The South African Journal of Geology publishes scientific papers, notes, stratigraphic descriptions and discussions in the broadly defined fields of geoscience that are related directly or indirectly to the geology of Africa. Contributions relevant to former supercontinental entities such as Gondwana and Rodinia are also welcome as are topical studies on any geoscience-related discipline. Review papers are welcome as long as they represent original, new syntheses. Special issues are also encouraged but terms for these must be negotiated with the Editors.
All contributions to the S. Afr. J. Geol. are subjected to peer review by geoscientists selected by the Editors and members of the Editorial Board. The principal criteria used to evaluate contributions are:
1. The contribution must present scientific findings that are original; i.e., they must not have appeared elsewhere and must not be under consideration by any other publication.
2. The contribution must be scientifically constrained; i.e., any interpretations made or conclusions drawn must be based on the objective evaluation of scientific data.
3. There must be effective separation of scientific facts and observations from interpretations and inferences.
4. The article should make a contribution toward our deeper understanding of Earth processes, broadly defined.
Stratigraphic descriptions should conform to criteria defined by the South African Committee for Stratigraphy (SACS).
Papers are generally limited to 40 double spaced A4 size typed pages including text, references, figures and tables.
Notes are regarded as short papers on topical issues and every attempt will be made to publish them quickly. They should not exceed 4 printed pages including text, references, figures and tables.
Discussions represent a forum in which previously published papers that appeared in the S. Afr. J. Geol. can be disputed, clarified and/or discussed. Replies to such discussions will be invited from the original authors. Discussions must be submitted as soon as possible and not longer than six months after publication of the original paper.
The language of the S. Afr. J. Geol. is English. The Version of Record is the digital (i.e., electronic) collection online at GeoScienceWorld. A Digital Object Identifier uniquely tags each article.
A freely accessible repository for Supplemental Data provides for additional relevant data that expand specific articles published in the S. Afr. J. Geol.