Focus and Scope

Alternation is an interdisciplinary academic peer-reviewed open access journal for policy makers, practitioners, and the research community, on the Arts and Humanities and related fields in Southern Africa. Each journal issue is thematic, and the product of an Alternation Research Group under the leadership of one or more of the members of the Alternation Editorial Committee and/or the Alternation Academic Advisory Board. Alternation invites articles, and responses to articles of up to 10 000 words dealing with topics relevant to the contemporary interdisciplinary scholarly significance of the academic study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa. (Longer articles may also be considered for publication.) Book reviews between 1000-1200 words are also welcome.

The journal’s main area of interest is the phenomenological and comparative study of the diversity of discourses and discursive formations in the Arts and Humanities disciplines in Southern Africa. We foster discipline-specific as well as interdisciplinary research on the nature, prevalence, relevance, and context of Arts and Humanities phenomena in both local and global contexts, from a mainly southern African perspective.

Alternation research is aimed at knowledge production and is decolonial, transformative and constructive in nature. Research contributions may focus on any of the current and/ or historical problematization, production, and/ or contextualisation of knowledge in the Arts and Humanities in African context.

The main areas in which Alternation Research Groups specialize are: Anthropology, Education, Geography, History, Informatics, Management Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Southern African Literature and Languages. Depending on the themes Alternation Research groups pursue, adjacent areas in the discursive field may be accommodated.

We encourage the use of currently significant interdisciplinary theories and methodologies deriving from the Arts, and Human and Social Sciences in research, and in teaching and learning.

Peer Review Process

All articles submitted to Alternation are subjected to a blind peer-review process. Each article is reviewed by at least two independent peer reviewers.

Pre-review Desktop Moderation: The pre-review desktop moderation is conducted by the Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor and/ or Guest Editor(s). This moderation ensures that the article submissions to be sent for review fit the focus and scope of Alternation and comply with the Alternation Author submission guidelines.

The Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor or respective appointed guest editor(s) will select a reviewer from the pool of reviewers, and send the article, together with the Alternation Article Review Form to the reviewer. The reviewer must do the review and submit the report to the relevant editor within six weeks.

The editor(s) will then inform the author(s) of the article, whether the article has been accepted for publication or not. In the event that it is not approved for publication by one reviewer, the editor will identify a third reviewer for the article, who equally have a maximum of six weeks for producing the review.

The relevant editor will also submit an appropriate abstract of the review report to the author(s) of the article, indicating the improvements or changes to the article needed before publication. If there are suggested improvements or changes suggested by a reviewer that the author(s) do not want to accommodate, they need to state that with reason(s) to the editor.

The criteria by which reviewers are asked to judge submissions, are listed under Review Guidelines.
All associates of the respective Alternation Research Group must register on OJS Alternation as reviewers, if they so wish. Experts in the field of the study of the Arts and Humanities or those adjudged to be sufficiently knowledgeable of the field, and who wish to also function as reviewers, must likewise register as reviewers.

Publication Frequency

Journal items are published collectively, as part of an annual volume and the issue of the year of the volume, each issue with its own Table of Contents.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

General Journal Information

Alternation does not have article submission charges.
Alternation does have page fee charges of R 400 per page, and sent to lead authors (or secondary authors, if they are from a different institution) once the article has been set.
Alternation’s waver policy, is that it publishes articles by authors from developing countries, that have passed the peer review process successfully, free of charge.
Alternation follows the digital archiving policy of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Alternation allows software/ spiders to automatically crawl the journal content.
Alternation does not provide article level metadata.
Alternation does not provide article download statistics.
All Alternation articles are screened for plagiarism.
Alternation Open Access Statement:
Alternation: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern 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, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.

Copyright (©) belongs to Alternation. If an author or publisher wishes to use or publish an article that appeared in Alternation in part or in full, permission must be requested from the editor-in-chief at:



Sources of Support

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Journal History

The Alternation Journal was founded in 1996 as the peer-reviewed journal Alternation for the Study of Southern African Literature and Languages. This was changed in 2011 to Alternation Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa