The Human Sciences Research Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa's national development priorities. The Council has a strong footprint in other African countries though its affiliation with CODESRIA and participation in SADC and NEPAD as well as by hosting African Research Fellows in the organisation. The Council's research outputs include reports for users, occasional papers and scholarly contributions to peer-reviewed journals and books.
The HSRC has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge research in areas that are crucial to development.
The HSRC Press functions as the external arm of the HSRC and has a dual mandate of public purpose outputs (not for profit enterprise in line with social development and research dissemination objectives), plus income-generating outputs (sales of printed books to receptive markets) in order to contribute towards financial sustainability.
As the leading publisher of academic scholarly content in English on the African continent, HSRC Press shares the HSRC mandate to stimulate public debate. HSRC Press also shares the mission of HSRC to serve as a knowledge hub and to bridge the gap between research, policy and action. HSRC Press therefore also has a strong footprint in African countries, as well as sales channels on three continents, and we enjoy partnerships with thinks tanks such as CODESRIA, CASS (in China), SADC and NEPAD.
- We publish and disseminate relevant and innovative research outputs from internal and external authors, subject to scholarly peer review processes.
- Our peer-review processes help to validate the content of our books and ensure that the analysis and research methodologies are of the highest standard.
- We disseminate content through two main channels:
- online open access (pageviews and downloads) and
- sales through online and physical sales agents and retailers worldwide (print and Ebook form).
- The mandate of the HSRC Press is to publish research in and increase knowledge from and about Africa in the global context.
- We have a global readership.
- Our readers cut across all levels of society: from public officials and foreign ministries to students and scholars, trade unions, civil activists and medical scientists.