An assessment of South Africa’s research journals: Impact factors, Eigenfactors and structure of editorial boards

  • Androniki E.M. Pouris Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Anastassios Pouris Institute for Technological Innovation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Keywords: Journal Citation Reports, journal performance, South Africa, citation analysis


Scientific journals play an important role in academic information exchange and their assessment is of interest to science authorities, editors and researchers. The assessment of journals is of particular interest to South African authorities as the country’s universities are partially funded according to the number of publications they produce in accredited journals, such as the Thomson Reuters indexed journals. Scientific publishing in South Africa has experienced a revolution during the last 10 years. Our objective here is to report the performance of the country’s journals during 2009 and 2010 according to a number of metrics (i.e. impact factors, Eigenfactors® and the international character of editorial boards); to identify and compare the impact of the South African journals that have been recently added to the Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports®; and to elaborate on issues related to science policy.

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