ISSN 1727-3781 online version



Basic information

PELJ/PER publishes contributions relevant to development in the South African constitutional state. This means that most contributions will concern some aspect of constitutionalism or legal development. The fact that the South African constitutional state is the focus, does not limit the content of PELJ/PER to the South African legal system, since development law and constitutionalism are excellent themes for comparative work. Contributions on any aspect or discipline of the law are welcomed, as long as the main themes are addressed.

PER was the first electronic open access legal journal established in 1998 by the Faculty of Law of the North–West University (Potchefstroom Campus). It has been an international accredited journal since 2004.

With the exception of occasional special editions, PELJ/PER publishes one volume a year under a continuous publication model.

Article types published in PER include Editorials that are written by the editor of the journal, Original Articles, Notes, Class Notes, Oratio and Book Reviews.

Its abbreviated title is PER., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.


Indexing sources

  • AfricanLii
  • AJOL
  • Boloka
  • Crossref
  • DHET Accredited
  • DOAJ
  • HeinOnline
  • IBSS (ProQuest)
  • InfoBase (IF=2.5)
  • Open Archives Registry
  • PKP Index
  • SAFLii
  • SciELO SA
  • SSRN
  • University of Illinois OAI–PMH Data Provider Registry
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law (IF=0.33)
  • Web of Knowledge (WoK)



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All work published is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution–ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC BY–SA 4.0)



The publication receives financial support from:
• Faculty of Law, North–West University

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