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You are cordially invited to the launch of a report on Recognising Individual Contributions to Collaborative Research: Limitations of Proportional Publication Counts and Proposals for Alternatives.


Date: 11 March 2020
Time: 16:00 –18:00
Venue: Protea Hotel Menlyn (Fire & Ice), Pretoria
RSVP:Click here to register to attend
Access Report: Click here

Background to the Report

Early in 2016, ASSAfagreed to initiate a multi-disciplinary study of the ways in which collaborative research could be appropriately recognised and rewarded in South Africa. The study was motivated by the increasing participation of individual academics and researchers in large national and international collaborations, and reports from these team members that their specific contribution was generally under-recognised by the existing performance appraisal systems within public research institutions.

The report covers the results of a study undertaken by an ASSAfpanel on the ways in which the contribution of individuals to the outputs of large scale (>100 participants) collaborative research projects could be more appropriately recognised and rewarded in South Africa.

Given the important role of collaboration as a means of enhancing the local research capability and as catalysing innovation, ASSAfundertook to review South Africa’s systems for recognising individual contributions to high quality collaborative research, and hence to provide a basis for informed decision-making on the appropriate recognition for such individuals in the future. It was intended that the outcomes of the study would provide research institutions, HEIs, policymakers and funders with recommendations and guidelines for implementing policies that will promote, support and encourage excellence in research, particularly excellence in collaborative research, while at the same time providing the appropriate recognition for the participating individuals.


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