Research Outputs

Annual Submission of Research Outputs: Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET)

UP’s research outputs are submitted to the DHET for the allocation of government subsidy to universities each year. This vital process has a direct influence on the amount of funding the university receives from the government.

The purpose of the DHET policy is to encourage research productivity by rewarding quality research outputs at public higher education institutions. The policy does not measure all outputs but instead aims to enhance productivity by recognising the major types of research outputs produced by higher education institutions. The method provides incentives for institutions to become efficient by subsidising the outputs of research and teaching. It achieves this by setting norms for research outputs per member of permanent academic staff and norms for graduation rates.

Research outputs refer to textual outputs where research is understood as an original, systematic investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding. Peer evaluation of the research is a fundamental prerequisite of all recognised outputs and is the mechanism of ensuring and thus enhancing quality.

It is a mechanism that divides a given amount and not a formula that determines the funding need for higher education. As a general rule, research outputs emanating from commissioned or contract research, will not be subsidised by the DHET (for more detail, please review the Research Outputs Policy 2015).

Each department is responsible for collecting and loading research output electronically, which will be captured on the InfoEd system. For queries or more information, kindly contact:

Miss Anwani Nekhumbe (Research Coordinator)
Tel 012 319 2390 send email
Room 4-11 HW Snyman Building North

Subsidy-Eligible Research Output Categories

There are three available categories that are eligible for subsidy from the DHET:

1. Articles in DHET-accredited journals
2. Peer-reviewed books/chapters in books
3. Peer-reviewed published conference proceedings

The section below outlines each of the above-listed categories in more detail:

1. Articles in DHET-accredited journals
Only original articles, research letters, research papers and review articles in DHET-accredited or recognised journals may be submitted. The qualifying journal list can be found here.

2. Peer-reviewed books/chapters in books
Books refer to peer-reviewed, non-periodical scholarly or research publications disseminating original research on developments within specific disciplines, sub-disciplines, or fields of study. Only books that meet specified criteria are subsidised. Examples of different types of books include monographs, chapters, and edited works.

3. Peer-reviewed published conference proceedings
Proceedings refer to a published record of a conference, congress, symposium or other meeting whose purpose is to disseminate original research and new developments within specific disciplines, sub-disciplines, or fields of study. Only proceedings that meet specified criteria are subsidised.
Calculation of Units Please review The Faculty of Health Sciences DHET Subsidy Allocation Model for more information

Accredited Journals &

List of Predatory Journals to avoid

List of accredited journals acknowledged by the DHET as of 2022, South African journals

Guide to recognise Predatory Journals and List of Predatory Publishers and Journals

APC (Article Processing Charges) 
 Research Guidelines

Take note of the following research guidelines:

Masters and PhD by publication

SACOMD - The research component of the Master of Medicine (MMed)

Guidelines for co-authorship with postgraduate students

Your Research Publications Please visit this page for research documents and tips for staff and students


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