SPSS 21: Online Access for UJ Researchers

The latest SPSS 21 research software is now available and can be accessed online via UJ ULink.

SPSS instruction


UJ Sciences Librarian: New Library Books: Sciences (APK) blog

I have started at the end of 2011 a new blog for Sciences newely received library books. So far the academics are satisfied with this new way of current awareness. Direct links are provided for each book from the UJ Library Catalogue

Check out the latest blog posts from the UJ New Library Books: Sciences, APK Campus

Writing a Research Paper: Glogster Poster for UJ Sciences users

Have problem getting started with your Research Project? Check this interactive “fun”  poster, which I created for the UJ Sciences students:

  • Steps in Online Searching
  • Links to Sciences Subject portals, databases, library catalogue, etc.
  • Guidelines for writing a Literature Revies
  • UJ Reference Techniques
  • and more…

Ho do you feel about it? Don’t forget to visit the UJ Sciences Librarian Portal for any additional information.

African Journal Archive project: launch of its website

             African Journal Archive project: launch of its website!

The African Journal Archive is a retrospective digitisation project of full-text journal articles published in Africa. Journal articles hosted on the Archive extend back to the first issue (if available) and end with the last pre-current issue (determined by the publisher).

The website currently comprises 700 issues and 150,000 pages of journal archives of academic, scholarly, institutional, museums, and professional research organizations in Africa. Online access to the archive is free of charge to Africa and the world.

  • Browse through the collection without formulating a specific search.
  • Advanced Search – using more options, making your searches more precise and getting more useful results.
  • Preferences Customize options for search results, My Favorites, Compare and Slideshow views.
  • My Favorites – View, compare, delete and move collection items you have saved to My Favorites within CONTENTdm.

 The Archive is an integrated full-text electronic journal repository providing:

  • Comprehensive research into African scholarly work, accessible both continentally and internationally.
  • Accessibility for contributors to their own research information.
  • International exposure for African researchers/authors work.
  • Better utilisation of publically funded research.
  • Exposure for African research institutes creating opportunities for future donor funding.
  • Linking and interoperability with other digital collections.

The journals are digitised at no charge to the publisher. Participating publishers also receive a preservation copy of their archived journal volumes. The African Journal Archive is a Sabinet Gateway project funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Custodianship of the Archive will reside with Sabinet Gateway. Management, creation and maintenance will be contracted to Sabinet Online.  

Commenting on the project, Sabinet Online’s Managing Director, Rosalind Hattingh says “the project will  create for the first time a central full-text repository of retrospective journal content of unique value, providing not only the vital groundwork for further or related research but assisting to preserve the heritage of the African continent.

We welcome your comments and feedback. Please contact us should you have any difficulties in finding information on the website.  Publishers and scholarly societies in Africa are encouraged to contact us with their requests to be considered for participation. Sabinet News

New Library Resources for 2010

The following databases form part of the UJ Library resources in 2010. Those databases in ‘blue are already available.

 Electronic Databases: Journals/Proceeding/ Theses & Dissertations

Full-text access to:

Electronic Databases: E-Books

Full-text access to:

For more information, contact me: pkovatcheva@uj.ac.za

Reaxys Online: CrossFire Beilstein & Gmelin TRIAL (Until 30/9/2009)


Reaxys Online: Beilstein, Gmelin and Patent Chemistry Databases is on TRIAL until 30/9/2009.

The Library subscribes to CrossFire & Reactions: Beilstein & Gmelin in CD-Rom format. Now this product is made available online, and the Library has recently a presentation by Elsevier on its functionality.

Click here to Access Reaxys . Read more  about this product.


  • The TRIAL will run until 30 September 2009.
  • The access is available only ON CAMPUS
  • The access is IP Authenticated for all UJ Campuses
  • Multiple users
  • Make use of Reaxys Training Manuals to easy your searching needs

Access is available through the Sciences Librarian Portal and Chemistry Subject Portal. View more TRIAL Databases.


Dr. Jörg Hellwig, Sales Manager Elsevier Science & Technology visited the UJ Library to present the new Reaxys Online, during his May-June SA tour.

Please contact me for more information or if you experience any difficulty in accessing or using the list. pkovatcheva@uj.ac.za, 011 559-2621.

Institute of Physics: visit @ UJ Physics Department

Yann Amouroux from IoP

Yann Amouroux from IoP

Yann Amouroux talks to Physics Department academics

Yann Amouroux talks to Physics Department academics

Physics researchers

Physics researchers

Pavlinka Kovatcheva, the Sciences Librarian @ UJ Kingsway Campus, arranged a workshop (21 April 2009)  between  the UJ Physics Department and the Regional Manager from the Institute of Physics Publishing,  Yann Amouroux.  Yann introduce to the Physics academics and postgraduate students the new IOPscience platform and demonstrated its benefits to researchers. He also talked about the IoP journals impact factors and publishing research in general. Trial to the IOPscience platform will be arranged.

Thanks to Yann, for the  interesting and useful presentation and thanks to the Physics researchers, who did attend and contributed to the talk.

Don’t  forget to search the Institute of Physics  journals for your research need.

Visit the UJ  Physics Subject Portal & the Astronomy & Astrophysics Subject Portal  to search for more resources.



The new Institutional Repository, UJDigispace, of the University of Johannesburg was successfully launched on the 24th of March 2009. The Library under the initiative of  Barrie Swanepoel (Library IT), was responsible for the implementation of the University’s Open Access Electronic Archive. (eIFL.net, 15/5/09)

Currently the following Collections are available:

Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management [241]
Department of Philosophy [7]
Electronic Books [3]

Library and Information Centre [332]

Media Coverage [3]
Research Outputs [0]
Theses and Dissertations [1657]
University Governance [3]
University of Johannesburg Archives [178]
University Publications [12]

Do you find UJDigispace useful? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Scholarly journals – ticTOCs, New Free Journal Tables of Contents


 Keeping up-to-date with the scholarly literature just became much easier, thanks to a new service called ticTOCs  – Journal Tables of Contents Service.

What it is?

ticTOCs is a new scholarly journal tables of contents (TOCs) service.It’s FREE, its easy to use, and it provides access to the most recent tables of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers.  

It helps scholars, researchers, academics and anyone else keep up-to-date with what’s being published in the most recent issues of journals on almost any subject.

How to find Journal Titles

Using ticTOCs, you can:

  1. Find journals of interest by TITLE, SUBJECT or PUBLISHER;
  2. View the latest TOC;
  3. Link through to the full text of over 250,000 articles (where institutional or personal subscriptions, or Open Access, allow)
  4. Save selected journals to MyTOCs so that you can view future TOCs (free registration is required if you want to permanently save your MyTOCs). 
  5. ticTOCs also makes it easy to export selected TOC RSS feeds to popular feed readers such as Google Reader and Bloglines, and in addition you can import article citations into RefWorks (available through the UJ Library webpage. Contact your librarian for assistance and training where necessary ).
  6. You can  select TOCs by ticking those of interest – thousands of TOCs, within a tick or two (hence the name ticTOCs).

I have searched for journals per SUBJECT. The following number of journals are available (24/01/2009) for:

Zoology – 87 titles
Botany – 125 titles
Biology – 291 titles
Microbiology – 110 titles
Biochemistry – 223 titles
Chemistry – 170 titles
Analytical Chemistry – 51 titles
Inorganic Chemistry – 22 titles
Organic Chemistry – 70 titles
Physical Chemistry – 72 titles
Mathematics – 363 titles
Statistics – 31 titles
Astronomy – 48 titles
Physics – 255 titles
Biophysics – 34 titles
Geophysics – 49 titles
Nuclear Physics – 39 titles
Geology – 89 titles
Geography – 70 titles
Earth Sciences – 58 titles
Computers – 81 titles
Computer Security – 23 titles
and many more…..
For help use the available HELP menu or ask your librarian (Sciences Librarian at APK: Pavlinka Kovatcheva, pkovatcheva@uj.ac.za) for assistance!

ticTOCs has been funded under the JISC Users & Innovations programme and has been developed by an international consortium consisting of the University of Liverpool Library (lead), Heriot-Watt University, CrossRef, ProQuest, Emerald, RefWorks, MIMAS, Cranfield University, Institute of Physics, SAGE Publishers, Inderscience Publishers, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Open J-Gate, and Intute. 


 For the full press release, click HERE.


Since the launch, several hundred more journal Tables of Contents have been added to ticTOCs: over 60 titles from Palgrave, over 185 former Haworth Press titles, 82 open access titles from Libertas Academica, 27 Edinburgh University Press journals, and titles from Longwoods Publishing, Living Reviews, IM Publications and others.


Journals from 431 publishers are currently included in ticTOCs. Read more about the latest news HERE