ISSN 0253-939X print version
ISSN 2224-7904 online version



Scope and policy


The South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture (SAJEV) publishes high quality research of South African and international scientists in Viticulture, Enology, Wine Biotechnology, Plant Biotechnology, Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Entomology and Soil Science.

Editorial Policy:

The South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture (SAJEV) publishes full-length original Research Papers, Research Notes and Review Papers on all subjects related to enology and viticulture. The SAJEV does not accept articles published in or submitted to other journals. The first number is published in May/June and the second in November/December.

Papers on topics of related research fields, for instance fruit juice preservation, cider fermentations, treatment of cellar waste water, etc., will also be considered for publication.
Review papers are encouraged. Conference proceedings will be published and a number of pages will be set aside to list upcoming national and international conferences and workshops.

Authorship of papers in the SAJEV is not limited to members of the South African Society for Enology and Viticulture. The Editor, in conjunction with members of the Editorial Board, will determine the acceptability of papers. All full–length manuscripts have to be original research, neither simultaneously under consideration for submission nor previously published elsewhere.
Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two reviewers. Manuscripts are peer–reviewed by experts in their field.

Changes proposed by the reviewers will be forwarded to the author(s), but the editor reserves the right to edit any manuscript for style. Page proofs will be sent as a pdf–file to the corresponding author. Queries or comments will be highlighted on the pdf–document, Which needs to be answered and e–mailed back to the Editor, Prof. L.M.T. Dicks (, within 48 hours. Failure to do so may delay the publication process.


Form and preparation of manuscripts


All manuscripts must be written in English and grammatically edited to accepted standards of English style and usage before submission. Spelling should be that of the Concise Oxford Dictionary, Oxford: Claredon Press.

The format must be in Microsoft Word (for PC not Mac). Pages must have the following layout: A4 (297 x 210 mm), 2.5 cm margins on all sides, double spaced lines. All pages must be numbered. Lines must be numbered consecutively. Please consult a recent issue of the SAJEV for conventions and layout. Manuscripts with incorrect style will be returned to the corresponding author.

The manuscript should contain the TITLE and, on separate lines, the following:

  • INITIAL(S) AND SURNAME(S) of the author(s)
  • THE NAME OF THE ORGANISATION where the research was conducted, as well as THE CURRENT POSTAL and E–MAIL ADDRESS(ES) of the author(s)
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS to individuals, organisations and funding agencies
  • DATE OF SUBMISSION FOR PUBLICATION (with date left open for insertion later)
  • DATE OF ACCEPTANCE FOR PUBLICATION (with date left open for insertion later)
  • KEY WORDS (5 – 10) – carefully selected for accurate electronic referencing
  • CONDENSED TITLE (to appear as page headings)

The BODY OF THE MANUSCRIPT should include the following sections, set off with headings in capital letters:

    The abstract should be a short (less than 250 words), factual and informative summary of significant data collected.

    The introduction should include a short, but appropriate, outline of selected literature bearing directly on the subject of the paper. The general problem involved, as well as reasons for the investigation, should be outlined. A detailed and extensive review of the literature is normally inappropriate.

    These should be described briefly, but in sufficient detail, to allow repetition of the work. Variables and/or conditions which may affect the results should be specified. A reference is sufficient for a previously described method.

    The main results should be stated in the text, with reference to tables, diagrams or illustrations, where the supporting evidence is to be found. Although it is not necessary to describe the contents of tables in the text, the principal results should be critically discussed in logical order. Attention should be drawn to the implications of the results and to agreement or disagreement with previous work.

    This should not be a summary of results, but should focus on the implications of results and indications for possible applications. This section should not contain reference to figures, tables or any literature.

    References must be arranged alphabetically by author’s surname. In text references must be listed chronologically. The sequence of reference must be as follows: author’s surname, initials (the same for second and other authors, where applicable), year, title of paper (with only the first word capitalised; proper nouns excepted), name of periodical (abbreviated in the style of the Periodical Title Abbreviations, vol 1, By Abbreviation and vol 2, By Title 5th Edition, Gale Research Detroit, Michigan, 1986), volume, issue number (where necessary), pages. If the issue number is applicable, it appears after the volume number in parenthesis.

    • Examples of a journal paper citation:
      Holmes, J.W., 1966. Influence of bulk density of the soil on neutron moisture meter calibration. Soil Sci. 102, 335–360.

      Stelter, K.O., Luurer, G., Thomm, M. & Neuner, A., 1987. Isolation of extremely thermophile sulfate reducers: Evidence for a novel branch of archaebacteria. Science 236, 822–824.

    • Example of a book citation:
      Thring, M.W., 1975 (2nd ed). Air Pollution. Butterworths, London.

    • Example of an article quoted from a book:
      Faith, W.T., Neubeck, C.E. & Reese, E.T., 1971. Production and application of enzymes. In: Ghose, T.K. & Fiechter, A. (eds). Advances in biochemical engineering, vol I. Springer–Verlag, Berlin. pp. 77 – 111.

    • Example of a citation from unpublished data:
      (P. Cilliers, personal communication, 1985)

    • Example of a proceedings citation:
      Strauss, C.R., Wilson, B. & Williams, P.J., 1986. Flavour of nonmuscat varieties. In: Lee, T. (ed). Proc. 6th Aust. Wine Ind. Tech. Conf., July 1986, Adelaide, Australia. pp. 117 – 120.

    • Example of a thesis citation:
      Du Plessis, L. de W., 1959. The study of the microorganisms associated with the flavours and ripening berries of a number of grape varieties (in Afrikaans). Thesis, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, 7602 Matieland (Stellenbosch), South Africa.

    Tables should be typed double–spaced on separate pages and numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. They should also bear a short, yet adequately descriptive, caption and include enough information so that each table is interpretable without reference to other tables, figures or text. The layout of a table should be such that the data are presented clearly with brief sub–headings. Non–standard abbreviations must be explained in footnotes. When referring to a table in the text, it should be indicated as Table, followed by the number of the table. Please consult the latest edition of SAJEV for the correct style.

    Figures should be in JPEG format (at least 600 dpi) and not exceeding 297 x 210 mm. The figures, including lettering and detail, should be drawn so as to permit reduction to 84 mm (single column) or 175 mm (double column) width and still retain clarity. Each figure should be numbered at the bottom of the page and submitted as a separate file. Descriptive legends must be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet using Arabic numerals.
    Legends should describe the contents so that each figure is understandable when considered apart from the text. When referring to a figure in the text, it should be indicated as Fig. or Figs followed by the number of the figure. Please consult the latest edition of SAJEV for the correct style.

    The preferable positions of the tables in the text must be indicated as follows:

    ... text ...
    / insert table 1 /
    ... text ...

    The preferable positions of the figures in the text must be indicated as follows:

    ... text ...
    / insert figure 1 /
    ... text ...

    Tables and figures should be numbered according to the order in which they are referred to in the text.

    Photographs submitted should be high quality, preferably as JPEG files. When necessary, the magnification should be indicated, e.g. x240. Photographs are expensive to print and should, therefore, be kept to a minimum and, if more than one, grouped together. Printing of full colour photographs will only be considered on rare occasions and these will be for the account of the author(s).

    All figures and photographs must be referred to as figures and must be submitted in separate files. Only metric (S.I.) units may be used on figures.

    Spell out all numbers or fractions which begin a sentence. Write out numerals one through nine, except with units of measure. If simple fractions are used they must be written out and hyphenated (e.g. three–quarters). It is preferable to use decimals instead of fractions.
    Between numerals the preposition “to” must be used instead of a hyphen (e.g. 15°C to 18°C). When reporting time, the 24–hour system with four digits must be used; the first two for hours followed by a colon and the last two digits for minutes (e.g. 09:00 for nine o’clock a.m., 21:30 for half past nine p.m.). Dates must be reported as year, month and then day of the month (e.g. 1992–12–14).

    Wine and juice volumes should be reported as litres (L). The use of the capital is recommended to prevent confusion with the number one (1).
    Grape mass should be reported as grams (g), kilograms (kg) or metric tonnes (t). Temperatures should be reported as degrees Celsius without a space between the numerals and the unit (e.g. 15.8°C). All other numerals and units should be provided with a space (e.g. 15 mm, 5 mg/L, 2.5 M). Land surface area must be expressed as hectares (ha).

    For convenience certain chemical names may be abbreviated as long as the first usage of a certain abbreviation is defined in parentheses. Well known abbreviations, such as HPLC, DNA, etc., as well as chemical symbols may be used without definition.

    Click to download and view p.3 of the full 'Guide to Authors' for accepted abbreviations and symbols.


Manuscripts submission

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All manuscripts must be submitted online at SAJEV.


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