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South African Medical Journal: Editorial Policies

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Focus and Scope

The SAMJ is a monthly, peer-reviewed, internationally indexed, general medical journal publishing leading research impacting clinical care in Africa.  The Journal is not limited to articles that have ‘general medical content’, but is intending to capture the spectrum of medical and health sciences, grouped by relevance to the country’s burden of disease. This will include research in the social sciences and economics that is relevant to the medical issues around our burden of disease.

The journal carries research articles and letters, editorials, clinical practice and other medical articles and personal opinion, South African health-related news, obituaries, general correspondence, and classified advertisements (refer to the section policies for further information).

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The Editors aim to provide prompt reviews to optimise the quality of the published papers. All submissions are reviewed by an editorial advisory group, who will check for scope, fit, quality, originality, interest for the readership, etc., and recommend acceptance, rejection or referral for review. Submissions sent for review include Research, Reviews, Guidelines, In Practice and Clinical Trials. Editorials, CME, Book reviews, Obituaries and Correspondence do not go through peer review. Once an article has been accepted for peer review, it is assigned to an Associate Editor who will manage it through the peer review 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. A majority of manuscripts will be sent to one or two reviewers, under the management of an editor assigned to the submission. Reviewers as experts in the field provide comments to authors and editors on the importance, originality and scientific merit of the manuscript and suggest changes which may improve the quality and validity of the manuscript. The review process itself takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks to complete but can change depending upon the quality of the manuscript submitted, reviewer’s response and time taken by the authors to submit the revised manuscript.

If the decision is for revision, the author is requested to address each comment by the reviewers, and submit a letter outlining their responses accompanying their revised manuscript. The assigned editor will re-evaluate the revisions and will either make a decision or send the manuscript for a second round of review, usually to the original set of reviewers.  Reviewers will be informed of the outcome of manuscripts which they have reviewed.

The Editor-in-Chief has the final decision on any submitted manuscript.

 

Publication Frequency

Monthly (12 issues per annum). Journals are published on the first day of every month. Journal items are published as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents.

 

Editorial Team

Deputy Editor

Dr Bridget Farham, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa

Editorial Advisory Group

Professor JP de V van Niekerk, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa

Professor Daniel J Ncayiyana, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa

Associate Editors

Ames Dhai, Wits University South Africa

Dr William Worthington Edridge, University of Witwatersrand South Africa, South Africa

Prof Raymond Abratt, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Prof John Pettifor, Wits University, South Africa

Alan D Rothberg, Wits University South Africa

Marc Blockman, University of Cape Town South Africa

Guidelines - Agree II Editorial Sub-Committee

Karen Cohen, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Andrew Gray, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Marc Blockman, University of Cape Town South Africa

Khadija Jamaloodien, Department of Health, South Africa

Tamara Kredo, Medical Research Council, South Africa

Jacqui Miot, Wits University, South Africa

Andy Parrish, Private, South Africa

Bettina Taylor, Medscheme, South Africa

Roger Wiseman, Liberty Health Holdings, South Africa

Managing Editors

Claudia Naidu, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa, HMPG

Naadia van der Bergh, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa

Layout Editors

Travis Arendse, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa

Clinton Griffin, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa

Copyeditors

Emma Buchanan, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa

Paula van der Bijl, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa

 

Online Submissions

To submit your research to the SAMJ online please register or login at www.samj.org.za



ISSN: 0256-95749
AJOL African Journals Online