Journal Information

  • ISSN
  • Focus and scope
  • Publication frequency
  • Types of articles published
  • Open access
  • Review process
  • Historic data
  • Marketing
  • Membership

Overview

ISSN

2223-7674 (PRINT)
2223-7682 (ONLINE)

Focus and scope

The South African Journal of Childhood Education (SAJCE) is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for the dissemination of research in childhood learning and development and the care and education of children from birth to 12 years. The journal is interdisciplinary in scope and seeks to stimulate the exchange of ideas in a variety of subjects, contexts, and issues in childhood education and child care. The editors welcome articles that show evidence of robust empirical research that is also theoretically strong. SAJCE aims to be a scholarly forum in a specialised field that has long been neglected in the South African and regional educational research community.

This journal is open to a range of submissions. These include statistical research on young children’s learning and development, large scale surveys of learning environments, evaluation studies of teaching practice and school management, as well as ethnographic- and case studies of individuals and groups of children, or their teachers and care providers. The journal also publishes review articles and book reviews. Additionally, the editors are keen to receive theoretical work on learning, development and conceptual change during the early years of schooling in a variety of contexts and will, furthermore, give special preference to manuscripts that that report on longitudinal studies.

The journal has relevance to policy-makers, researchers, classroom teachers, school managers and teacher educators in childhood education and care. This is also why there is a strong ethos of researcher/author capacity development in the journal. New researchers are assisted by the editorial office in preparing and revising manuscripts and also in learning to review manuscripts.

SAJCE will consider high-quality research that analyses and interrogates current issues, trends, policies and practices in childhood education and care. The following are topical areas:

  • Numeracy and mathematics learning
  • Teaching of mathematics
  • Children’s development of science and mathematics concepts
  • Language and literacy learning
  • Teaching of literacy and language
  • Primary school science education
  • Child development
  • Care for vulnerable children

Submissions in English (full article) will be considered for publication.

Publication frequency

The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed.

Types of articles published

  • Original articles: An original article provides an overview of innovative research in a particular field within or related to the focus and scope of the journal, presented according to a clear and well-structured format (between 5000 - 8000 words). 
  • Review articles: The review article presents a critical review of the literature on a topic that has both social and scientific value, and which is within the focus and scope of the journal (between 5000 - 8000 words). 
  • Editorials: Editorials are by invitation only and are intended to provide expert comment on relevant topics within the focus and scope of the journal. (Less than 8000 words).
See more specifications on the submission guidelines page.

Open access

This 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 Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

Review process

The journal has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. Read our full peer review process.

Historic data

The South African Journal of Childhood Education (SAJCE) is the research journal of the Centre for Education Practice Research (CEPR), University of Johannesburg that was founded in 2011.

Marketing

AOSIS has a number of ways in which we promote publications. Learn more here.

Membership

AOSIS is a member and/or subscribes to the standards and code of practices of several leading industry organisations. This includes the Directory of Open Access Journals, Ithenticate, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, CrossRef, Portico and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Learn more here.

DHET accreditation

The journal is DHET accredited because it is listed on the following approved indexing services:

  • DHET SA List
  • IBSS
  • SciELO SA

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • DHET SA List
  • IBSS
  • SciELO SA
  • Web of Science Other Coverage, Emerging Sources Citation Index, ESCI
  • African Journals Online (AJOL)
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • ProQuest
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Level 1

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Archiving

The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • SA ePublications, Sabinet
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is: http://www.sajce.co.za/index.php/sajce/gateway/lockss

Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

Journal impact

A journal's Impact Factor was originally designed in 1963 as a tool for libraries to compare journals, and identify the most popular ones to subscribe to. It was never intended to measure the quality of journals, and definitely not the quality of individual articles.

The Impact Factor is a journal-level measurement reflecting the yearly average number of citations of recent articles published in that journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field; journals with higher Impact Factors are often deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. Therefore, the more often articles in the journal are cited, the higher its Impact Factor.
The Impact Factor is highly discipline-dependent due to the speed with which articles get cited in each field and the related citation practices. The percentage of total citations occurring in the first two years after publication varies highly amongst disciplines. Accordingly, one cannot compare journals across disciplines based on their relative Impact Factors.

We provide several citation-based measurements for each of our journals, if available. We caution our authors, readers and researchers that they should assess the quality of the content of individual articles, and not judge the quality of articles by the reputation of the journal in which they are published.

 Citation-based measurement 2015
Journal Impact Factor, based on Web of Science (formerly ISI) n/a
CiteScore, based on Scopus, Elsevier n/a
Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), based on Scopus, Elsevier n/a
Scimago Journal Rank (SJR), based on Scopus, Elsevier n/a
H-index, based on Google Scholar 9,00