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Focus and Scope

The core focus of the journal is to provide a publication medium for practitioners / scientists in order to stimulate and publish research in all areas of specialisation of the field of Industrial Psychology in South Africa.

In order to succeed in this aim, the Editorial Board of the Journal endorses the following values:

  • Editorial independence: The journal is not a mouthpiece of any pressure or interest group and is financially independent. All running expenses are covered by both page fees and subscription fees. Members of the Editorial Board provide their services free of charge.
  • Scientific integrity: The journal holds in high esteem the objective, scientific methods which may include a wide base of possible methodologies in order to generate research results that are descriptive, explanatory or predictive.
  • Practical/innovative: The journal not only favours research that adds practical value to scientific knowledge, but that also introduces new technology or methodology to scientists/practitioners at the same time.
  • Educative/developmental: The journal endeavours to continuously inform scientists/practitioners with regard to newer concepts, knowledge and methodologies in order to deepen and broaden the knowledge levels in the mentioned areas.

 

Section Policies

Original Research

The journal has a set of guidelines to authors that should be followed carefully before submitting a manuscript for review. Original research articles should be between 3500 and 7000 words distinguishing between two broad types of articles, namely, empirical and non-empirical (theoretical) articles. Empirical articles are grouped into two research traditions, quantitative- and qualitative-based articles.

For full instructions on how to prepare your article, please visit the journal's author guidelines by clicking this link.

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Preface

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Qualitative Research

The journal has a set of guidelines to authors that should be followed carefully before submitting a manuscript for review. Original research articles should be between 3500 and 7000 words distinguishing between two broad types of articles, namely, empirical and non-empirical (theoretical) articles. Empirical articles are grouped to two research traditions, quantitative- and qualitative-based articles.

For full instructions on how to prepare your article, please visit the author guidelines.

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Theoretical Research

The journal has a set of guidelines to authors that should be followed carefully before submitting a manuscript for review. Original research articles should be between 3500 and 7000 words distinguishing between two broad types of articles, namely, empirical and non-empirical (theoretical) articles. Empirical articles are grouped to two research traditions, quantitative- and qualitative-based articles.

For full instructions on how to prepare your article, please visit the author guidelines.

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Quantitative Research

The journal has a set of guidelines to authors that should be followed carefully before submitting a manuscript for review. Original research articles should be between 3500 and 7000 words distinguishing between two broad types of articles, namely, empirical and non-empirical (theoretical) articles. Empirical articles are grouped to two research traditions, quantitative- and qualitative-based articles.

For full instructions on how to prepare your article, please visit the author guidelines.

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Reviewer Acknowledgement

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Editorial

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Special Issue: Positive Organisational Behaviour

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Special edition: Work Psychology in African context

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Peer Review Process

In order to achieve the above-mentioned values, the Editorial Board follows an editorial policy that aims to maintain and promote scientific standards.

Manuscripts submitted for publication are subjected to a double blind review process. The criteria against which this evaluation takes place are in line with criteria used by other trend-setting journals in the international arena.

If you would like to become a reviewer, please visit the following link for reference on how to conduct a review.

 

Publication Frequency

SAJIP publishes manuscripts on a rolling basis throughout the year, i.e. as soon as they are ready for publication. In this way, SAJIP aims to speed up the process of manuscript publication, from submission to a manuscript’s availability on the website.

 

Archiving

This journal utilises the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Historic Overview

During the mid-seventies the academic and research activities of South African industrial psychologists escalated to such an extent that the establishment of a local journal became imperative. Professor I van W Raubenheimer (former Head of the Department of Industrial Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch) and a group of fellow lecturers identified this need. The year 1975 saw the launch of the A5-format journal "Perspectives in Industrial Psychology/Perspektiewe in die Bedryfsielkunde". According to Professor Raubenheimer, the Founding Editor, the sole aim of the journal was to function as an independent publication medium, responsible for distributing information on theoretical, empirical and applied work carried out in the field of Industrial Psychology. From the outset the journal was a non-political, non-ideological publication, aiming for the widest possible readership. No preference was expressed in favour of a particular viewpoint, language or scientific orientation in compiling any edition. The only pre-requisite for publication was (and still is) that the content be of the highest scientific quality, and that it should meet the typological and reference guidelines of the American Psychological Association. In 1985 the journal was accredited and the name was changed to "Journal for Industrial Psychology/Tydskrif vir Bedryfsielkunde". A publication average of three issues per annum was achieved, however, where fewer than five articles per issue were initially published, the current average is ten articles. The editorial staff are drawn from academic departments at universities - for the past few years Professor Gert Roodt of the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Johannesburg has acted as Editor. The journal itself is responsible for the generation of funds. Subscription and page monies comprise the main source of income. However, in the past, academic departments of local universities and ad hoc donations by organisations funded the journal in part.

 

Publishing policy

Guidelines to authors

  • The journal acts as a publication channel for Industrial Psychology or related professions.
  • The journal has a set of guidelines to authors that should be followed carefully before submitting a manuscript for review.
  • The guidelines distinguish between two broad types of articles, namely empirical and non-empirical (theoretical) articles. Empirical articles are grouped according to two research traditions, quantitative- and qualitative-based articles. Different sets of guidelines apply to each of these types of articles.
  • Empirically-based manuscripts should be based on sound data that is not fabricated and results may not be falsified or reported in a biased manner.

Submission of manuscripts

  • Authors are only permitted to submit articles for publication that have not been submitted for publication elsewhere or that have not already been published elsewhere.
  • Authors are permitted to publish manuscripts that have been presented at conferences or that were included in conference proceedings. In the latter case these manuscripts should be substantially re-worked and extended.
  • Authors are only allowed to submit the same manuscript to another journal after they have received a written indication of the outcome of the review process from the Editor.
  • In cases of multiple authorships a corresponding author should be appointed. When submitting a manuscript, proof of approval for submission by all authors should be attached.
  • Authors should attach the permissions obtained from other publishers to publish material from their publications with the manuscript they submit.
  • A student should be listed as the principal author on any multiple-authored manuscripts derived from the student’s research, dissertation, or thesis.
  • Authors are allowed a request withdrawal of their manuscripts from the review process if they discover serious errors or flaws in their documents.
  • If authors detect significant errors in their published articles, the onus rests on them to take corrective actions in the form of a correction, published errata, or a request for a retraction in whole.

Review of manuscripts

  • All manuscripts submitted for review will undergo a double-blind review process.
  • Reviewers respect the confidentiality of the review process and the proprietary rights of those who have submitted manuscripts.
  • Reviewers must decline a request to review other’s manuscripts if they are aware of a conflict of interest, or they should disclose the nature of the conflict of interest to the Editor.
  • Reviewers may decline the request to review the work of others if they believe the process may be biased or if they have questions about the authenticity or integrity of the reported research.
  • Reviewers may be asked to re-appraise a manuscript that was referred back to the authors after a first-round review.
  • In cases where reviewers provide substantively different ratings, a manuscript will be sent to an arbitrator for a final verdict.

Publishing process

  • When submitting a manuscript for final publication, the authors must attach a signed copy of the indemnity declaration provided.

Plagiarism

  • Authors must explicitly identify, credit, or reference the author(s) of data or material taken verbatim from another person’s work, regardless the origin or the format of dissemination of the work.
  • Authors explicitly cite other authors' work or ideas, including their own, even if the work or the ideas are not quoted verbatim or paraphrased, regardless of the origin or the format of dissemination of the work.
  • The Editorial Board may act in the following ways if any of the provisions listed under ‘plagiarism’ or ‘authorship credit’ are violated:
    • The publication of an Editor’s Note to withdraw or retract a published article as well as the reason for doing so.
    • Banning the authors from publishing in the journal for a period of time, depending on the nature and the extent of the transgression.
    • Notifying the professional body or the employing organisation the person is affiliated to.

    Authorship credit

    • Authors only take responsibility and credit, including authorship credit, for work they have actually performed or to which they have contributed.
    • Authorship and publication credits are based on the scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved.
    • If authors wish to claim only partial credit or authorship, they should explicitly do so by way of a footnote in which they specify the extent of their contribution.

    Obtaining permission to use published material from the journal

    • A form to request permission to use published material from this journal can be downloaded from this website

    Obtaining permission to use published material from other publishers or authors

    • Authors should attach the permissions obtained from other publishers to use any material for their own publications

    Note: The Editor wishes to thank the Academy of Management for using its Code of Ethics in drafting these policy guidelines.

 

Department of Education Accreditation (South Africa)

Approved South African Journal: The South African Journal of Industrial Psychology meets all the DOE criteria and has DOE accreditation in the subsidy system for research publications.



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