Our legacy: share the journey

For over 30 years, Sabinet has been committed to changing lives through providing access to information. Our passion is to share knowledge – because this not only empowers individuals but it supports education and social upliftment.

Our story began in the early 80s and today we have flourished from providing purely library support services to offering customised information-centric services for libraries, corporates, small businesses, students, the media and researchers.

We are excited to share a video of this rewarding journey with you – click here to view and share.

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SA ePublications: Who Benefits from Online Medical Journals?

Online Medical Journals

Scholarly articles published in online medical journals are subject to the same scrutiny and peer-reviews as those published in physical form. They thus offer writings that are well-researched and relevant, but their digital format makes them much more accessible. This clearly benefits readers, who are able to focus their searches to find relevant articles almost instantaneously.

But, in addition to end-users, who benefits from online medical journals? The following are a few other parties to whom online medical journals are thoroughly advantageous.

Here Is Who Feels the Advantages of Online Medical Journals

Essentially, the benefits of online publications are so great that everyone in the chain of production, distribution, and consumption feels the effects. But, to elaborate, here is how they feel the benefits:

1. Authors

The actual writing process for authors differs very little regardless of whether their work is to be published on paper or online. The main difference arises in the fact that digital publishing allows authors to have their work read by a far greater audience. Because of the ease of access of online scholarly articles, authors could potentially have their work read by many more readers than they would if their work was to be strictly physically published.

2. Publishers

Publishing online is not without its costs, but those costs are decidedly less than those of physical publishing. The printing equipment and supplies can be removed from the equation, as can the distribution costs. Even if physical publication is still a necessity, printing fewer issues and supplementing these with digital issues will still result in considerable savings.

3. Libraries

Maintaining subscriptions to a wide variety of physical medical journals can prove costly to libraries. But, with the reduced cost of medical journals, libraries can offer more content while turning a bigger profit.

Furthermore, libraries must consider the issue of storage of historical issues. When storage space is depleted, libraries must choose between ridding themselves of older issues and taking on document storage solutions at a cost. With digital issues, however, this is not a factor.

4. Readers

As we mentioned, ePublished medical journals offer readers a great many benefits. First and foremost, access is greatly increased when readers simply need a device with an internet connection. Readers can also use cross-referencing tools and precision search to pinpoint the exact information they need and find it quickly. Add to this the fact that they can do all of this from mobile devices and online medical journals become, understandably, very attractive to readers.

How Can You Benefit from Online Medical Journals?

If you are an author, publisher, library, or reader, you now have a better understanding of how you stand to benefit from ePublishing. But, how do you begin reaping those benefits? The answer is Sabinet!

We are poised to help both those on the publishing end and those on the subscription end. So, to begin your journey into ePublishing, be sure to contact us today.

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African Research Journals: The Importance of African Content in Research

African Research Journals

Technology has allowed us to share information effortlessly and on a global scale. As a result, the planet’s population is moving ever closer to a universal knowledge-base. However, while the concept of universally shared and accepted knowledge is possible, it cannot exist (at least in the foreseeable future) because of a single factor; the individual knowledge of nations, such as that contained in African research journals.

Sarpong (2002) wrote that a people’s approach to knowledge and science (and the investigation thereof) cannot be removed from its history. African content is thus important in relation to research for the following reasons:

1. It Allows for Comprehensive Research

Even if the topic being researched stems from a foreign school of thought, African content is important for comprehensive research. The African literature on the topic might provide supporting or sometimes opposing evidence, making the research on the topic more complete. And, when it comes to research, it is often desirable to include other perspectives in order to validate the position of the research.

2. It Is Absolutely Relevant to African Studies

When it comes to researching African-centric topics, African content is invaluable, for obvious reasons. There is no better perspective on the topics relevant to African development than that portrayed in the literature and journal entries published in Africa by Africans.

3. It Portrays Development over Important Fields

Historical views on certain topics might not always be consistent with modern thinking, but they are always important when it comes to research. This is true for a number of reasons, but one definite advantage of historical literature is the fact that it can be used to portray development over certain fields, and present an accurate time-frame for that development.

Sabinet provides access to the African Journal Archive, which covers historical writings on a variety of topics, including politics, history, geology, education, law, medicine, botany, agriculture, and zoology.

Sabinet’s African ePublications

The African Journal Archive was sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in an effort to preserve the important literature of Africa and make it available for research projects. The result is a collection of journal articles covering the topics mentioned above, and dating back to 1906.

The African Journal Archive contains more than 182 African journals, incorporating over 150,000 articles, which are full-text and fully searchable through our information services.

To learn more about this service and how you might access it, be sure to contact Sabinet right away.

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A Closer Look at Sabinet Monitoring Services

Sabinet Monitoring Services

When you want to find something online, you don’t enter URL after URL and read all the content on each site in the hope that you’ll discover what you are looking for. This would be far too time-consuming and not necessarily very effective. Instead, you adopt the digital answer to this process and have a search engine perform this task for you, cutting down your search time to milliseconds. But, if it can be this easy in some areas, why are you still extracting legal information from multiple sources? Sabinet Monitoring Services intend to change the way you find legal information online, cut down your search times drastically, and keep you constantly in the know.

Sabinet Monitoring Services work to compile all the movements in terms of legislation and feed it to you as it happens. It uses up-to-the-minute research on Bills and Draft Bills to notify you of changes before they happen, keeping you always ahead of the curve when it comes to important legislation being passed.

You have the power to decide when you would like to be notified of events, depending on your choice of service, meaning that you could potentially receive real-time updates of important events sourced from Sabinet monitoring articles, press releases, opinion pieces, speeches, and statements.

Who Benefits from Sabinet Monitoring Services?

Our services benefit workers in a great many fields, including the following:

1. People in the Legal Field

Naturally, if you are to offer sound legal advice, you have to keep abreast of the current state of the law through legislation. Our legal monitoring services allow you to just this, taking away the stress of having to obtain your information from multiple sources. With Sabinet, the latest happenings in the legal environment can potentially appear in your email inbox moments after they occur.

2. Legal Reporters and Journalists

It is necessary for those writing about changes in South Africa’s legislation to be privy to those changes as they occur. But, notifications of these changes are not always handed down on a platter. With this in mind, it is far easier to have a constant feed of collated information coming from a reliable source, which is exactly the service offered by our monitoring process.

3. Businesses with Legal Restrictions

If you own a business that operates within stringent legal boundaries, you need to be aware of any changes which may affect the way you run your business. Fortunately, with our service, you can set a filter to only receive information pertinent to your industry.

Sabinet is the Only Source You Need

Our monitoring services extract data from a wide variety of sources and offer it to you in a simple, easy-to-follow medium. This makes us the only source you need in order to keep abreast of legislative progress.

To learn more, or register for our services, please contact us today.

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Celebrating Labour Month through Information and Education

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Many people are not aware of why we observe occasions such as May Day or Labour Month in South Africa. To the majority of workers, it’s simply another holiday where we get to lounge around the house, binge-watch the latest series or visit friends. So in short – we see it as just another holiday. The truth is that these occasions originate from important historical milestones in the struggle to secure workers’ rights. (more…)

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Sabinet signs up to Publishing Technology’s ingentaDrive platform solution

This agreement with Publishing Technology, a world-leading provider of content solutions, will completely enhance the way SA ePublications is delivered, accessed and consumed.Combining essential features of Publishing Technology’s bespoke build platform product with the speed and efficiency of a packaged solution, this out-of-the box product will enable Sabinet to go live with a fully branded, cloud-based, responsive site.
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