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South African Journal on Human Rights

Founded in 1985 by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and housed at the School of Law, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, the SAJHR is the leading South African public law journal, publishing scholarship of the highest standard for a worldwide readership. The Journal appears three times a year and is published by CALS and Taylor & Francis (as of January 2016).

Taylor & Francis offers reduced, very favourable, subscription rates to African institutional subscribers (currently the annual rate for African institutional subscriptions is R1,439.55 for print and online subscriptions; and R1,259.60 for online only subscriptions). For more information on the rates and special offers - including the STAR programme, which offers 31 days’ free access to leading Taylor & Francis journals for individual African researchers - visit SAJHR's Taylor & Francis website under the 'News and Offers' tab. For South African and African subscriptions, contact lester@nisc.co.za.

Past issues of the SAJHR from 1985 - 2015 are available online on the following websites (some of these might require a subscription): Heinonline and Juta Online Publication. Past issues of the SAJHR will shortly also be available (at a per article purchase price) on the Taylor & Francis website.

One of the oldest public law journals in South Africa, the SAJHR has an impact factor of 0.392 (Thomson Reuters, 2015 Journal Citation Reports).

The journal is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship on human rights and justice-related law in South Africa. While this remains the primary focus of the Journal, the editors accept submissions dealing with the enforcement of human rights in other African countries where direct relevance to South Africa is demonstrated.

Thematically, the editors accept submissions that deal with human rights, legal philosophy, law and society, constitutional law, administrative law and public international law. Submissions taking an interdisciplinary or empirical approach to these subjects are also considered. 

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EDITORIAL OFFICES

The editorial offices of the Journal are located at the following address:

The Editors
South African Journal on Human Rights
Centre for Applied Legal Studies
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Wits 2050
South Africa

GUIDE TO CONTRIBUTORS

All contributions must be submitted via Scholar One. Scholar One is an electronic management system used by the Journal in its handling of all submissions. 

The journal has moved over to the electronic management system of Scholar One and the editors are no longer able to accept emailed submissions. Authors should therefore submit their work via Scholar One, and this system will govern the entire submissions process until a submission is accepted for publication.

For general queries, please contact the Editor in Chief, Jeff Handmaker at handmaker@iss.nl.  

Correspondence regarding submissions should be directed to the above email address/es or to the specific Article Editor, where this has been assigned. Any queries from publishers related to books for review, should be directed to the Editor in Chief.

Submissions are evaluated by the editors for conformity to the editorial policy and are peer reviewed anonymously before publication.

The SAJHR is indexed by ISAP (Index to South African Periodicals) and IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences). It is accredited by the South African Department of Education for subsidy purposes.

Submissions to the SAJHR should comply with the following requirements:

The submission must be in English, must be an original, unpublished work and should not simultaneously be submitted for publication elsewhere.

  • An Article is an original, substantial contribution that engages thoroughly with scholarship and case law on a particular topic. Articles should not, in general, exceed 12 000 words (including footnotes). Article submissions must be accompanied by a paragraph-length abstract.
  • The journal also publishes Case Notes and Current Developments. A Case Note is a thorough examination of a particular judgment or series of judgments, while a Current Development is an analysis of the status quo pertaining to a particular topic. Case Notes and Current Developments are typically 4 000 to 6 000 words.
  • Authors who are on the SAJHR editorial committee are welcome to submit articles, in line with the rules for submission. Any such submission will be subject to the Journal's strict double blind review process, meaning that the author is not privy to the identity of the reviewers nor can s/he influence the review process.
  • Contributors must comply with the Journal’s house style (see below). Cases, statutes, literature and other sources should be cited accurately, in the correct format and checked by the author.

  • Contributions that do not comply with the Journal's house style will not be considered and will be sent back to the authors.
  • The Journal does not accept unsolicited book reviews.
  • To promote diversity, SAJHR has a policy of not publishing more than one article per author per year.

EDITORS

The Journal has an Editorial Board and an Editorial Committee.

The Editorial Committee is composed of the editors who manage the day-to-day business of the Journal. The SAJHR editors as at February 2016 are:

Dr Fola Adeleke (Current Book Review Editor)
Tel: +27 11 717 8447
Email: Fola.Adeleke@wits.ac.za 
 
Prof. Cathi Albertyn 
Tel: +27 11 717 8467
Email: Cathi.Albertyn@wits.ac.za 
 
Prof. David Bilchitz
Tel: +27 11 339 1194
Email: davidb@saifac.org.za 
 
Prof. Lilian Chenwi 
Tel: +27 11 717 8465
Email: Lilian.Chenwi@wits.ac.za 
 
Prof. Jackie Dugard 
Tel: +27 11 717 9792
Email: Jackie.Dugard@wits.ac.za 
 
Dr Jeff Handmaker (Current Editor in Chief)
Email: Handmaker@iss.nl 
 
Prof. Bonita Meyersfeld (Chair of the Editorial Board)
Tel: +27 11 717 8622
Email: Bonita.Meyersfeld@wits.ac.za 
 
Mr Joel Modiri
Tel: +27 12 420 2879
Email: joel.modiri@up.ac.za 
 
Ms Muriel Mushariwa
Tel: +27 11 717 8444
 
Mr Ngwako Raboshakga
Tel: +27 11 555 0980
 
Mr Sanele Sibanda
Tel: +27 11 717 8485
House Style

The submission must be in English, must be an original, unpublished work that is not simultaneously being considered for publication by another journal and should not, in general, exceed 12 000 words. Submissions between 4000 and 6000 words may be considered for the Cases and Comments sections. Submissions in the form of book review essays (engaging critically with one or more books) should be between 4000 and 6000 words.

Correspondence, books for review and all other communications should be directed to the Editor in Chief, Cathi Albertyn at Cathi.Albertyn@wits.ac.za

Contributions must be submitted via Scholar One. Scholar One is an electronic management system used by the Journal in its handling of all submissions.

Read more in the guide to the SAJHR House Style

Editorial Board

Patrons

Arthur Chaskalson
Former Chief Justice, Constitutional Court

Sir Sydney Kentridge, QC
Barrister, London

Editorial Board

Hugh Corder
Professor of Law, University of Cape Town

Dennis Davis
Professor UCT and Judge of the High Court

John Dugard
Professor of Law, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; Honorary Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Nicholas Haysom

Sandra Liebenberg
HF Oppenheimer Professor of Human Rights, University of Stellenbosch

Bongani Majola
Deputy Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Gilbert Marcus SC
Advocate, Johannesburg Bar

Bonita Meyersfeld (Chair of the Editorial Board)
Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Christina Murray
Professor of Law, University of Cape Town

Barney Pityana
Vice-Chancellor, University of South Africa

David Unterhalter SC
Advocate, Johannesburg Bar; Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organisation

Editors

Fola Adeleke (Current Book Review Editor)
Lecturer, Mandela Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
 
Cathi Albertyn 
Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
 
David Bilchitz
Lecturer, School of Law, University of Johannesburg
 
Lilian Chenwi 
Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
 
Jackie Dugard 
Lecturer, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
 
Jeff Handmaker (Current Editor in Chief)
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Honorary Research Fellow, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
 
Bonita Meyersfeld (Chair of the Editorial Board)
Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
 
Joel Modiri
Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Pretoria
 
Muriel Mushariwa
Lecturer, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
 
Ngwako Raboshakga
Associate, Probono Co-ordinator at ENSAfrica, Alexandra, Johannesburg
 
Sanele Sibanda
Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
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