University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town Libraries

Academic library · South Africa

Scholarly Communication and Publishing

Jill Claassen, Section manager: scholarly communication and research

Program Overview

To share and disseminate African scholarship through the inclusive and diverse lens of diamond open access publishing, driven by social justice to expand and increase local knowledge.
  • Publishing activities began: 2016
  • Stage of publishing efforts: Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most
  • Publishing Languages: English; French; Sesotho

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 3
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 2
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 5
  • Peer-reviewed: 2
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 3


Top Publications:
  • Constitutional Law for Students (textbook)
  • Dikeledi ha di wele fatshe (Sesotho drama)
  • Marketing to South African Consumers (textbook)
  • Fréquence Sud (journal)
  • Appendicitis & Appendectomy: A novel dramatised teaching video (OER)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Mathematics
  • Water
  • Engineering
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Linguistics


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; Graduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    UCT Libraries now has UCT Press, the university press, in the library from 2022 and it resides in the Scholarly Communication and Publishing department: Prior to 2022, UCT Press was part of commercial publishing company and was running at a loss, hence the imprint came back to the university last year.
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • OJS
  • OMP

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • audio/video streaming
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • print-on-demand
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • No digital preservation services provided