Southern African Journal of Environmental Education: Submissions

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Author Guidelines

Online submission. The Southern African Journal for Environmental Education is hosted by African Journals Online (AJOL) and requires online submission. To submit a paper contributors will need to register as a new user, or log-in if a user profile exists.

Upload your paper as a New Submission. Provide Notes to the Editor, for example, if the paper is for a special edition. Prompts to complete the submission process will include details of the author and all co-authors, including their email addresses and 35 word biographies. 

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. To protect the integrity of the blind peer review process, your contact details and name(s) should not appear on the abstract page or any other place in the paper, including the references of the paper uploaded.

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

Citations.  Authors are strongly encouraged to refer to recent, seminal and relevant literature.

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. Please separate individual references with a blank line.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 in the SAJEE archives

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.

Plagiarism. 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.

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

ORCiD. Published authors will be required to submit their unique scientific ORCiD identity number. 

Future Reviewing. Published authors automatically include themselves as reviewers for future submissions that are relevant to them. This as best possible will be limited to once per annum.

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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. Author name(s) do not appear in this uploaded manuscript submission.
  3. This submission has not previously been published or submitted to another journal.
  4. Format of submission is an editable Word document.
  5. A 35word author bio reflects in my user-profile

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ISSN: 2411-5959
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