Scope and policy
This journal publishes refereed, original work in all branches of water science, technology, engineering and policy. This includes water resource development; the hydrological cycle; surface hydrology; geohydrology and hydrometeorology; limnology; salinisation; treatment and management of municipal and industrial water and wastewater; treatment and disposal of sewage sludge; environmental pollution control; water quality and treatment; aquaculture in terms of its impact on the water resource; agricultural water; water policy; water economics; water as a social good; etc. Submissions of predominantly local interest outside of Southern Africa (defined for this purpose to include the countries of South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique) will not be considered.
Contributions may take the form of a paper, a critical review, a short communication, a rapid communication, a technical note or comments on papers already published.
A paper is a comprehensive contribution to the subject, including
introduction, experimental information and discussion of results (Technical
accounts involving application of well-known techniques, and situation
assessment/observation/sampling papers reporting results of work not carried
out as a research activity, cannot be considered).
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Manuscripts, in English only, must be submitted in MS Word by e–mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the mail server imposes an e–mail size limit of 6 MB.
Each submission must be accompanied by a covering letter/e–mail, stating the name(s) and title(s) and contact details (e–mail) of each author, as well as the author to whom correspondence should be addressed and giving a brief description of the paper indicating the originality and significance/contribution of the work reported. The e–mail address used to submit the paper will be used for all correspondence with the authors about the paper’s progress.
In addition, the covering letter must list the names, affiliations and contact details (e–mail) of at least four reviewers who are qualified to review the manuscript. Suggested reviewers should not have contributed to the manuscript or the research reported therein, and should not currently have a close association with any of the authors. The Editor is under no obligation to approach the suggested individuals to act as reviewers, and other reviewers may still be used.
The submission of a paper will be taken to indicate that it has not been, and will not be, submitted for publication elsewhere during the period of review, and that all of the authors have agreed to the submission.
– Paper; rapid communication: 8 000 words
Proficiency in English
Water SA uses UK English and at the point of submission the choice of font, font size, and line spacing is at the authors’ discretion.
Variables and equations
If revision has been recommended after review, the revised manuscript should be submitted for consideration within 12 months of receipt of the review recommendations, failing which the manuscript will be considered to have been withdrawn. Submission of revised manuscripts must be accompanied by a detailed document outlining the authors’ response to each of the reviewers’ comments and the corresponding changes that have been made to the text. Figures should be inserted in the text in the appropriate position, and, where applicable, should also be submitted as separate files in their original format (e.g. Excel, TIFF, JPEG). Scanned figures of low resolution (less than 300 dpi) are not acceptable.
Approval of proofs prior to publication
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