Member News

Our Chairperson, Ms Lynn Hendricks, has been awarded a Global Minds PhD Fellowship focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals. She is registered for a dual PhD from Leuven University in Belgium and Stellenbosch University.

Our Vice Chairperson, Ms Mandy Wigdorowitz, has been awarded funding from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and the Cambridge Trust to complete her PhD at the University of Cambridge.


The DRM ran several workshops and had a stand at the recent PsySSA Congress, held at Emperor’s Palace in September 2018. The Division collaborated with the Student Division in order to demonstrate the roles that future researchers can play in keeping the discipline relevant and up-to-date with current issues germane to the field.

Below are some pictures of the DRM activities at the PsySSA Congress:


DRM Executive Proudly Representing the Division at their table


DRM Executive Proudly Representing the Division at their table


DRM Round Table on Research Psychology as a Career

Call to DRM and PsySSA Members

The DRM will be hosting methods live and recorded webinars, virtual reading groups as well as posting blogs for 2019 and if you are interested in presenting or writing a blog please send us an email to psyssadrm@psyssa.co.za with your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!

Call for Manuscripts for Online Readings in Research Methods (ORIM)

The Online Readings in Research Methods (ORIM) is an open-source resource for all researchers, practitioners, educators, and students who have an interest in Social Science research methods, especially as they are adapted to Global South and/or African contexts. The chapters in this open access online resource comprise a combination of research theory and applications as a means of disseminating knowledge on best research practices for researchers, practitioners and students. The chapters in the online book are conceptualised as a combination of theoretical and application chapters written by experts in various research methods. The chapters encompass the descriptive aspects that are provided in existing research methods books but add further depth by exploring, describing and debating the nuanced issues relating to local research from a methods perspective.

Author Guidelines and Submission Instructions

Chapters can be theoretical or applied with the focus being on research or analytic methods to the extent that the chapter may be used as a teaching aid and/or be relevant to a research professional wanting to employ a specific technique. We also welcome chapters that focus primarily on the practical application of a particular method in developing contexts. As such, the chapter should focus on explaining the use of the method with regards to a particular research study or project. Theoretical chapter submissions need only cover description and critical interrogation of the research method. These are largely narrative accounts which describe a method or technique typical of those found in undergraduate textbooks but with the inclusion of some critical examination of the utility of the method in a South African, African and/or Global South context. Applied research chapters should present original research to illustrate and interrogate the use of the research method. All chapters should include discussion on ethical considerations within that specific context that would be relevant to people who might want to use the method.

Chapters must be submitted via email to editor@socialsciencemethods.co.za. All submissions are peer reviewed by two experts in the field. ORIM employs a blind peer reviewing system. This is an ongoing call and thus chapters will continue to be accepted and there is no hard deadline.

Chapter Structure

  • Each chapter should begin with an introduction that provides the context to the method. This is to be followed by an outline of what the chapter will cover.
  • Chapters should attempt to be a critical examination of the utility of the method in a South African, African and/or Global South context.
  • Authors are requested to avoid limiting their information to sources from western, mainstream material and sources. It is possible that inconsistencies exist in terms of the method and its application across other contexts other than those mentioned above. These should also be discussed wherever applicable.
  • It is important that each chapter consider ethical issues relating to the research and/or the method. Most importantly, the elements of the research that relate to ethics need to be clearly illustrated through references to collaborative partnership, social value, social justice, scientific validity, informed consent, fair selection, favourable risk-benefit ratio, independent ethical review, and ongoing respect for participants and study communities where appropriate.
  • Each chapter is also required to have a concluding section that summarises the arguments made and provides some discussion on future developments for the method or technique, especially as these pertain to Global South and African issues.
  • Authors are expected to write at a level understandable to end level undergraduate and postgraduate students and professionals with an interest in research methods.
  • As with any multi-authored text, we expect the writing style to vary across chapters, and even within chapters. For this reason, we are reserving the right to edit the chapters for consistency in tone and style.
  • Brief biographies (approximately 200 words) for each author on a chapter must be provided. Authors are also encouraged to provide their ORCiD identities, Researchgate and Google Scholar links to increase the visibility of their work.
  • Each chapter is to be between 5000-8000 words (including notes and references, approx. 20 -25 pages).
  • Chapters should use Times New Roman, size 12 font and 5 line spacing.
  • Articles submitted to ORIM must make use of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition guidelines for in-text references and for reference lists.


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