Focus and Scope

Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published bi-annually by the Faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Our journal has a long and proud history of researching and publishing on a broad spectrum of matters and issues relating to defence, security and military affairs using a discipline-based and inter-disciplinary research approach. Published articles are of high quality since all submissions are refereed (peer-reviewed) by at least two experts in the field. Refereeing is done with complete anonymity and confidentiality.

The journal does not charge any publication fees.

Peer Review

In order to ensure that published research articles are of a high quality, all accepted manuscripts are refereed (peer-reviewed) by at least two suitably qualified experts in the field. The peer review process begins with an initial manuscript evaluation by one of the Editors to determine whether the submission is sufficiently original and is relevant to the stated scope and aims of Scientia Militaria. Manuscripts meeting these minimum criteria are normally then given to at least two expert referees for reviewing. These may be national and international reviewers. The type of peer review is a ‘double blind’ peer review process: the identity of the authors is unknown to the reviewers, and the reviewers remain unknown to the authors. In some cases, where there are delays or contradicting reports, the Editor-in-Chief may ask for a third or fourth referee. As the time required for the peer review also depends on the availability of our international reviewers, we ask authors to be patient before contacting the journal. The review process may take three or four months. The Editor will communicate with the author the recommendations of the reviewers and may suggest revisions before resubmission. Articles that do not satisfy the review process or do not conform to the focus of the journal are rejected. Members of the International Advisory Board may be asked for their guidance on specific submissions but the Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article on the basis of the reviews provided. Potential authors may contact the editorial office of the journal for full details on the peer review process.

Open Access Policy

Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), grants you the necessary permission to deposit scholarly articles authored or co-authored by your University researchers  and published in Scientia Militaria, in your University repository, provided that the link to the original publication at and the doi number are also included as part of the metadata. Please also acknowledge the publisher (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy)) and indicate that the original version of the article can be downloaded from For statistical purposes, researchers downloading the article from your repository must cite the original publication available at: When archiving the relevant article as part of your repository, please use the final publisher’s version as it appears at, and keep the layout and branding intact.

Creative Commons License -CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Publication Scheduling

Two issues to be published per year.

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2224-0020
print ISSN: 1022-8136