ASSAf Programmes

The Scholarly Publishing Unit carries out peer review and associated quality audits of all South African research journals in 5-year cycles. This is done in relation to groups of titles sharing a particular broad disciplinary focus in order to make recommendations for improved functioning of each journal in the national and international system.

The periodic, grouped, quality assurance-directed peer review of South African research/scholarly periodicals focuses on: the quality of editorial and review processes; fitness of purpose; positioning in the global cycle of new and old journals listed and indexed in databases; financial sustainability; and scope and size issues. The reports are released to the publishers and editors of the journals concerned, as well as other stakeholders such as national associations, the Departments of Science and Technology and of Higher Education and Training, the Council on Higher Education (CHE) / Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Universities South Africa (USAF), and all research-active institutions.

Peer Review Process Guidelines and Criteria

Reports in the following subject fields have been completed: Agricultural and Basic Life Sciences; Law; Health; Social Sciences, Religion and Theology; Humanities Part 1, Classics, Literature and Language; ABEE. There are 7 more panels in the remainder of the subject fields.

Below are the links to the reports and associated panel members

Social Sciences and Related FieldsClick here to view the panel list

Agricultural and Related Basic Life Sciences / Click here to view the panel list

Religion, Theology and Related Fields / Click here to view the panel list

Health Sciences and Related Medical Fields / Click here to view the panel list

Law and Related Legal FieldsClick here to view the panel list / Forum of Law Editors - Guidelines

Humanities 1: Classics, Literature and Languages  / Click here to view the panel list

Architecture, Built Environment and Engineering / Click here to view the panel list

Humanities II: Visual and Performing Arts / Click here to view the panel list

Communication and Information Sciences / Click here to view the panel list

Education / Click here to view panel list

Three panel reviews are currently on progress. Below is a list of peer review panel members for each disciplinary group.



Prof Philippe Burger (UFS)

Prof Chris Callaghan (Wits)

Prof Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu (UP)

Prof David Coldwell (Wits)

Prof Rangan Gupta (UP)

Prof Roula Inglesi-Lotz (UP)

Dr Habofanwe Koloba (UFS)

Prof Carolina Koornhof (UP) - Chairperson

Prof Elsabé Loots (UP)

Prof Thokozani Majozi (Wits)

Assoc. Prof Sure Mataramvura (UCT)

Prof Vinothan Naidoo (UCT)

Prof Micheline Naudé (UKZN) – Vice-Chairperson

Prof Collins C Ngwakwe (UL)

Prof Dorrit Posel (Wits)

Prof Kanshukan Rajaratnam (UCT)

Prof Jannie Rossouw (WITS)

Dr Karen Stander (Unisa)

Prof Fiona Tregenna (UJ)

Prof Grietjie Verhoef (UJ)

Prof Albert Wöcke (Gordon Institute of Business Science) 


Prof Roumen Anguelov (UP)

Prof Don Cowan (UP) - Chairperson

Prof Zodwa Dlamini (MUT)  

Prof Maryke Labuschagne (UFS) 

Prof Natasha Sacks (SUN)  

Prof Edilegnaw Wale Zegeye (UKZN) 


Prof Tania Coetzee (UFS) 

Prof Tilman Dedering (UNISA) - Chairperson 

Prof Christopher Isike (UP) - Vice-chairperson  

Prof Pascah Mungwini (UNISA) 

Prof Brigitte Smit (UNISA) 

Prof Anné Verhoef (NWU) 

Prof Yolanda Sadie (UJ)

Prof Elizabeth van Heyningen (SUN)