The scholarly rigour and the contribution that a manuscript makes to the development of legal scholarship serve as primary criteria for acceptance for publication. Contributions submitted are reviewed in two steps.
Step 1 is an internal evaluation where the editorial team ensures that:
- the contribution falls within the focus and scope of PER/PELJ;
- the quality and clarity of the language is good;
- the guidelines and referencing style have been complied with (see PER/PELJ Standard for Style and Citation); and
- the contribution is on the face of it of an adequate level of scholarly quality.
Step 2 is an external evaluation where contributions accepted for review are subjected to anonymous blind reviews by at least two reviewers who will be selected according to availability and subject matter of the contribution.
If the reviewers are not in agreement whether a contribution is publishable or not, or differ considerably on the changes/additions to be made, the manuscript might be sent to a third reviewer. However, the final decision to publish or not is made by the editors. The author is subsequently informed about the reviewer’s recommendations and, if necessary, requested to make the changes and/or additions as suggested by the reviewers.
Both international and national reviewers are invited to participate in the peer review of manuscripts submitted for possible publication. The average period for feedback to authors is four (4) months but longer periods have been experienced in certain cases.
Contributions which do not comply with the guidelines and referencing style will be rejected outright.
Open Access Policy:
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Articles form this journal can be submitted to institutional repositories, subject to the following conditions:
- Always upload the final version as published at http://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/per
- Acknowledge the publisher.
- Cite the article as part of the metadata and
include the DOI as part of the citation to the article.
With the exception of special editions, PELJ/PER operate under a continuous publication model from 2016 onwards.
Instead of using page numbers to cite a contribution within a year volume, a unique article identifier is used, namely the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which is available on each contribution.