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COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT BILL – THE SAGA CONTINUES

by Denise Nicholson • June 8, 2021

May 2021 Copyright Webinar An excellent webinar was organised by the Mandela Institute at Wits University on 20 May 2021, with the following speakers:  Mr Duma Nkosi (Chairperson: Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry), Prof. Malebakeng Forere (Wits), Prof. Sean Flynn (American University), Prof. Owen Dean (Stellenbosch University), Dr. Joel Baloyi (Unisa), Mr. Lazarus Serobe […]

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COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT BILL – THE SAGA CONTINUES

Citation Manipulation / Misconduct

by Denise Nicholson • May 7, 2021

Citation Cartels Authorship and citation manipulation in academic research Citations Are the Currency of Science – Then there are the counterfeiters. Detecting citation cartels in journal networks Ethically Questionable Citation Practices How to spot a “citation cartel” Journal citation cartels? Journal citation cartels on the rise (2013) Spanish professor key figure in citation cartel The […]

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Citation Manipulation / Misconduct

Libraries and Archives and our Documentary Heritage – Why Copyright Amendment Bill is so crucial

by Denise Nicholson • April 23, 2021

The crucial role of libraries and archives, more so than ever before, is recognised at an international level, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  International IP agreements such as the Berne Convention and the TRIPS Agreement, provide for limitations and exceptions to the exclusive rights of authors, to ensure balance in copyright laws, for […]

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Libraries and Archives and our Documentary Heritage – Why Copyright Amendment Bill is so crucial

Emerging Questionable Publication Practices

by Denise Nicholson • April 17, 2021

Hosted by NeDICC | In Partnership with Scholarly Horizons This webinar will address: • The emergence of predatory journals and how to avoid them.• How to use a variety of journal lists to avoid questionable publication practices andcitation pollution.• Fidelior™ as a possible solution.• Journal lists: challenges with metadata, discoverability and data accuracy. Speakers: Denise […]

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Emerging Questionable Publication Practices

South African Government Perpetuates the “Book Famine”

by Denise Nicholson • April 8, 2021

Since 1998, the library and higher education sectors in South Africa have been calling for a more balanced and updated copyright law.  In 1998 and 2000, the South African University Vice-Chancellors’ Association (SAUVCA) and the Committee of Technikons (CTP), the then representative bodies of all the public-funded universities and technikons, mandated two copyright task teams […]

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South African Government Perpetuates the “Book Famine”

Are You Publishing in Predatory Publications?

by Denise Nicholson • April 6, 2021

So, you receive a very flattering invitation from a publisher asking to publish your thesis or dissertation, or to publish an article for you.  If you are a new scholarly author or have not published before, this is bound to be exciting news for you and a perceived stepping-stone to the world of scholarly publishing.  […]

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Are You Publishing in Predatory Publications?

The WTO Waiver Proposal

by Denise Nicholson • March 23, 2021

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 […]

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The WTO Waiver Proposal

Plagiarism – some examples and tips for students

by Denise Nicholson • March 17, 2021

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 […]

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Plagiarism – some examples and tips for students

South African Copyright Amendment Bill – Still No Progress!

by Denise Nicholson • March 16, 2021

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 […]

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South African Copyright Amendment Bill – Still No Progress!

What do you do if you have inadvertently published in a questionable or predatory journal?

by Denise Nicholson • March 1, 2021

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 […]

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What do you do if you have inadvertently published in a questionable or predatory journal?