ISSN 0075-6458 print version
ISSN 2071-0771 online version



Basic information

Since 1958 Koedoe has been the official journal of the South African National Parks (SANParks). The journal furthers the understanding of complex social–ecological systems, protected areas and conservation in general, in order to improve human ability to sustainably manage natural resources. The journal defines key practices that will ensure biodiversity in protected areas and with natural resources that are faced with pressure from growing human populations and the interaction with global environmental changes. The journal fosters scientific advances in evidence–based policy and management approaches to assist with context–specific actual management challenges.

The journal publishes one volume a year on a rolling pass basis with occasional special issue.

The journal’s key abbreviated title is Koedoe.


Historic overview

In the 1950s it was decided that the research conducted in South Africa’s national parks was of sufficiently high quality to be published in a specialist journal. Seeking such a research portal for Africa, the launch of Koedoe was welcomed and the first issue was published in 1958. Published annually by the then National Parks Board and biannually since 1989, more than 1000 articles have been published in the journal and it continues to grow.

What does Koedoe mean? The word 'Koedoe', which is the title of the journal, is the Afrikaans term for Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), the large and graceful antelope that is the corporate logo of the South African National Parks.

Koedoe has stimulated research and added immeasurably to our knowledge of South Africa’s biodiversity and its appropriate management. In addition, articles in Koedoe have included a number of checklists and reports of species new to science.

When the journal started the Afrikaans subtitle was, Tydskrif vir wetenskaplike navorsing in die Nasionale Parke van die Unie van Suid–Afrika, and the English, Journal for scientific research in the National Parks of the Union of South Africa. Today the subtitle 'African Protected Area Conservation and Science' aims to provide a forum for all aspects of protected area science and management in order to facilitate integration and shared learning. Koedoe publishes original articles on all aspects of conservation science, as well as on policy and management–related issues.

Scanning the output of the journal over the decades provides clear evidence of how, from early and tentative scientific ventures in the national parks of South Africa, knowledge of species has grown. In later years, the emphasis in science changed and more articles in Koedoe appeared on patterns of vegetation and habitats and articles on identification and collection of species gave way to ecosystems research. Koedoe has also spread its reach over the years, and early concentration on scientific research in the Kruger, Kalahari Gemsbok and Addo Elephant National Parks has adapted to include all South Africa’s national parks as well as conservation areas under other structures, and even those protected elsewhere in Southern Africa. Koedoe has covered a variety of fields, producing baseline information as foundation on which management plans and monitoring programmes are built today.

Koedoe aims to be a bridge where people from all over Africa can meet and share their conservation knowledge. To this end we have introduced a new structured abstract format that concludes with a section entitled 'Conservation implications' in which authors are explicitly requested to defend the relevance of their work to a broader constituency.

Disseminating reliable scientific and policy information is increasingly vital as global biodiversity faces increasing pressures. Protected areas become more and more important in order to maintain habitats, species, ecosystems and to ensure environmental resilience. However, the protected areas are increasingly fragmented and under pressure from development and global climate change. Africa’s unique socio–ecological systems, together with some of the largest protected areas in the world, are of critical significance.

Koedoe publishes stimulating original research, essays, short communications on issues of general interest, in–depth and critical reviews, monographs on large data sets and complicated issues and book reviews on new releases. We welcome your submission to the journal.


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Ownership of copyright of the manuscript contents remains with the authors. The authors retain the non–exclusive right to do anything they wish with the published article, provided attribution is given to Koedoe and detail of original publication, as set out in the official citation of the article published in the journal. The retained right specifically includes the right to post the article on the authors' or their institutions' websites or institutional repositories.

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