Facilitator: Mr Solani Ngobeni is the Publishing Director at the Centre for Scholarly Publishing Services (Pty) Ltd. He was previously the Director of Publications at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), an institute of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He holds a Master of Arts degree in Publishing Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is a published researcher and is the editor of a scholarly book titled Scholarly Publishing in Africa: opportunities and impediments, Africa Institute of South Africa, 2010.


Target Group: Masters and Doctoral Candidates, Postdoctoral Fellows and Early-Career Academics


Background: The Centre for Scholarly Publishing Services (Pty) Ltd has been conducting Virtual Writing Retreats popularly known as symposium on enhancing the publishing capability of early career researchers for various universities during the national lockdown. These retreats are aimed at capacitating them as far as the writing and publishing of journal articles, scholarly books, book chapters and conference proceedings are concerned. The programme is arranged in such a way that by the end of the retreat, the researchers will have completed their journal articles and submitted them to various journals for consideration for possible publication.


The symposium will cover the following modules:

  • Overview of publishing in South Africa
  • Overview of scholarly publishing in South Africa
  • Overview of specifications of journal articles (what journal editors want in an article)
  • A comparative analysis of theoretical journal articles vis-à-vis fieldwork based journal articles
  • Getting started and choosing a relevant journal for your article
  • The peer-review and publishing process
  • The finances of publishing
  • Overview of open access predatory journals

Requirements: Each participant is required to submit a well-considered, well-articulated research study in the form of a draft journal article to Jadine.Januarie@mandela.ac.za, by close of business Wednesday, 6 September 2023. If you already have a draft available, kindly attach it along with your application form.


This workshop is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) through the University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG)


Workshop Information

11-15 September 2023


To be confirmed

Registration for this workshop has closed.


Please note: Only 20 participants can be accommodated at this workshop


Enquiries: Jadine Januarie