Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases
Aims & Scope
Focus and Scope
The Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases (SAJID), formerly called the Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection (SAJEI), first appeared in 1985 as a joint publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of Southern Africa (IDSSA), the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Society of Southern Africa (STDSSA) and the Epidemiology Society of Southern Africa, the latter having subsequently been succeeded by the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA). Presently SAJID is published under the auspices of the Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of South Africa which is an umbrella organization incorporating IDSSA, STDSSA as well as the Infection Control Society of South Africa (ICASA), the National Antibiotic Study Forum (NASF) of South Africa, and the South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM).
Publications of SAJID centre round aspects of epidemiology and infection, particularly those of importance to the societies of FIDSSA. Topics around infection include clinical and epidemiological aspects of communicable diseases, laboratory diagnosis of infections, characterisation of infective agents by molecular techniques and the study of transmission patterns of pathogens in institutional and community settings. Other infection related studies cover surveillance of vaccine-controllable and other infectious diseases, drug susceptibility patterns of hospital-acquired and community-acquired pathogens and infection control strategies for the southern Africa region. SAJID also promotes greater collaboration between clinically oriented and laboratory-based divisions within the FIDSSA societies, and the establishment of quality assurance programmes and other measures to enhance and maintain standards of diagnostic and public health microbiology.
Scientific papers in the SAJID aim to advance the understanding of all aspects of epidemiology, public health, clinical microbiology and infection. The journal strives to promote research and exchange of information on specific areas of infectious diseases, medical microbiology and virology, covering fields of interest of the societies of FIDSSA and PHASA. Manuscripts describing research performed at southern African institutions and in southern African settings enjoy a high priority, as do health matters covering Africa and the developing world, as well as global issues such as malaria and other tropical diseases, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS. The scope of interest of SAJID is wide but the journal aims to maintain and improve the standard of its publications.
The SAJID’s subscribes to the Uniform Requirements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (www. icmje.org). which state the ethical principles in the conduct and reporting of research and provide recommendations relating to specific elements of editing and writing.
The SAJID abides by the high ethical standards of the Commission on Public Ethics (COPE) (www.publicationethics.org) and ICMJE. Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author’s own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are unacceptable practices.
SAJID will not publish manuscripts that overlap substantially with articles already published or accepted for publication, whether in print or the electronic media, even if the new submission contains data not included in the published or accepted work. This policy does not preclude consideration of a report that follows a presentation at a meeting/conference or expands preliminary findings published or presented as an abstract. Submissions for republication of articles must be accompanied by a statement that the article is republished with the knowledge of the author and Editor and the permission of the original copyright holder.
Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author’s own work, in whole or in part without proper citation, will not be tolerated by the SAJID. If an attempt at undisclosed duplicate publication is identified, the article will be rejected, the owners of the copyright notified and the violation may be reported to FIDSSA or PHASA.
Charles Feldman - University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Hendrik J Koornhof - National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa
Albie de Frey - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Sabiha Essack - University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
John Frean - Centre for Opportunistic, Tropical and Hospital Infections, South Africa
Gary Maartens - University of Cape Town, South Africa
Marc Mendelson - University of Cape Town, South Africa
Preshnie Moodley - University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Shan Naidoo - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Andrew Whitelaw - University of Cape Town, South Africa
Ronald Ballard - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States of America
Karen Barnes - University of Cape Town, South Africa
Daniel G Bausch - Pandemic & Epidemic Diseases WHO, Switzerland
Frew Benson - National Department of Health, South Africa
Adrian Brink - du Basson Private Pathology Group, South Africa
Jennifer Coetzee - du Basson Private Pathology Group, South Africa
David Durrheim - Hunter New England Area Health Service, Australia
Adriano Duse - National Health Laboratory Service and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Tom File - University of Michigan, United States of America
Nelesh Govender - Centre for Opportunistic, Tropical and Hospital Infections & University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
David Hamer - Boston University, United States of AmericaGina Joubert - University of the Free State, South Africa
Chikwe Ihekweazu - Public Health England, United Kingdom
Keith Klugman - Emory University and Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jeff Lipman - University of Queensland and Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Australia
Don Low - University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital, United States of America
Shabir Madhi - National Health Laboratory Service and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Shaheen Mehtar - University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Jean Nachega - University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch and John Hopkins, South Africa
Gboyega Ogunbanjo - University of Limpopo, South Africa
Gary Ruebenson - Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Lucille Blumberg - National Health Laboratory Service, University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Cheryl Cohen - National Health Laboratory Service and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Jackie Galpin - University of Pretoria, South Africa
Priscilla May - National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa