About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies.The journal is published bi-annually by the Faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University, South Africa. It is an accredited, peer reviewed scholarly journal, which investigates a broad spectrum of matters and issues relating to military affairs, and publishes both discipline-based and inter-disciplinary research.

Peer Review Process

Scientia Militaria is published bi-annually by the Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), Stellenbosch University. It is a DHET accredited, scholarly journal, which investigates a broad spectrum of matters and issues relating to military affairs, and publishes both discipline-based and inter-disciplinary research. In order to ensure that articles are of a high quality, all submissions are refereed (peer-reviewed) by at least two experts in the field. Refereeing is done with complete anonymity and confidentiality. Articles published in Scientia Militaria qualify for a subsidy from the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

Publication Frequency

This journal is published biannually.

APC and Submission Charges

This journal does not charge any APCs or submission charges.

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 are 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 publishers version as it appears at http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za, and keep the layout and branding intact.

Creative Commons License -CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Ethical Guidelines

Scientia Militaria is committed to the dissemination of high-quality research through its articles according to the set norms and ethics of the social scientific community. Conformance with the standards of ethical behaviour and norms of research of all involved in the process, namely the editors, the editorial advisory board, peer reviewers, publisher(s) and contributors to the publication is important in order to maintain a cutting-edge journal worthy of international academic citizenship. In particular, the following is required of the stakeholders:

Editorial Advisory Board
The Editorial Advisory Board is recognised and well-known academics, theorists and expert practitioners in the subject area representing an international spread. The Editorial Advisory Board members act as an example and subscribe to the norms and ethical standards of the international scientific community and the ethical guidelines of this journal. While the member's task is mainly advisory in nature, they act as providers of advice and source of experience during the review and publication process as set out in the instructions to authors and the particular ethical guidelines for the journal set out here.

Editors evaluate manuscripts only in terms of their academic merit and suitability in terms of the focus of the journal. Editors take care that peer reviewers that are selected are academics in good standing and with suitable knowledge and expertise in the particular field of the article submitted. Editors will take responsible and reasonable responsive measures with regard to ethical complaints received. Complaints of ethical transgressions will be investigated and reasonable steps taken as per the circumstances of a particular case.

Authors should ensure that their submissions are their own original work, sufficient in detail, well argued and according to a proper reference system (consult the Scientia Militaria guidelines for authors). Where the work of other authors are used proper and full referencing is required. No paraphrasing or indirect paraphrasing is acceptable. All sources will be properly acknowledged. Plagiarism in any of its forms whether construed as unconscious or naïve plagiarism, direct or indirect plagiarism is unacceptable and will lead to immediate rejection of articles including the blacklisting of the person involved. Submitting an article or review article to more than one journal is not acceptable. Where co-authorship is at stake the person responsible for submission will ensure that the co-author(s) concur on the submission in that particular version both in terms of contents, argument and format.

Scientia Militaria consistently uses and values a double blind peer-review process. All articles/submissions are treated as strictly confidential. All information obtained through the peer-review process, including research data are not for use by the reviewers or anyone associated with the reviewer both privately or for purposes of dissemination. Peer reviewers strive to conduct their reviews in an unbiased way and observations and comments (including constructive criticism or the identification of shortcomings in articles) are to be formulated clearly and with supporting arguments. Any peer reviewer that feel unqualified or for any reason not interested in reviewing a particular submission should notify the editors and kindly excuse him/herself from the process. Reviewers should under no circumstances review articles in which they observe and/or are aware of a conflict of interests, be it from personal, collaborative or competitive relationships, connections or networks during the process from the start of the initial article to the publication of the output. Reviewers should respond according to the set requirements and feedback period in good time as requested by the editors to the benefit of the authors and the journal.

Digital Preservation

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


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Journal History

Precursor: Militaria