About the Journal
The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) is intended as both a rigorous academic journal and as a practical medium to inform actors and decision-makers in government, industry and civil society.
Published by the Wits LINK Centre from 2000 to 2008, The Southern African Journal of Information and Communication (SAJIC) was the precursor to today's The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), which commenced publication in 2009. As with today's AJIC, SAJIC was a peer-reviewed, open access academic journal accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
SAJIC published nine issues, between 2000 and 2008: SAJIC Issues 1 through 9. AJIC's first issue was Issue 10 of 2009/10. SAJIC's articles are archived and indexed by the Sabinet open access archive, and the Wits University WIReDSpace open access institutional repository.
Focus and Scope
AJIC publishes submissions relevant to understanding policy, law, regulation, practice and markets in Africa—or in the broader Global South with relevance to Africa, or at international/global level with relevance to Africa—with respect to one or more of the following topic areas (or topic areas related to those listed below):
- information and communication technology (ICT): ICT platforms, systems, hardware, devices, networks, software, applications (apps), technical standards, access, adoption, use, ICT for development (ICT4D)
- science, technology and innovation (STI): research and development (R&D), scaling, commercialisation, technology transfer, intellectual (IP) property rights, licensing, social innovation, open innovation, peer production, user innovation, informal innovation, informal-sector innovation, open science, free and open source software (FOSS), education, educational technology, scholarly communication, open access publishing, open educational resources (OERs), science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, innovation and entrepreneurship (STEAMIE)
- digital economy: digital skills, 21st century skills, digital transformation, digital/e-services (government, commerce, advertising, marketing, public relations, postal, health, education), fintech, insurtech, blockchain, cryptocurrency
- knowledge governance: knowledge management, Indigenous knowledge (IK), traditional knowledge (TK), knowledge commons, access to knowledge (A2K), access and benefit-sharing (ABS)
- the internet: internet of things (IoT), internet of people (IoP), internet/online applications, cloud services
- information and data: access to information, big data, personal data, personal information, data protection, privacy, cybersecurity, cybercrime, cyber espionage, , chief information officer (CIO) practice, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, automation, human-computer interaction (HCI), human-computer interaction for development (HCI4D), the fourth industrial revolution (4IR)
- media: print media, broadcasting, film/cinema, video, social media, digital arts, journalism, media freedom, freedom of expression
- statistics: statistical modelling, data collection, statistical analysis, regression analysis
- social capital: networking, collaboration, communities of practice
AJIC's articles are indexed and hosted in the following open access journal databases:
- Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) SA
- Web of Science (under the SciELO citation index)
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- Sabinet African Journals.
- AJIC aricles and full issues are also archived in the Wits University WIReDSpace open access institutional repository.
AJIC is accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). AJIC is also accredited through being indexed by SciELO SA.
- Dept. of Higher Education and Training (DHET)(South Africa) (2012 - Current)
- SciELO SA (2012 - Current)
Journal Peer Review Report: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), (2019). Report on Grouped Peer Review of Scholarly Journals in Communication and Information Sciences [Available online] DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/assaf.2019/0041
- SciELO SA
Publisher & Funder
Learning Information Networking Knowledge (LINK) Centre, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa