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Research Impact Library Guide: Research Support Services

The guide covers ways you can measure your impact as a researcher.

UCT Research support



For additional journal information, please visit the Ulrich's Periodical Database.


The mission of the Research Support Hub is to provide expert support to research as a core activity at UCT. This includes building new research capacity as well as sustaining existing excellence, whilst critically reflecting on, and evolving, our own systems and procedures.

The Research Office is responsible for grants funding, research quality assurance and the management of an information system that serves multiple research-specific purposes. The Office supports research planning and policy implementation, and manages the government requirements for research subsidy. Besides contributing to academic staff development through a series of targeted interventions to enhance research capacity, the Office is responsible for a range of annual reports, international research exchange and a series of research benchmarking activities. It further drives and supports the research activities that ensue from strategic partnerships and formal agreements with research councils, research institutions and government departments.


Publication Count Guideline

The publication count is an annual submission of the University's accredited research output, in the form of books, journals and refereed conference proceedings, which is submitted to Department of Higher Eductation and Training (DHET), for the allocation of government subsidy to the Universities each year.

This vital process influences directly on the amount of funding the University receives from DHET.

The purpose of the DHET policy is to encourage research productivity by rewarding quality research outputs at public higher education institutes. However, the policy is not intended to measure all outputs, but to enhance productivity by recognising the major types of research output produced by higher education institutions. 

As a rule, (DHET Policy Guidelines, Higher Education Act, 1997 {Act No. 101 0f 1997}) research output emanating from commissioned research or contracts paid by contracting organizations will not be subsidised by DHET.

Commissioned Research is that which is funded and or paid by an external organization, such as World Health Organisation, UNESCO, World Bank, NGO etc.  This includes reports / annual reviews completed for such organizations, and also for organizations such as the CHE etc.

Research output is defined, as textual output where research is understood as original, systematic investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding.  Peer evaluation of the research is a fundamental prerequisite of all recognised output.


Each department is responsible for collating research publications and loading data on the system, for government subsidy and the annual research report.


Here is an abridged guide of the publication count process,  extracted from the DHET’s policy and procedures for measuring research output of public Higher Education Institutions.  


Please note that all outputs in the recognised categories must meet the criteria of accreditation in order for these to qualify for inclusion in the publication count.


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