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South African Journal of Economics

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United States
Journal ISSN: 382280
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
History: 1933-ongoing
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South African Journal of Economics

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Impact Factor


Impact Factor



The South African Journal of Economics (SAJE) has a long and distinguished history, ranking amongst the oldest generalist journals in economics. In terms of editorial focus, the journal remains a generalist journal covering all fields in economics, but with a particular focus on developmental and African contexts. Toward this end, the editorial policy of the SAJE emphasizes scholarly work on developing countries, with African and Southern African development challenges receiving particular attention. While the SAJE remains a generalist journal, it encourages empirical work on developing and African economies. Importantly the focus is on both theoretical developments and methodological innovations that reflect developing country and African contexts and the policy challenges they pose. The objective of the journal is to be the premier vehicle for the publication of the most innovative work on development country and particularly African economic problems. It aims to be the target journal of choice not only for scholars located in Southern Africa, but of any scholar interested in the analysis of development challenges and their African applications. Clear theoretical foundations to work published should be a hallmark of the journal, and innovation in both theory and empirics appropriate to developing country and the African contexts are encouraged. In terms of submissions, the journal invites submissions primarily of original research articles, as well as survey articles and book reviews relevant to its context. In the case of both survey articles and book reviews, authors should note that a key minimum requirement is a critical reflection on the broader context of the existing literature.

South African Journal of Economics

2-year Impact Factor Trend
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3-year Impact Factor Trend
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South African Journal of Economics

4-year Impact Factor Trend
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Impact Factor

The impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) of an academic journal is a scientometric factor based on the yearly average number of citations on articles published by a particular journal in the last two years. In other words, the impact factor of 2020 is the average of the number of cited publications divided by the citable publications of a journal. A journal impact factor is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field. Normally, journals with higher impact factors are often deemed to have more influence than those with lower ones. However, the science community has also noted that review articles typically are more citable than research articles.

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South African Journal of Economics

Impact Factor History
  • 2019 Impact Factor 1.632
  • 2018 Impact Factor 1.000
  • 2017 Impact Factor 1.045
  • 2016 Impact Factor 0.826
  • 2015 Impact Factor 0.576
  • 2014 Impact Factor 0.603
  • 2013 Impact Factor 0.250
  • 2012 Impact Factor 0.389
  • 2011 Impact Factor 0.607
  • 2010 Impact Factor 0.485
  • 2009 Impact Factor 0.308
  • 2008 Impact Factor 0.394
  • 2007 Impact Factor 0.356
  • 2006 Impact Factor 0.310
  • 2005 Impact Factor 0.370
  • 2004 Impact Factor 0.553
  • 2003 Impact Factor 0.348
  • 2002 Impact Factor 0.625
  • 2001 Impact Factor 0.411
  • 2000 Impact Factor 0.213
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Other Journal Impact Indicator

Any journal impact factor or scientometric indicator alone will not give you the full picture of a science journal. That’s why every year, scholars review current metrics to improve upon them and sometimes come up with new ones. There are also other factors to sider for example, H-Index, Self-Citation Ratio, SJR (SCImago Journal Rank Indicator) and SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper). Researchers may also consider the practical aspect of a journal such as publication fees, acceptance rate, review speed.

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South African Journal of Economics


The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications


South African Journal of Economics

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR indicator) is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from.