Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

PELJ/PER publishes contributions relevant to development in the South African constitutional state. This means that most contributions will concern some aspect of constitutionalism or legal development. The fact that the South African constitutional state is the focus, does not limit the content of PELJ/PER to the South African legal system, since development law and constitutionalism are excellent themes for comparative work. Contributions on any aspect or discipline of the law from any part of the world are thus welcomed.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

The editorial is written by the editor of the PELJ/PER.

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Introduction Note

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Articles

An article is considered to be a substantial original contribution of high scholarly standard between 7000-10000 words (footnotes included but bibliography excluded).

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Notes

An note is considered to be an original contribution of high scholarly standard between 5000-7000 words (footnotes included but bibliography excluded). A note focuses on an indepth analysis of a topical theme but is more brief than an article.

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Case Notes

A case note is considered to be an original discussion of a high scholarly standard of a court judgment not less than 5 000 and not exceeding 10000 words (footnotes included but bibliography excluded).

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Special Edition: Water Security

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Orationes

An oratio is the paper of an eminent speaker or of a highly topical theme. The speaker normally receives an invitation from someone on the editorial team or board to submit the paper for publication without undergoing a peer review process.

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Book Reviews

A book review is a short contribution in which a book is analysed based on content, style and merit, and is not subject to peer review.

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Preface

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Conference Papers

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Foreword

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Tribute

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Contribution

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Political Issues

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Socio-Economic Issues

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Cultural Issues

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Special Edition: Engaging with Customary Law

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Peer Review Process

The scholarly rigour and the contribution that a manuscript makes to the development of legal scholarship serve as primary criteria for acceptance for publication. Contributions submitted are reviewed in two steps.

Step 1 is an internal evaluation where the editorial team ensures that:

  • the contribution  falls within the focus and scope of PER/PELJ;
  • the quality and clarity of the language is good;
  • the guidelines and referencing style have been complied with (see PER/PELJ Standard for Style and Citation); and
  • the contribution is on the face of it of an adequate level of scholarly quality.

Step 2 is an external evaluation where contributions accepted for review are subjected to anonymous blind reviews by at least two reviewers who will be selected according to availability and subject matter of the contribution.

If the reviewers are not in agreement whether a contribution is publishable or not, or differ considerably on the changes/additions to be made, the manuscript might be sent to a third reviewer. However, the final decision to publish or not is made by the editors. The author is subsequently informed about the reviewer’s recommendations and, if necessary, requested to make the changes and/or additions as suggested by the reviewers. 

Both international and national reviewers are invited to participate in the peer review of manuscripts submitted for possible publication. The average period for feedback to authors is four (4) months but longer periods have been experienced in certain cases.

Contributions which do not comply with the guidelines and referencing style will be rejected outright.

 

Publication Frequency

With the exception of special editions, PELJ/PER operate under a continuous publication model from 2016 onwards.

Instead of using page numbers to cite a contribution within a year volume, a unique article identifier is used, namely the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which is available on each contribution.

 

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.

Articles form this journal can be submitted to institutional repositories, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Always upload the final version as published at http://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/per
  2. Acknowledge the publisher.
  3. Cite the article as part of the metadata and
    include the DOI as part of the citation to the article.

 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the use of another's work, words or ideas without attribution or permission, and representation of them as one’s own original work. Plagiarism may take many forms, ranging from major plagiarism (the copy-and-paste of large amounts of text), to minor plagiarism without dishonest intent (e.g. when an author uses parts of an introduction from an earlier paper) and even self-plagiarism (the reuse of significant, identical or near-identical portions of one's own work without citing the original version).

PELJ/PER subscribes to plagiarism detection software and all contributions submitted to the journal will be scanned to verify originality. 

Contributions containing plagiarism will not be considered for publication. If plagiarism is brought to light after a contribution has been published, PELJ/PER will proceed to conduct a preliminary investigation, and suspected misconduct will be reported to the institutes and funding agencies of the author concerned.

PELJ/PER reserves the right to formally retract such contribution and to publish a statement to reference material as plagiarism.

 

Indexing/Listing

PELJ/PER is indexed/listed by the following:

View the ASSAf Committee on Scholarly Publishing in South Africa Report on Grouped Peer Review of Scholarly Journals in Law and Related Legal Fields (2014) for an independent peer-review of PELJ/PER. 

Also view the comparison by Marita Carnelly "Identifying predatory open-access academic journal publishers, in light of the South African Department of Higher Education and Training's decision to retrospectively de-accredit certain journals" published in 2015 Obiter pp. 519-538.

 

Copyright & License Terms

Copyright remains with the author/s of the article/s.

All articles published in PELJ/PER can be re-used under the following CC license: CC BY-SA Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

 

Digital Preservation Policy

This journal utilises the Portico system to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. Click here to view PELJ/PER in the Portico Keeper's Registry.

 

Usage & Impact

Statistics are generated through OJS, as well as all other platforms indexing PELJ/PER.

Access selected statistics at:

Source: Google Scholar Citations Profile

 

Article Processing Charges (APCs)

PELJ/PER charges ZAR90.00 per page published, to cover editorial costs.

No article submission charges apply, and an invoice is generated when the article is published.

 

Language Policy

Authors are invited to submit Afrikaans, English, German and Dutch articles. Where an article is in a language other than English, it must also be accompanied by an English title, abstract and a list of keywords.

 

Editorial Board

The members of the editorial board provide editorial oversight and advice to the editor and other persons involved in producing the journal.

The members on the Editorial Board are listed under "people".

 

Disclaimer

PELJ/PER, the Faculty of Law and ASSAf make every effort to ensure the accuracy of all the information contained in our publication. However, PELJ/PER, our agents, and our licensors make no representations or warranties whatsoever as to the accuracy, completeness, or suitability for any purpose of the contributions. Any opinions and views expressed in this publication are the opinions and views of the authors, and are not the views of or endorsed by PELJ/PER, the Faculty of Law (NWU), editorial team or ASSAf. The accuracy of the contributions should not be relied upon and should be independently verified with primary sources of information. PELJ/PER, the Faculty of Law (NWU), editorial team or ASSAf shall not be liable for any losses, actions, claims, proceedings, demands, costs, expenses, damages, and other liabilities whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with, in relation to, or arising out of the use of the content of the publication.

 

DOI & CrossRef

PER / PELJ uses a digital object identifier (DOI), which is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (CrossRef) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The publisher assigns a DOI when an article is published and made available electronically.

The DOI for an article remains fixed over the lifetime of the article, whereas its location and other metadata may change. Referring to an online article by its DOI provides more stable linking than simply referring to it by its URL, because if its URL changes, the publisher only needs to update the metadata for the DOI to link to the new URL.

 

Errata/Retractions Policy

Errata or retractions of findings or statements in published contributions should be brought to the attention of the editor immediately. Corrections or alterations would be flagged and may, if necessary, be replaced with a corrected version of the contribution. In the event of serious transgressions of the generally accepted standards of responsible scholarship a published contribution may be removed from the PER/PELJ website.

 

Deposit Policy Registry

The author has the right to self-archive copies of his or her published contribution in any depository. In addition PELJ/PER is archived in the following depositories and databases:

 

Complaints Policy

This procedure applies to complaints about the contributions, policies, procedures or actions of the PER/PELJ editorial staff. We welcome complaints as they provide an opportunity for improvement and we aim to respond quickly, courteously, and constructively. Please write your complaint with contribution title and URL to the Editor.

A complaint includes any of the following issues:

  • Contested authorship;
  • Copyright infringement;
  • Plagiarism;
  • Multiple, duplicate, concurrent publication or simultaneous submission;
  • Errors and fraud;
  • Research standards violations;
  • Undisclosed conflicts of interest;
  • Reviewer bias; or
  • Any other complaint dealing with content or process within the responsibility of the journal.

PER/PELJ will investigate the complaint. An investigation may include a request that the parties involved substantiate their claims. PER/PELJ will make a good faith determination whether to remove the allegedly offending contribution. A decision not to remove material should represent the Journal's belief that the complaint is without sufficient foundation, or if well‐founded, that a legal defence or exemption may apply, such as fair use in the case of copyright infringement or truthfulness of a statement in the case of defamation.

See also plagiarism Policy and Errata/Rectractions Policy.



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