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About the South African Journal of Information Management

This page includes information on the focus and scope of the South African Journal of Information Management as well as the policies and publication procedures. For details on how to prepare and submit a manuscript via the online manuscript submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

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Focus and scope 

The South African Journal of Information Management is an information management journal, aimed to serve as a platform for discussion and debate in this developing field.

The journal seeks to create new paradigms, overcoming traditional information management activities of collect, store and dissemination; seeking to engage, inform, and catalyse scholarly discourse within research and real-world practises. It focuses on exploring and managing activities that make changes in patterns of behaviour of customers, people, organisations, and information that leads to changes in the way people use information to engage in knowledge focussed activities.

The journal crosses and affects various disciplinary (academic, business and financial) arenas, to promote information management processes (Innovations in information, knowledge and content management) which are critical to the survival and growth of organisations and people.

Topics of interest include, but in no means are limited to:

  • Innovations in information, knowledge and content management
  • Knowledge economy
  • Intellectual capital
  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Business & competitive intelligence
  • Records management
  • Information entrepreneurship, design and delivery
  • Social media & online social networking
  • Business information systems to support the above
  • Information and communication technology as applied within the above.

Historic overview of South African Journal of Information Management 

Published since June 1999, The South African Journal of Information Management is available to scientists and practitioners worldwide. The management will maintain the standard required for international indexing services.

Articles are citable. Previous issues are archived for permanency and are searchable onsite.

The target markets of the South African Journal of Information Management are:

  • Academics responsible for teaching aspects of Information Management (including the disciplines as identified above).
  • Researchers involved in investigations to improve the processes of developing and applying Information Management and related disciplines' theories, principles and practices.
  • Practitioners with the responsibility to manage information as an economic resource.
  • Students enrolled for courses that cover aspects of Information Management and related disciplines.

Open Access 

Open Access refers to free and unrestricted access via the Internet to articles published in the South African Journal of Information Management. This free access has usage limitations as stipulated in the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. The license allows redistribution and reuse of all articles on the condition that the South African Journal of Information Management is appropriately credited.

Peer review policy 

The South African Journal of Information Management has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. The editors do not inform the reviewers of the identity of the author(s). The reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to the authors either. The reviewers’ comments as well as recommendations regarding an article’s form may be passed on to the corresponding author and may also include suggested revisions. Manuscripts that are not approved for publication will not be returned to the submitting author in any format. Please note that AOSIS do not retain copies of rejected articles.

The peer review process aims to ensure that all published articles:

  • present the results of primary scientific research
  • report results that have not been published elsewhere
  • are scientifically sound
  • provide new scientific knowledge where experiments, statistics and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail so that another researcher will be able to reproduce the experiments described
  • provide conclusions that are presented in an appropriate manner and are supported by the data
  • are presented in an intelligible and logic manner and are written in clear and unambiguous English
  • meet all applicable research standards with regard to the ethics of experimentation and research integrity
  • adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards for data availability.

The journal publisher, AOSIS, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. In the event of suspected plagiarism in submitted works CrossCheck is available to the editors of the South African Journal of Information Management to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. AOSIS endorses and applies the standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which promotes integrity in peer-reviewed research publications.

Publication frequency 

The South African Journal of Information Management publishes one issue per year. Individual articles are published as soon as they are ready for publication by adding them to the table of contents of the 'current' volume and issue. In this way, the South African Journal of Information Management aims to speed up the process of manuscript publication from submission to becoming available on the website. 

Special issues may be added on an ad hoc basis to the journal throughout a particular year and will form part of consecutive issues thereafter.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript via the submission system at any time by logging into the journal website’s personalised section.

Indexing & Archiving

After publication in the South African Journal of Information Management, the complete text of each article is deposited immediately and permanently archived in major bibliographic databases:

  • Ebsco
  • ProQuest
  • Cengage Learning
  • Sabinet
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • AOSIS Library Index
  • Google Scholar

Additionally, the South African Journal of Information Management uses the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to create a distributed archiving system amongst participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

The journal is always seeking to establish a LOCKSS-compliant archive with university libraries. The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the South African Journal of Information Management is: 

Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

AOSIS archives our journals in Portico, which provides permanent archiving for electronic scholarly journals.

DHET accreditation 

The following lists are regarded as accredited journals by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), with the revised policy in 2016:

  • Thompson Reuters Web of Science, Core Collection (previously known as ISI)
  • IBSS
  • SA List [South African Journal of Information Management is on this list]
  • Scopus 
  • Scielo SA 
  • Norwegian List

In conclusion: The South African Journal of Information Management meets the criteria of the Research Output Policy. It is therefore accredited and approved by the DHET for its inclusion in the subsidy system for being a research publication for South Africa.

ISSN: 2078-1865 (print) | ISSN: 1560-683X (online)

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