Milestone @ NWU!

We are proud to announce that Boloka (the Open Access Institutional Repository of the NWU) is growing rapidly and this month we have reached a milestone with more than 20 000 items indexed. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Boloka’s success over the years and for making NWU scholarly output visible and searchable to the whole wide world through Open Access.


During the January 2017 “Ranking Web of Repositories”, Boloka was ranked 7th in Africa and 364th in the world.

Maximum exposure increases the impact and enhances the discovery of your research

  • Create an ORCiD, distinguish yourself and your work (NRF prescription)
  • Consider publishing in accredited journals  (Start here)
  • Publish your final accepted version as early as possible – post print (i.e. final draft post refereeing) Send these versions to your Faculty Librarians to be included in Boloka
    (NRF prescription)
  • Retain your self-archiving rights or
  • Check publishers’ policies on copyright and self-archiving
  • Share: Inform colleagues and engage in social networking communities
  • Create an online profile (Google Scholar Citations)  (see: NWU on GSC)
  • Remember to keep your datasets or post to platforms for storage

…early deposits of full text on Boloka enhance early discovery through Google…  


Communities in (Boloka) NWU-IR
Africana Collection [350]
Conference Papers [345]
Theses and Dissertations [8580]
Inaugural Lectures [292]
Research Output [7546]

New look for the NWU Institutional Repository

The NWU Institutional Repository (or NWU-IR in short) which runs on the open source DSpace software is home to much of the intellectual output of the NWU including conference papers, electronic theses and dissertations and published research articles. The content on the NWU-IR is regularly index by popular web search engines and the repository is registered with various Open Access portals and directories, all with the aim of promoting visibility and access to NWU outputs.

Recently the NWU-IR underwent a much needed maintenance upgrade and received a user interface overhaul in the process. The Information Systems Section of the Potchefstroom campus Library upgraded the DSpace software to the latest version which includes several bug-fixes and new features including partial integration with ORCID identifiers. A new responsive user interface was also implemented during this upgrade which means the NWU-IR is smartphone and tablet friendly and will scale to whichever device it is used on – similar to the NWU Libraries home page. A color palette which blends more smoothly with other library pages was also used to give a unified ‘look and feel’ across library pages.

Please feel free to give feedback on our repository.


Article written by Louw Venter