About the Journal

Focus and Scope

SAPL aims to provide academics and intellectuals from Southern Africa and Africa in general a forum for discursive deliberation and debate on matters relating to public law. The journal welcomes contributions dealing with topics in constitutional and administrative law, legal philosophy, legal and constitutional theory, law and government law and closely related fields. The journal encourages a multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary approach to these various facets of public law. The journal also welcomes book reviews on topical subjects in the field of public law.

Peer Review Process

All submissions are peer-reviewed by means of the double-blind system to guarantee impartiality and a focus on quality of the submissions. All articles submitted to the journal are peer reviewed by at least two reviewers.

The final decision in the case of a dispute between reviewers lies with the editors, although in all cases an attempt is made to reach consensus between the reviewers.

Self-archiving Policy

Author's Pre-print:   

    author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)

Author's Post-print:

    author can archive post-print (ie final accepted version post-refereeing) 

Publisher's Version/PDF:

    author cannot archive publisher's version/ PDF

General Conditions:  

  • On Institutional Repositories, social media repositories (Research Gate) and subject repositories 18 months embargo (from date of acceptance).

  • Must link to publisher version

  • Published source must be acknowledged with DOI