Research output

Research Output

 

Our staff members are very active researchers, publishing widely in international and local accredited journals, presenting many papers at international and local conferences, and producing many other research outputs of a high international standard for the scholarly and professional communities.

The following research has recently received much acclaim:

Publication of books

  • Cambridge University Press’s Elements in Book and Publishing Culture presents new research on print and reading cultures in Africa, from the mid- 19th century to the present day, and published works of Prof Archie Dick, Reading Spaces in South Africa, 1850-1920s, in which he analyses reading culture in South Africa, from the colonial to Union government, and Prof Elizabeth le Roux’s book, Publishing against Apartheid South Africa: A case study of Ravan Press, in which she examines a South African publishing house during the apartheid and post-apartheid periods.
  • Professor Ina Fourie, has recently published and edited a research collection titled Autoethnography for Librarians and Information Scientists, with contributions from leading international experts on autoethnography such as Professors Carolyn Ellis, Art Bochner and Kathy-Ann Hernadez. Two of our other staff members, Ms Naailah Parbhoo-Ebrahim and Anika Meyer, also contributed by co-authoring chapters together with Professor Fourie.
  • The book by Preben Hansen and two of our staff members, Professor Ina Fourie and Ms Anika Meyer has recently been published. Third space, information sharing and participatory design, enables students, researchers, and practitioners within a multi-disciplinary research field, including information studies and Human–Computer Interaction approaches, to gain a deeper understanding of how the core activity of information sharing in participatory design, in which Third Space may be a platform for information interaction, is taking place when using methods utilized in participatory design to address contemporary societal challenges.
  • Professor Theo Bothma, Dr Erica Cosijn, Professor Ina Fourie and Dr Cecilia Penzhorn, all current or past faculty members in the Department of Information Science, co-authored an interactive digital textbook titled Navigating Information Literacy in a Digital World in 2017. It first appeared in 2006 as a print book and has now been renewed and updated in 2021 for its 6th edition as an e-book only.

Prof Dick’s renowned work

  • Professor Archie Dick’s, former head of department of Information Science, influential work on book and reading culture is renowned. His book, The Hidden History of South Africa’s Book and Reading Culture published in 2012, was again used to demonstrate the command Prof Dick has in this area, in an essay titled, Of libraries, books, and reading: a journey of meaning making by Edwin Smith, published in the journal Tydskrif vir Letterkunde at the end of 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Professor Archie Dick was hosted by Chai FM and interviewed by Charisse Zeibert, to share his knowledge on the discovery of stolen books at the University of Johannesburg library by notorious and acclaimed University of Pretoria Professor Van Vleeshauer. This discovery was discussed at length in Professor Dick’s book, The Hidden History of South Africa’s Book and Reading Culture.

Recent Publications

A number of research contributions have already been published this year which are not reflected in the Research reports listed below.

Our NRF-rated researchers

The Department of Information Science is also extremely proud of its National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researchers. They are:
 
B 2:    Prof Archie Dick
B 2:    Prof Ina Fourie
C1:     Prof Theo Bothma
C2:     Prof Marlene Holmner
Y1:     Prof Beth le Roux
 

Research reports

Our research output is reflected:
  • on the individual researcher's webpage (link from the individual’s name on our STAFF webpage)
  • in the annual Consolidated bibliography reports of the University of Pretoria (see links below)
  • on the University’s research repository, UPSpace (here only a selection of the articles is available).

Consolidated bibliography reports from 2013-2021

These reports only reflect the Research Outputs submitted to the Department of Higher Education (DHET) for subsidy.
 
*Note: Late Publications, e.g. a late 2019 publication which is only reported on in 2021 is added to 2021’s total instead of 2020 reporting year.
 

Reporting Year

Publication Year*

Number or Publications

Number of Units

2021

2020

21

17.77

2020

2019

14

12.25

2019

2018

23

21.05

2018

2017

16

12.95

2017

2016

17

15.25

2016

2015

28

23.67

2015

2014

36

32.08

2014

2013

39

35.75

2013

2012

53

32.62

2012

2011

Total publications:  34
25 articles in refereed specialist journals, two chapters in books, five papers in refereed, published conference proceedings. and two technical reports for clients.

2011

2010

Total publications:  31
22 articles in refereed specialist journals, six papers in refereed published conference proceedings, two articles in non-accredited journals, and the IFLA World Report 2010.

2010

2009

Total publications:  30
22 articles in refereed specialist journals, five articles in peer-reviewed journals and three papers in refereed, published conference proceedings.

2009

2008

Total publications:  41
34 articles in refereed specialist journals, one book, four papers in refereed, published conference proceedings and two research reports for clients.

2008

2007

Total publications:  46
41 articles in refereed specialist journals, five chapters in books and three research reports for clients, as well as a number of further outputs not listed in the report, inter alia the IFLA/FAIFE World Report, Access to libraries and information: Towards a fairer world (edited and co-authored by Bothma, TJD). Four of the book chapters appeared in Libraries for the Future: Progress and Development of South African Libraries (edited by Bothma, TJD, Underwood, P and Ngulube, P).

2007

2006

Total publications:  28
19 articles in refereed specialist journals, five chapters in books, one paper in a refereed, published conference proceedings and three research reports for clients.

2006

2005

Total publications:  37
30 articles in refereed specialist journals, five papers in refereed, published conference proceedings and two research reports for clients.

2005

2004

Total publications:  42
39 articles in refereed specialist journals, one paper in refereed, published conference proceedings and two research reports for clients.

2004

2003

Total publications:  33
27 articles in refereed specialist journals and four papers in refereed, published conference proceedings.

 

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