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Focus and scope 

Koedoe is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, published since 1958, which promotes protected area and biodiversity science and conservation in Africa. Koedoe, with its subtitle ‘African Protected Area Conservation and Science’, aims to provide a forum for all aspects of protected area science and management in order to facilitate integration and shared learning. Koedoe publishes original papers on all aspects of conservation science, as well as on policy and management-related issues. This journal provides innovative, exciting and baseline scientific information on many conservation areas within South Africa, as well as throughout the African continent.

With its platform in the open access arena, Koedoe is becoming the journal of choice for conservation scientists, ecologists, biologists and protected area practitioners across Africa. We feature research all forms of protected areas, from large state national parks, to small regional and local game and nature reserves, cultural and environmental heritage sites, private conservation endeavours and general aspects related to biodiversity conservation. Furthermore, we promote shared learning through the integration of evidence-based policy and management-relevant science across a variety of settings in Africa and beyond. To this end, we have introduced a new structured abstract format that concludes with a 50-word summary statement entitled ‘Conservation implications’, in which authors succinctly highlight the core outcome of their research and the implications thereof for conservation practice.

Disseminating reliable scientific and policy information is increasingly vital as global biodiversity faces increasing pressures and protected areas become more important in maintaining habitats, species, ecosystem services and in ensuring environmental resilience. However, the protected areas estate is increasingly fragmented under pressure from development and other global environmental change drivers. Africa’s unique socio-ecological systems, together with some of the largest protected areas in the world, are of global importance. Moreover, tourism initiatives are frequently centred on protected areas, thus providing economic stimulus in otherwise marginalised regions. Koedoe works towards understanding, documenting and mitigating the negative influences of human development on conservation areas within the context of complex socio-ecological interactions.

Koedoe publishes stimulating original research, essays, short communications on issues of general interest, in-depth and critical reviews, book reviews on new releases, as well as checklists, which form the foundation on which further science and management is developed.

Historic overview of Koedoe 

In the 1950s it was decided that the research conducted in South Africa’s national parks was of sufficiently high quality to be published in a specialist journal. Seeking such a research portal for Africa, the launch of Koedoe was welcomed and the first issue was published in 1958. Published annually by the then National Parks Board and biannually since 1989, more than 1000 articles have been published in the journal and it continues to grow. 

What does Koedoe mean? The word 'Koedoe', which is the title of the journal, is the Afrikaans term for Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), the large and graceful antelope that is the corporate logo of the South African National Parks.

Koedoe has stimulated research and added immeasurably to our knowledge of South Africa’s biodiversity and its appropriate management. In addition, articles in Koedoe have included a number of checklists and reports of species new to science.

When the journal started the Afrikaans subtitle was, Tydskrif vir wetenskaplike navorsing in die Nasionale Parke van die Unie van Suid-Afrika, and the English, Journal for scientific research in the National Parks of the Union of South Africa. Today the subtitle 'African Protected Area Conservation and Science' aims to provide a forum for all aspects of protected area science and management in order to facilitate integration and shared learning. Koedoe publishes original articles on all aspects of conservation science, as well as on policy and management-related issues.

Scanning the output of the journal over the decades provides clear evidence of how, from early and tentative scientific ventures in the national parks of South Africa, knowledge of species has grown. In later years, the emphasis in science changed and more articles in Koedoe appeared on patterns of vegetation and habitats and articles on identification and collection of species gave way to ecosystems research. Koedoe has also spread its reach over the years, and early concentration on scientific research in the Kruger, Kalahari Gemsbok and Addo Elephant National Parks has adapted to include all South Africa’s national parks as well as conservation areas under other structures, and even those protected elsewhere in Southern Africa. Koedoe has covered a variety of fields, producing baseline information as foundation on which management plans and monitoring programmes are built today.

Koedoe aims to be a bridge where people from all over Africa can meet and share their conservation knowledge. To this end we have introduced a new structured abstract format that concludes with a section entitled 'Conservation implications' in which authors are explicitly requested to defend the relevance of their work to a broader constituency.

Disseminating reliable scientific and policy information is increasingly vital as global biodiversity faces increasing pressures. Protected areas become more and more important in order to maintain habitats, species, ecosystems and to ensure environmental resilience. However, the protected areas are increasingly fragmented and under pressure from development and global climate change. Africa’s unique socio-ecological systems, together with some of the largest protected areas in the world, are of critical significance.

Koedoe publishes stimulating original research, essays, short communications on issues of general interest, in-depth and critical reviews, monographs on large data sets and complicated issues and book reviews on new releases. We welcome your submission to the journal.

Open Access 

This 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, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

Peer review policy 

Koedoe has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. The editors do not inform the reviewers of the identity of the author(s). The reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to the authors either. The reviewers’ comments as well as recommendations regarding an article’s form may be passed on to the corresponding author and may also include suggested revisions. Manuscripts that are not approved for publication will not be returned to the submitting author in any format. Please note that AOSIS do not retain copies of rejected articles.

The peer review process aims to ensure that all published articles:

  • present the results of primary scientific research
  • report results that have not been published elsewhere
  • are scientifically sound
  • provide new scientific knowledge where experiments, statistics and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail so that another researcher will be able to reproduce the experiments described
  • provide conclusions that are presented in an appropriate manner and are supported by the data
  • are presented in an intelligible and logic manner and are written in clear and unambiguous English
  • meet all applicable research standards with regard to the ethics of experimentation and research integrity
  • adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards for data availability.

The journal publisher, AOSIS, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. All works are submitted to CrossCheck and is available to the editors of the journal to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. In the event of high percentage overlap, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines will apply (learn more).

Publication frequency 

The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed. 

Indexing & Archiving

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • DHET SA List
  • SciELO SA
  • SCOPUS
  • Web of Science Core Collection, Science Citation Index Expanded, SCIE (previously known as ISI)
  • Web of Science Other Coverage: BIOSIS Previews, Zoological Record
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • Google Scholar
  • ProQuest
  • CABI
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Level 1

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Archiving

The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • SA ePublications, Sabinet
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is: http://www.koedoe.co.za/index.php/koedoe/gateway/lockss

Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

DHET accreditation

The journal is DHET accredited because it is listed on the following approved indexing services:

  • DHET SA List
  • SciELO SA
  • SCOPUS
  • Thomson Reuters Web of Science Core Collection, Science Citation Index Expanded, SCIE (previously known as ISI)

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