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About the African Journal of Disability

This page includes information on the focus and scope of the African Journal of Disability as well as the policies and publication procedures. For details on how to prepare and submit a manuscript via the online manuscript submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

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Focus and scope 

The African Journal of Disability, the official journal of CRS, AfriNEAD and CEDRES, introduce and discuss issues and experiences relating to and supporting the act of better understanding the interfaces between disability, poverty and practices of exclusion and marginalisation. Its articles yield new insight into established human development practices, evaluate new educational techniques and disability research, examine current cultural and social discrimination, and bring serious critical analysis to bear on problems shared across the African continent.

Emphasis is on all aspects of disability particularity in the developing African context. This includes, amongst others:

  • disability studies as an emerging field of public health enquiry
  • rehabilitation, including vocational and community-based rehabilitation
  • community development and medical issues related to disability and poverty
  • disability-related stigma and discrimination
  • inclusive education
  • legal, policy, human rights and advocacy issues related to disability
  • the role of arts and media in relation to disability
  • disability as part of global Sustainable Development Goals transformation agendas
  • disability and postcolonial issues
  • globalisation and cultural change in relation to disability
  • environmental and climate-related issues linked to disability
  • disability, diversity and intersections of identity
  • disability and the promotion of human development.

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.

Peer review policy 

The African Journal of Disability 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. The editors do not inform the reviewers of the identity of the author(s). The reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to the authors either. The reviewers’ comments as well as recommendations regarding an article’s form may be passed on to the corresponding author and may also include suggested revisions. Manuscripts that are not approved for publication will not be returned to the submitting author in any format. Please note that AOSIS do not retain copies of rejected articles.

The peer review process aims to ensure that all published articles:

  • present the results of primary scientific research
  • report results that have not been published elsewhere
  • are scientifically sound
  • provide new scientific knowledge where experiments, statistics and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail so that another researcher will be able to reproduce the experiments described
  • provide conclusions that are presented in an appropriate manner and are supported by the data
  • are presented in an intelligible and logic manner and are written in clear and unambiguous English
  • meet all applicable research standards with regard to the ethics of experimentation and research integrity
  • adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards for data availability.

The journal publisher, AOSIS, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. All works are submitted to CrossCheck and is available to the editors of the journal to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. In the event of high percentage overlap, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines will apply (learn more).

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. 

Indexing & Archiving

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • DHET SA List
  • African Index Medicus
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Level 1
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • ProQuest
  • PubMed Central

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.ajod.org/index.php/ajod/gateway/lockss 

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

DHET accreditation  

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

  • DHET SA List

Disclaimer

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ISSN: 2223-9170 (print) | ISSN: 2226-7220 (online)

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