Focus and scope

The South African Journal of Science is a multidisciplinary journal published bimonthly by the Academy of Science of South Africa. The South African Journal of Science publishes original work of importance in any field which will interest readers from more than one discipline. Authors are requested to write their papers and reports in a manner and style that is intelligible to specialists and non-specialists alike. Research contributions, which are peer reviewed, are of three kinds: Review Articles, Research Articles and Research Letters. The format for all of these categories is, of necessity, relatively brief compared with that of more specialised journals: details can be found in the guidelines to authors.

Our second important function is to serve as a forum for debate about recent developments in research and in higher education. The front section of the Journal covers news, news features, book reviews, obituaries, commentaries, letters and news and views articles. (The last category comprises articles which opine on important recent developments either in the published literature or at conferences.) These contributions are not peer reviewed, and potential authors are encouraged to liaise with the Editor-in-Chief before submitting work of this nature to the Journal.

Publication frequency

The South African Journal of Science is published six times a year. 

Impact factor

The 2016 Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) impact factor is 0.960

Rejection rate

The 2016 rejection rate was 77%


The electronic international standard serial number (eISSN) is 1996-7489.

The abbreviated title is S. Afr. J. Sci.