Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

SAJBL is an online, bi-annual, peer reviewed journal that covers matters related to ethics, law, human rights and related matters for the health professions. It carries research articles and letters, editorials, clinical practice, personal opinion and other topics related to biomedical law and human rights issues. It also carries related South African health-related news, obituaries and general correspondence.

 

Section Policies

From the editor

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Letter to editor

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Editorial

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Opinion

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MoH Address

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Articles

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Forum

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Case study

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Scientific letter

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Book reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Obituaries

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Guidelines

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Stem cell Supplement

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Informed consent

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Peer Review Process

The Editors aim to provide prompt reviews to optimise the quality of the published papers. All submitted manuscripts are initially reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief. A manuscript may be rejected outright at this point if it does not meet the scope of the journal, or does not warrant further review due to ethical concerns, weak study design, flawed methodology,or poorly discussed results. A majority of manuscripts will be sent to one or two reviewers, under the management of an editor assigned to the submission. Reviewers as experts in the field provide comments to authors and editors on the importance, originality and scientific merit of the manuscript and suggest changes which may improve the quality and validity of the manuscript.

One to two reviewers are invited to review and upon acceptance to review, the review process itself takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks to complete but can change depending upon the quality of the manuscript submitted, reviewer’s response and time taken by the authors to submit the revised manuscript. A single blind review process is currently followed, where authors identities are not known to the reviewers but in the forthcoming months, the SAJBL will be introducing a double blind peer review policy.

Manuscripts from review may be accepted, returned to author for revision, resubmission for review or rejected. Authors are requested to submit their revised versions as soon as possible, to ensure a timely review process. The Editor -in- Chief makes a final decision on all manuscripts.

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Enrol as a reviewer

The SAJBL encourages readers who are actively involved in research and with particular expertise to serve as peer reviewers of the journal:
 

  • Already a registered user? Login to the journal website and edit your profile to include 'Reviewer' as a role. Kindly express your interest to serve as a reviewer in an email to publishing@hmpg.co.za, specifying your user login.
     
  • Not a registered user? Reviewers are required to register with the journal website. Kindly also express your interest to serve as a reviewer in an email to publishing@hmpg.co.za. Please read our privacy policy regarding registration.

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Accept an invitation to review

Login to the journal website, click on Reviewer and then the title of the article under active submissions. Under Review Step 1 select the email icon adjacent to the appropriate response (will do the review/unable to do the review) to notify the Editor.

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Performing/submitting a review

Ensure that you have accepted to perform the review (outlined above) and consulted the Reviewer Guidelines provided. Login to the journal website, click on Reviewer and the title of the article under active submissions. Complete Steps 2 - 7 and click 'Submit Review to Editor'. Should you require further assistance, contact publishing@hmpg.co.za.

 

 

Publication Frequency

SAJBL is published bi-annually (1 volume comprising 2 issues per annum).

 

Open Access Policy

The South African Journal of Bioethics and Law is an Open Access Journal and 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. In accordance with the definition of the Budapest Open Access Initiative all content published by the SAMJ is made free to users without any subscription or other charges. Users are permitted to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of these articles, or use them for any other lawful, non-commercial purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

 

Comments policy

The posting of comments to published articles requires registration with this journal website. Only constructive comments that relate to the published material will be permitted. Posted comments solely represent the opinions of the respective user and not those of the SAJBL, and do not imply endorsement by the SAJBL. The journal reserves the right to remove comments without notice that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, contain advertising or spam, or violate another user’s privacy. The SAJBL reserves the right to revoke the privileges of users that post inappropriate material. Such material may be brought to the attention of the publisher (publishing@hmpg.co.za). The SAJBL reserves the right to modify this policy without notice.

 

Notifications

Readers of the SAJBL are encouraged to register with the journal website to receive notifications of new issues online (open access).
 

  • Already a registered user? Login to the journal website and edit your profile to include 'Reader' as a role.
     
  • Not a registered user? Register with the journal website and specify 'Reader' as a role in your user profile. For assistance contact publishing@hmpg.co.za. Please read our privacy policy regarding registration.

 

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as the use of another'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 reuse of significant, identical or near-identical portions of one's own work without citing the original version).

The journal subscribes to CrossCheck, an initiative to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. All manuscripts submitted to the journal are automatically scanned against the CrossCheck database to verify originality. 

Manuscripts containing plagiarism will not be considered for publication in the journal. If plagiarism is brought to light after a manuscript has been published, the journal will proceed to conduct a preliminary investigation. Suspected misconduct will be reported to the institutes and funding agencies of the authors concerned. The journal reserves the right to formally retract such manuscripts and publish statements to reference material as plagiarism.

 

Publication fees

There is no charge for submissions and no article processing charge (APC) for accepted manuscripts.

 

Licensing Information

The SAJBL is published under an Attribution-Non Commercial International Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License. Under this license, authors agree to make articles available to users, without permission or fees, for any lawful, non-commercial purpose. Users may read, copy, or re-use published content as long as the author and original place of publication are properly cited. 

 

Publishing Rights

Authors grant the Publisher the exclusive right to publish, display, reproduce and/or distribute the Work in print and electronic format and in any medium known or hereafter developed, including for commercial use. The Author also agrees that the Publisher may retain in print or electronic format more than one copy of the Work for the purpose of preservation, security and back-up.

Authors are required to complete and sign an Author Agreement form that outlines Author and Publisher rights and terms of publication. The Agreement form should be uploaded along with other submissions files and any submission will be considered incomplete without it. In undertaking this agreement, the Author represents, and warrants, either as the sole author or on behalf of the co-authors, that the Work is their own work and that the Author has the authority to enter into the Author-Publisher Agreement.