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Find accredited journals

In South Africa, only articles published in "accredited journals" are considered for subsidy. To this effect journals included in the lists/indices below are considered "accredited" and will be taken into account for government subsidy and in terms of NRF evaluation

Lists of accredited journals:
Science Citation Index
Social Sciences Citation Index
Arts and Humanities Citation Index
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) (view serials title list)
List of approved South African journals as maintained by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

Find the combined DHET list:
ISI Journal Citation Reports, IBSS and Approved South African Journals

Find Open Access Accredited Journals: (An additional field in the lists below show whether a particular journal is Open Access)

Also consult:
Division for Research Development (SU) - Minimum criteria for inclusion in approved accredited list


How to get a South African journal accredited by DHET

According to the attached policy below, a minimum of three consecutive issues must be published for journals with a quarterly or higher publication frequency and one issue for annual publications. The following information accompanied by a physical copy of the journal must be submitted to the Department of Education by 15 June for the journal to be considered for inclusion, effective the following calendar year;

(a) Title, including translations if not published in English

(b) The ISSN of the journal

(c) Publisher and the publisher’s address and contact details

(d) Frequency of publication

(e) Evidence that the journal has been published for the minimum prescribed cycle (the most recent 3 copies of 3 consecutive issues for a journal with a quarterly or higher publication frequency, 2 copies, for a journal published semi-annually, and 1 copy for a journal published annually ).

(f) Editorial policy, including evidence of the peer review process

(g) Editorial Board, the status of the members of the editorial board must be stated together with their institutional affiliations.

(h) In the case of electronic journals, the journal’s internet Uniform Resource Locator (URL).

(i) Indication of library holdings should be provided.


How to get an International journal accredited

Web of Science Journal Selection Process:

Thomson Reuters have standards when it comes to the journal evaluation process for the Web of Science. Each year about 2000 journals are evaluated, but only 10 – 12% are selected to be included in Web of Science. Saying this, it has been proven that in only 40% of the journals – you’ll find 80% of the publications and 92% of the cited papers. So the journals that have been selected are thus the most influential journals. The following factors are considered during the evaluation process:

  • Publishing Standards (Timeliness, International Editorial Conventions, Peer Review)
  • Editorial content (Addition to knowledge in specific subject field)
  • Diversity (International, regional influence of authors, editors, advisors)
  • Citation analysis (Editors and authors’ prior work)
  • To read more about the journal selection process, please go to the following link:

Submitting a journal for evaluation:

    How to use Journal Citation Reports

    1. Use this link to go to Journal Citation Reports
    2. Select either the Science or Social Sciences Edition and the Year.
    3. Select an option to search for a specific journal, or to view a group of journals.
    4. To search for a specific journal, you may search by Full or Abbreviated journal title, title word, or ISSN.
    5. Click on the journal title to see Journal Information, Impact Factor, Immediacy Index, Cited Half-Life, Cited Journal Graph,etc.
    6. Use the Journal Citation Reports tutorial for a demo

    Journal Citation Reports tutorial


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