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Financial support and supporting agencies of HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies

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Financial support 

HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies is partially financed by the Nederduitsch Reformed Church in Africa (South Africa) and the University of Pretoria (South Africa).

Visit the website of the Nederduitsch Reformed Church in Africa: http://www.nhk.co.za/

Visit the website of the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria: http://www.teo.co.za/

Supporting agencies 

Over the years HTS Teologiese Studies /Theological Studies has made a meaningful theological contribution in South Africa, in Africa and internationally by supporting theologians, philosophers, scholars and ministers of religion in their study of religious, social and ecumenical related subjects by means of original and sound research. Although an internationally recognised scholarly journal with a strict editorial and selection procedure, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies has remained committed to the development of young scholars. Today HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies counts among the first 100 academic journals in South Africa as far as frequency of articles published in scientific journals is concerned. With its 4 issues per annum in the past, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies ranked in the fourteenth place, based on research done in 2005 by CREST, a research institution based at the Department of Sociology of the University of Stellenbosch. The research deals with tendencies pertaining to South African accredited journals and covers data recorded in SA Knowledge base (SAK) over a twelve year period. In 1990 in both the Natural Sciences and Social Studies (published in Afrikaans, English and other European languages) a total of 6 617 articles were published in South Africa and in 2002, a total of 5 737 (see J. Mouton in Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe 45/3, 2005). More than 45% of these articles were published in 100 journals. With regard to the highest frequency, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies is listed in the 14th position.

In this instance, 'frequency' refers to the researchers’ preference for a specific journal in which to publish their outputs. Those journals with a higher frequency are mainly journals of Medicine, Law and Education. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies has envisioned its aim to be nationally relevant and internationally competitive. The Editorial Board thus followed a strategy to ensure the balanced publication of local, national and international research. Strict international and scholarly criteria are applied in the publication of all articles.

The Editorial Board consists of highly regarded international scholars and national academics. Although HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies is attached to a specific academic interest group, the journal has published an increasing number of articles written by foreign scholars. The language, which used to be Afrikaans, has drastically changed over the past three years to being predominantly English, with other foreign languages also included (see statistical index below). The language tendency also reflects the tendency in the language of theological research undertaken at the Faculty of Theology as its ‘operational basis’. On average, only 40% of UP’s own staff members (including researchers from the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Theology) publish annually in the HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies. All of the other contributions are received from researchers attached to other institutions in South Africa and abroad. The change in language increased the impact factor of HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, as well as the international accessibility of the research results. 



ISSN: 0259-9422 (print) | ISSN: 2072-8050 (online)

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