Focus and Scope

The journal publishes short communications, full research papers and review articles in all branches of chemistry. All manuscripts are subjected to a rigorous peer review process by the Scientific Editors.

Peer Review Process

All publications will be reviewed by at least two referees that are active researchers in the field of study. Authors are responsible for nominating at least three suitable referees, that are not closely related to the authors.

The editor will normally base the final decision on the less favorable referee report, unless the report is not scientifically sound.

Publication Frequency

Manuscripts are published online as soon as the proofs were approved.

About the journal

The South African Journal of Chemistry, published by the South African Chemical Institute, has been publishing high quality papers, in all fields of Chemistry since 1918. The Journal went fully electronic in 2000. It is open access and freely available online.

SAJChem applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to manuscripts we publish. This license was developed to facilitate open access – namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. Additionally, the journal platform that SAJChem uses to publish research articles is Open Access. We are registered with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Scientific Library Online (Scielo).

It is a CAS-abstracted publication and is listed in Current Web Contents, Web of Knowledge, etc. It is an accredited publication with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

ORCIDs: From April 2017, published manuscripts will be linked to the ORCIDs of the authors. We are also working towards rewarding referees via the ORCID system for review work performed.

Sources of Support

UKZN hosts the electronic submission and management system for the South African Journal of Chemistry.

Journal History

The Journal went fully electronic in 2000 and is freely available through open access online. The paper journal started in 1918 and all manuscripts are freely available online.