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Publication Process

Publication Process

The Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology DST-NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) strives to publish the research generated at the Fitztitute in journals with a minimum rating of 2. Download the Impact Factors to get an idea of which journals qualify. If you do not find the journal you have in mind on this list, either contact the Library Manager or consult UCT Library Electronic Resources.

Each journal has its own particular Instructions for Authors which should be followed in order to submit a paper, including the format for journal titles. This list of journal abbreviations produced by the University of Queensland library gives the BIOSIS abbreviations format, alternatively consult Web of Science, Additional Resources for access to the ISI journal abbreviations format.

Please make sure you alert the Library Manager to any new publications as soon as possible. Semi-popular publications are equally important as they keep the general public informed about the scientific research carried out by the Fitztitute. Each year the lists of scientific and Semi-popular publications are listed in the Fitztitute Annual Report and in the Annual UCT Research Report.

Department of Education (DoE) Publication Count

In March each year scientific research published in International rated and SA rated journals are submitted to the DoE publication count process, which calculates the DoE funding to UCT. If you would like to know more about this process consult the Research Office.

In addition to Scientific Papers published in DoE approved journals, staff and students may submit books (authored or edited), chapters in books and papers given at conferences. These qualify for the publication count if they have been submitted for peer review. If you wish to know what does and does not qualify for the DoE publication count please consult the DoE submission categories.

There are avenues via which postgraduate students can obtain some funding for publishing the results of their research: these can be discussed with the Director of the FitzPatrick Institute.

Other funding opportunities are through the University Research Committee (various deadlines) and through NRF Scholarships and Fellowships.

Funding for publishing at UCT

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