ASSAf Programmes

scielobreSciELO South Africa is an open-access (free to access and free to publish) searchable database of selected, high quality South African scholarly journals. The project is inspired by a global movement towards the implementation of online journals, pioneered by the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) project, based in Brazil.

By the end of March 2019 the collection had grown to 76 titles with an average of eight new titles being added and made available on the SciELO SA platform. It is expected that at least 180 journals will eventually be published on the platform. The SciELO SA collection was certified in April 2013 as a regular operational national collection indexed in the SciELO Network Global Portal. This greatly enhances the visibility of South African journals and will increase the global impact of our local journals. All SciELO journals appear on the Web of Knowledge (WoK) search portal within the SciELO Citation Index.

Selection and Quality Evaluation of Journal Titles

Inclusion in the SciELO SA collection is by invitation, based on the recommendations of the ASSAf Peer Review Reports.

For a journal to be invited to be included in the SciELO SA collection it needs to meet the following criteria:

  • Have received a positive peer review evaluation from the ASSAf Peer Review Panels (queries: Desré Stead: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Publish open accessibly, i.e. there is no cost for or embargo on full-text articles and ASSAf may harvest the articles from the journals’ website for e-publication on the SciELO SA platform
  • The primary website of the journal needs to be open access
  • Publish regularly and on time according to the journals’ stated publication frequency
  • Publish 10-12 original articles per year depending on the subject area
  • Sign a Publisher’s Agreement with ASSAf (queries: Neo Mashilo: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to its original articles
  • Apply for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) as soon as possible.


Where editors believe that their journals adhere to the above criteria and have somehow been omitted from inclusion, they are welcome to send an email to the SciELO SA Operations Manager, Louise van Heerden: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SciELO SA is an automatically accredited index of the DHET. That means that the affected journals will have to comply with the conditions, quality checks and stipulated publication policy of the SciELO Index.

New criteria is being introduced by the SciELO Network over the next 3 to 5 years. All SciELO SA journals will need to adhere to these best-practice guidelines within the next 5 years. Read more here: Additional Layout Requirements and Instructions to Authors.

For more information, please visit the following link: https://sites.google.com/view/assaf-scholarly-pub-resources/scielo-sa

Journals Uploaded to SciELO SA

The South African Journal of Science, published by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), was the first, peer-reviewed journal to be fully Open Access on the SciELO SA platform.

The scholarly journals currently on the SciELO SA platform are: