The South African Journal of Science is committed to publishing high-quality content in a timeous fashion. We value the contributions made by Reviewers in the peer-review process that assist us in achieving this goal.

If you would like to be added to our Reviewer database, please follow these steps.

Reviewers perform a valuable service to the academic community. If you have accepted an invitation to review, we thank you in advance for agreeing to review a manuscript. By agreeing to review a manuscript, you also accept certain responsibilities and we trust that you will find the Guidelines for Reviewers helpful in this regard. Please let us know if you have any disability accommodation requirements; Reviewers can indicate accommodation requirements to the editorial team directly or to the Associate Editor in response to an invitation to review.

The South African Journal of Science encourages peer review mentoring. If you are an experienced researcher and peer reviewer who is interested in mentoring, or an early career researcher interested in being mentored, please see our Peer Review Mentoring guidelines.

To recognise the vital contribution of our Reviewers, the Journal participates in ReviewerCredits. It is integrated with our online peer review system, so Reviewers who participate in ReviewerCredits can automatically register reviews that they have submitted to the Journal for trusted certification and recognition. If you do not yet participate, you can sign up as a Reviewer at

We thank all Reviewers who have reviewed manuscripts for the South African Journal of Science:
2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013.

Reviewers invited in 2023 736
Reviewers who completed reviews in 2023 201

Average turnaround times for original manuscripts during peer review in 2023:

Editorial Office 41 days
Associate Editors 77 days*
Reviewers 14 days
Average time in review 132 days

With authors for revisions:                        41 days

Average turnaround times for revised manuscripts during peer review in 2023:

Associate Editors 32 days
Reviewers 11 days
Average time in review 33 days

Total average time in review in 2023:     165 days

*Please note this includes the time it takes to secure reviewers.