Important Changes in 2018: Please note that PER is upgrading to OJS Version 3

Please take note that PER will be migrating to the next version of OJS in the beginning of 2018. This change will affect all current and future users of PER / PELJ. Please familiarise yourself with the changes!  
Posted: 2017-12-18 More...

Say "Yes!" to Peer Review in Open Access Journals

"There is something to be said about withholding one’s labour when journals are under corporate control, but when it comes to Open Access journals such denial is effectively unacceptable. Make time for it, as others have made time for you."  
Posted: 2017-11-30 More...

Monthly abstract views and article downloads statistics via AJOL

AJOL provides monthly statistics regarding abstract views and artilce downloads of PER articles. It is quite interesting to note how global die readership of the journal is. In September, a total of 7,053 articles were downloaded. For example, 534 were downloaded in Germany, 274 in the USA and105 in Norway. For more information on month to month statistics, see AJOL.  
Posted: 2017-11-13 More...

How to spot a predatory academic journal

Supposed scientific articles published in questionable academic journals can easily dupe researchers - and seriously erode the body of science. Sarah Wild explains how to avoid such junk from polluting your research.  
Posted: 2017-10-19 More...

The most cited article on google scholar is ...

The most cited article on PER / PELJ according to GoogleScholar is "Ubuntu and the Law" by a former judge of the Constitutional Court, Justice Yvonne Mokgoro. On 16 October 2017, it has been cited 229 times.  
Posted: 2017-10-16 More...

AJOL provides download statistics for PER / PELJ articles

African Journals OnLine (AJOL) is the world's largest and pre-eminent collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals. Since 2017, it provides statistics on article downloads - see…/20abf40f8c1e72c825734571ad1d5bde0f6…. In May 2017, PER / PELJ had 16,322 article downloads from 109 countries worldwide.  
Posted: 2017-08-14 More...

PER indexed in Scopus!


PER was successfully evaluated in 2016 and is indexed in Scopus (Elsevier) since 2017. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.

Posted: 2017-07-31 More...

5 Questions about Open Science Answered


Do you have these questions?
· What is “open science”?
· Why are researchers interested in open science? What problems does it aim to address?
· Wait – open science sounds just like the way I learned in school that science works. How can this be new?
· Why isn’t open science the default? What incentives work against open science practices?
· I’m not a scientist; why should I care?
Then read the answers in an article published in The Conversation African Edition (30 May 2017)

Posted: 2017-06-26 More...

Writing a helpful referee's report


The author explains the damaging effects overly negative reports might have on the careers of senior and junior scholars, and advances two rules for writing a helpful report.

Published in Journal of Scholarly Publishing, vol. 39, no. 3, April 2008, pp. 301-306

Posted: 2017-05-09 More...

SciELO South Africa - Top 10 titles


PER / PELJ features in the top 10 used titles in the SciELO South Africa collection. It is the only law journal in the top 10.

Posted: 2017-04-24

NRF requires an ORCID identifier

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a nonproprietary alphanumeric code to uniquely identify scientific and other academic authors and contributors. The NRF requires that all researchers applying for funding and rating to the NRF have an ORCID identifier. Obtain your identifier here -  
Posted: 2017-04-11 More...

NRF and Open Access Research Publication

The National Research Foundation (NRF) embraces Open Access Research Publication. For more information, see  
Posted: 2017-04-11 More...

We are indebted to our peer reviewers!

Peer review is the very basis of the publication process, says Michael E Rose and Willem H Boshoff on the blog, The Conversation.  
Posted: 2017-03-01 More...

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