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South African Journal of Education

Jun 05 2017

At the end of 2016 Prof Liesel Ebersöhn stepped down as executive editor of the South African Journal of Education (SAJE). Based on her vision and dedication to quality research in Education, SAJE reached numerous milestones over the last five years. The impact factor increased to 0.56, resulting in SAJE being regarded as the leading journal in education in Africa. Based on the standing of the journal, a steady increase in international submissions has been seen. Furthermore, SAJE is accredited by the Web of Science and listed in the Department of Higher Education and Training list of approved journals. Our congratulations and gratitude goes to Prof Ebersöhn for her dedication and hard work to take the journal to greater heights during the time of her executive editorship.

 

Prof Ronél Ferreira was elected as new executive editor of SAJE at the 2017 EASA Annual General Meeting and commenced duty in January 2017. Her vision for SAJE is to build on the successes that have been evident and to further increase the impact and contribution of the articles that are published. An increase in international submissions and a strong international standing remains priority areas. Ronél is assisted by administrative editor Ms Estelle Botha, associate editor Prof Liesel Ebersöhn and an editorial committee consisting of Prof Kobus Maree (University of Pretoria), Prof Naydene de Lange (Nelson Mandela University) and Prof Vanessa Scherman (University of South Africa). The international editorial board include renowned academics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (USA), Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (Turkey), Fordham University (USA), Dalhousie University (Canada), Pennsylvania State University (USA), Moi University (Kenya), the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the University of Namibia. Nationally, experts from Rhodes University, Stellenbosch University, North-West University, the University of Pretoria, the University of South Africa, the University of Johannesburg, University of the Western Cape, University of the Free State, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal serve on the editorial board.

 

Based on the current standing of SAJE, submissions have shown a steady increase. For the period January to May 2017, manuscript submissions totalled 130, of which 52 were by national scholars and 78 by international scholars.  Of these submissions, 39 were sent out for review following an initial screening process by the editorial committee. In terms of accepted manuscripts, 12 articles were published in the February 2017 issue (Volume 37:1). A total of 10 articles have been selected for publication in the second issue for 2017 (Volume 37:2), which will be available online at the end of May.

 

Another achievement of SAJE is illustrated in the figure below, indicating the “Top 10 viewed journals” on the SciELO SA platform (which hosts SAJE) for the period January 2009 to April 2017. The fact that SAJE is listed here attests to the contribution of the journal and the value attached by researchers in the field. A recent editorial committee decision that aims to further broaden the contribution of SAJE entails that two special issues will be published annually from 2018 onwards – one in April and one in November. The title of the April 2018 Special Issue is The nature and extent of bullying in a developing country context (call included below), with guest editors Profs Vanessa Scherman (University of South Africa) and Rachel Annunziato (Fordham University). The call for the November 2018 issue will be available online by the end of May 2017.

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