Journal Information

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

Overview

ISSN

2415-0991 (PRINT)

2519-5638 (ONLINE)

Focus and scope

Transformation in Higher Education is an international, transdisciplinary journal that seeks original contributions that reflect upon and theorise transformation in higher education in all its different nuances. It aims to disseminate high impact, evidence based research across disciplines in higher education that could ultimately support high level learning, teaching and research. Therefore, transdisciplinary engagements that address contemporary issues in higher education contexts will receive preference. Conceptual-philosophical and empirical works addressing matters that could lead to the intellectual advancement in higher education as discipline and context are welcomed.

The journal will feature original articles that have been through double-blind review. This journal and its publications are of interest to academics and a wide range of professionals associated with Higher Education institutions, both nationally and internationally.

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

  • Original research: An original article provides an overview of innovative research in a particular field within or related to the focus and scope of the journal, presented according to a clear and well-structured format with between 5000-6000 words (which include an abstract of 250 words, 5-7 keywords and a complete reference list).
  • Literature review articles: The review article presents 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 a maximum of 40 references). Systematic reviews are considered under original research.
  • 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 a maximum of 10 references).
See specifications for the types of articles published here.

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.

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.

Historic data

AOSIS launched Transformation in Higher Education (THE) in 2016 in the light of the need for another journal that addresses questions concerning higher education and its rapidly changing nature. This need is not limited to the South African context, but includes the need for more rigorous engagement with the internationalisation of higher education discourse. The internationalisation of higher education holds the promise of promoting global citizenship, fostering an increased understanding between cultures and cultivating intellectual scholarship across borders to collectively work towards addressing shared societal issues. In this sense, the internationalisation of higher education has a potentially transformative agenda. 

Marketing

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

Membership

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

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.

Archiving

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: http://www.thejournal.org.za/index.php/thejournal/gateway/lockss 

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

2015

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

n/a*

CiteScore, based on Scopus, Elsevier

n/a*

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

n/a*

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

n/a*

H-index, based on Google Scholar

n/a*

 

*Journal launched in 2016.