About the Journal
Publisher: Health and Medical Publishing Group
This is the official journal of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA)
The CCSSA appoints the editor and the editorial board
The journal is financed by the CCSSA and advertisements published in the print version.
There are no submission or publication fees
The journal is open access electronically and the print edition is distributed free of charge to all members of the CCSSA and all delegates to the CCSSA annual congress and the annual national refresher course.
- All advertisements and commercially sponsored publications are independent from editorial decisions. Editorial content is not compromised by commercial or financial interests, or by any specific arrangements with advertising clients or sponsors.
- Advertisements may not be deceptive or misleading, and must be verifiable.
- Advertisements and editorial content must be clearly distinguishable. SAJCC will not publish “advertorial” content, and sponsored supplements must be clearly indicated as such.
- Editorial decisions will not be influenced by current or potential sponsors and advertisers.
Editors are responsible for managing and monitoring the peer review process and ensuring the fairness, timeliness, and thoroughness of the peer-review editorial process. A double blind review process is followed, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from each other throughout the review process.
The Editor-in-Chief completes an initial review of all submitted manuscripts to determine whether they fit within the scope of the journal. A decision to reject or accept for further review is made and the article may be assigned to an Associate Editor, who is responsible for selecting two external reviewers with suitable expertise, from a pool of reviewers registered with the journal. Once the invite to review is accepted, a reviewer is given three weeks by which to submit their report and make a recommendation to the Editor. It is difficult to predict how long a peer review will take as there is no mechanism by which to enforce the time frames to reviewers.
Once reviewer feedback is received, the handling editor makes a decision and communicates this to the author. Authors are requested to attend to the queries and comments of reviewers and once a revised version has been resubmitted, the handling editor will either make a final decision or send the manuscript for a second round of review. The Editor-in-Chief has the final decision on any submitted manuscript.
Open Access Policy
The electronic version of the journal is open access and also available at the journal website:
Published in print and online biannually in July/August and November/December since 1984.
Published online ahead of print from 2018