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 lecturers identified this need. The year 1975 saw the launch of the A5-format journal ‘Perspectives in Industrial Psychology/Perspektiewe in die Bedryfsielkunde’.
According to Professor Raubenheimer, 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 compiling 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.
In 1985 the journal was accredited by the Department of Higher Education (South Africa) and the name was changed to the ‘SA Journal for Industrial Psychology/SA Tydskrif vir Bedryfsielkunde’. The editorial staff is drawn from academic departments at universities - for the past few years Professor Gert Roodt of the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Johannesburg has acted as Editor.
A publication average of three issues per annum was achieved, however, where fewer than five articles per issue were initially published. Since OpenJournals Publishing took over, the journal is now published on an Open Access, rolling publication basis, with one hard copy issue published each year. It might be that other special issues are added on an ad hoc basis to the journal throughout a particular year, which will form part of consecutive issues thereafter.
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 (since 2012 - onwards)
- GALE, CENGAGE Learning (since 2012 - onwards)
- ProQuest (since 2012 - onwards)
- Google Scholar (since 2012 - onwards)
- Scielo SA (since 2008 – onwards)
- SA ePublications, Sabinet
- Directory of Open Access Journals (since 2010 - onwards)
- EBSCO Host (since 2010 - onwards)
- 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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