Funding from the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)


For a national South African research institution to qualify for research funding from the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), researchers are required to publish in scholarly journals accredited by the DHET. The DHET also subsidises proceedings to be presented at approved conferences and published in approved conference proceedings. Research Offices at higher education institutions are responsible for administering research output and the application for funding.

DHET Policy


DHET Research Outputs Policy Gazette 2015 & DHET Communique 2 of 2015

Lists with DHET Accredited Journal Titles


The following are regarded as accredited journals by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) - for 2017:

Dept. of Higher Education Accredited Journal List

Web page: DHET List
Criteria: Click here (apply by 15 June each year)
Application form: Email Ntuli.W@dhet.gov.za
Contact person: Ntuli.W@dhet.gov.za

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (ProQuest IBSS)

Web page: DHET List
Criteria: Click here
Application form: Email IBSS.editors@proquest.com
Contact person: IBSS.editors@proquest.com

Norwegian Registry for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers (Norwegian List)(Level 2 only)

Web page: DHET List
Criteria: Click here
Application form: Click here
Contact person: Click here

SciELO SA journals indexed by the Web of Science (Thomson Reuters WoS/SciELO Citation Index)

Web page: Click here
Criteria: Click here
Application form: On invitation only
Contact person: louise@assaf.org.za

Scopus (Elsevier)
Web page: DHET List
Criteria: Click here
Application form: Click here
Contact person: re-evaluation@scopus.com

Web of Science Core Collection (Thomson Reuters WoS - formerly known as ISI)

Web page: DHET List
Criteria: Click here
Application form: Click here
Contact person: melissa.badenhorst@wwis.co.za

Review of South African Journal Titles


ASSAf's Scholarly Publishing Programme (SPP) has been mandated by the DHET to carry out an external independent peer review and associated quality audit of all South African research journals in 5-year cycles. This is done in relation to groups of titles sharing a particular broad disciplinary focus in order to make recommendations for improved functioning of each journal in the national and international system. Read more

DHET Accreditation of Open Access Journals



For Open Access journals to be accredited through the DHET, they are checked against the criteria listed below. All applications go through a dual assessment process with panels convened by both the DHET and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Only peer-reviewed articles in journals qualify for subsidy. All non-peer reviewed articles including the following types of articles appearing in the journal are not subsidised: Correspondence to editors, Abstracts or extended abstracts, Obituaries, Book reviews, News articles, Advertorials. Accredited journals are re-evaluated periodically. Please notify the DHET of any changes, e.g. when going online (URL), editor, correspondence addresses, ISSN, frequency of publication or journal title.

Criteria for inclusion on the DHET List of Accredited Journals


Do the last 2-3 years of issues of the journal reflect:
  • High national/international disciplinary reputations/standing of the editor-in-chief/ associate editors/members of the editorial board?
  • A high/good (general/average) quality of the articles accepted/published?
  • A (contextually) adequate/good number of articles per annum?
  • An (adequate/good) sample of the best work done in the country in the discipline/field?
  • A focus on local/regional kinds of materials/problems?
  • Publication of articles by authors from across the country, and internationally (75%)?
  • Useful additional scholarly features like editorials, topical reviews, book reviews, scholarly correspondence, etc?
  • Proper (English-language) abstracts for all articles?
  • Suitable publication of errata?
  • Good citation practice?
  • Suitability as a general on-going stimulus for local graduate students/young staff in the discipline concerned?
  • Some kind of comparability with leading international journals in the field?
  • Suggestions for an improvement programme for each of the journals concerned?

Click here for 2016 pdf received from DHET - closing date for applications 15 June of each year.

Enquiries: Walter Ntuli Email: ntuli.w@dhet.gov.za



For Open Access journals to be accredited through the DHET, it is checked against the criteria listed below. All applications go through a dual assessment process with panels convened by both the DHET and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Only peer-reviewed articles in journals qualify for subsidy. All non-peer reviewed articles including the following types of articles appearing in the journal are not subsidised: Correspondence to editors, Abstracts or extended abstracts, Obituaries, Book reviews, News articles, Advertorials. Accredited journals are re-evaluated periodically. Please notify the DHET of any changes, e.g. when going online (URL), editor, correspondence addresses, ISSN, frequency of publication or journal title.
Criteria for inclusion on the DHET List of Accredited Journals
Do the last 2-3 years of issues of the journal reflect:
High national/international disciplinary reputations/standing of the editor-in-chief/ associate editors/members of the editorial board?
A high/good (general/average) quality of the articles accepted/published?
A (contextually) adequate/good number of articles per annum?
An (adequate/good) sample of the best work done in the country in the discipline/field?
A focus on local/regional kinds of materials/problems?
Publication of articles by authors from across the country, and internationally (75%)?
Useful additional scholarly features like editorials, topical reviews, book reviews, scholarly correspondence, etc?
Proper (English-language) abstracts for all articles?
Suitable publication of errata?
Good citation practice?
Suitability as a general on-going stimulus for local graduate students/young staff in the discipline concerned?
Some kind of comparability with leading international journals in the field?
Suggestions for an improvement programme for each of the journals concerned?