Sponsoring Organizations


The South African Sports Medicine Association is an a-political, non-profit, multidisciplinary professional and scientific society dedicated to the motivation, responses, adaptation and health of people involved in sport and exercise.

Sources of Support

The South African Journal of Sports Medicine is hosted using OJS, made available by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Peer Review

Peer Review Process

The peer review process is handled and recorded via an online editorial system. After a manuscript is submitted via the online system by a researcher, the Editor-in-Chief screens the manuscript and rejects unsuitable or poor-quality manuscripts at this point. Articles deemed appropriate for peer review are sent to 2 - 3 reviewers selected by the Editor-in-Chief and/or members of the editorial board. Reviewers are invited if they are experienced researchers with expertise in the contents of the manuscript. Following acceptance to perform the review, the reviewers are furnished with a copy of the manuscript and the journal’s peer review guidelines, to which they are asked to adhere. The identity of the authors and their affiliation details are blanked out to ensure a blind review. Reviewers are asked to complete the review within 4 weeks. Reviewers submit their reports via the online editorial system with a recommendation on the readiness of the paper for publication. The editor collates the review reports and makes a decision on the status of the paper accordingly.

Manuscripts may be: accepted (subject to minor or no revisions); declined; returned to the authors for revision (to address all reviewer comments in detail, with the possibility of resending for peer review depending on the nature of the reviewer comments); or invited for re-submission altogether.  Authors are not made aware of the identity of a reviewer (double-blind approach) unless insisted upon by the reviewer for transparency. Members of the editorial board may be called upon to make additional recommendations.

The Editor-in-Chief has the final decision on the acceptance or rejection of all manuscripts. The Editor-in-Chief may assign a rating to reviewers based on the quality of their review, which is entered into the online system for future reference. 


Open Access Policy

Open access journal, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) International

Publication Scheduling

The journal has a rolling publishing model, publishing one volume per year.


Editorial Policy
This journal subscribes to the ASSAf National Code of Best Practice in Editorial Discretion and Review for South African Scholarly Journals

Fee's Information

Publishing Fees
R5 500 per paper for SASMA members (first or senior author)
R7 000 per paper for non-SASMA members. 

Payment is made after the paper has been accepted for publication, before the copyediting stage.


Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2078-516X
print ISSN: 1015-5163