About the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology
This page includes information on the focus and scope of the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology as well as the policies and publication procedures. For details on how to prepare and submit a manuscript via the online manuscript submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
- Focus and scope
- Historic overview of the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology
- Editorial Board
- Open Access
- Peer review policy
- Publication frequency
- DoHET accreditation
- Impact factor
Focus and scope ↑
The South African Journal of Industrial Psychology (SAJIP) is a premier southern African journal that focuses on innovative research and scholarship from both local and international sources within the fields of Industrial and Organisational Psychology.
Historic overview of the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology ↑
During the mid-seventies the academic and research activities of South African industrial psychologists escalated to such an extent that the establishment of a local journal became imperative.
Professor I. van W. Raubenheimer (former head of the Department of Industrial Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch) and a group of fellow scholars identified this need in 1974 (Raubenheimer, 1994, http://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/579/529). During 1974, the viability of a journal solely focused on industrial psychology was discussed and deliberated. The year 1975 saw the launch of the A5-format journal Perspectives in Industrial Psychology/Perspektiewe in die Bedryfsielkunde with its distinctive light yellow cover.
According to Professor Raubenheimer (1994), the founding editor, the sole aim of the journal was to function as an independent publication medium, responsible for distributing information on theoretical, empirical and applied work carried out in the field of industrial psychology. From the outset the journal was a non-political, non-ideological publication, aiming for the widest possible readership. No preference was expressed in favour of a particular viewpoint, language or scientific orientation in the compilation of any edition. The only pre-requisite for publication was (and still is) that the content be of the highest scientific quality, and that it should meet the typological and reference guidelines of the American Psychological Association. Manuscripts would always be blind-peer reviewed by at least two field-related experts before publication.
In its initial years, the journal published annually (or, depending on the number of articles received, biannually) and was disseminated free of charge to various stakeholders; the costs of publication were covered by Departments of Industrial Psychology at numerous South African universities (Raubenheimer, 1994). This later changed as a result of the high demand for the journal due to its accreditation with the Department of Higher Education (South Africa) and the subsidy received by authors upon publication (Raubenheimer, 1994). From 1985, a subscription fee for the journal was charged.
In 1985, the journal was accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education. This brought about new changes to the journal. Firstly, the name was changed to the Journal for Industrial Psychology/Tydskrif vir Bedryfsielkunde. Secondly, the publication type was changed from the traditional A5 format to the new (and current) A4 format. Thirdly, according to Raubenheimer (1994), a set of core operational and survival guidelines were established and implemented. Raubenheimer indicated that the journal should (1) be hosted by a university to ensure consistency and congruence, (2) maintain an ethos of action, (3) be non-ideological, and (4) always be independent and neutral.
In his final sole article as editor, Professor Raubenheimer (1994) is quoted as saying: ‘[N]ew circumstances bring forth new challenges. Amendments to the editorial functioning and process would probably be needed in the future. Whatever these circumstances may be, the journal can only be successful if the operational/survival principles are adhered to.’
With these farewell words, Professor Raubenheimer stepped down as editor (1975–1994) and nominated Professor Gert Roodt (1995–2013) as the new editor-in-chief for the Journal of Industrial Psychology. Strictly adhering to the founding principles of the journal during his editorship, Professor Roodt developed and implemented various initiatives to enhance the impact, stature and scientific credibility of the journal. Some of Professor Roodt’s major contributions to the journal are listed below:
- Firstly, in 2001 the journal started to publish in dual media: both in a hardcopy (traditional A4 format) as well as in an electronic format via the website of the Rand Afrikaanse Universiteit.
- Secondly, with the online medium a name change was again brought about. In 2002, the Journal of Industrial Psychology’s name was changed to the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology/ SA Tydskrif vir Bedryfsielkunde.
- Thirdly, from 2002 Professor Roodt developed, implemented and refined the new guidelines and standards for scientific articles (in line with international standards) that were to be published in the journal.
- Fourthly, in 2008, Professor Roodt entered into an agreement with Open Journals Publishing such that the journal was to be published on an open access, rolling publication basis, with one hard copy issue published each year. The open access platform resulted in exponential growth in national and international exposure for both the journal and its contributors. The relationship with the new publisher also led to the introduction of the journal’s own website and publication platform in 2008.
- Fifthly, as a result of the open access platform, the journal was indexed in various international research repositories, the most prolific being:
- Gale, Cengage Learning
- Elsevier’s Scopus
- Google Scholar
- SciELO SA
- SA ePublications, Sabinet
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- EBSCO Host
- AOSIS OpenJournals Harvester
- Sixthly, the culmination of all of the above resulted in an increase in the Global Impact Factor (GIF) of the journal. In 2011, the journal’s GIF was 2.48 and in 2013 it increased to 3.66.
- Seventhly, Professor Roodt was instrumental in ensuring that the journal was submitted for accreditation by various international bodies such as the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). (The journal is currently being evaluated for an ISI listing.)
- Eighthly, Professor Roodt ensured that the editorial committee of the journal is representative of academic departments of universities in South Africa and involves international scholars with high standing in the field of industrial and organisational psychology.
In 2013, Professor Roodt was promoted to the Vice Dean of Research at the University of Johannesburg and stepped down as editor of the journal. Both Professor Roodt and Professor Raubenheimer served 19 years each as editor for the journal. Upon his resignation from the journal, Professor Roodt nominated Professor Melinde Coetzee as the new editor-in-chief and Dr Llewellyn van Zyl as associate editor. Professor Roodt, although no longer the active editor of the journal, is still involved with the journal and serves on its national review board.
Since Professor Coetzee’s editorship, new initiatives have been introduced to ensure the sustainability of the work and impact of Professor Raubenheimer and Professor Roodt. Four of the most significant initiatives are: (1) repositioning the editorial committee and board for broader international exposure, (2) enhancing customer relations with authors, (3) capacity building of ‘junior’ researchers and reviewers, (4) formalising the charter of the journal and in effect also the relationships between key stakeholders, and (5) providing incentives to peer reviewers and section editors.
Despite the rapid growth in the field of industrial and organisational psychology, the journal has stayed, and will always stay, true to the founding principles of Professor Raubenheimer. All of these initiatives and the contributions of the editors aim to ensure a scientific publication, with international merit and scientific excellence.
Open Access ↑
Open Access refers to free and unrestricted access via the Internet to articles published in the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology. This free access has usage limitations as stipulated in the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) usage license. The license allows redistribution and reuse of all articles on the condition that the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology is appropriately credited.
Peer review policy ↑
The SA Journal of Industrial Psychology has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. The editors do not inform the reviewers of the identity of the author(s). The reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to the authors either. The reviewers’ comments as well as recommendations regarding an article’s form may be passed on to the corresponding author and may also include suggested revisions. Manuscripts that are not approved for publication will not be returned to the submitting author in any format. Please note that AOSIS OpenJournals do not retain copies of rejected articles.
The peer review process aims to ensure that all published articles:
- present the results of primary scientific research
- report results that have not been published elsewhere
- are scientifically sound
- provide new scientific knowledge where experiments, statistics and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail so that another researcher will be able to reproduce the experiments described
- provide conclusions that are presented in an appropriate manner and are supported by the data
- are presented in an intelligible and logic manner and are written in clear and unambiguous English
- meet all applicable research standards with regard to the ethics of experimentation and research integrity
- adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards for data availability.
The journal publisher, AOSIS OpenJournals, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. In the event of suspected plagiarism in submitted works CrossCheck is available to the editors of the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. AOSIS OpenJournals endorses and applies the standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which promotes integrity in peer-reviewed research publications.
Publication frequency ↑
The SA Journal of Industrial Psychology publishes one issue per year. Individual articles are published as soon as they are ready for publication by adding them to the table of contents of the 'current' volume and issue. In this way, the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology aims to speed up the process of manuscript publication from submission to becoming available on the website. Since 2010, each second issue of the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology is dedicated to the publication of articles themed and focused on practical theology.
Special issues may be added on an ad hoc basis to the journal throughout a particular year and will form part of consecutive issues thereafter.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript via the submission system at any time by logging into the journal website’s personalised section.
Monographs and special issues that formed part of the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology through the years:
- Systems psychodynamics in South African organisations (2012)
- Job Demands-Resources (2011)
- Deo Strumpfer (2010)
After publication in the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, the complete text of each article is deposited immediately and permanently archived in major bibliographic databases:
- Elsevier Scopus
- GALE, CENGAGE Learning
- Google Scholar
- Scielo SA
- SA ePublications, Sabinet
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- EBSCO Host
- AOSIS OpenJournals Harvester
Additionally, the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology uses the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to create a distributed archiving system amongst participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.
The journal is always seeking to establish a LOCKSS-compliant archive with university libraries. The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology is: http://www.sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/gateway/lockss
Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.
DoHET accreditation ↑
The following lists are regarded as accredited journals by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET):
Journals appearing on the IBSS:
Journals appearing on the three indices of Thomson Reuters products:
- Science Citation Index
- Social Sciences Citation Index
- Arts and Humanities Citation Index (The SA Journal of Industrial Psychology is on this list)
List of approved South African journals: Journals that do not appear in the abovementioned international indices but are published in South Africa and meet specific criteria may be included in this list.
- List of approved South African journals as maintained by the DoHET [Updated 2012] (The SA Journal of Industrial Psychology is on this list)
In conclusion: the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology meets the criteria of the DoHET (see List of approved South African journals as maintained by the DoHET and Arts and Humanities Citation Index). It is therefore accredited and approved by the DoHET for its inclusion in the subsidy system for being a research publication for South Africa.
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