oa South African Journal of Science - DHET : 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’.

Unethical practices in the research and publishing value chain affect all of us in the higher education system. A single incident of unethical practice could tarnish the image and integrity of the whole sector and every member of the higher education system must be an agent of ethical conduct, particularly in research and publishing but also generally in academia.

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