Southern African Journal of Environmental Education: Editorial Policies

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Focus and Scope

The Southern African Journal of Environmental Education (SAJEE) is an accredited internationally refereed journal published by the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA). 

The SAJEE aims to publish and report on a wide range of aspects relating to Environmental Education, Ethics and Action in southern Africa and elsewhere. The journal seeks to further the study and practice of environmental education by providing a forum for researchers, scholars, practitioners and policy makers. The journal aims to carry papers reflecting the diversity of environmental education practice in southern Africa, and includes conference reviews and keynote papers; retrospective analyses of activities or trends in a particular field; commentaries on policy issues;a variety of research genres;  comparative aspects of an environmental education, environmental ethics or environmental action issues; and critical reviews of environmental education, ethics and action in a particular country or context. The journal actively seeks out international dialogue in order to provide perspective on and for environmental education in southern Africa.

The SAJEE journal provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public and scholarly community supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There are no article submission nor processing charges associated with the SAJEE. 


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All full research papers undergo an academically rigorous and thorough double blind review process by two qualified reviewers. The editor and editorial collective make final decisions based on the reviews. Reviews take between 4-6 months, depending on response of reviewers. Some are shorter. The review process may, however, take longer than this.

Keynote, Viewpoint and Think Piece papers are reviewed by one reviewer and/or the journal editor/s.

SAJEE actively supports an author development programme for new authors. When reviewing papers reviewers are encouraged to provide constructive suggestions as to how the paper may be improved. This forms a key part of capacity building for journal writing and scholarship development.

Reviewers might consider criteria such as: clarity and appropriateness of expression, importance to environmental education/ ethics/ action; organisation, originality; theoretical grounding; adequacy if discussion and interpretation; adequacy of results/ conclusions.

A reviewer guide is included through the online AJOL system on invitation to review. 


Publication Frequency

This journal publishes one volume per year.


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.



Editor-In-Chief (from 2016)
Professor Eureta Rosenberg, Chair of Environmental Education and Sustainability, Rhodes University, South Africa

Managing Editors
Dr. Lausanne Olvitt, Rhodes University (South Africa)
Dr. Muchateyi Togo,  University of South Africa (South Africa)

Journal Manager
Carlene Royle, Rhodes University (South Africa)

Editorial Board
Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Rhodes University (South Africa)
Professor Lesley le Grange, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Professor Jo-Anne Ferriera, Southern Cross University (Australia)
Dr. Daniel Babikwa, National Environmental Authority (Uganda)
Professor Justin Dillon, King's College, University of London (UK)
Professor John Fien, RMIT University (Australia) 
Professor MJ Ketlhoilwe, University of Botswana (Botswana)
Dr. Justin Lupele, USAID Programme Manager (Zambia)
Dr. Tsepo Mokuku, National University of Lesotho (Lesotho) 
Dr. Mutizwa Mukute, Independent Consultant (Zimbabwe) 
Dr. Leigh Price, Institute of Education, University of London (UK)
Professor Soul Shava, University of South Africa (South Africa)
Professor Arjen Wals, Wageningen University (The Netherlands) 
Professor Bob Jickling, Lakehead University (Canada)
Professor Rosa Guadalupe Mendoza Zuany (Mexico)


Editorial Policy

1. The SAJEE Editors subscribe to the open access publishing best practice code of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). 

2. All papers published in the journal should have a clear focus on environmental education, and/or Education for Sustainable Development and should be relevant to the field of education. The SAJEE is primarily an education journal, although it is also interdisciplinary and papers from communications, environmental sciences, development studies, labour market analysis etc. may also be relevant, but the core focus of these contributions should be education, communication, social learning and /or public awareness.

3. The journal should seek to continually reflect is regional character, which means that papers from a diversity of countries should be represented in each edition.

4. Full research papers can be either theoretical or empirical, and should include methodological detail, theoretical and/or literature review material and a clear argument as relevant.

5. Ethical procedures also need to be pointed out where relevant.

6. Full research papers submitted to the journal will be blind peer reviewed by two qualified peer reviewers. Viewpoint papers will be reviewed by one of the journal editors and one qualified peer reviewer.

7. Review reports are checked and reviewed for the quality and relevance of the review comments by journal editors, and all final review communications are sent to the authors after review by the Editor. Editors are encouraged to rate reviewers in the online review process.

8. Journal editors mediate the blind reviews with authors, and will check that all recommended changes have been substantively attended to. Authors are required to submit a report to the editors documenting how they have responded to reviewers recommendations. If co-editors disagree with proposed outcome, the Editor-in-Chief should be consulted.

9.The SAJEE endeavours to have papers reviewed within a  three to four month period where possible. The review process may, however, take longer than this. The editor will decide if a round 2 review is required. 

10. Papers will be checked for plagiarism using turnitin if editors detect potential plagiarism problems. Authors are fully responsibility for any plagiarism, and should check their own papers before submission. By submitting a paper to the journal, authors agree that journal editors may check the paper via turnitin if necessary.

11. Authors must obtain permissions for all graphics and extensively used citations before submitting the paper to the SAJEE, should these not be original work.

12. Authors are encouraged to cite at least three published pieces relevant to the new submission.

13. Institutional representation may not exceed 25% of the journal compliment per volume.

14. Published authors automatically include themselves as reviewers for future paper submissions that are relevant to them, limited as best possible to once per annum.

15. Errata: Post-publication errors and falsification claims should be brought to the attention of the editorial team. This will be investigated and the online paper will be corrected at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. In the case of fundamental corrections a notification of correction will be sent to the journal database and posted on the home page.

16. Conflict of Interest: The Editor-in-Chief shall only be permitted to publish papers occasionally in the journal that represent large research programmes that are relevant to EEASA members, or that involve a substantive number of EEASA partners (i.e. they must be field informative). The full double blind review process should be followed and managed by one of the co-editors.

If co-editors submit papers to the journal then these should be dealt with by the Editor-in-Chief and the full double blind review process should be followed as per normal.

Editors may not manage direct or indirect family member submissions. This will be dealt with by the Editor-in-Chief or co-editor and the full double blind review process should be followed as per normal.

17. The SAJEE is published once per annum.

18. The journal is an association journal, and editors are accountable to the EEASA Council.

19. The Editor-in-Chief should provide an annual report on the SAJEE and its publication to EEASA Members at the annual EEASA AGM.

20. Editors / Editors-in-Chief would normally serve a six year term of office. This term of office can be renewed by the EEASA Council.

21. The SAJEE is an open access journal, and pdf versions of all papers are available on the Africa Journal Online (AJOL) website ( which will enhance its distribution globally under the Creative Commons licence agreement Attribution- Noncommercial-Share-alike (BY-NC-SA)

22. The SAJEE is an accredited journal (South African DHET approved) and editors of the journal will seek to maintain the quality standards necessary for ongoing accreditation of the SAJEE.

ISSN 2411-5959 Key title: Southern African Journal of Environmental Education (Online) Abbreviated key title: South. Afr. J. Environ. Educ.


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EEASA Publications

  • Journal  The journal is a forum for the publication of research papers, book reviews, comments and critiques of an academic nature. The journal editorial and articles can be downloaded in pdf format from:

  • Bulletin Paid-up members also receive two electronic issues of the Environmental Education Bulletin each year. The Bulletin includes information articles, news snippets, regular updates, letters, reviews of new resources and creative contributions. Members are encouraged to contribute to the Bulletin in a language of their choice.

  • Monograph The EEASA Monographs are occasional publications that deal with specific topics. To date five monographs have been produced, on Evaluation in Environmental Education; Projects in Water Quality Monitoring; Indigenous Knowledge; Environmental Education, Ethics and Action; and (Re)Views of Social Learning Literature.

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