University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town Libraries

Scholarly Communication and Publishing

Jill Claassen, Section Manager: Scholarly Communication and Research
Phone: +27 21 650 1263

Program Overview

Through social justice imperatives the University of Cape Town Libraries has a diamond, library as publisher service to grow local open access journals, monographs, and textbooks by promoting decolonialized local relevant scholarship.

  • Publishing activities began: 2016
  • Location: South Africa
  • Languages published: English
  • Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Stage of publishing efforts (1-3): 3 - Established
  • Stage comments:
  • Open access focus (1-5): 5 - Completely
  • Program advisory/editorial board: No
  • Peer reviewed journals: 90%
Staffing (in full-time equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 3
Funding sources for publishing activities:
  • Library operating budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: conference papers and proceedings, faculty; educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules); electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, campus-based student-created; monographs; technical/research reports.

  2021 Open access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty
Conference papers and proceedings, student
Educational resources (e.g., textbooks, course modules) 50
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 900
Journals, campus-based faculty-created 1
Journals, campus-based student-created
Journals, contracted by external groups
Journals, inactive back issues
Monographs 5
Technical/research reports 20
Undergraduate capstones/honors theses

2021: New publications from July 2020 to June 2021. Journals include titles actively publishing during the date range. Other publication types include items that were published or added to repositories for the first time within the date range.

OA/Paid/Hybrid: Publications currently published and/or available online. OA (open access) publications do not include counts for hybrid publications. Hybrid publications are those that offer a combination of both open access and pay-access content.


Top publications:
  • Constitutional Law for Students (textbook)
  • Marketing to South African Consumers (textbook)


Internal partners: campus departments or programs

Openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g. local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing?

Work with a university press?

Administer a university press?

Technologies & Services

Media formats:
  • audio
  • images
  • text
  • video
Softwares & platforms:
  • DSpace
  • OJS
  • OMP

Additional services:
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • training

Additional Information

Other Information:
It is part of the University's amended Open Access Policy, 2020
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