ISSN 2225-6253 printed version
ISSN 2411-9717 online version



Scope and policy

The mission of the Journal is to disseminate technical and topical information related to mining & metallurgy to the members of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy to ensure that their information needs for technological and scientific knowledge of the minerals and metals sectors in South Africa are met. The SAIMM publishes technical and associated legal and economic information on all aspects of the minerals and metals industry.
The Journal comprises of three sections:

  1. Transactions which contains scientific research and development papers;
  2. A Journal Section containing papers that are not technical in nature but that are topical or were presented at colloquia or seminars of the Institute;
  3. Technical notes which contains updates and reviews of current research work, processes and equipment.

Papers should conform to the high standards that have been established over many years. Papers on research and scientific items should contain matter that is new, interpretations that are novel or of significance and conclusions that cast a fresh light on old ideas.

The papers are reviewed by two referees and the targeted readership are our 3 500 members.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Manuscript format and layout

Guidelines to authors:

The manuscript may be typed up in a word document. All illustrations and tables should appear on separate sheets at the end of the text. Illustrations should be clearly identified in the text and should be referred to as Figure 1. Headings should  be kept to a maximum of three levels. The DTP department at the  SAIMM has a Template that is used for all papers. All papers submitted are reformatted according  to the Journal Template. The Journal is published in an A4 book format. References must follow the British standard BS4148. Numbering of references in the text in order of appearances with superscripts (without brackets). Guidelines for authors are available from the Journal Co-ordinator.


Sending of manuscript

Manuscript submission method:
The original manuscript is sent to the Journal co-ordinator for tabling at the Publications Committee’s monthly meeting.



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