Focus and Scope

The journal has a regional focus on southern Africa. Manuscripts that are accepted for consideration to publish in the journal must address energy issues in southern Africa or have a clear component relevant to southern Africa, including research that was set-up or designed in the region. The southern African region is considered to be constituted by the following fifteen (15) countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Within this broad field of energy research, topics of particular interest include energy efficiency, modelling, renewable energy, poverty, sustainable development, climate change mitigation, energy security, energy policy, energy governance, markets, technology and innovation.

JESA is inter-disciplinary, with contributions accepted from energy studies, and related disciplines including: engineering, economics, sociology, political science, history, geography, public policy, science and technology studies, environmental science, international relations. Multi-disciplinary submissions are particularly welcome.

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 important 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). 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.

Publication Frequency

The journal publishes one volume per annum, and each volume consists of four issues in February, May, August and November. Authors are advised to plan their publications as follows: Allow about 100-150 days from submission of manuscript to publication. For an example, to publish in the February 2018 Volume 29 Number 1, authors submit their manuscripts in the period: last week August-last week October 2017.

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
  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 


JESA is indexed/listed by the following:

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.

Usage & Impact

Statistics are generated through OJS, as well as all other platforms indexing JESA.

Access selected statistics at:

  • Crossref
  • Google Analytics (Editor & Journal Manager only)
  • Google Scholar Metrics
  • JESA on OJS (Editor & Journal Manager only)
  • SciELO SA Metrics
  • Scimago Journal & Country Rank
  • Scopus
  • Web of Science (IF 0.22)
  • Google Scholar Citations Profile

Language Policy

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


Article Processing Charges (APCs)

The JESA will be introducing article processing charge (APC) at R5000 per submission, starting with submissions made from 24 July 2017 onwards. The APC is payable when the authors have received a notification: Submission accepted or Accept submission. This step is usually reached after a peer-review-revision-editing process has been satisfactorily completed.


Author Agreement

Only original work will be accepted. By submitting work for consideration to be published in JESA, the author grants the publisher a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free and perpetual licence to reproduce, publish and distribute the author’s work in any format or medium. The author agrees that the contribution is 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 of Energy in Southern Africa or withdrawn by the author.

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

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 at least 72dpi) and text in MS Word format.

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

Advertising rates

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Journal History

This journal was established in 1990 at the University of Cape Town. It is published by the Energy Research Centre which is the result of the logical merger of activities of the Energy Research Institute and the Energy Development Research Centre at the University of Cape Town.


1 January 2016 - currently: Dr Mok Roberts