Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The SAJOG is a tri-annual, general specialist obstetrics and gynaecology journal that publishes original, peer-reviewed work in all areas of obstetrics and gynaecology, including contraception, urogynaecology, fertility, oncology and clinical practice. The journal carries original research articles, editorials, clinical practice, personal opinion, South Africa health-related news, obituaries and general correspondence.


Section Policies


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Case reports

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Review article

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Letters to the editor

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Book reviews

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Position Statement

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts are subject to an initial appraisal by the Editor in Chief before peer review. Articles may be rejected at this point if they do not fit the scope of the journal. Once accepted into the peer review process, the editor will select one or two reviewers to assess the manuscript and ensure the importance and quality of the research. The review process is single blinded with reviewers’ identities withheld from the author however SAJOG will be introducing a double blind review process in the near future.

Once reviews have been received, the Editor makes a decision on the manuscript and informs the author thereof. In some cases, the manuscript may be accepted at that point however revisions are usually requested. Once the author submits their revised manuscript, the editor will make a final decision or first send for a second round of peer review. The Editor-in-Chief has the final decision on any submitted manuscript.


Enrol as a reviewer

The SAJOG encourages readers who are actively involved in research and with particular expertise to serve as peer reviewers of the journal:

  • Already a registered user? Login to the journal website and edit your profile to include 'Reviewer' as a role. Kindly express your interest to serve as a reviewer in an email to publishing@hmpg.co.za, specifying your user login.
  • Not a registered user? Reviewers are required to register with the journal website. Kindly also express your interest to serve as a reviewer in an email to publishing@hmpg.co.za. Please read our privacy policy regarding registration.


Accept an invitation to review

Login to the journal website, click on Reviewer and then the title of the article under active submissions. Under Review Step 1 select the email icon adjacent to the appropriate response (will do the review/unable to do the review) to notify the Editor.


Performing/submitting a review

Ensure that you have accepted to perform the review (outlined above) and consulted the Reviewer Guidelines provided. Login to the journal website, click on Reviewer and the title of the article under active submissions. Complete Steps 2 - 7 and click 'Submit Review to Editor'. Should you require further assistance, contact publishing@hmpg.co.za.



Publication Frequency

Journals are published tri-annually (1 volume comprising 3 issues per annum).


Open Access Policy

The South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is an Open Access Journal and 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 accordance with the definition of the Budapest Open Access Initiative all content published by the SAJOG is made free to users without any subscription or other charges. Users are permitted to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of these articles, or use them for any other lawful, non-commercial purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.



Comments Policy

The posting of comments to published articles requires registration with this journal website. Only constructive comments that relate to the published material will be permitted. Posted comments solely represent the opinions of the respective user and not those of the SAJOG, and do not imply endorsement by the SAJOG. The SAJOG reserves the right to remove comments without notice that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, contain advertising or spam, or violate another user’s privacy. The SAJOG reserves the right to revoke the privileges of users that post inappropriate material. Such material may be brought to the attention of the publisher (publishing@hmpg.co.za). The SAJOG reserves the right to modify this policy without notice.



Readers of the SAJOG are encouraged to register with the journal website to receive notifications of new issues online (open access).

  • Already a registered user? Login to the journal website and edit your profile to include 'Reader' as a role.
  • Not a registered user? Register with the journal website and specify 'Reader' as a role in your user profile. For assistance contact publishing@hmpg.co.za. Please read our privacy policy regarding registration.



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).

The journal subscribes to CrossCheck, an initiative to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. All manuscripts submitted to the journal are automatically scanned against the CrossCheck database to verify originality. 

Manuscripts containing plagiarism will not be considered for publication in the journal. If plagiarism is brought to light after a manuscript has been published, the journal will proceed to conduct a preliminary investigation. Suspected misconduct will be reported to the institutes and funding agencies of the authors concerned. The journal reserves the right to formally retract such manuscripts and publish statements to reference material as plagiarism.


Publication fees


All articles published in the South African Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology are open access and freely available online upon publication. This is made possible by applying a business model to offset the costs of peer review management, copyediting, design and production, by charging an article-processing charge (APC) of R2 500 for short articles and R5 000 for full-length articles published. The charge applies only to articles submitted after 1 Jan 2019. The APC is standard and does not vary based on length, colour, figures, or other elements.


When submitting a Research article to the SAJOG, the submitting author must agree to pay the APC should the article be accepted for publication. The APC is payable when your manuscript is editorially accepted and before production commences for publication. The submitting author will be notified that payment is due and given details on the available methods of payment. Prompt payment is advised; the article will not enter into production until payment is received.

Queries can be directed to claudian@hmpg.co.za.

Please refer to the section on ‘Sponsored Supplements’ regarding the publication of supplements, where a charge is applicable. Queries can be directed to dianes@hmpg.co.za or claudian@hmpg.co.za


Licensing Information

The SAJOG is published under an Attribution-Non Commercial International Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License. Under this license, authors agree to make articles available to users, without permission or fees, for any lawful, non-commercial purpose. Users may read, copy, or re-use published content as long as the author and original place of publication are properly cited. 


Publishing Rights

Authors grant the Publisher the exclusive right to publish, display, reproduce and/or distribute the Work in print and electronic format and in any medium known or hereafter developed, including for commercial use. The Author also agrees that the Publisher may retain in print or electronic format more than one copy of the Work for the purpose of preservation, security and back-up.

 Authors are required to complete and sign an Author Agreement form that outlines Author and Publisher rights and terms of publication. The Agreement form should be uploaded along with other submissions files and any submission will be considered incomplete without it. In undertaking this agreement, the Author represents, and warrants, either as the sole author or on behalf of the co-authors, that the Work is their own work and that the Author has the authority to enter into the Author-Publisher Agreement.