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Instructions for authors

The instructions for authors include information about the types of articles received for publication, preparing a manuscript for submission to the South African Journal of Information Management and the online submission process. Other relevant information about the journal's policies and the reviewing process can be found under the about section.

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Types of articles published by the South African Journal of Information Management  

Most articles published by the South African Journal of Information Management follow a specific format, as listed below:

  • Original research articles: Should inform readers of innovative research in a particular field within or related to the focus and scope of the journal presented according to a clear and well-structured format. Research published in this section should add to the existing body of knowledge published in this field (between 3500–7000 words with a maximum of 60 references).

References: Begin the reference list on a separate page. the South African Journal of Information Management uses the Harvard referencing style, details of which can be downloaded from the journal website. Note: no other style will be permitted. 

Submit:    New submission |    Revised submission |    Thesis abstract

 For full details on how to ensure your manuscript adheres to the house style, click here.

The submission process can be interrupted at any time; when users return to their journal’s personalised section, they can continue from where they left off.

Publication procedure  

On the acceptance of a manuscript for publication by the Editor-in-Chief, the editorial staff will work towards preparing the manuscript for online publication. The aim is towards a three-month turnaround time from acceptance to online publication. This is however dependent on the corresponding author’s responses during the final stages of editing.

The first stage is the language editing that is returned to the corresponding author for review. This will be the final opportunity for the author to make text changes to the manuscript. At a later stage, the editorial staff will send the author one set of galley proofs, at which time the author will have two working days to mark any typographical errors. It may not be possible to incorporate author corrections in the printed version of the manuscript in the event of the author failing to respond to the proofreading requests. Authors should visit their personalised home page frequently to assess the location or stage of the manuscript.

Publication fee 

The Publication Fee (PF) for this journal is R526.00 (excluding VAT) per A4 output page in PDF format.  This PF will be valid for the calendar year 2014 and may be changed at any time in the sole discretion of the publisher.

For frequently asked questions related to the publication fee, click here.

Publication, copyright and usage licence  

Authors submitting a manuscript to the South African Journal of Information Management grant the title owner and AOSIS OpenJournals an irrevocable licence and first right and perpetual subsequent right to:

  1. publish, reproduce, distribute, display and store the article in any form or medium
  2. translate the article into other languages, create adaptations, summaries or extracts of the article or other derivative works based on the article and exercise all of the rights set forth in (1) above in such translations, adaptations, summaries, extracts and derivative works
  3. license others to do any or all of the above
  4. register the Digital Object Identifier for the published article. 

The following legal documents need to be submitted with the manuscript online in Step 4 of the submission process:

Ownership of copyright of the manuscript contents remains with the authors. The authors retain the non-exclusive right to do anything they wish with the published article(s), provided attribution is given to the South African Journal of Information Management with details of the original publication, as set out in the official citation of the article published in the journal. The retained right specifically includes the right to post the article on the authors’ or their institutions’ websites or institutional repositories.

Articles are published online under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) usage licence.

In the event where a manuscript is not accepted for publication by the Editor-in-Chief, the sections of the publication agreement in respect of the publishing licensing shall be null and void and the authors will be free to submit the manuscript to any other publication for first publication.

Authorship and competing interest  

All co-authors (collaborators) share a degree of responsibility for articles they collaborate on. Hence, if an individual is unwilling to accept appropriate responsibility for a manuscript’s contents, the individual should not be a co-author.

A ‘co-author’ is defined as any person who has made a significant scientific contribution to the work reported and who shares responsibility and accountability for the results. We advise that authorship credit should follow and be based on:

  1. substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
  2. drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content
  3. final approval of the version to be published.
Include a statement in the manuscript specifying the actual contribution made by each co-author with their affiliation at the time of the study and completion of the work. Contributions made by each of the authors listed, can follow the example below (please note the use of author initials): 

J.K. (University of Pretoria) was the project leader, L.M.N. (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and A.B. (Stellenbosch University) were responsible for experimental and project design. L.M.N. performed most of the experiments. P.R. (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) made conceptual contributions and S.T. (University of Cape Town), U.V. (University of Cape Town) and C.D. (University of Cape Town) performed some of the experiments. S.M. (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) and V.C. (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) prepared the samples and calculations were performed by C.S.(Cape Peninsula University of Technology).

AOSIS OpenJournals will seek reasons for any requests for changes in authorship; ensure changes are legitimate, justified and authorised by all authors.

Competing interest exist when an author’s interpretation of data or presentation of information may be influenced by a personal or financial relationship with other people or organisations that can potentially prevent the authors from executing and publishing unbiased research. Authors should disclose any financial competing interests as well as any non-financial competing interests that may cause them embarrassment were they to become public after the publication of the manuscript.

Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read ‘The authors declare that they have no financial or personal relationship(s) that may have inappropriately influenced them in writing this article.’ 



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