do not meet the eligibility requirements, or if they do not have the required documentation.

A Research Output Collection Training Manual can be consulted for use with RIMS.

The Minister of Higher Education (DHET) has issued a call for comment on the way in which subsidy is awarded for research output at instiutions of Higher Education, and for amendment to the list of accredited publications. View the relevant Government Gazette announcement in the first file listed below.


Department of Higher Education and Training Accredited Publications

The Department of Education defines an accredited/approved journal as follows:
Journals refer to peer-reviewed periodical publications devoted to disseminating original research and new developments within specific disciplines, sub-disciplines or field of study. These include original articles, research letters, research papers, and review articles. However, only approved journals are subsidised.

For your convenience we include a SEARCH ENGINE FOR ACCREDITED JOURNALS where ALL the accredited journal lists can be searched simultaneously. ~ (Courtesy of Corrie Breitenbach and Elize van Eldik, North-West University Library)

Research Incentive Scheme

Click here for more information about the University Research Office requirements for publication and the Research Incentive Scheme (RIS). 

Research Incentive Scheme

Click on the link below for more information about the University Research Office requirements for publication and the Research Incentive Scheme (RIS). 

Faculty of Health Sciences Research & Postgraduate Office

Find more information about research and publishing at the Faculty of Health Sciences Research & Postgraduate Office web pages by clicking on the link below. 


Faculty Research Day & Postgrad Expo

This event is held every two years. 

The next Research Day will be held in  September 2020. Click on the link below for more information on this event.