oa Alternation - Only the flexible will survive: research production in Informatics in South Africa

Volume 12, Issue 1a
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The article discusses the impact of research on tertiary activities in Southern Africa. The article starts off with reviewing the literature and came to the conclusion that many of the overseas universities use research output for promotion and tenure whereas the same is not happening in South Africa. Most of the research output in South Africa stems from established people who are involved in postgraduate research supervision. This is a problem because there are not many local journals available for IS/IT/CS researchers to publish their work in. The paper proposes that the research approach will have to change - junior staff must be motivated to produce more papers (maybe a trans-disciplinary approach would be advisable for these researchers). The benefits of publishing are many - especially with the new approach of the Department of Education where researchers are subsidised to publish articles in approved scholarly journals.

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