About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The South African Yearbook of International Law (SAYIL) is an annual publication, published by Unisa Press and administered by Unisa's Department of Public, Constitutional and International Law.

SAYIL is accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa.

The Yearbook publishes contributions in English in any area of international law. We encourage articles and notes on current issues and those that look back on developments that took place during the year of the volume. Although we publish articles in any area of international law, the editors particularly welcome submissions that have a South African or broader African relevance.

Peer Review Process

All submissions are peer-reviewed by means of the double-blind system to guarantee impartiality and a focus on quality of the submissions. All articles submitted to the journal are peer reviewed by at least two reviewers.

The final decision in the case of a dispute between reviewers lies with the editors, although in all cases an attempt is made to reach consensus between the reviewers.

Editorial Policy

Contributions that have been published in part on in whole elsewhere or sent for consideration elsewhere will not be processed.

Contributions are subject to a plagiarism check using iThenticate.

The journal will not publish submissions by the same author in consecutive volumes. Should the author still wish to submit, a one-year waiting period will apply before the article can be considered for publication.

The final decision to publish contributions resides with the editor. In case of a dispute, authors may approach the Chair of the Editorial Board.

Editors reserve the right to make changes to copy:

  • according to house style,
  • to ensure clean and clear copy free of grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax and idiomatic errors,
  • to produce accuracy, coherence and clarity, and
  • to avoid possible liability.

The editors are committed to ethical research and publication practices as well as maintaining the integrity of the journal, and therefore follow the COPE guidelines. 

Journal History

The South African Yearbook of International Law was established in 1975 and formerly housed in the Centre for Public Law Studies at the University of South Africa. Since 2018 the journal is housed in the Department of Public, Constitutional and International Law at the University of South Africa.

Self-archiving Policy

Author's Pre-print:   

    author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)

Author's Post-print:

    author can archive post-print (ie final accepted version post-refereeing) 

Publisher's Version/PDF:

    author cannot archive publisher's version/ PDF

General Conditions:  

  • On Institutional Repositories, social media repositories (Research Gate) and subject repositories 18 months embargo (from date of acceptance).

  • Must link to publisher version

  • Published source must be acknowledged with DOI