You may find this WHSL guide to research in the biomedical sciences helpful. Academic writing style is different to the style you use in business reports, or casual correspondence. You need to use formal language and spelling (no mobile phone text words!); be precise and very specific; use impersonal language; and to make use of active verbs, such as "attends" or "states" or "refutes".
Editing and proofreading your work is equally important before submitting your research report for examination.
The Research Office and the Library have created a fund to support the payment of Article Processing Charge (APC) to make your research output immediately available in accredited Gold Open Access journals.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Gold Open Access: Gold Open Access journals provide immediate free and full open access to all of its articles on the publisher’s website.
Article Processing Charge (APC): The fee that some publishers of Open Access journals charge to publish articles. The reason given by publishers for charging APCs is that they do so in order to cover the costs of publishing material.
Hybrid journals: Hybrid journals provide open access to specific articles where an Article Processing Charge (APC) has been paid in an otherwise closed subscription journal.
Embargo period: When an author decides to deposit their research outputs in an Open Access repository they need to comply with any embargo period a publisher might have in place. In practice this means that the author submits the research article to the Wits Institutional Repository but only the metadata will be made openly accessible during the embargo period. Once the embargo period expires, the full-text article is released to the open web. Embargo periods vary between a few months up to 36 months.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WITS OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING FUND, SUPPORT CRITERIA, APPLICATION PROCESS AND APPLICATION FORM - CONSULT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE:
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)