Journal Information

  • ISSN
  • Focus and scope
  • Publication frequency
  • Types of articles published
  • Open access
  • Review process
  • Historic data
  • Affiliations
  • Marketing
  • Membership



2523-0646 (ONLINE)

2518-8704 (PRINT)

Focus and scope

The SA Journal of Oncology (SAJO) is a peer-reviewed on-line journal which publishes high quality articles on all aspects of oncology.  The Editorial Board strongly supports a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care and research as well as translational research in oncology.  This will be reflected in its publications.

The journal will publish research which is particularly relevant to oncology knowledge and practice in countries with mixed income based economies.  Scientific studies from these countries will make an important contribution to global oncology knowledge. 

The journal will feature original research, reviews, practice guidelines, editorials, case studies, scientific letters and conference reports.

Publication frequency

The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed.

Types of articles published

The following types of articles are accepted by the journal:

  • Original articles: inform readers of innovative research in a particular field within or related to the focus and scope of the journal, and presented according to a clear and well-structured format. Research published in this section should add to the existing body of knowledge published in this field (between 3500–4000 words with an abstract of 250 words and a maximum of 60 references). Compulsory as a supplementary file: Ethical clearance letter/certificate.

    Systematic reviews should follow the same basic structure as other original research articles. The aim and objectives should focus on a clinical question that will be addressed in the review. The methods section should describe in detail the search strategy, criteria used to select or reject articles, attempts made to obtain all important and relevant studies and deal with publication bias (including grey and unpublished literature), how the quality of included studies was appraised, the methodology used to extract and/or analyse data. Results should describe the homogeneity of the different findings, clearly present the overall results and any meta-analysis.  
  • Review articles: present a critical review of the literature on a topic that has both social and scientific value, and which is within the focus and scope of the journal (between 2500–4000 words with an abstract of 250 words and a maximum of 60 references). Systematic reviews are considered under original research.
  • Practice Guidelines: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines clinical practice guidelines as “statements that include recommendations intended to optimise patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.” Articles published in this section should add to the existing body of knowledge published in this field (between 3500–4000 words with an abstract of 250 words and a maximum of 60 references).
  • Editorials: Editorials are by invitation only and are intended to provide expert comment on relevant topics within the focus and scope of the journal. (Less than 800 words with an abtract of 250 words and a maximum of 10 references).
  • Case Studies: the author can give a detailed account of a specific patient as a case study. The patient study should highlight a critical issue that is relevant to the field of oncology (no more than 1000 words with an abstract of 120 words, 1 figure and 1 table or 1400 words with only an abstract.). Compulsory as a supplementary file: Ethical clearance letter/certificate.
  • Scientific Letter: Original research that is limited in scope can be submitted as a scientific letter rather than a full original research article (no more than 800 words with an abstract of 120 words, 15 references, and 1 table or figure).

See detailed requirements on our types of articles published page.

Open access

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

Historic data

The journal launched in 2016 as an initiative of SASCRO (the South African Society for Clinical and Radiation Oncology). SAJO in particular strives to publish the highest quality articles dedicated to oncology research and scientific reviews of practice from countries with mixed economies and also globally.

Review process

The journal has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. Read our full peer review process.


The journal is supported by the following institutions:

We welcome new partnerships with professionals /institutions. If interested, please contact Raymond P. Abratt.


AOSIS has a number of ways in which we promote publications. Learn more here.


AOSIS is a member and/or subscribes to the standards and code of practices of several leading industry organisations. This includes the Directory of Open Access Journals, Ithenticate, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, CrossRef, Portico and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Learn more here.

DHET accreditation

The journal is not yet DHET accredited. Application is in progress.

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • ProQuest

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.


The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is: 
Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

Journal impact

A journal's Impact Factor was originally designed in 1963 as a tool for libraries to compare journals, and identify the most popular ones to subscribe to. It was never intended to measure the quality of journals, and definitely not the quality of individual articles.

The Impact Factor is a journal-level measurement reflecting the yearly average number of citations of recent articles published in that journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field; journals with higher Impact Factors are often deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. Therefore, the more often articles in the journal are cited, the higher its Impact Factor.

The Impact Factor is highly discipline-dependent due to the speed with which articles get cited in each field and the related citation practices. The percentage of total citations occurring in the first two years after publication varies highly amongst disciplines. Accordingly, one cannot compare journals across disciplines based on their relative Impact Factors.

We provide several citation-based measurements for each of our journals, if available. We caution our authors, readers and researchers that they should assess the quality of the content of individual articles, and not judge the quality of articles by the reputation of the journal in which they are published.

Citation-based measurement


Journal Impact Factor, based on Web of Science (formerly ISI)


CiteScore, based on Scopus, Elsevier


Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), based on Scopus, Elsevier


Scimago Journal Rank (SJR), based on Scopus, Elsevier


H-index, based on Google Scholar



*Journal launched in 2016.