Alternation is hosted on the following platforms: UKZN (from 2012); OJS (from 2018); and EBSCO (from 2017).

Alternation is indexed in The Index to South African Periodicals (ISAP) and reviewed in The African Book Publishing Record (ABPR).

Alternation is published every semester. In addition to these two annual publications, special editions may be published.

Alternation was accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training in 1996.

Alternation Publication Frequency

Journal items are published collectively, as part of an annual volume, with specific thematic or open theme journal issues as part of the volume.

Volume numbers match the year of publication, and issue numbers indicate the two compulsory issues, or the special edition issues for that year and volume p.a.

Each issue has its own Table of Contents.

Alternation Open Access Policy

Alternation 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.

Alternation is an open access journal that makes scholarly articles available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

This licence allows users to copy, distribute and transmit an article as long as,


  • the author is attributed;
    • the article is not used for commercial purposes; and
    • and the work is not modified or adapted in any way (i.e. the resource has to be used ‘as is’).

National and international platforms may have a one year embargo on the open access publication of annual content.

General Journal Information

Alternation does not have article submission charges.
Alternation is funded via the South African DoHET government-sponsored pagefee-charges system. Accordingly, Alternation page fee charges are R 400 per page. Invoices are sent to lead authors (or secondary authors, if they are from a different institution) once the article has been set for publication.
Alternation 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:

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