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Town and Regional Planning: Research Support

Library sources for Town and Regional Planning

Research News

RE.SEARCH Magazine - a digital magazine where the University of Pretoria highlights some of its impactful research, knowledge and solutions.

Research Matters - a curated site highlights some of the University of Pretoria’s most impactful and innovative research which addresses some of our society’s most pressing concerns so that we can transform lives and communities. We are rated as the number one university in South Africa for research outputs. Our vision is to be a leading research-intensive university in Africa that is recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact. We develop people, create knowledge and strive to make a difference locally and internationally.

Google scholar Max and Google scholar profile

Switch Google Scholar MAX on!  On Google Scholar Find Menu at the top left

Select SETTINGS at the bottom

Find Library Links on LEFT and open

Type PRETORIA in the Search Block that pops up and SEARCH

Tick all 4 boxes that appear--SAVE

Google Scholar MAX is now switched on.[Repeat every time having cleared browsing history] 

BEST PRACTICE once Boxes are ticked

Use Advanced Search on dropdown, LEFT

Play around with phrases, keywords, authors to access relevant Research Articles

Create you own Google Scholar Author Profile to upload research articles authored by you. Follow instructions underneath

Research Engagement

Access content which will help you to realize the best results for your published research by improving your knowledge of publishing processes. With 60 hours of training available, courses including:

·       The key components of a submission-ready manuscript

·       How to select the right journals for your paper

·       Managing research data efficiently

·       A practical guide to open access publishing

·       Peer review, ethical considerations and improving impact

on, Wiley Research Academy 

Register for access and don’t forget to pass this good news on to colleagues

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:

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

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 Data Management

Important! At this point, it is a pre-requisite for the Masters and Phd's to upload their research data to the UP Research Data Repository (Figshare) prior their graduation. Contact your Information Specialist for assistance -

From the University of Pretoria RDM Policy - its purpose is to ensure that all research data generated t the University of Pretoria is managed  and curated effectively and efficiently in order to support the University’s positioning as an international research-intensive university.


Copyright is a right and protection given to the original works, protecting them from unauthorised duplication or sale thereof. For more information on copyright queries, contact 


iGaPP - Information Governance and Privacy Protection. Information governance is about the policies, processes, systems, and people that make sure an organisation’s information is useful, accurate, accessible, and safe. Information governance also ensures that the organisation makes the most of its information while still using information ethically and within the bounds of the law.

The University is reviewing and updating its research data management policies and processes. Familiarise yourself with these changes:

Research Visibility and Impact

How to improve your research visibility

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

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. 

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