n Mousaion - Measuring levels of compliance with legal deposit legislation in South Africa : an exploratory study

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



This article reports on an investigation into the extent to which South African publishers comply with legal deposit. Measuring publishers' level of legal compliance is an important factor in the process of establishing an efficient system of legal deposit in a country, but this study showed such measuring procedures to be lacking. A feasibility study was undertaken, using a variety of methods to check lists of publications, to determine whether they had been received as legal deposit. This investigation proved that measuring publishers' compliance levels is practical and possible in South Africa. The article concludes with a number of recommendations for determining the levels of compliance and with a number of recommended techniques that legal deposit institutions can implement.

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