Journal Impact Factors
To establish the impact factor of a journal quickly, search for the journal title on the portal, and click on the "JCR" link next to the title.
For more detailed search results, use ISI Journal Citation Reports
Research data (data sets)
South African Data Archive
This site provides access to a collection of datasets, mainly in the social sciences, from statistical agencies, government departments, opinion and market research companies, academic institutions and the research community. Some of the data sets have restricted access. For a list of the data sets click data catalogue.
Inter-University Consortium for Political & Social Research (ICPSR)
Hosted by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. Some of the data sets have restricted access. Registration (free) is required. To browse or search for data, click catalogue.
This site gives access to data collected from surveys conducted by the University of Cape Town. The data can be downloaded. Also listed are other survey datasets available in the Data First archive. Although supporting documentation for these other surveys can be downloaded, the datasets themselves are not downloadable from the site. For a list of the data sets, click Data First.
Postgraduate Theses & Dissertations at South African Universities
This is a list of postgraduate theses and dissertations produced at South African universities. Log in details are available from Thuli Dhlamini or Janet Zambri at 011-717-1953/4 or from the Research Commons.
Wits Postgraduate Programme - Intranet
This web site gives access to information, forms, resources and workshops useful to postgraduate research and supervision. For more information click Postgraduate Programme - Wits Intranet.
Wits Research Office
This website gives information on matters of research interest at Wits. This includes, among other things, upcoming research events and funding opportunities. Visit the Wits Research Office.
These are loose coalitions of researchers working in an area which meets certain criteria. Research thrusts are prioritized in fundraising activities, investment in equipment, recruiting postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows, bringing in distinguished visitors filling vacancies, and forming partnerships.
Recent research publications
This is a list of books, chapters in books, conference proceedings, and articles in refereed journals published by Wits staff and researchers. Click Recent research publications for lists covering the period 1999-2006:
1999 Research Report.pdf
2000 Research Report.pdf
2001 Research Report.pdf
2002 Research Report.pdf
2003 Research Report.pdf
2004 Research Report.pdf
2005 Research Report.pdf
2006 Research Report.pdf
In order to qualify for a grant from the Department of Education (DOE) research incentive scheme, articles should be published in refereed journals which appear in authoritative scholarly lists. For a listing of these journals, click the links below:
o ISI Master Journal List
o International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
o Department of Education List of Accredited South African Journals
Wits Writing Centre
The centre provides writing assistance to both staff and students. Click Wits Writing Centre for an overview of the assistance available.
National Research Foundation
This site gives information on a wide range of national research issues. In particular it is a source of information on research grants in the humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering, technology and indigenous knowledge. For more general and funding specific information, click National Research Foundation and Scholarship & Fellowships Programme respectively.
Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)
CSIR is a leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organization. Its areas of research are biosciences, built environment, defence, peace, safety & security, information and communications, laser technology, materials science & manufacturing, natural resources & the environment, space technology, mobile intelligent autonomous and synthetic biology. Click CSIR for research publications.
Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
HSRC conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific projects for public-sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies, in partnership with researchers globally, but specifically in Africa.The outputs of its research projects include reports for users, occasional papers, and scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals or books. Click publications & e-books for a list of HSRC?s research reports
South African Medical Research Council (MRC)
MRC?s focus is promoting and conducting relevant and responsive health research. Some of the MRC?s research areas are HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis, Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes, Cancer, Crime, Violence and Injury, Genomics & Proteomics, and South African Traditional Medicine. Click MRC for a list of research reports.
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF)
ASSAF?s goal is to ensure that leading scientists across all disciplines promote the advancement of the application of science to the problems and challenges facing the country. To gain insight into its work, click ASSAF for a list of reports and publications.
Health Systems Trust (HST)
HST seeks to promote scientific research into health systems in South Africa to assist in restructuring the health system. Some of the key research areas are: Primary Health Care Facilities, Decentralisation and District Health Systems, HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health, Support Systems for Health including Human Resources. The site provides access to statistics and research reports. For more information, click Health Systems Trust (HST)
This service gives access to scholarly literature in many disciplines. The literature includes peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Click Google Scholar to find research materials.