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Town and Regional Planning: Publishing & Research Visibility

Library sources for Town and Regional Planning

Publishing is a phase in research where the researcher makes his work available to the public for free or for sale. This page provides guidelines and information on Open-Access publishing and the Transformational Agreement, further on how to improve the visibility of both researchers and their research.

Open Access Publishing

Transformational Agreements: more exciting news for UP authors

Publish Open Access:

Corresponding authors affiliated with participating SANLiC institutions of which the University of Pretoria is part, may publish open access for free in:

See the Open Access Publishing libguide for more information here

PLEASE NOTE! Use your institutional email addresses when submitting articles. 

Research Visibility and Impact

How to improve your research visibility

Research(er) Visibility Check - this will assist your research to be visible and accessible. 

WILEY - Open Access articles create higher impact: click here 

Article Processing Charges

An increasing number of open access journals are supported through Article Processing Charges (APC's) also known as publication fees. The Department of Library Services (DLS) offers and administers Open Access (OA) funds to subsidize Article Processing Charges (APC'). The fund will only pay for articles published in accredited and peer-reviewed Open Access Journals. please forward all APC's applications and related matters to

The UP Open Access Policy gives clear guidance on purpose and procedures for all staff and students. Authors who wish to apply should first review the:  

This enables UP authors to take the advantage of a range of benefits when publishing in Open Access Journals

To benefit from Article Processing Charges fund, check the eligibility of the journal

Proceed to the steps in applying and claiming from APC funds

Steps to follow when applying and claiming from APC funds

Please note that we work on a refund basis. The researcher pays the full amount to the publisher (from a grant or cost point in the academic department or faculty). We refund a certain percentage (50% or 60%) of this to the researcher afterwards and this is paid to the cost centre. 

Step1: What to submit to the publisher?

  • Author sends the manuscript to the publisher
  • Publisher accepts the manuscript
  • Publisher sends the invoice to the author to pay APCs
  • Author pays full amount to the publisher from their funds from the department/faculty cost centre
  • Author receives proof of payment from the publisher
  • Then the article gets published and become available online
  • Author pulls a cost centre report (detail transactional report per cost centre/project) from the system or ask the faculty admin person or from the Department of Finance at UP

Step 2: What to submit to the Open Scholarship Office?

  • The APC application form. Please make sure the Dean signs the form. In the APC form, in section 3.20 please capture the cost centre number to be refunded. 
  • The detail transactional report per cost centre/project (Cost Centre Report) - please make sure the amount paid to the publisher is reflected in the cost centre report and that the payment is not pending. Please note that we do not accept the Cost Centre Summary Reports
  • The published version of the article 
  • Proof of payment in South African rands
  • The invoice
  • Attach and send the above items to

OrcID Connecting Researchers + Research

OrcID Connecting Researchers and Research

Create your OrcID  Get a standard unique author identity

What is OrcID? 

  • It provides a standard unique author identifier, to prevent author confusion brought about by name ambiguities
  • OrcID connects all existing identities
  • For grant/funding applications & ratings
  • For publishing in certain journals
  • For linking researchers

Populate your ORCID Link publications from Scopus~Google Scholar~Manually~Use Crossref to keep your ORCID updated

Short Video   Use the Search & Link Wizard to Import Works

Google Scholar Profile

Issuing of ISBNs in the Library

The department of Library Services - Special Collection Unit is now issuing ISBNs and developing our TUKS Collection.

This unit has developed a workflow describing the process for the issuing of ISBNs, which can be downloaded from our webpage here

For any ISBN related queries, please contact Ms Sonto Mabena at

More information: