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Author Guidelines

All submissions must as per the following guidelines.

  1. It is required that all authors have their draft article reviewed for language proficiency before submitting. Sometimes excellent submissions have to be drastically amended or even rejected because of linguistic ineptitude.
  2. The editors reserve the right to make minor editorial adjustments without consulting the author.
  3. The use of abbreviations should be avoided as far as possible.
  4. Manuscripts of no longer than 15 pages (5 000 - 6 000 words) must be submitted in MS Word format.
  5. Authors are required to conform to the instructions and format below.
  6. A Word template for use by authors is available for downloading:- ZIP or DOTX (The DOTX does not always open correctly, depending on the browser, so if it does not download, rather download the ZIP version and unzip.)
  7. The Trebuchet font at 9 point size, single spacing and a page margin of 20 mm along the sides and 20 mm at the top and 25 along the bottom, gutter 10 mm, gutter position left, with full justification, should be used on B5 paper size. Header and footer layout 15 mm.
  8. Figures and tables should fit within the prescribed margins and should form an integral part of the article and be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Labelling and lettering of figures and tables should be Trebuchet at 8 point size.
  9. References in the text should be by author with the reference number in square brackets e.g. Li[1]. The required reference format is illustrated below.
  10. The Title Page should conform to the following centred format. The text of the article should only start on the next page.
  11. Photographs must be supplied in TIFF or JPEG format at least 300 dpi for good quality reproduction.
  12. Authors need to use email addresses associated with their institutions, using the institution's domain. Personal e-mail addresses such as, etc are not allowed. (Authors may request an exception if no instition email address is available)


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in a Microsoft Word 2007 or later file format, and adheres to the style sheet available for download from the Author guidelines. (Submissions not conforming to the journal's style will be rejected)
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed, and all author details have been removed from the initial review copy.
  6. Author email addresses provided are email addresses associated with the author's institution, using the institution's domain, and are not personal "for free" addresses such as, or (An author may request an exception to this rule, if no other address is available, by loading a proof of identity as a supplemantal file)
  7. Author acknowledges the following fee structure for 2016:

    • Submission Fee: USD175 + VAT for international submissions and R1250 + VAT for South African Submissions.
    • Publication Fee: USD275 + VAT for international submissions and R2250 + VAT for South African Submissions.
    You will be notified when these fees are payable.
  8. Author acknowledges that a review takes on average 6-12 months to complete. Following these guidelines helps for a speedy review. Not following these guidelines causes delay, and may result in a submission rejection.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish in the Journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the Journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this Journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the Journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this Journal.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in the Journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of the Journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.


Authors are required to pay an Article Submission Fee as part of the submission process to contribute to review costs.

  • R1250 + VAT for articles with a South African affiliation
  • USD175 + VAT for international articles.

Important:- it is not necessary to pay the submission fee until the editor had confirmed suitability and plagiarism is completed, after which you will be invoiced.

Very Important: Please select the "Payment has already been sent" option at the bottom of the final submission screen of the submission process even if you have not paid yet. You will only be invoiced once we have confirmed a successful submission. If you do not select this checkbox, your submission will not be considered as submitted by the system, and we will not know that you have submitted.



If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.

  • R2250 + VAT for articles with a South African affiliation
  • USD275 + VAT for international articles

Important:- you will be notified when to pay the publication fee - this happens at article acceptance, before final editing. You will receive an invoice at this time.