Editorial Policy

Focus and Scope

The journal aims to understand African real estate markets, including their structure and workings, and the nature and impacts of efforts that seek to reform them. In this context, real estate markets are taken to include different components of the built environment, including planning, funding and development, construction, management, ownership and occupation.

The journal's aim is supported by providing a forum for debate and the dissemination of research on the key issues relating to the above issues via:

  • The publication of research papers based on the results of completed research projects or programmes;
  • Notes on ongoing or proposed research programmes;
  • Reviews of relevant books; and
  • Letters commenting on papers and contributions previously published or on other matters of relevance.

As well as contributing to the development of the real estate research community in Africa and enabling discourse and dialogue between researchers engaged on research into real estate issues in Africa, the journal will also be used as a means of ensuring that African governments and policy-makers are made aware of the latest thought leadership and research on these issues.

To this end, papers that have a strong policy emphasis, either in analysing the impact of existing polices or putting forward proposals for appropriate policies, are strongly welcomed. Additionally, papers that address these issues in the context of Africa - at a local, national and regional basis, or on a comparative international basis - are invited for submission to the journal. All papers will be subjected to a double-blind (peer review) referring process. Referees will be drawn from an expert Editorial Board, selected both for their knowledge of African real estate issues and for their knowledge of current real estate research.

Section Policies

Editorials

The editorial section is written by the Editor-in-Chief to accompany every issue of the journal. This section of the journal is indexed and not peer-reviewed.

Research Articles

This section of the journal is the substantive element of the journal and is open to any author. This section is indexed and all articles undergo a blind peer review process with a minimum of two reviewers and a maximum of four. The outline of the peer review process is outlined below.

Occasional Sections

From time to time and based on available materials, several communication opportunities will be offered to the readership. These include research notices, book reviews, comments on contributions and announcements of major events or to commemorate the contributions of a relevant academic.

Research Notices

The research notice section of the journal is there to provide authors with a platform to update or inform the journal audience of research projects. This section is open to any author to submit and is typically 1000-2000 words in length. This section does not go through the formal blind peer review process but is reviewed by the editors. Research notices are indexed in the journal archives before research articles.

Book Reviews and Commentary

The book review and commentary/letters section of the journal is open to any author wanting to publish a review of a book relevant to the scope of the journal or to comment on contributions to the journal or on other matters relevant to the scope of the journal. This section is indexed after the research articles section and is reviewed by the editors to ensure that the reviews and comments meet a high standard of quality.

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the journal platform:   https://journals.uct.ac.za/index.php/JARER/about/submissions. Manuscript submissions are required to be uploaded onto the website in Microsoft® Office Word format. The submission of manuscripts directly via email or in PDF format is not permitted.

More details and instructions regarding the submission of manuscripts is provided on the submission page on the journal website:     https://journals.uct.ac.za/index.php/JARER/about/submissions.

Peer Review Process

The suitability and quality of research articles are initially reviewed by the journal editors before the review process is initiated. Manuscripts may be rejected at this stage or returned to authors for resubmission before the review process. Additionally, authors may be provided with opportunities for mentorship (at this stage or after the first round of review). The journal offers this mentorship route for emerging academics who feel that they may need assistance in getting their paper published.

JARER strives to play a developmental role in real estate related research in Africa. As such, the peer-review process differs from most other journals and the editors and editorial team typically play a more hands on role and work closely with authors in developing their research papers. As mentioned above, we also offer mentors who are experienced academics to personally assist authors in developing their research should they request it. This means that there may be several iterations of reviews and resubmissions before a decision is made regarding your manuscript. Additional (more minor) revisions may still be required once the editors have made a final decision to accept a paper. These additional revisions relate to the structure and editorial elements of the paper and do not relate to the research content.

Authorship

All individuals listed as an author of a manuscript should have played a considerable role in conceptualising the research or content of the manuscript, in writing or critically editing the manuscript, and/or in the analysis of data presented in the manuscript. All authors should be thoroughly familiar with the substance of the final manuscript and be able to defend its conclusions. Exclusion from authorship of individuals who have made author-level contributions is not permitted for papers published in JARER. Neither is guest or honorary authorship. Other individuals who have participated in generation of the research paper but who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgments section with a brief indication of the nature of their contribution. Any changes in authorship must be approved in writing by all of the original authors. 

Originality & Plagiarism

All manuscripts must be original. No manuscript will be considered which has already been published in the proceedings of a conference, published in another journal or is being considered by another journal. However, when work described in conference proceedings is substantially revised and extended, it will be considered for publication. By submitting a manuscript, authors certify that the article is not being considered for publication nor has it been published elsewhere.

The journal subscribes to Turnitin, an initiative to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. All manuscripts submitted to the journal are scanned against the Turnitin database to verify originality. The Turnitin reports of any paper with a similarity index of over 20% is closely examined by the editors. Manuscripts containing a high similarity index and suspected plagiarism are sent back to author(s) requesting an explanation of high similarity of their paper. If the authors decide to resubmit their paper will be ran through Turnitin again. If the high similarity of their paper remains then the paper is immediately rejected and the author’s name is noted. JARER takes plagiarism very seriously but we are also cognisant of the fact that many of our authors may have not received formal education on appropriate referencing and citation protocols. Further, in recognition of one of our primary goals of being a tool for the development of aspiring African academics we feel that educating authors who submit papers with a high similarity index is a more pragmatic approach than rejecting papers outright when they exhibit signs of plagiarism. Any clear and obvious signs of plagiarism will not be tolerated.

Conflict of Interest

All authors are required to disclose any affiliations, funding sources, and competing interests that might be perceived as sources of bias related to the reported research and/or presented content. Editors and reviewers are also required to declare any competing interests and will be excluded from the peer review process if a competing interest exists.

A competing interest exists when the authors’ interpretation of data or presentation of information may be influenced by their personal or financial relationship with other people or organizations. Authors should disclose any financial competing interests but also any non-financial competing interests that may cause them embarrassment if they were to become public after the publication of the manuscript.

Peer Review Process

The suitability and quality of research articles are initially reviewed by the journal editors before the review process is initiated. Manuscripts may be rejected at this stage or returned to authors for resubmission before the review process. Additionally, authors may be provided with opportunities for mentorship (at this stage or after the first round of review). The journal offers this mentorship route for emerging academics who feel that they may need assistance in getting their paper published.

JARER strives to play a developmental role in real estate related research in Africa. As such, the peer-review process differs from most other journals and the editors and editorial team typically play a more hands on role and work closely with authors in developing their research papers. As mentioned above, we also offer mentors who are experienced academics to personally assist authors in developing their research should they request it. This means that there may be several iterations of reviews and resubmissions before a decision is made regarding your manuscript. Additional (more minor) revisions may still be required once the editors have made a final decision to accept a paper. These additional revisions relate to the structure and editorial elements of the paper and do not relate to the research content. More details regarding the review and publication process are provided in the information for authors.

Publication Frequency

The Journal of African Real Estate Research publishes two issues per year in June and December. The journal will publish articles online as they are finalised for publication. These articles will subsequently be assigned to a volume and issue according to the journal's publication schedule.

Open Access Policy

The Journal of African Real Estate Research is an Open Access Journal and provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Every article published by the journal is open access, which means that:

- The article is universally and freely accessible via the Internet, in an easily readable format. All publications are deposited immediately upon publication, without embargo.

- The author(s) or copyright owner(s) irrevocably grant(s) to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article/book in its entirety or in part, in any format or medium, provided that no substantive errors are introduced in the process, proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details are given, and that the bibliographic details are not changed. If the article is reproduced or disseminated in part, this must be clearly indicated and can be done without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

JARER is committed permanently to maintaining this open access publishing policy, retrospectively and prospectively, in all eventualities, including any future changes in ownership.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Licensing Information

The Journal of African Real Estate Research is published under an Attribution-Non-Commercial International Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License. Under this license, authors agree to make articles available to users, without permission or fees, for any lawful, non-commercial purpose. Users may read, copy, or re-use published content as long as the author and original place of publication are properly cited.

Language

JARER is an English language journal and all articles are in English. This has been a challenge for many of our authors who are not native English speakers. Thus, we work closely with our authors to assist them in developing the language of their papers.