About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae publishes articles in the discipline of Church History/History of Christianity. Articles with an African/South African historical perspective receive priority.

Peer Review Process

Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae (SHE) uses a double blind peer review system to ensure the anonymity of both the author and the reviewer. Usually articles are sent to two reviewers, if there is a disagreement a third reviewer is used. The final decision whether to publish any article remains with the Editor.

Publication Frequency

The journal only publishes online.

Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae publishes one volume per year consisting of three issues.

Articles are published online as they are finalised if they are intended for the current issue. A DOI is immediately allocated. These articles are assigned to a volume and issue according to the journal's publication schedule. Articles retain their initial  page numbering.

After publication on the Unisa Press website, articles are also published on the ScieloSA site.

Open Access Policy

This journal 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 order to finance open access SHE requires authors of accepted articles to pay article processing charges (APCs). APCs are payable when the article has been accepted for publication and when an invoice has been delivered. APCs are used to cover all costs related to the language editing, publishing, online hosting, and the archiving of each article.

The current rate is ZAR 7150 per article. These charges are reviewed annually.

The submitting author is responsible for the payment of the APC which must be confirmed at the time of submission. All amounts are due within 30 days from invoicing. The article will only be published once full payment has been received.

Digital Archiving Policy

SHE is also available on SciELO South Africa to archive our content.


Manuscripts containing plagiarism will not be considered for publication in the journal. 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).

SHE subscribes to plagiarism detection software and all contributions submitted to the journal will be scanned to verify originality. Ithenticate (http://www.ithenticate.com/) is currently used.

If major plagiarism is brought to light after a manuscript has been published, the journal will proceed to conduct a preliminary investigation. The journal reserves the right to formally retract such manuscripts and publish statements to reference material as plagiarism.

All records are archived.


SHE, the Church History Society of Southern Africa and Unisa Press make every effort to ensure the accuracy of all the information contained in our publication. However, SHE, our agents, and our licensors make no representations or warranties whatsoever as to the accuracy, completeness, or suitability for any purpose of the contributions. Any opinions and views expressed in this publication are the opinions and views of the authors, and are not the views of or endorsed by SHE, the Church History Society of Southern Africa or Unisa Press. SHE, the Church History Society of Southern Africa and Unisa Press shall not be liable for any losses, actions, claims, proceedings, demands, costs, expenses, damages, and other liabilities whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with, in relation to, or arising out of the use of the content of the publication.

Journal History

Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae (SHE) is the subject journal of the Church History Society of Southern Africa. It is an accredited journal and is published three times a year. It has a proud publishing record of 35 years. It carries articles of academic excellence on issues pertaining to church history, with a special focus on Southern Africa. Some of the most exciting church history in the world is being made every day in Southern Africa, with the churches contributing actively to the political, economic and social development of the area.

The journal is a must for libraries that cater for researchers on African and Southern African church history. These include university libraries both locally and abroad, many of which already subscribe to SHE. If your library is not amongst the subscribers, we would urge you to do this without delay for the benefit of your researchers. Furthermore, the journal is of great value to subject specialists who are invited to subscribe privately to this unique source of research information. Also the lay reader, who is interested in church history, will find SHE enjoyable reading, and is encouraged to subscribe.

The journal is attractive in appearance and is published painstakingly on time in May, August and November of each year. Every issue contains approximately 15 articles, with a similar number of book reviews. You are cordially invited to join in the success of this journal, both on behalf of your institution and for your private library.