Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies: Editorial Policies

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Focus and Scope

The journal is published bi-annually by the Faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University, South Africa. It is an accredited, peer reviewed scholarly journal, which investigates a broad spectrum of matters and issues relating to military affairs, and publishes both discipline-based and inter-disciplinary research.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

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.


Publication Frequency

Two issues to be published per year.


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.

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Editorial Board

Editor in Chief: Prof Thomas Mandrup

Assistant Editors:

Dr Raymond Steenkamp-Fonseca

Dr Nicole Dodd

Prof Abel Esterhuyse

Prof Ian Liebenberg

Dr Fankie Monama

Dr Justin van der Merwe

Editorial Secretary: Mr Evert Jordaan


Editorial Advisory Board

Dr Theo Brinkel

Netherlands Defence Academy

The Netherlands


Prof. Isabelle Duyvesteyn

Utrecht University

The Netherlands


Prof. Lindy Heinecken

Department of Sociology

Stellenbosch University


Prof. James J. Hentz

Department of International Studies and Political Science

Virginia Military Institute



Dr (Brig Gen) Gerhard Kamffer

Director Army Reserves

South African Army


Prof. John Laband

Department of History

Wilfrid Laurier University



Prof. Thomas Mandrup

Institute of Strategy

Royal Danish Defence College



Dr Nyameka Mankayi

Independent Researcher

Cape Town


Prof. Bill Nasson

Department of History

Stellenbosch University


Prof. Theo Neethling

Department of Political Science

University of the Free State


Dr Vincent Ngwenya

University of Namibia



Prof. Shrikant Paranjpe

Department of Defence and Strategic Studies

Pune University



Prof. André Roux

Institute for Futures Research

Stellenbosch University


Prof. Vladimir Shubin

Institute for African Studies

Russian Academy of Sciences

Russian Federation


Prof. Hussein Solomon

Department of Political Science

University of the Free State


Prof. Francois Vreÿ

Department of Military Strategy

Stellenbosch University


Lt Col (Prof) Ian van der Waag

     Department of Military History

     Stellenbosch University

ISSN: 2224-0020
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