Editorial Policy

Open access

This is an online 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.

There are no article submission or processing fees.

All articles are published under a CC BY 4.0 licence (see: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).



There are two issues a year. The first was launched in September 2017 and issues will come out every September and April thereafter.


Focus and scope

SOTL in the South is an online, open-access and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to fostering dialogue and research on teaching and learning in higher education in the global South, or about the global South.


Submissions to the Journal

All articles will be subjected to a double-blind peer-review process. Submissions are encouraged from as many countries in the global South as possible. Reviewers are solicited from countries across the global South. Submissions should be reviewed by individuals from more than one country in order to ensure relevance and readability for an international audience.

All submissions to SOTL in the South are subject to a plagiarism check using Turnitin.

Any member of the editorial board should not submit more than one peer-reviewed article within a two-year cycle. All submissions from the editorial board should be subject to blind peer review from reviewers who are not members of the editorial board.


Language of submissions

All articles should be in English, with an abstract in the home language of the author or in one of the regional international languages. Editing will be the responsibility of the author.

We welcome the following contributions:

  • Scholarly and thought-provoking contributions about the meaning and practice of the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, and about what the global South might mean in relation to teaching and learning.
  • Reports on empirical studies based on teaching and learning in the disciplines in higher education, either in the global South, or about the South.
  • Reports on studies on other matters related to higher education teaching and learning, for example on the professional learning of academics, in or about the global South.

Studies focused on topics including indigenous knowledge, decolonisation and social justice in relation to SOTL are welcome, as are studies that present contextually based issues, and which consider the implications of these for other settings in the global South. Innovative studies and innovative or disruptive writing formats will also be welcomed.

Submissions that would be regarded as inappropriate for the journal would include:

  • Unscholarly manuscripts and manuscripts that do not adhere to the all the journal’s author guidelines
  • Studies that do not focus on higher education; that do not focus on teaching and learning; that do not relate to the scholarship of teaching and learning; that do not theorise about research or are not research-based.



scholarship of teaching and learning; higher education; global South; southern theory; teaching and learning; social justice; decolonisation



Articles are freely accessible.


Hosting of the journal

From May 2017 the journal was managed and hosted in the office of the Chair, Teaching and Learning, Professor Brenda Leibowitz. Since April 2018, the journal has been managed and hosted in the Deans Office of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, by Dr Zach Simpson.


Editorial Board

Structure and Meetings

The editorial board should meet twice a year. Meetings will be online as well as face-to-face.


The function is to hold the editorial board together; see to policy; and general functioning of the journal. This will also include screening of manuscripts where necessary, thus to support the managing editor. The position should be held on a three-year period.

Managing Editor

The functions include initial screening, allocation of articles to editorial members to send out for review; copy-editing; managing social media.

Book Reviews Editor

The book reviews editor solicits reviews, obtains books for review and screens the reviews, which are not sent out for blind review.

Reflections and Short-Reports Editor

The reflections and short-reports editor solicits reviews, obtains books for review and screens the reviews, which are not sent out for blind review

Associate Editors (effectively ‘the editorial board’)

The functions include: looking after, for example, one issue per year; soliciting articles; publicising the journal; contributing to the policy.



This journal is hosted on OJS and all materials are digitally archived with LOCKSS.



All journal content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Contributors to SOTL in the South retain copyright over their contributed material, but grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship along with its initial publication in SOTL in the South.  Contributors are welcome to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the published version of their work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository), provided this includes acknowledgement of the initial publication in SOTL in the South.  Finally, contributors are encouraged to post their published work online (e.g., in institutional repositories, on platforms such as ResearchGate, or on contributors’ personal or institutional web pages), as this may lead to greater citation of the published work. Again, in this instance, it is important to acknowledge the initial publication in SOTL in the South. Each article's DOI can be used to link back to the original publication in SOTL in the South.

The authors warrant that their contribution is an original work not published elsewhere, that they have the full power to make this grant and that the article contains no matter unlawful or which invades the right to privacy or infringes any proprietary right.

Reproducing Published Material from other Publishers

It is absolutely essential that authors obtain permission to reproduce any published material (figures, schemes, tables or any extract of a text) which does not fall into the public domain, or for which they do not hold the copyright. Permission should be requested by the authors from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher; please refer to the imprint of the individual publications to identify the copyright holder).

Permission is required for:

1. Your own works published by other Publishers and for which you did not retain copyright.

2. Substantial extracts from anyone's works or a series of works.

3. Use of tables, graphs, charts, schemes and artworks if they are unaltered or slightly modified.

4. Photographs for which you do not hold copyright.

Permission is not required for:

1. Reconstruction of your own table with data already published elsewhere. Please notice that in this case you must cite the source of the data in the form of either “Data from…” or “Adapted from…”.

2. Reasonably short quotes, as they are considered fair use.

3. Graphs, charts, schemes and artworks that are completely redrawn by the authors and significantly changed beyond recognition.

Obtaining Permission

In order to avoid unnecessary delays in the publication process, you should start obtaining permissions as early as possible. If in any doubt about the copyright, apply for permission. SOTL in the South cannot publish material from other publications without permission.

The copyright holder may give you instructions on the form of acknowledgement to be followed; otherwise follow the style: “Reproduced with permission from [author], [book/journal title]; published by [publisher], [year].’ at the end of the caption of the Table, Figure or Scheme.

Authors should understand that consistent with SOTL in the South's policy of encouraging dissemination of information, each work published by SOTL in the South appears with the SOTLs copyright and the following notice:

“Intellectual properties and scientific inventions published with Sotls are protected under International and National Copyright Laws and Treaties. Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation on the first page. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than Sotls must be honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee.”

However, it is at the discretion of CIRWORLD if the copyright notice should be included in the published manuscript.