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The SAIEE Africa Research Journal of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, is an accredited, peer reviewed research journal published quarterly, covering research in all fields of electrical engineering. It is the only peer reviewed journal in the local electrical engineering sector in South Africa. The journal initiated as the Transactions of the SAIEE journal in 1909 and covers all areas of electrical engineering (see: IEEE-designated fields).

This journal publishes research, survey and expository contributions in the field of electrical, electronic, computer, information and communications engineering.

Articles may be of a theoretical or applied nature, must be novel and must not have been published elsewhere.

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Here’s a video that will help you construct a manuscript: 

Acknowledgement: The video has been supported by the IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Africa Activities (AHCAA), 2018.

Prior to your initial submission:

Process for initial submission of manuscript

Submissions must be uploaded: 

General information:            

Submission wizard:

Authors must register/login to submit.             

Administrative contact point (e.g. difficulties in upload):

Mrs Gerda Geyer 

       Tel: +27 (11) 487 3003

       Fax: +27 (11) 487 3002

       E-mail: / 

These submissions will be used in the review process.

As of 2019, the SAIEE Africa Research Journal is indexed by IEEE Xplore - the author guidelines, including the check for graphics, PDF compatibility, etc is therefore the same as that of IEEE: 

Editorial process - the typical turnaround is envisaged within 4 months. Because the peer-review is done by volunteers, turnaround can exceed this time period.


Nature of Articles

Two types of articles may be submitted:

No maximum length for a paper is prescribed. However, authors should keep in mind that a significant factor in the review of the manuscript will be its length relative to its content and clarity of writing. Membership of the SAIEE is not required. Authors must have ownership to all text, tables and images. Images must be at least 300 dpi.

Double-blind paper review

All contributions are peer-reviewed with the aid of appropriate reviewers. Each published article is reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a double-blind peer review process, where identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors and only the managing/specialist editor knows the identity of the authors. Manuscripts are initially submitted without author names or affiliation. Reviewers will, therefore, not have author information or affiliation. While articles will be screened for plagiarism before acceptance, authors have an obligation to submit, in every respect, only original articles. The editorial workflow is provided here.

Process for initial submission of manuscript

Submission is only possibly electronically [MS Word and PDF formats]. PDF format files should be ‘press optimised’ and include all embedded fonts, diagrams etc. All diagrams to be in black and white (not colour).

Author guidelines and upload link available at


These submissions will be used in the review process. Receipt will be acknowledged by the online open access journal system (OJS). For each manuscript, a Specialist Editor (SE) will be assigned. Through OJS, the SE will further handle the paper and all correspondence pertaining to the manuscript. If accepted for publication, you will be notified of acceptance and of any alterations necessary. You will then be requested to prepare and submit the final script.

Format of the final manuscript

The final manuscript will be produced in a "direct to plate" process.

The final manuscript must be prepared meticulously in line with the style-sheets provided above and all images must be at least 300 dpi. As of 2019, the new PDF format requirements also apply:

Open Access and Copyright

This journal is 100% open access, which means that all content is freely available without charge to users or their institutions. All articles are currently published under Creative Commons licenses (either CCBY or CCBY-NC-ND), and the author retains copyright. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles published under CCBY, or use them for any other lawful purpose, as long as proper attribution is given.  Articles published under CCBY-NC-ND are also available to users under the same conditions as CCBY, but the reuse cannot be for commercial purposes or change the work in any way.

The SAIEE Africa Research Journal (SAIEE ARJ) allows and encourages authors to self-archive post-prints, e.g. via their institutional repository. The full citation of the published article referring to the journal must be included.

Article Processing Charge

Open access is provided through the payment of an article processing charge (APC) paid after acceptance. APCs are often financed by an author's institution or the funder supporting their research. The latest APC is published on the journal’s website. At time of this update (31 December 2021), the APC is US $500.

Corresponding authors may be eligible for reduced or waived APCs.Journal self-archiving policy.

Journal Quartile


The journal was published electronically from around 2004 and received coverage, through a major index (IEEE Xplore) as of 2018 (after a 7-year long process),… IEEE fortunately also included backfiles since 2004. Through IEEE Xplore and SciELO SA listing (…since 2019), we are hoping for further indexing which will improve journal quartile.


To answer the question (in giving you the long story, I almost forgot the question!)


> For the moment, it is Q4*.


For moving upwards, an important part --- how many of the papers receive citation and the indexing (as it improves dissemination of the research) helps.


Among South African journals**, very few are in Q1. For example, South African Journal of Science (SAJS) is Q2. Some in the narrower disciplines, e.g. HTS Teologiese Studies is Q1.



1. (article in “The Institute” (IEEE) re: Indexing of the SAIEE Africa Research Journal)

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