ISSN 0379-4350 printed version
ISSN 1996-840X online version



Scope and editorial policy

The journal publishes short communications, full research papers and review articles in all branches of chemistry.

All manuscripts are subjected to a rigorous peer review process by the Scientific Editors.

Articles published in the South African Journal of Chemistry may not be published elsewhere without the written permission of the South African Chemical Institute. Prospective authors are kindly invited to submit their formatted full papers including results, tables, figures and references. All submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, research content, correctness, relevance and readability.

The South African Journal of Chemistry publishes original work in all branches of chemistry. Contributions, in English, may take the form of research articles, short communications or critical reviews. Prospective authors are invited to submit their manuscripts via the online system No submissions will be accepted via email.

Authors are strongly advised to observe the requirements of the Journal' house style, as described below, paying particular attention to the Guidelines for Article Formats. Manuscripts not complying with these requirements will be returned to the authors for reformatting. Authors whose first language is other than English are particularly encouraged to seek the advice of a competent English speaker in reviewing their manuscripts before submission, with a view to improving grammar, spelling, usage, etc. All manuscripts are assessed by independent referees.

It is understood that copyright for all published material is vested in the South African Chemical Institute and that authors bear sole responsibility for the factual accuracy of their publications. The use of electronic technology at all stages in the publication process leads to rapid publication times, and wide dissemination of the research presented. All papers are published online in PDF format.


Manuscript format and layout

Manuscripts should be prepared using one of the standard word–processing packages, e.g. Microsoft Word, Word Perfect or Open Office. All papers should have the following general structure:

  • Title, which should be concise but sufficiently informative for information retrieval purposes.
  • Authors' names (one given name, initials and surname of all authors) followed by their full address (es). Use a normal footnote to indicate the details of the corresponding author (* To whom correspondence should be addressed. E–mail: email address)
  • Abstract of no more than 200 words. The abstract should not contain information which is meaningless without referring to the text; thus equation and formula numbers should be avoided unless qualified by an adequate description. Do not refer to illustrations, tables and literature. For short communications the abstract should be limited to one or two short sentences.
  • The Abstract should be followed by up to five Keywords.
  • The paper may be organized under main headings such as Introduction, Experimental, Results, Discussion (or Results and Discussion) and References. A limited number of side–headings may be employed if they aid comprehension.
  • In short communications the text should not be interrupted by headings, but essential experimental information should be given under the heading Experimental. Note that the References section should be prepared strictly in accordance with the Instructions, as the electronic conversion process uses EXACTLY what is provided by the authors in the submission
  • Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively.


Guidelines to Authors

If no such acknowledgement has been received within a reasonable period of time, authors should send an email to to confirm whether their manuscripts have been received or not.


Manuscript submission

All files to be submitted via the journals online system in machine readable form must be thoroughly checked for viruses before submission. The corresponding author's e-mail address must be submitted for faster communication.

Receipt of an article will be acknowledged by a system generated email, and the article will be logged with a reference number, which authors are asked to quote on all subsequent correspondence regarding their papers. If no such acknowledgement has been received within a reasonable period of time, authors should confirm with Prof Cornie van Sittert ( whether their manuscripts have been received safely or not.


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