Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The journal seeks to embrace a wide range of practical and research components, including information and research literacy, information management, children's literature, ethics, globalization, impact of the digital divide, technology, scholarly communication, open scholarship, indigenous knowledge systems, etc. The objective is to serve and reflect the interests of the South Africa LIS community across the spectrum of its wide-ranging activities and research. In addition to formal scholarly articles, the editors will solicit articles on issues of practice and controversial matters as they arise. It is intended to actively encourage young writers, researchers and practitioners to share their experiences and findings so that all aspects of research, teaching, thinking and practice are brought together.

The primary target audience is the LIS and related research communities, inclusive of academics and scholars (nationally and internationally), practising information professionals as well as  policy makers (including government officials)


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

General Contributions

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The peer review process is handled and recorded via an online editorial system. After a manuscript is submitted via the online system by an author/s, the Editor-in-Chief screens the manuscript and rejects unsuitable or poor-quality manuscripts at this point. Articles deemed appropriate for peer review are sent to 2 - 3 reviewers selected by the Editor-in-Chief from among the LIS and related research communities (nationally and internationally) and could also include members of the Editorial Advisory Board. Reviewers are invited on the basis of expertise in the contents of the manuscript and publication track reecord in the LIS and related disciplines. Following acceptance to perform the review, the reviewers are furnished with a copy of the manuscript and the journal’s peer review guidelines, to which they are asked to adhere. The identity of the authors and their affiliation details are blanked out to ensure a blind review. Reviewers are asked to complete the review within four weeks. Reviewers submit their reports via the online editorial system with a recommendation on the readiness of the paper for publication. The Editor-in-Chief reconciles the review reports and makes a decision on the status of the manuscript accordingly.

Manuscripts may be: accepted (subject to minor or moderate revisions); declined; returned to the authors for revision (to address all reviewer comments in detail, with the possibility of resending for peer review depending on the nature of the reviewer comments); or invited for re-submission altogether.  Authors are not made aware of the identity of a reviewer (double-blind approach). Members of the Editorial Advisory Board may be called upon to make additional recommendations.

The Editor-in-Chief has final decision on the acceptance or rejection of all manuscripts. Dedicated reviewers (a selection of five annually) are recognised thorough the award of honoraria. 


Publication Frequency

The Journal aims to produce at least two issues per annum.


Open Access Policy

The South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 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 (see  http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/search.php). This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.

Articles form this journal can be submitted to institutional repositories, under the following conditions:

  1. Always upload the final publishers' version as published at http://sajlis.journals.ac.za
  2. Acknowledge LIASA as the publisher.
  3. Cite the article as part of the metadata and include the doi as part of the citation to the article.