Three LIS staff members: Ishe Muzvondiwa, Glenda Makate and Danny Moloto who attended the LIASA Conference, also had the opportunity to be part of the first Scopus Academy, presented at the University of Cape Town on 8 October. The Academy aims to elevate the skills of librarians and research support professionals who support research grant and rating applications, research information management and journal evaluation.
The SA Scopus Academy was the first of its kind in South Africa and Africa as a whole. Mrs Joyce Olivier (Director of Research NRF) remarked that it was a historic and ground-breaking event on African soil. She stressed the need to involve and incorporate the Research Offices of different academic institutions in the next Scopus Academy. The majority of the attendees were librarians. She described the peer review process, the concept of benchmarking, NRF rating as well as the NRF’s publication practices.
Attention was given to Scopus author profiles – document counts, citation analysis, h-index and author profile corrections. As the NRF requires an ORCID iD when submitting funded research outputs, librarians were encouraged to assist researchers to register for ORCID and integrate the researcher’s ORCID with their Scopus Author ID. With just a few steps, all their publications will be added to their ORCID profile.