Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal serves as a medium for the publication of high quality scientific papers. This requires that the papers that are submitted for publication are properly and fairly refereed and edited. This process will maintain the high quality of the presentation of the paper and ensure that the technical content is in line with the accepted norms of scientific integrity.


Section Policies

Conference Papers

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Papers of General Interest

This section contains articles that have been submitted by authors indicidually, and will have gone throught the reviewing process.

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Presidents Corner

A Monthly contribution from the company President

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Journal Comment

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Peer Review Process

The initial manuscript will be reviewed by a minimum of two referees who have been nominated by the Publications Committee. The referees will recommend acceptance, provisional acceptance with revision, or rejection. Where appropriate, the referee’s comments and suggestions will be returned to the principal author so that the paper can be revised. After revision, the paper must be returned to the Journal co-ordinator who will ensure that all the recommended changes have been carried out to the satisfaction of the referees and the Publications Committee.


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. Articles from this Journal can be submitted to institutional repositories, under the following conditions:

  1. Always upload the final publishers’ version, as published on the SciELO SA web page.
  2. Acknowledge the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) as the publisher.
  3. Cite the article as part of the metadata and include the DOI as part of the citation to the article.
  4. Acknowledge any funders and copyright ownership as part of the item metadata when uploading the article to the repository.