South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences
On-line version ISSN 1015-8812
JORDAAN, Yolanda; WIESE, Melanie; AMADE, Karim and DE CLERCQ, Ermi. Content analysis of published articles in the South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. [online]. 2013, vol.16, n.4, pp. 435-451. ISSN 1015-8812.
The publication of academic research is important for its contribution to the body of knowledge. A periodic analysis of journal content leads to the identification of research practices; while it also identifies the challenges that researchers face. The South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences (SAJEMS) is considered to be one of the leading publications in the field of economic and managerial research in South Africa. The SAJEMS was selected as the unit of analysis; and a content analysis was conducted on 257 articles published during the seven-year period 2004 - 2010. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the input and output factors relating to published articles, including questions on authors and article content, such as the various methodological approaches. The findings revealed that there has been a decrease in co-authored articles during the period 2005 - 2008. Although the contribution by practitioners increased significantly in 2005 and 2008, the majority of the articles are still authored predominantly by academics. It is promising to see that international authors were involved in nearly 20 per cent of the articles contributed. When it came to the methodological approaches, the articles employed largely non-probability sampling designs. Furthermore, almost two-thirds of the articles published in SAJEMS were based on quantitative research designs. This content analysis reveals the current research practices published in the SAJEMS. It provides food for thought for academics.
Keywords : content analysis; journal analysis; managerial research; South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences; journal characteristics.