Contributions are considered for publication with the understanding that they will be submitted anonymously to expert referees with a view to their suitability for publication. The editors reserve the right to make such changes to a contribution that are in their judgment desirable for the purposes of conforming to the PELJ/PER Standard for Style and Citation, correct language and clarity. A contribution will be referred to at least two referees, but the editors may, in cases of conflicting findings, approach additional referees.

Details of author
The author's initials and surname, title, academic qualifications, present position and the institution to which he/she is affiliated must be provided to the editors.

Different categories of contributions
A distinction is made between articles (7-10 000 words), notes (5-7000 words), case notes (5-10 000 words)and reviews (5-10 000 words). The author has to indicate in which of these categories the contribution should be considered. The editors reserve the right to make the final determination of the appropriate category. From time to time papers of eminent guest lecturers will also be published (without them having been submitted to referees) under the rubric orationes.
An article is considered to be a substantial original contribution of high scholarly standard. For notes, case notes and reviews, the same rigour is required, though they may be shorter contributions on material of shorter-term topicality.

All contributions should on submission be accompanied by an abstract of about 300 - 600 words in English. Should the article be written in a language other than English, an English title should also be provided. Supply a list of keywords with your final submission.

Style and Format
Contributions must be prepared to conform to the requirements of the PER/PELJ Standard for Style and Citation  and must be submitted electronically to the Editor in a format which is compatible with a word-processing package which works in the WINDOWS environment. The contribution must also be properly language-edited and must contain footnotes, a summary, a bibliography and a list of keywords.

Use 1.15 line spacing, Arial, 12 pt font, 1.5 lines after each paragraph & quotes 10 pt font (no line spacing).

Author Declaration
By submission of a contribution the author declares that:

  1. I am the author/We are the authors of the contribution that has been submitted for publication in PER/PELJ.
  2. The contribution has not been submitted elsewhere nor has it been published before. It is entirely original and contains no borrowings from other published works that could cause PER/PELJ or any other party legal liability of any kind. Each and every significant contribution to and citation in the submitted contribution have been attributed to and properly referenced.
  3. The contribution does not contain any defamatory material nor does it infringe the rights of any third party or parties, nor is the Author / Authors’ copyright limited by any obligations or liabilities.
  4. The contribution has been written with due diligence and meets all requirements for this type of text in terms of academic content and language correctness and it meets all formal requirements (including length prescriptions) in accordance with PER’s/PELJ's prescribed requirements as accessible at
  5. I am / We give permission that the contribution may be downloaded, distributed and duplicated/reused without restriction, as long as credit is given to the original creator in accordance with the Creative Commons  Attribution 4.0 Internationallicense.
  6. I / We are aware that PER/PELJ charges an article processing fee of ZAR90.00 per (electronic) page for editorial costs which amount must be paid before the contribution is published on the website of PER/PELJ.
  7. I / We confirm that the length of the contribution is between 5 000 and 10 000 words (footnotes included).
  8. I / We are aware that the final decision on the type of contribution (oratio, article, note, case note or book review) rests with the editors.
  9. I / We are aware that the editors have the right to make a final determination of the appropriate categories.
  10. I / We have familiarised ourselves with the policies of PER/PELJ and is / are in agreement with them. 
  11. I / We herewith grant PER the exclusive license for multiple publishing of the submitted contribution in all known forms and formats, particularly for making and keeping copies of the contribution, reproducing it using any technique, including printing and saving electronic versions: 
  • on any and all known storage devices – in particular those using the Internet as a medium; and
  • using all known IT-systems, in particular using the Internet as a medium.

Ethics statement / Submission Checklist

When submitting a contribution electronically via this platform, the submitting author(s) must read through each item in the Submission Checklist and agree by checking each box. This Submission Checklist is an Ethics Statement and a binding agreement between PELJ/PER and the author(s). It accompanies the article throughout its lifetime, regardless of whether it is published.


An article is considered to be a substantial original contribution of high scholarly quality and between 7 000-10 000 words in length (footnotes included but bibliography excluded). All articles are subjected to a double-blind peer-review.


A note is considered to be an original contribution of high scholarly quality between 5 000-7 000 words (footnotes included but bibliography excluded). A note focuses on an indepth analysis of a topical theme but is more brief than an article. Notes are peer-reviewed.

Case Notes

A case note is considered to be an original discussion of a high scholarly quality from a court judgment not less than 5 000 and not exceeding 10 000 words (footnotes included but bibliography excluded). Case Notes are peer-reviewed.


An oratio is the paper of an eminent speaker or of a highly topical theme. The speaker normally receives an invitation from someone on the editorial team or board to submit the paper for publication without undergoing a peer review process.

Book Reviews

A book review is a short contribution in which a book is analysed based on content, style and merit, and is not subject to peer review.

Orationes et Opiniones

Presentations and opinions are not peer-reviewed.

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1727-3781