NISC's New Office and Branding Launch

Posted 31 March 2014 by NISC under Company news
NISC's New Office and Branding Launch

NISC moved into its new offices at the end of 2013.

The offices were celebrated and officially opened at a launch held on the 28th of March 2014, where business partners, family and friends of NISC joined us for an afternoon of laughter and celebration. In addition the occasion was used to launch NISC's new branding.

Mike Schramm, Managing Director of NISC, gave the opening address and welcomed everyone to the new premises. In his speech Mike touched on the history of publishing and the use of scribes to generate handwritten copies of recorded knowledge. Once the printing press was developed (between the years 1041-1048) these scribes needed to find alternative sources of income. This analogy was used to highlight the situation of publishing today - where change is a constant and publishers have to invent themselves to keep up with the needs and demands of readers.

The publishing world has undergone massive change since the invention of the internet. Research can no longer simply be available in hard copy on a library shelf - it now needs to be completely online and no more than a click of a mouse or a simple search away. Readership is a now a global phenomenon and no longer limited to a local audience. Therefore, local research needs to be disseminated globally. As Mike explained "NISC's philosophy is that there is research in and about Africa that should be made visible to the international community of scholars. In pursuing this goal, NISC has developed a reputation for being an innovator". It is this philosophy that begs the payoff line "Publishing Africa's Research".

NISC also prides itself on its successful and caring relationship with its authors and its partner societies who publish their journals with us. Mike also touched on the importance of quality specialist bibliographic indexes, even with the likes of Google available. He mentioned new and exciting projects in the pipe line as well.

Lastly he thanked some important international partners by saying "Key to our growth has been the very good partnerships that we have with big international publishing concerns - EBSCO (for databases) and Taylor & Francis (for journals). Not only have they helped us to expand our reach internationally, but they are also very nice people to work with. As a result of these collaborations we have seen encouraging growth in all of the titles we work on."

Mike closed his address by expressing his thanks to the staff of NISC for their hard work and perseverance over the years.

Our new street address is 4 Speke Street, Grahamstown. Our other contact details remain as before.


It has been an enriching experience working with such enthusiastic and professional people at NISC who have become more friends than business partners over the years.
- Stan Pillar, Editor of the African Journal of Marine Science (1996-2013)
Perhaps the most important change, in terms of bringing the Journal to a wider audience, has been its publishing in collaboration with the NISC (Pty) Ltd.
- Stan Pillar, Editor of the African Journal of Marine Science (1996-2013)
The editorial experience was excellent: the reviewers were timely and their feedback was generative. The co-editor of the special issue was proactive about communicating information to me. In latter stages, the staff that shepherded the essay through the copy-editing stages was also very helpful and in good contact.
- Author - Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies
Thank you for the rare experience of a set of proofs on which I can find nothing to correct!
- SAJP author from Florida Atlantic University
Excellent attention by editor-in-chief; very good work of reviewers; good time for review and processing.
- Author - African Journal of Range & Forage Science