About the Journal

Aims and Scope

The Southern African Journal of Security (SAJS) is a publication intended to fill the need for new research information and provides an outlet for innovative approaches and methodologies in the field of security studies. The journal publishes peer reviewed articles and papers that report on and analyse the latest research and innovation in this broad field. The area of Security Studies in this respect entails private and public security, as well as aspects related to criminal justice. Research in these areas will not be limited to the South African experience; rather it will be extended to the rest of the African continent and the global arena. The range of problems in the field of security is too diverse to be viewed solely through the prism of a singular lens. Therefore, in order to circumvent this challenge or limitation, the Southern African Journal of Security will adopt a multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary (MIT) approach or focus. Over time, the field of security has morphed in many aspects and the term ‘security’ has expanded to include aspects such as crime prevention and investigation, forensic science, secure transfer of suspects and inmates, security technology, risk management or loss prevention, fire, fraud, invasion of privacy, intelligence gathering, theft, unlawful entry, cybersecurity and a host of other legal issues. Importantly, this area of study contributes to the sustenance and maintenance of peace, order and development as there can never be development without peace and stability. It is in this respect that the area of Security and Intelligence will be embraced so that research on vexing questions of insurgence, cross-border crimes, terrorism, unrests and religious/political extremism is encouraged. A point is therefore emphatically made that the transdisciplinary nature of the field of security studies is commensurate with the conservative notion that would require it to fit into the traditional structure of academic departments of most universities.  

In summary, the journal seeks to address broader societal issues of importance to law, safety and security of citizens and criminal justice-related topics. The journal pursues articles that define and reflect the various aspects of security and encourages researchers to generate innovative contributions to the knowledge economy in a scientific way. The Southern African Journal of Security publishes reviews and commentaries on significant books or current issues and cover informative aspects like editorials, topical reviews, book reviews, and scholarly correspondence.

The Southern African Journal of Security is premised on the following niche areas stipulated by the Department of Higher Education and Training. These include:

  • Knowledge generation and human capital development in response to the needs of South Africa and the African continent. (New knowledge contextualized in SA and Africa: Human capital development contextualized to SA and Africa).
  • The promotion of democracy, human rights and responsible citizenship. (Promotion of democracy: Human rights; Responsible citizenship.)

Peer Review Process

The suitability and basic quality of articles are initially reviewed by the editorial team. Manuscripts may be rejected at this stage or returned to authors for resubmission before the review process. SAJS follows a blind review process utilising at least two reviewers for each manuscript. We select reviewers who are familiar with the theoretical aspects of the article. Reviewers are encouraged to provide detailed critical and constructive comments. We strive towards a review period of 6 weeks.

Publication Frequency

Southern African Journal of Security uses a continuous publishing model, according to which articles are published in final form individually as they become ready. The journal publishes one volume per year and is published online only.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors keep the copyright of their manuscripts under a Creative Commons licence: CC BY SA


Southern African Journal of Security charges NO FEES.


Manuscripts containing plagiarism will not be considered for publication in the journal. Plagiarism is defined as the use of another person's work, words or ideas without attribution or permission, and representation of them as one's own original work. Plagiarism may take many forms, ranging from major plagiarism (the copy-and-paste of large amounts of text), to minor plagiarism without dishonest intent (e.g. when an author uses parts of an introduction from an earlier paper) and even self-plagiarism (the re-use of significant, identical or near-identical portions of one's own work without citing the original version).

SAJS subscribes to plagiarism detection software and all contributions submitted to the journal will be scanned to verify originality. Ithenticate (http://www.ithenticate.com/) is currently used.

Licensing and Publishing

In consideration for the publication of your article by Unisa Press, you agree to grant to Unisa Press an irrevocable nonexclusive licence to publish in print and electronic format, and further sublicense the article, for the full legal term of copyright and any renewals thereof in all languages throughout the world in all formats, and through any medium of communication.

You shall retain the perpetual royalty-free right to reproduce and publish in print and electronic format, and further sublicense the article in all languages throughout the world in all formats, and through any medium of communication provided that you make reference to the first publication by the Journal and Unisa Press.

Editorial Policy

This journal subscribes to the ASSAf National Code of Best Practice in Editorial Discretion and Review for South African Scholarly Journals.

All users of the journal (including members of the Editorial Board) will have the right to submit articles for possible publication to the journal. Only the Editor-in-Chief will be excluded from this ruling.

Errata: Factual or conceptual errors in published articles that change the intended meaning of the text will be corrected after verification by the Editor-in-chief. This will be done by publishing an Erratum that states the correction made. The erratum will be linked to the original publication.


SAJS, the Unisa College of Law and Unisa Press make every effort to ensure the accuracy of all the information contained in our publication. However, SAJS, our agents, and our licensors make no representations or warranties whatsoever as to the accuracy, completeness, or suitability for any purpose of the contributions. Any opinions and views expressed in this publication are the opinions and views of the authors, and are not the views of or endorsed by SAJS, the Unisa College of Law or Unisa Press. SAJS, Unisa College of Law and Unisa Press shall not be liable for any losses, actions, claims, proceedings, demands, costs, expenses, damages, and other liabilities whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with, in relation to, or arising out of the use of the content of the publication.


The journal publishes in English.

Open access

Southern African Journal of Security is an Open Access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.

Articles from this journal can be made available on personal websites and institutional repositories, subject to the following conditions:

1)            Always upload the final version as published at https://upjournals.co.za/index.php/SAJS/index

2)            Acknowledge the publisher.

Cite the article as part of the metadata and include the DOI as part of the citation to the article.

Journal History

The Journal was established in 2021.