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Sandy Shepherd Reflects on the Launch of the National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum

Sandy Shepherd

UCT Press Publisher, Sandy Shepherd, has written an article about the launch of the National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum for the Mail & Guardian.

In the following piece, Shepherd addresses the importance of scholarly books and explains the structure and formation of the Forum, of which UCT Press is a member:

Although scholarly books are crucial to the promotion of an academic’s career, 90% of the publications the department of higher education and training accredits are journal articles. This is among the key factors that led to the launch of the National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum during the Cape Town Book Fair in June.

Nursed by Professor Wieland Gevers, head of the department of medical biochemistry at the University of Cape Town, the forum has been incubating for nearly two years. Gevers, who is also chairperson of the Academy of Science of South Africa’s committee for scholarly publishing, spoke at the launch about the need for the forum.


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