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oa South African Journal of Science - ASSAf : 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

 

Abstract

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’.

When requested to endorse and co-sign the joint Statement on Ethical Research and Scholarly Publishing Practices, the Council of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) was of the view that the value of such statements – in the absence of proper implementation, scrutiny, monitoring and sanctions – is largely symbolic. Although the Statement serves to frame the issues and to reinforce the commitment to ethical, high-quality and responsible research and innovation, joint and coordinated action by authorities and agencies is needed to implement the undertakings in a properly operationalised manner.

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