About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The South African Computer Journal (SACJ) is a DHET (South Africa) accredited specialist academic journal, publishing research articles and communications in English in the Computer Science, Computer Systems and Information Systems domains. Its primary target is research of interest in Africa or published by African researchers, but all quality contributions are considered. All research articles submitted for publication are rigorously refereed by independent peer reviewers. The journal publishes original work that is of international stature. The editorial board comprises scholars of high repute. The journal is published online using the open access model, making papers accessible in developing countries where funding to subscribe is scarce.

The South African Computer Journal (SACJ) serves as the scientific voice of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT).


The South African Computer Journal (SACJ), as the successor of the Quæstiones Informaticæ journal founded by Derek Henderson, is part of the South African heritage. A brief historical sketch of SACJ outlines the role of various organisations and people that have been part of the journalʼs story, giving some insight into its financing and functioning, and pointing out highlights in its past editions. Read more at:

Derrick G. Kourie (2010) The South African Computer Journal: 1989 to 2010, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 65:2, 107-11.

The initial open access online SACJ version was hosted by the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Since July 2023 it is hosted by Khulisa Journals, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

 Editors of SACJ and its predecessor the Quæstiones Informaticæ journal: 

  • Dr Derek S Henderson and Prof M Howard Williams (1979-1980)
  • Prof Gerrit Wiechers (1982-1987)
  • Prof Judy M Bishop (1988)
  • Prof Derrick Kourie (1989-2008)
  • Prof Lucas Venter (2008-2011)
  • Prof Philip Machanick (2012-June 2022)
  • Prof Katherine Malan (July 2022 - currently)


Abstracts and articles are published in English.

Publication Frequency

SACJ publishes 2 regular issues per annum. Occasionally a special issue is published.

International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSNs)

Online ISSN 2313-7835
Print ISSN 1015-7999

Rejection Rate

The 2022 rejection rate was 83%.

Metrics and Impact

Crossref Citation Count
Google Analytics (Editor & Journal Manager only) 
Google Scholar Citations 
Google Scholar Metrics
PKP OJS (Editor & Journal Manager only) 
SciELO Analytics (Beta) 
Scopus Citation Score


Dept. of Higher Education and Training (DHET)(South Africa) 
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) (18 August 2015 - Current)
Scopus (since 2016)

Journal Peer Review Report: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), (2019). Report on Grouped Peer Review of Scholarly Journals in Communication and Information Sciences [Available online] DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/assaf.2019/0041


The journal is indexed by the following:

ACM Digital Library
DBLP Computer Science Bibliography
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) (18 August 2015 - Current)
Index Copernicus
Scopus (since 2016)
Sherpa Romeo [to be added]
The Keepers
UNISA Institutional Repository
University of Cape Town
University of Groningen

The journal OAI endpoint for harvesters is https://sacj.org.za/oai

Referencing Style

SACJ uses the American Psychological Association 6th edition referencing style.  

Publisher and Funder

South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT)