Southern African Journal of Environmental Education: Submissions

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Author Guidelines

Contributions should be submitted online.

  1. Authors with existing profiles may log in with their username and password. New users will need to register. Refer to the above Online Submission section.
  2. Upload your paper as a New Submission.

  3. Provide Notes to the Editor, for example, if the paper is for a special edition.

  4. Follow the prompts to complete the submission process. This will include:
    - details of the author and all co-authors, including their email addresses and 35 word biographies.
    - a copy of the list of references as they appear in the paper. 

    NOTE: Should you not have the 'New Submission' tab available to you, please follow the following steps:
    - select 'Edit my Profile' from the grey toolbar
    - scroll down midway to 'Roles' and select both 'Reader' and 'Author'
    select 'Save'
    The 'New Submission' tab will now be available to you for online submissions.

Manuscripts. Submissions should be between 3 500 and 5 000 words in length, including abstract and references. The English language used should be either South African or UK, and the style should be clear and straightforward without unnecessary jargon. Footnotes should be avoided. All pages should be numbered. The submission should be uploaded as an editable Microsoft Word document, or equivalent. Please ensure that all electronic files are virus free before uploading.

Title and abstract. The paper should have a short title (no longer than 15 words) and a short abstract of between 150 and 200 words. Your contact details and name(s) should not appear on the abstract page or any other place in the paper, including the references.

Tables and figures. Tables and figures must be included as part of the text, clearly labelled and numbered consecutively. Figures should be in a finished form, suitable for reproduction. Figures will not normally be redrawn by the publisher. Photographs need to be high resolution.

Referencing in the text. This should be quoted by the name and date in brackets, e.g., (Jones, 1970) or Smith (1983) or UNCED (1992) or (Jones, 1979; Smith & Le Roux, 1983:183).

References. These should be listed in alphabetical order by the author’s surname. If several papers by the same author and from the same year are cited; a, b, c, etc. should be included after the year of publication. The references should be listed in full at the end of the paper in the following standard form:

For books: Handy, C.B. (1985). Understanding organisations (3rd edn). Harmondsworth: Penguin.

For journal articles: Boschuizen, R. & Brinkman, F.G. (1990). A proposal for a teaching strategy based on pre-instructional ideas of pupils. European Journal of Teacher Education, 14(2), 45–56.

For chapters within books: Little, A. (1990). The role of assessment re-examined in international context. In P. Broadfoot, R. Murphey & H. Torrance (Eds), Changing educational assessment. London: Routledge. pp.213–245.

For policy documents: UNCED (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development). (1992). Agenda 21 (Chapter 36). United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro.

Unpublished theses: Gobrechts, E. (1995).The recycling of domestic waste in the Cape Peninsula: Implications for environmental education. Unpublished master’s thesis, Department of Education, Rhodes  University, South Africa.

Unpublished reports: Gysae-Edkins, M. (Ed.). (1994). Report on the Environmental Education Workshop. Lesotho Association of Non-formal Education, Morjia.

For personal communication: Moosa,V.M.(2003). Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Pretoria, 16 June 2003.

For email: Nhamo, G. (2003). Request for official position and update on the Plastic Bags Regulation implementation. Email, 1 October 2003.

For website: DEAT (Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism). (2003). Inspection of readiness of retailers on the eve of Plastic Bag Regulations effect. http://www.environment., visited 8 May 2003.

Grammatical errors. The author must ensure that grammar and spelling are correct and is responsible for ensuring that all factual information is correct.

Headings and sub-headings. The use of informative sub-headings is recommended and, if used, should adhere to the following form: MAIN HEADING (italics and bold); section or sub-heading (small caps and bold); and sub-section heading (small caps and in italics).

Units of measurement. Use the SI metric system for units of measurement. Spell out numbers from one to ten; use numerals for larger numbers, groups of numbers, fractions or units, e.g., 4 to 27, 12kg/ha, 34 pupils. Words and abbreviations of Latin and Greek derivation, e.g., et al. should be in italics. Scientific names should be given in full when a genus or species is first mentioned, and they should be in italics.

Proofs. Will be sent to authors if there is sufficient time to do so and should be corrected and returned within three to five days.

Offprints. These will not be provided. Authors will, however, be granted permission to use copies of their papers for teaching purposes. Journals will be available in pdf format on www.

Copyright. It is a condition of publication that authors vest copyright in their articles, including abstracts, in EEASA. Authors may use the article elsewhere after publication, providing prior permission is obtained from EEASA and the publishing details are included.

Editing. The editors reserve the right to edit articles, but will endeavour to check all significant editorial changes with the authors.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. I have reviewed the author guidelines
  2. Format of submission is an editable Word document
  3. Author name(s) do not appear in this submission
  4. This submission has not previously been published or submitted to another journal

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