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Form and preparation of manuscripts

Manuscript format and layout
Contributions should be in electronic format, and submitted either on disk or via e–mail. They should preferably be in a format compatible with MS Word. The Editor might also request the submission of a printed version. Text should be single–spaced, with a wide left–hand margin. Standard international (SI) units must be used throughout.

An abstract of the article should be provided, not exceeding 500 words, resuming the contents and conclusions of the article. A maximum of six keywords should be included, reflecting the entries the author(s) would like to see in the annual Subject Index published in the last issue for the year. The keywords may consist of more than one word each, but the entire concept should not be more than 30 characters long.

References must be made according to the Harvard (author, date) system. See articles in the JESA for examples of this and of other aspects of its house style.

Notes, where unavoidable, should not be automatically embedded, but gathered at the end of the article and indicated in the text by means of sequential Arabic numbers in superscript.

Numbers for headings, captions for tables and figures, etc should be inserted, rather than automatically generated.

Illustrations and tables
If the contribution is accepted, original electronic versions of graphs must be supplied; produced, where possible, with MS Office programmes (Excel, PowerPoint). The quality of the illustrations must be acceptable to the Editor. For photographs and non–electronically produced drawings, the originals will have to be provided, or scans of an acceptable quality (minimum 300DPI). Straight screen–grabs are never acceptable. All illustrations must be provided in monochrome (colour photographs can be converted by us).

Illustrations and tables should appear in their proper places in the submitted document (not gathered at the end). All should be referred to in the text, numbered sequentially (manually rather than automatically), and with accompanying captions. Tables must be submitted as text, rather than as images.

No material will be returned to the author(s) following publication unless this is requested by at the time of original submission.

At the time of submission, the author(s) must state that the contribution has not been published and 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(s).

Authors must supply a brief CV (maximum of 500 words), which includes the following personal information (for the Details of authors section): surname, initials, address, contact telephone/fax numbers, email address, qualifications, occupation and/or employment.

Authors of accepted contributions will receive a free copy of the issue in which their contribution appears as well as a PDF version.

Neither the Editorial Committee nor the Publisher accepts responsibility for the opinions or viewpoints expressed, or for the correctness of facts and figures.

Manuscripts submission

All contributions and enquiries should be addressed to: The Editor, Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa, or by e–mail to

All contributions should be submitted in English.

Only original work will be accepted, and by submitting an original work for publication 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 suggested length for full–length articles is 3 000 to 5 000 words. All full–length articles are refereed, and amendments to scripts and formats may be required before final acceptance. The Editor reserves the right to make editorial changes to contributions.

The following shorter items are also welcome, but are not refereed:

  • Research notes, Shorter communications and Case studies (500–2 500 words)
  • Conference reports (100–1 500 words)
  • Book reviews (800–1 000 words)


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