Pretoria University Law Press (PULP)

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A PULP Guide: Where to publish articles on the law
Information on selected academic journals relevant to law and accredited by the Department of Education of South Africa
ISBN: 978-1-920538-13-2
Pages: 102
Print version: Available
Electronic version: Free PDF available

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This PULP Guide contains information on a number of accredited journals of potential interest to lawyers and legal academics and which qualify for the subsidy for South African universities from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), upon the publication of articles in these journals by staff and students. For the greater part, only English language journals are covered.

The first edition of this Guide was published in 2007. The Guide has been well received by legal academics throughout the country.

The accreditation system of academic journals in South Africa may be summarised as follows: three accreditation lists are used by the DHET to determine which journals are subsidised. These lists are the DHET’s own internal accreditation list for South African journals, and two international lists: the International Science Index (ISI) and the International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS).

A complete list of all journals accredited under each of these systems can also be obtained at

ISI forms part of Thomson Reuters, a for-profit corporation specialising in information and database solutions. The ISI Web of Knowledge (now called ‘Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge’) master journal list consists of over 14 000 journals. However, the DHET does not subsidise publications in all journals accredited to the ISI.

All journals accredited to the IBSS are recognised and subsidised by the DHET. The IBSS was established in 1951 under the auspices of the International Committee for Social Science Information and Documentation.

The IBSS was established to promote and facilitate the free flow internationally of scholarly social science information.

For the purpose of this publication, we went through the DoE, ISI and IBSS lists of accredited journals, and selected those titles which to us appear to be of potential interest to legal academics. The list or lists in which each journal is accredited, is indicated in brackets after the website address of the journal. While all the journals listed here are DHET accredited, there may be other DHET accredited journals of interest to legal academics, such as nonlaw journals that are not covered here. While every caution has been taken to obtain up-to-date and accurate information, researchers are nevertheless advised, before submitting an article to a journal, to consult the latest information available on the relevant websites provided. 

This fourth edition has been updated by Shirley Gilmore of the Oliver R Tambo Law Library. She did the research on the Impact Factors and added an index. Annelize Nienaber provided editorial assistance. Where available, information about the various journals was obtained directly from their websites and/or editorial pages, and consequently the entries in this Guide do not reflect the outcome of an independent investigation on our side. 

For comments or corrections for future editions of this edition, please contact Lizette Hermann via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christof Heyns
Co-Director: Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa
Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
February 2013

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