South African Journal of International Affairs

The South African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 1022-0461) is a policy-oriented, peer-reviewed and interdisciplinary forum for discussion on international affairs affecting Africa in general or South Africa in particular.

Since 1993, SAJIA has offered original and review articles from varied sources, under the auspices of the award-winning South African Institute of International Affairs.  It is currently published four times annually, by Routledge of Taylor & Francis.

The SAJIA  International Editorial Advisory Board includes Faten Aggad-Clerx, Chris Alden, Daniel Bach, Oladiran Bello, Fantu Cheru, John Dugard, Mervyn Frost, Jorge Heine, Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari, Thierry de Montbrial, Laurie Nathan, Maxi Schoeman, André de Mello e Souza, John Stremlau, Anthoni Van Nieuwkerk, Alex Vines and Amitav Acharya.

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Find out more about our call for papers for a special 2022 issue on ‘The Energy Transition and Green Mineral Value Chains’. Deadline: 15 September 2022

Submission of articles

  1. All submissions should be made online at the journal’s Scholar One site. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Online user guides and access to a helpdesk are available on this website. Technical support is also available from the SAJIA editorial team.
  2. Authors should prepare and upload two versions of their manuscript. One should include the name and affiliation of the author or authors. The second must be anonymous, for the purposes of blind peer review.
  3. If it is not possible to submit an article via the internet, two copies of the manuscript as detailed above should be sent to The Editor, South African Journal of International Affairs, c/o the South African Institute of International Affairs, P.O. Box 31596, Braamfontein, 2017, South Africa. Authors should allow an extra two months processing of hardcopy manuscripts.
  4. Submitted articles must not be simultaneously under consideration for publication elsewhere. SAJIA operates on a constant workflow basis (submission deadlines are rolling), with online publication of accepted articles possible ahead of issue dates.
  5. Articles should be accompanied by the following information:
  • An abstract of 150 words or less.
  • Key words or terms, to be used for indexing purposes (5-8). These terms should include the continent or region and the country/countries dealt with in the article, as well as other words reflecting the subject matter.
  • A title that clearly demonstrates the theme of the article, for purposes of easy discoverability in library and internet databases.
  • A brief bio for each author, for the ‘note on contributors’ at the end of each article.
  • The name, title, institutional affiliation, postal address, email address, and telephone number of each author. Where applicable, the ORCHID identifier, LinkedIn name, and Twitter handle of the author should be included.
  • If there is more than one author, please indicate which will serve as the primary correspondent on the paper.
  1. Article length should be between 6000 and 9000 words, excluding references and other endnotes.
  2. References should be in endnotes using the Chicago (Notes) style. See the SAJIA style guide for more details on references.
  3. Articles should be typed double-spaced, in font-size 12.
  4. Tables and figures should be clearly labelled, with keys and source notes, and include no endnotes. The tables/figures may either appear at the end of the paper, or be presented in a separate file clearly marked as such.
  5. All submissions accepted for further consideration will be subject to peer review. Reviewer comments will be sent to the author along with the Editor’s decision.
  6. Authors should carefully proofread their articles before submitting them. Articles with typographical, spelling and grammatical errors do not make a good first impression, and may be rejected prior to peer review.
  7. Plagiarism is regarded as a serious offense. Any idea or quotation from another source must be fully acknowledged in the endnotes and references.
  8. Permissions for the reproduction of any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source (even derivative) are the responsibility of the author. For more information please see:
  9. If you are uncertain whether an article fits within our areas of interest, please email an abstract no longer than 150 words to before submitting the article itself via Scholar One, per the instructions above. Publication can be confirmed, however, only after the peer review and revision process is complete.