Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The SAJCC is an academic medical journal publishing original research, reviews and editorials in the fields of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Nursing. The Journal is published bi-annually and accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET).

 

Section Policies

Guest Editorial

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

News

Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Editorial

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Opinion

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Case reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Obituaries

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book reviews

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Guideline

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Abstracts

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Position Statement

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Editors are responsible for managing and monitoring the peer review process and ensuring the fairness, timeliness, and thoroughness of the peer-review editorial process. Currently, a single - blind process of peer review is followed, where neither the authors’ or reviewers’ names are revealed to each other. The SAJCC will be introducing a double-blind peer review process over the coming months.

The Editor-in-Chief completes an initial review of all submitted manuscripts to determine whether they fit within the scope of the journal. A decision to reject or accept for further review is made and the article may be assigned to an Associate Editor, who is responsible for selecting one to two external reviewers with suitable expertise, from a pool of reviewers registered with the journal. Once the invite to review is accepted, a reviewer is given three weeks by which to submit their report and make a recommendation to the Editor. It is difficult to predict how long a peer review will take as there is no mechanism by which to enforce the time frames to reviewers.

Once reviewer feedback is received, the handling editor makes a decision and communicates this to the author. Authors are requested to attend to the queries and comments of reviewers and once a revised version has been resubmitted, the handling editor will either make a final decision or send the manuscript for a second round of review.  The Editor-in-Chief has the final decision on any submitted manuscript.

 

Publication Frequency

Journals are published annually/bi-annually.

 

Open Access Policy

The South African Journal of Critical Care is an Open Access Journal and provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. In accordance with the definition of the Budapest Open Access Initiative all content published by the SAJCC is made free to users without any subscription or other charges. Users are permitted to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of these articles, or use them for any other lawful, non-commercial purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

 

 

Comments Policy

The posting of comments to published articles requires registration with this journal website. Only constructive comments that relate to the published material will be permitted. Posted comments solely represent the opinions of the respective user and not those of the SAJCC, and do not imply endorsement by the SAJCC. The SAJCC reserves the right to remove comments without notice that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, contain advertising or spam, or violate another user’s privacy. The SAJCC reserves the right to revoke the privileges of users that post inappropriate material. Such material may be brought to the attention of the publisher (publishing@hmpg.co.za). The SAJCC reserves the right to modify this policy without notice.

 

Notifications

Readers of the SAJCC are encouraged to register with the journal website to receive notifications of new issues online (open access).
 

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Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as the use of another's work, words or ideas without attribution or permission, and representation of them as one’s own original work. Plagiarism may take many forms, ranging from major plagiarism (the copy-and-paste of large amounts of text), to minor plagiarism without dishonest intent (e.g. when an author uses parts of an introduction from an earlier paper) and even self-plagiarism (the reuse of significant, identical or near-identical portions of one's own work without citing the original version).

The journal subscribes to CrossCheck, an initiative to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. All manuscripts submitted to the journal are automatically scanned against the CrossCheck database to verify originality. 

Manuscripts containing plagiarism will not be considered for publication in the journal. If plagiarism is brought to light after a manuscript has been published, the journal will proceed to conduct a preliminary investigation. Suspected misconduct will be reported to the institutes and funding agencies of the authors concerned. The journal reserves the right to formally retract such manuscripts and publish statements to reference material as plagiarism.

 

Publication fees

There is no charge for submissions and no article processing charge (APC) for accepted manuscripts.

 

Licensing Information

 

The SAJCC is published under an Attribution-Non Commercial International Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License. Under this license, authors agree to make articles available to users, without permission or fees, for any lawful, non-commercial purpose. Users may read, copy, or re-use published content as long as the author and original place of publication are properly cited. 

 

 

Publishing Rights

Authors grant the Publisher the exclusive right to publish, display, reproduce and/or distribute the Work in print and electronic format and in any medium known or hereafter developed, including for commercial use. The Author also agrees that the Publisher may retain in print or electronic format more than one copy of the Work for the purpose of preservation, security and back-up.

 Authors are required to complete and sign an Author Agreement form that outlines Author and Publisher rights and terms of publication. The Agreement form should be uploaded along with other submissions files and any submission will be considered incomplete without it. In undertaking this agreement, the Author represents, and warrants, either as the sole author or on behalf of the co-authors, that the Work is their own work and that the Author has the authority to enter into the Author-Publisher Agreement.