Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

AJoBE is the official journal of the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa). It is based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. AJoBE is published by SUNMeDIA and hosted by SUNJournals. AJoBE is accredited with the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) and with South Africa's Department of Higher Education.

The aim of the journal is to contribute to the expansion and establishment of business ethics as academic field in Africa. In pursuit of this aim we wish to not only build a continental journal of high quality, but to also ensure that it achieves broad international credibility.

We invite scholars and practitioners to submit manuscripts as per the following categories and classifications:

Type of Article:

General paper


Book or conference review

Classification of Article:

Speculative philosophy

Opinion paper

Theoretical paper

Empirical research report (quantitative)

Empirical research report (qualitative) 

Please make use of the online submission process (remember to first register as an author). Please e-mail any queries to Maritha Pritchard (mpritchard@uj.ac.za).


Section Policies


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Book Reviews

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Conference Reviews

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Guest Editorial

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts will be sent for a screening review upon receipt. If successful, the manuscript will then be sent for double-blind peer review.

Only manuscripts that conform to the Author Guidelines and that have been screened for plagiarism through Turnitin will be considered. The Turn-it-In report must been submitted as a supplementary file.

The success and sustainability of AJoBE is contingent upon your willingness to not only publish in, but also to review manuscripts for, AJoBE.


Publication Frequency

Individual items will be published as soon as they are ready. The volume will be clipped as soon as the full quota of articles for the volume are ready for publication. Thereafter, no new items will be accepted for the given volume.


Open Access Policy

African Journal of Business Ethics 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, as underwritten by the license CC BY NC ND, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. 


Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Ethical Guidelines

The African Journal of Business Ethics (AJoBE) is committed to ensuring sound ethical principles in its publication and quality of manuscripts. Any kind of ethical misconduct is unacceptable. AJoBE does not tolerate plagiarism or any copyright infringement. All parties involved in the editorial processes are expected to conform to all standards of professional ethical behaviours.


Editor/s should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of sound academic merit. Following desk review, the manuscript is forwarded for blind peer-review to reviewers selected on the basis of their expertise. Two reviewers will make a recommendation to accept, reject or modify the manuscript.

The Editor/s ensures fair review of all manuscripts for intellectual content. Information regarding manuscripts is kept confidential.


Reporting Standards: Authors should present an accurate account of their original research as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Manuscripts will follow the submission guidelines of the journal. (http://ajobe.journals.ac.za)

Originality: Authors must ensure that what they are submitting is original.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications: Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal.

Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in the research work.

Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-authors. Authors also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and their inclusion of names as co-authors.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works: If at any point of time, the author(s) discover a significant error or inaccuracy in submitted manuscript, then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the editor.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


Author Fees

As of 31 January 2019, South African authors will be charged a standard rate of R1500 per article for publication in the African Journal of Business Ethics (AJoBE). The new article fee is part of a larger plan to ensure the financial sustainability of AJoBE. The article fee is only applicable for accepted articles (i.e. once your  article has been approved for publication, you will be invoiced, and your article will only be placed on receipt of the fee).
Since AJOBE is an accredited journal, the fee is fully recoupable via publication subsidies issued by the South African Department of Education. Due to the fact that research is not necessarily subsidised by the governments of other countries, the standard charge of R1500 per article is not applicable to international scholars or scholars from other African countries.


Digital Preservation

African Journal of Business Ethics. This journal is in the process of migrating from the Stellenbosch University preservation platform to the PKP PN (Preservation Network) platform.



This journal programme cannot read the ORCID iD.  Please do not add it when you Register or when submitting a paper.

After Registration, can you Edit your Profile and then insert the ORCID iD, or please send your ORCiD ID, along with the name of the journal to, scholar@sun.ac.za to add to your Profile.

Stellenbosch University researchers/authors can create an ORCID iD here.

ORCID iD is a persistent, unique, numeric identifier for individual researchers and creators. It distinguishes you from researchers and creators with the same or similar names.  ORCID iD is similar to ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, ISNI and other systems for identifying and distinguishing researchers and creators.