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Press Release 
Tamsyn Sherwill 
Thumbs up for Water SA  

The Water Research Commission’s (WRC) science journal, Water SA, has achieved a 2009 ISI Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Impact Factor of 0.911 and a 5-year Impact Factor of 1.051. This is an improvement on the 2008 IF of 0.721 and the 2008 5-year IF of 0.903.  The impact factor is a measure which reflects the average number of citations received by articles published in a particular journal, and is commonly used as an indicator of the journal’s relative importance.  Water SA is now placed 6th in South Africa (5th for 5-year IF) for journals ranked on ISI JCR, Science edition.

“The WRC was founded in 1971 and Water SA was established in 1975 as a platform for South African water researchers to publish their work for enhanced exposure internationally” said Dr Heidi Snyman, who manages the Key Strategic Area: Water-Centred Knowledge at the WRC. “It took many years for Water SA to reach the level where international water scientists also select the journal as their journal of choice” she adds.

Water SA publishes refereed, original work covering all branches of water science.  Manuscripts are published in the form of a paper, critical review, short communication, technical note or comment on papers already published. The journal encourages the science community to discuss their critical findings. Water SA has grown from strength to strength under retired Editor Ingrid Buchan and is now in the hands of the new WRC Science Editor, Tamsyn Sherwill, who started at the WRC in 2009.  Tamsyn works with the WRC internal graphic designer, Drinie van Rensburg, and is assisted by Mmatsie Masekwa in administration and dissemination of the journal.

The year 2005 was momentous for Water SA: its first ever external Editorial Board was appointed, and the journal moved from being mainly print-based to being primarily electronic, becoming an open access online journal. Although the former Editor, Ingrid, had some reservations about the move, she was pleasantly surprised by the resilience and depth of the journal. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and surprised everybody again when it achieved an IF of 1.120 in 2007, thereby setting its own benchmark. In 2009, access to Water SA was further enhanced with the completion of the process of digitising all back copies, creating an online archive of the entire Water SA collection, dating back to its very first edition in 1975.

For more details contact:

Tamsyn Sherwill:   WRC Science Editor

 Tel: 012 330 9070

 E-mail: tamsyns@wrc.org.za



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