oa South African Journal of Science - NRF : putting the ‘Statement on Ethical Research and Scholarly Publishing Practices’ into practice - commentary

Volume 115 Number 11-12
  • ISSN : 0038-2353
  • E-ISSN: 1996-7489



Following a Workshop on the Ethics of Scholarly Publishing on 11 April 2018, and with the collective goal of advancing research integrity in South Africa, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Council for Higher Education (CHE), the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Universities South Africa (USAf) signed the joint Statement on Ethical Research and Scholarly Publishing Practices in Pretoria on 31 July 2019.

The signatories were invited by the South African Journal of Science to outline to the South African research community how they individually and collectively will be ‘putting the Statement into practice’.

Given its mandate of supporting knowledge creation coupled to human capacity development, the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, as the premier Science Granting Council, considers itself to be one of the guardians of ethics in the conducting of research and publishing practices. This position has been expressed through various statements and documents over the years which include participation in the production of and commitment to advancing the principles expressed in the 2010 Singapore Statement on Research Integrity and the Statement of Principles for Research Integrity adopted by the Global Research Council in 2013, which collectively call for ethics in research and scholarly publication.

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