About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published bi-annually by the Faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Our journal has a long and proud history of researching and publishing on a broad spectrum of matters and issues relating to defence, security and military affairs using a discipline-based and inter-disciplinary research approach. Published articles are of high quality since all submissions are refereed (peer-reviewed) by at least two experts in the field. Refereeing is done with complete anonymity and confidentiality.

does not charge any APCs or submission charges. More importantly, it is DHET accredited, allowing their research the opportunity to qualify for a subsidy from the South African Department of Higher Education and Training. Apart from academics, the journal has also attracted researchers from different backgrounds, experiences and sectors to publish their work. Furthermore, the journal’s editorial team has and continues to welcome research beyond our domestic borders despite its South African focus, which further adds to its rich and diverse character.


Open Access Policy

Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy),  grants you the necessary permission to deposit scholarly articles authored or co-authored by your University researchers and published in Scientia Militaria in your University repository, provided that the link to the original publication at http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za and the DOI number is also included as part of the metadata. Please also acknowledge the publisher (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy)) and indicate that the original version of the article can be downloaded from http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za. For statistical purposes, researchers downloading the article from your repository must cite the original publication available at:http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za. When archiving the relevant article as part of your repository, please use the final publisher’s version as it appears at http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za, and keep the layout and branding intact.

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Digital Preservation

Our journal, Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies, is currently in the process of migrating from the Stellenbosch University preservation platform to the PKP PN (Preservation Network) platform.