ISSN 1753-5913 online version



Scope and Policy

The South African Journal of Higher Education is an independent, fully accredited open access publication, and serves as a medium for articles of interest to researchers and practitioners in higher education. The Journal provides a focal point for the publication of educational research from throughout the world including research done by members of prominent education associations in the country, in particular The Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South African (HELTASA).

It is a referee-assisted publication and enjoys the professional support of an International Advisory Board as well as the assistance of Consultant Editors. The journal is interdisciplinary in approach, and its purpose is to provide institutions of higher education and professional readers with scholarly information on major innovations in higher education, research projects and trends.

The journal appears 6 times a year with an additional ‘special section’ if applicable. Contact us for more information regarding a special section.

The scholarly publishing arena has been influenced by the Internet and specifically the World Wide Web (WWW) in many ways. Online journal management offers many benefits, including higher dissemination, increased access, reach, and visibility, leading to higher impact of individual research articles published. As an open access journal all full text articles from 2016 are available online.

The views expressed in the journal are those of the respective authors.

The journal is also in the process to be registered on the IBSS international list of accredited journals.


Manuscript Form and Preparation

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration and is the author(s) own original work.
  2. The submission file is in a Microsoft Word 2007 or later file format.  (Submissions not conforming to the journal's style will be rejected)
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is 1.5-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed in the article text and clearly marked.  The article should be between 5500 and 7500 words in length.  References:  The Chicago Manual of Style author-date system is used.  That is, references are cited in the text by the author(s) name(s), the year of publication and the page numbers(s) in brackets, for example, (Apollonia 1973, 370), as a key to the full list of all references that appears at the end of the article.  The list of references should include every work cited in the text.  Ensure that dates, spelling and titles used in the test are accurate and consistent with those listed in the references.  Please take note that quotes must be done with double quotation mark - as Turnitin picks this up as plagiarism.
  5. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed, and all author details have been removed from the initial review copy.
  6. The article has been professionally edited and a letter from the editor will be attached to it (step 4 of submission process - Uploading Supplementary Files).


Manuscript Submission

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