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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 aimed at both the academic and business worlds, whereby the content is both innovative and critical in its approach, offering insightful research material that can be used to further the application of sound information management practices.

The aims of the South African Journal of Information Management are as follows:

  • To communicate original peer-reviewed contributions on all aspects of Information Management to the South African academic and financial/business environments in particular, and the international community in general. Disciplines included are:
    • information management
    • information management systems
    • database management
    • online information environment
    • online social networking applications
    • social media and its practical application
    • virtual communities
    • information technology
    • information security in organisations
    • knowledge management
    • knowledge economy
    • indigenous knowledge systems
    • records management
    • intellectual capital
    • business intelligence
    • competitive intelligence
    • information entrepreneurship
    • learning organisations
    • innovations in information
    • etc.
  • To distribute contributions from the younger generations of academics, researchers and students, which have not necessarily been peer-reviewed but are of exceptionally high quality and originality.
  • To provide a forum to exchange new ideas, products, news and opinions in the form of regular columns.
  • To develop and maintain a scholarly, Web-based journal, representing a model in which various information formats of communicating information are being utilised.

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 (CC-BY) usage 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 OpenJournals 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 OpenJournals, 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 OpenJournals 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 

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:

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: http://www.sajim.co.za/index.php/SAJIM/gateway/lockss 

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

DoHET accreditation 

The following lists are regarded as accredited journals by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET):

Journals appearing on the IBSS:

Journals appearing on the three indices of Thomson Reuters products:

List of approved South African journals: Journals that do not appear in the abovementioned international indices but are published in South Africa and meet specific criteria may be included in this list.

In conclusion: the South African Journal of Information Management meets the criteria of the DoHET (see List of approved South African journals as maintained by the DoHET). It is therefore accredited and approved by the DoHET for its inclusion in the subsidy system for being a research publication for South Africa.



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