South African Health Review 2017. 20th Edition. 28/8/2017
Published by HST
The South African Health Review (SAHR) is now widely recognised as one of the most authoritative sources of commentary on the South African health system. It is widely used in teaching public health at undergraduate and postgraduate level in South Africa, and it is used by scholars, donors, journalists, policymakers and policy-implementers at various levels of the health system.
The initial edition of the SAHR was based on commissioned chapters relating to the most important health policies, reforms and priorities of the time. The chapters were reviewed first by an independent reviewer and the overall composite edition was reviewed by a committee. To a great extent, this initial publication created the framework for subsequent editions. However, there have been a number of important changes and improvements over the 20 editions.
There has been a move away from commissioned articles to an open request to all authors writing on themes pertinent to the health system in South Africa. The process of peer review has been improved, with at least two independent reviewers assigned to each article, as well as comment from an editorial advisory committee. In 2014, the SAHR was accredited as a peer-reviewed publication by the Department of Higher Education and Training. This has raised the profile of the SAHR and offers a particular incentive to academic contributors, as peer-reviewed publications are one of their key performance areas, and they can receive subsidy allocations for their contributions.
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