Nelius Boshoff

Nelius Boshoff
Stellenbosch University | SUN · Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP)

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Introduction
Nelius Boshoff currently works at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University, which is also the host of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP)
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September 2018 - February 2019
Stellenbosch University
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (46)
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Impact literacy is the understanding of research impact in terms of a junction of three elements: ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘who’. ‘What’ refers to impact endpoints, that is, the medium- to long-term impacts or even short-term effects that occur during or immediately after research. ‘How’ refers to the understanding of how impact is created, in other words...
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This chapter discusses four themes in the sociology of science that are peculiar to the African science landscape. The themes relate to the decline and subsequent revival of African science, trends in African scientific production, challenges in local and international funding of science in Africa, and the dynamics of different forms of research co...
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( View at: https://rdcu.be/cPYp6 ) ‘Context’ refers to the environment in which a phenomenon exists or takes place, and which can help to understand the phenomenon. Aspects of context are present in all bibliometric studies, but little scientific attention has been paid to how context manifests in bibliometric studies. This article, which is refl...
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(Download PDF: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/09717218221078186) What can be learnt from an application of author-level bibliometrics to the field of agricultural research in Zimbabwe for the period 2012–2016? The study addressed the question by integrating data from three sources: Scopus, the Web of Science and the National Resear...
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In September 2021, SciSTIP (DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy) completed the largest national tracer survey of doctoral graduates from South African universities. The study aimed to gain a deeper understanding of the career trajectories of doctoral graduates who received their doctorates fr...
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The study investigated the participation of so-called ‘international national organisations’ (INOs) in agricultural and health research in Zimbabwe, a country in southern Africa. An INO refers to an international organisation or an initiative of an international organisation that uses an African country address in its publications. A first objectiv...
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This chapter describes the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology in South Africa, and reviews how its structure and functioning has evolved over time. The Centre has been guided in its activities by a set of principles that included conducting research on biological invasions that is world-class but relevant to South Africa,...
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This study addressed the conceptualization of the societal impact of research from the perspective of programme evaluation, by focusing on the three ‘result’ elements of logic models: outputs, outcomes, and impact. In research evaluation, the distinction could resemble a difference between product, use, and benefit. The study established whether re...
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The results of a comprehensive study on the state of the South African research enterprise, which has taken four year to complete, have just been released by CREST. The study, which was commissioned by the NRF in 2015, arguably provides the most comprehensive assessment of the state and recent trends of South African research. The report consists...
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This study applied the ‘productive interactions’ approach of research impact assessment to the case of maritime piracy research in South Africa. The focus was on the stakeholder interactions associated with the doctoral work and related activities of an individual researcher. A set of documents—provided by the researcher as evidence of potential im...
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This article contributes to emerging knowledge on the utilisation of university research in sub-Saharan Africa. A survey was conducted comprising 463 academics at three African universities: the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and the University of Rwanda. The study investigated the agreement between two measures o...
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This study developed a comparative bibliometric profile of multidisciplinary health research at South African universities over a 30-year period (1984–2013), based on two measures of multidisciplinarity. The first measure used article co-authorship as a proxy for collaboration between authors with health and non-health addresses, and the second mea...
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Valorisation is a process that adds value to academic knowledge. It comprises all activities pertaining to the dissemination and exploitation of such knowledge for social and economic benefit. A 4D valorisation map was generated for the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe, and specifically for the Faculty of Applied Sci...
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Previous comparisons between Scopus and Web of Science (WoS) paid little attention to universities in African countries. This study investigated the effect of using different data sources on the bibliometric profile of Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, focusing on the Faculty of Pharmacy for the period 1990-2013. In addition to data from Scopu...
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What methodologies do we write about, and what type of research do we actually conduct and build upon in planning? Since the 1980s, planners have argued for more qualitative research within an interpretative paradigm. A content analysis of articles in Journal of Planning Education and Research do show a majority of qualitative studies, but cast wit...
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Education opportunities, capacity building and scientific knowledge are poorly studied intellectual ecosystem services (IES), especially as generated by protected areas (PAs). Based on the cascade model of ecosystem services, we use simple indicators to quantify IES generated in the Kruger National Park (KNP), South Africa. IES are potentially valu...
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Science academies are well placed to contribute towards strengthening of national systems of innovation through advocating for an increased participation of girls and women in science. To successfully do so, academies would need to overcome challenges faced with regard to women’s representation in their own ranks and women’s resultant full particip...
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About 2 000 corresponding authors of articles in the Web of Science (who had a South African university address) selected from a list of 22 categories the perceived beneficiaries of their research. A beneficiary was defined as an entity that is either directly affected by the research results or that has a direct interest in the outcome of the rese...
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About 2 000 corresponding authors of articles in the Web of Science (who had a South African university address) selected from a list of 22 categories the perceived beneficiaries of their research. A beneficiary was defined as an entity that is either directly affected by the research results or that has a direct interest in the outcome of the rese...
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This study had three objectives: to examine patterns of research collaboration in Ghana, to study reasons why Ghanaian-affiliated researchers collaborate with others (both inside and outside Ghana), and to determine the roles of Ghanaian-affiliated researchers in collaborations. The methodology comprised a bibliometric analysis of articles in the W...
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This study of the science communication views and practices of African researchers-academics at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe-reveals a bleak picture of the low status of public science engagement in the developing world. Researchers prioritise peer communication and pay little attention to the public, policy...
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Assessments of societal impact, therefore, cannot escape the need for primary data collection to construct the relevant indicators. Initiatives are required to systematically collect, organise, store and critically reflect on the data that are needed. In the current study, the data collection for indicator construction is firstly guided by the SIAM...
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We conducted a bibliometric analysis of research in or about South African National Parks, published between 2003 and 2013. Our goal was to identify the major research topics, and to examine the role of in-house (“embedded”) researchers in producing relevant knowledge and in leveraging additional benefits through collaboration with external researc...
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Source: http://jrp.icaap.org/index.php/jrp/article/view/493/418 The article explores the intuitive element of procedural knowledge in winemaking. It presents data on winemakers’ interpretation of intuition, specifically its relationship with sense-impressions and experience. Interviews were conducted with six winemakers and two winemaking consulta...
Technical Report
This study investigated student success, and particularly the progression of students from honours to PhD studies. It was conducted for the Department of Science and Technology and completed in 2015. The study provided new insights into how students choose where and what to study, as well as their attitudes, needs and motivations in terms of their...
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Science communication as an interdisciplinary field of study has always been concerned with issues of knowledge utilisation. This theoretical paper focusses on the "knowledge" part of knowledge utilisation and provides a conceptual frame to distinguish between different types of knowledge in science-based practice. A practitioner's knowledge store...
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The study investigated the extent to which transmission and cognition, the first two stages in the research use process, are accomplished for winemakers. “Transmission-cognition” was operationalized as the frequency of engagement with information sources considered to be carriers of scientific research. The study also investigated the prominence of...
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The chapter dealing with the representation of women in South African academia once again highlights the glass ceiling phenomenon. The data in this chapter are presented and interpreted by Nelius Boshoff, our first male contributor to the report, utilising the CREST database, which contains the most comprehensive statistics on higher education in S...
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The report covers a variety of topics including on overview of women in higher education in South Africa as well as Sexuality in the workplace
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Citations to published work are gaining increasing prominence in evaluations of the research performance of scientists. Considering the importance accorded to gender issues in South African science, it is surprising that (to our knowledge) no research has as yet ascertained the extent of sex differences in citations to the published work of scienti...
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University departments (including schools and centres) with a direct or indirect link to biotechnology were identified. Representatives at these entities were surveyed to establish what measures South African universities are undertaking to promote biotechnology amongst students. Of the 168 departments identified, 55 submitted usable questionnaires...
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This study investigates South–South collaboration in research, and specifically collaboration among the 15 countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as well as between the SADC and the rest of Africa. It was found that only 3% of SADC papers during 2005–2008 were jointly authored by researchers from two or more SADC countries (...
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The study examines aspects of both neo-colonial ties and neo-colonial science in research papers produced by Central African countries. The primary focus is on the extent and pattern of neo-colonial ties and other foreign participation in the co-authorship of Central African research papers. The analysis revealed that 80% of Central Africa’s resear...
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This article critically examines the methodology of the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by generating raw scores for the ‘big five’ South African research universities (Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Kwazulu-Natal, Pretoria and the Witwatersrand, henceforth referred to as SU, UCT, UKZN, UP and WITS) using the ARWU indicators. The p...
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The fact that there is such a large number of Law journals in South Africa (this review covered twenty-five journals) for a relatively small number of scholars and legal practitioners in the country is an issue that requires further debate and critical reflection within the community of Law scholars. Our analysis has revealed that some journals do...
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We performed a critical analysis of the South African scientific serials literature, including ‘international’ journals indexed by international bibliographical databases, such as Thomson Scientific's Web of Science and other citation indices, as well as ‘local’ journals that are processed for these sources. A ‘composite extended journal impact fac...
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This article is devoted to a discussion of women academics (more specifically instructional/research staff) in higher education in South Africa. It disaggregates the sex-specific data by sector, race, age, rank, qualification and scientific field. The proportion of female instructional/research staff substantially increased from 30 per cent in 1992...

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Societal impact 'scripts' for internationally funded African PhD trainees and their conceptual and methodological variations are lacking. The project will deliberate the question of how internationally funded PhD training in and for African countries influence the academic career development of individual African PhD trainees, given that their social identities as academics are constantly up for re-negotiation and challenged by the fact that they are part of structured society with conflicting demands and realities. During the project, we aim to build on a number of yet mostly disentangled conceptual insights to study the negotiation processes and organizational settings at the PhD career stage in African contexts. Included are social identity theory from social psychology, career scripting from the sociology of science, and perspectives about research funding environments in Africa. The fourth pillar of our conceptual underpinning is to be developed as there is yet not sufficient literature: it is located in the emerging research impact literature and deals with the categories and processes of pay-back of African scholars to different parts of society.