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The WTO Waiver Proposal
WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR SOUTH AFRICA? On 2 October 2020, South Africa and India petitioned the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow all WTO members to waive or bypass granting or enforcement of patents, trade secrets, industrial designs, and copyrights on COVID-19-related drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and other medical technologies for the duration of the pandemic. Member countries, especially developing countries, urgently need the […]
Artificial Intelligence and IP
What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? AI and Intellectual Property Videos on AI and IP
Research Support and Scholarly Publishing
Research Process and Publishing Resources Creating a Web Presence Data Management DHET Accredited Journals (2021) Ethics Evaluating Web Resources Guidance for Authors re: ebooks Nuts and Bolts of Scholarly Publishing Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Resources Research Methods and Methodologies Research Methodology Research Metrics Scholarly Research Resources Scholarly Communication / Publishing Search Engines for research resources Understanding […]
Plagiarism – some examples and tips for students
You may have heard the term ‘plagiarism’ at school or at university, and no doubt you have heard someone say ‘’do not plagiarise’’ or ‘’please sign the plagiarism form when submitting your work”. Do you know what plagiarism is and how it can negatively affect other authors? Do you know the implications it has for your work, studies, reputation and/or career? What is plagiarism? There are […]
South African Copyright Amendment Bill – Still No Progress!
The Copyright Amendment Bill was first published for public comment in July 2015. It went through a long and drawn-out process in the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry and the National Council of Provinces. There were public workshops, a multi-stakeholder conference and many calls for submissions from stakeholders. Public hearings were also held in Parliament in August 2017, to […]
Copyright Guidelines and General Resources IP Legislation (South Africa) South Africa – Copyright Reform Process (2009 onwards) Submissions on CAB (July 2021) Opinions on CAB (2019-2023) Submissions, Reports & Revised CAB (2022) Copyright Amendment Bill – Passed by National Assembly 2022 Copyright Amendment Bill – NCOP 2023 Copyright Amendment Bill – 2024 Copyright Amendment Bill and AGOA – […]
Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty
Resources on Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty Academic Misconduct Plagiarism Resources Plagiarism Tutorials Types of Plagiarism Examples of Plagiarism in Different Types of Texts Five Types of Plagiarism Twelve Types of Plagiarism to Avoid Paper Mills and Ghost Writing Academic dishonesty- Implications on Educated – Youth and Call For Policy Action Academic Ghostwriting and International Students […]
What do you do if you have inadvertently published in a questionable or predatory journal?
You received a flattering invitation from a publisher to publish your work. You have not published much so you are delighted to have the chance of another paper being published. This will look good on your CV. So, you submit your manuscript and await to hear the outcome of the review. You expect the peer-review process to take at […]
Do you know your rights as a Scholarly Author?
Many authors receive contracts or licensing agreements from publishers and are not au fait with the legalese used in the document. They are not aware of their rights or they are reluctant to assert their rights for fear of their manuscript being rejected. They do not always have negotiating skills and tend to accept what is in the contract, without seeking legal assistance […]
Are you being Hijacked as an Academic Author?
Did you know that hijacking is alive and well in the academic world? The Cambridge Dictionary’s definition of ‘hijacking’ is “to take control of or use something that does not belong to you for your own advantage”. Various types of hijackings are instigated by predatory publishers (those that side-step international best practice and scholarly publishing standards to exploit […]