Publishing Rights

By submitting work for consideration for publishing in JESA, the author prospectively grants the publisher a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free and perpetual licence to reproduce, publish and distribute the work in any format or medium. The author agrees that the contribution is an original work, was not published elsewhere; is not being considered for publication elsewhere; and will not be submitted for publication elsewhere unless rejected by the journal or withdrawn by the author.

Copyright & License Terms

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

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


Neither the editorial staff, the board nor the publisher accepts responsibility for opinions or viewpoints expressed; or for the correctness of facts and figures.

Article Processing Charges 

No article processing charges until further notice.


Submissions are made through the open-access journal system at http://journals.assaf.org.za/jesa/. Follow the instructions carefully for a successful submission, especially to allow a double blind author-reviewer interactive process. In other words, during first submission, names of authors and their affiliations are excluded from the document.

The open-access journal system allows authors to add supplementary information to the research article – research instrument/equipment, research material, research results, transcripts, data analysis and source text. Authors are encouraged to use this facility to avoid articles having annexures/appendices, but to share additional information that might be of use to readers.

If you experience difficulties in making an online submission, please contact the editor.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD)

In line with international best-practice in academic research, JESA makes it mandatory to include author ORCiDs in all its activities. The ORCiDis affords unique identifiers for the benefit of both individual researchers and their institutions continually. It makes a significant difference to a researcher’s ability to gain full credit for their work for as long as their work is in different repositories and can be a useful tool for academic/research intitutions to track, evaluate and report research work. The ORCiD can be considered to protect your research outputs since many researchers share the same name, while others have different names during their career, or different variations of the same one, potentially causing a loss or mixup of research profiles. Authors without ORCiD can consult this free-to-use registry in https://orcid.org/register. All the authors who published with JESA in the past can log in at http://journals.assaf.org.za/jesa and review their metadata to add their ORCiDs. For your peace of mind, even the National Research Foundation has commenced a process to make ORCiDs mandatory in all its activities.

Peer Review Process

This journal uses a double-blind review process, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.

The Journal of Energy in Southern Africa continues to expand its reviewer database to facilitate a quicker turnaround of publications. Firstly, to satisfy the double-blind review condition, authors should exclude their names and affiliations in the original manuscript at the time of submitting. A notification will be sent to the corresponding author to add these details at an appropriate time, usually at the end of a satisfactory review process. Secondly, if the reviewers chose to use track changes, they are requested to change their PCs user names to Reviewer A, B or C while working on the MS document under review: Go to File/options/username and change accordingly. Otherwise reviewers can create a new file and comment according to the line numbering in the original submission. 

It is mandatory for the authors to give four proposed reviewers and their credentials when submitting an article (credentials include: title, name and surname, including middle initial when available, organisation or institution, discipline or faculty or department, position or role, email address). These proposed reviewers must be added under 'Comments for the Editor' during Step 1 of submission process. Potential reviewers can most likely be those that have published in at least one 1 accredited international journal in the last five 5 years and (optional) may be sourced from the list of your references. Such reviewers most certainly have expect knowledge of the topic at hand. Any possible conflict of interest with the proposed reviewer must be disclosed to the editor. Such a conflict of interest would include the following.

Such a conflict of interest would include the following - when the proposed reviewer:

  • has co-authored with current authors before;
  • was affiliated with the same organisation/institution as the authors’ during the last 3 years;
  • has played a role in funding mechanisms for the research;
  • has personal/special relationships with the resources of research (e.g. equipment suppliers, employees of affected organisation and owners of technology); or
  • is associated with the competitors or the opposition.

It is the editor who assigns author’s submissions to reviewers and the editor retains the right to use or not use the proposed reviewers.

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/jesa
  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).

Manuscripts containing plagiarism will not be considered for publication in the journal. If plagiarism is brought to light after a manuscript has been published, the journal will proceed to conduct a preliminary investigation. Suspected misconduct will be reported to the institutes and funding agencies of the authors concerned. The journal reserves the right to formally retract such manuscripts and publish statements to reference material as plagiarism.

Editorial Policy

This journal subscribes to the ASSAf National Code of Best Practice in Editorial Discretion and Review for South African Scholarly Journals.

Digital Presevation Policy

The journal is archived through the ASSAf/Portico agreement. 

Language Policy

Submissions should conform to linguistic and other conventions of UK English (including ‘-ise’ rather than ‘-ize’ suffixes).

Special Energy News and Advertisements

Special energy news include:

  • conference papers;
  • authoritative editorials;
  • commentaries;
  • topical reviews;
  • book reviews;
  • scientific correspondence;
  • ‘news and views’ assessments by experts on the context and significance of articles in the peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary, conference reports and papers, and methodological updates.

Advertisements are also welcome and these may include a variety of appropriate energy-related material:

  • Conference announcements
  • Academic job advertisements
  • Climate, environment, science, engineering and technology products and services
  • Images in JPEG format (at a resolution of about 90dpi) and text in MS Word format

All the special energy news and advertisements are subject to approval by the Managing Editor of JESA.

Advertising rates

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