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 author's 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.