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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 

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

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. All works are submitted to CrossCheck and is available to the editors of the journal to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. In the event of high percentage overlap, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines will apply (learn more).

Publication frequency 

The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed. 

Indexing & Archiving

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • DHET SA List
  • Thomson Reuters Web of Science Other Coverage, Emerging Sources Citation Index, ESCI
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • ProQuest

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.


The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • SA ePublications, Sabinet
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is:

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

DHET accreditation 

The journal is DHET accredited because it is listed on the following approved indexing service:

  • DHET SA List

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

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