Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Student Affairs in Africa (JSAA) considers theoretical, practice-relevant, and reflective contributions from across the scholarly field of Student Development and professional domains of Student Development/Student Affairs, taking due cognizance that the scope is broad, fluid and context dependent.

 

The scope of JSAA is indicated by keywords such as: student affairs, student career development, student counselling, student development theory and research, student discipline, student engagement, student experience, student finances and financial aid, student housing, disability/disabled students, student leadership and governance, student life cycle, student living and learning, student movement, student organisations, student orientation, student policy, student politics and activism, student sport, student support, academic development (and its intersection with the student affairs co-curriculum), graduate attributes, and teaching and learning support. This list of keywords is not exhaustive. Our key focus area is the core functions of student affairs and services. in Africa.

 

Section Policies

Entire Online Version

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Editorial Commentary

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reflective Practice

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Campus Report

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Professional Notices

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The Journal of Student Affairs in Africa affirms diverse forms of scholarly engagement and diversity in terms of themes and perspectives, paradigmatic, disciplinary and methodological approaches and contexts of scholarship and application. It considers for publication submissions of original scholarly research-based articles, reflective discussions by practitioners, book reviews and professional notices, such as  conference calls.

 

Submissions are encouraged from scholars and reflective practitioners from across the globe. Submissions must be relevant to the mission, aims and scope of the Journal. Especially encouraged are submissions from African scholars and professionals working in higher education on the African continent.

 

Submissions dealing with student development issues from other contexts (e.g. the African Diaspora, other emerging economies) that are transferable to the African context are also considered for publication.

The editorial and peer review policy adheres to the ASSAf National Code of Best Practice in Editorial Discretion and Peer Review for South African Scholarly Journals (ASSAf Council, 2008). All submitted manuscripts undergo an initial careful examination by members of the Editorial Executive Committee to ensure authors’ submissions conform to best practice. Qualifying scholarly research-based articles and reflective practitioner articles are blindly reviewed by at least two peer reviewers, who would typically be members of the International Editorial Board of the Journal. 

Peer reviewers have proven scholarly and/or professional expertise in the subject matter of a manuscript. They are required to provide an objective judgement on the merits of a manuscript, point out the merits and propose ways of improving a manuscript including pointing to relevant published work that is not cited. Reviewers should not have any conflict of interest and must treat all manuscripts confidentially.

Reviewer reports are assessed by the Editorial Executive Committee and form the basis of any decision by the Executive on how to proceed with a manuscript.

 

Publication Frequency

JSAA is published twice a year by the JSAA Editors in collaboration with Stellenbosch University Library and Information Services and AFRICAN SUN MeDIA.

 

Open Access Policy

The Journal of Student Affairs in Africa 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, as underwritten by the license Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. 

 

Archiving

Journal of Student Affairs in Africa. This journal is in the process of migrating from the Stellenbosch University preservation platform to the PKP PN (Preservation Network) platform.

 

Publication Ethics and Publication

The editorial and peer review policy of JSAA adheres to the Code of Best Practice in Editorial Discretion and Peer Review for South African Scholarly Journals (Academy of Sciences of SA Council/ASSAf 2008).

Information on the Editorial Executive and International Editorial Advisory Board, Authors Guidelines, Peer Review Policy and Process, Copyright and Access, Archiving, Ownership and Management of the Journal and related Journal Information are all available on this website. 

For any further information or clarification, please contact the journal manager at jsaa_editor@outlook.clom 


 

African Journals Online (AJOL)

The Journal of Student Affairs in Africa is indexed and co-hosted by African Journals Online (AJOL). AJOL is the world's largest and pre-eminent collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals. See http://www.ajol.info/index.php/jssa

 

SA-accredited journal

Since 2017, JSAA is a fully accredited scholarly journal listed in the South African list of journals maintained by the Department of Higher Education and Training. This means that all peer reviewed articles (i.e. research articles and reflective practice articles) published in Vol. 5 and following by South Africa-based researchers qualify for national research output subsidy in line with the South African Higher Education Funding Framework.

 

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The Journal of Student Affairs in Africa is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. According to DOAJ (2015, website): "The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for users of open access journals.

Definitions

Open Access Journal: We define open access journals as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. From the BOAI definition of "open access", we support the rights of users to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles" as mandatory for a journal to be included in the directory.

Quality Control System: The journal must exercise peer-review or editorial review (particularly in the Humanities), led by an editor, or an editor and an editorial board.

Research Journal: Journals that report primary results of research or overviews of research results to a scholarly community.

Periodical: A serial appearing, or intending to appear, indefinitely at regular intervals and generally more frequently than annually, each issue of which is numbered or dated consecutively and normally contains separate articles, stories, or other writings.

 

 

Author Fees

Authors publish free of charge; there are no processing or page fees. Please register for alerts about new issues and opportunities.

 

Digital Preservation

Journal of Student Affairs in Africa. This journal is in the process of migrating from the Stellenbosch University preservation platform to the PKP PN (Preservation Network) platform.

 

ORCID iD

This journal programme cannot read the ORCID iD.  Please do not add it when you Register or when submitting a paper.

After Registration, can you Edit your Profile and then insert the ORCID iD, or please send your ORCiD ID, along with the name of the journal to, scholar@sun.ac.za to add to your Profile.

Stellenbosch University researchers/authors can create an ORCID iD here.

ORCID iD is a persistent, unique, numeric identifier for individual researchers and creators. It distinguishes you from researchers and creators with the same or similar names.  ORCID iD is similar to ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, ISNI and other systems for identifying and distinguishing researchers and creators.