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The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) publishes technical and associated legal and economic information on all aspects of the mining and metallurgical industry in the following publications.

The Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (the Journal)

The Journal contains papers that:

  • Make new contributions to basic or applied knowledge through scientific research and development
  • Provide new contributions to technology that are of economic importance
  • Are selected by the Publications Committee from sources that include conference and seminar presentations of the Institute
  • Update and review current research work, processes, and equipment
  • Present original material that has not been published elsewhere
  • Are refereed in line with internationally accepted standards.

The Journal is accredited by Web of Science/ISI and satisfies the criteria for recognized research output as laid down by the Department of Higher Education and Training within the South African Ministry of Education.

The Journal has an Open Access policy which can be viewed at

The Journal does not make any charge for the submission or processing of papers that are submitted for possible publication.

Members of the Institute who are authors or co-authors of papers that are printed in the Journal will be eligible for the Institute’s gold and silver medal awards and certificates of merit.

Monograph Series

These are high-quality books that provide detailed discussions on specialized topics. They are usually compiled by authors and editors at the invitation of the Institute.

Symposium Series

These consist of the proceedings of international conferences and congresses that are presented or supported by the SAIMM. They are made available for sale after the event.

Conference Proceedings

These consist of papers from activities that are organized by the SAIMM and are published and distributed to delegates who attend the event. The Proceedings are made available for sale after the event.

Special Publications Series

These cover books, brochures, and printed items that do not form part of the Monograph or Symposium series.

General standards for publication in the Journal

To merit consideration for publication, a paper should conform to the high standards that have been established over many years. The paper should contain material on research and scientific items that is new, with interpretations that are novel or of new significance and conclusions that cast a fresh light on old ideas. The paper could incorporate developments that would be of interest to technical people and be of economic benefit to the industry. The paper should not be a repetition of well-known practices or concepts, although well-prepared and original review papers will be considered for publication.

All papers, no matter how technical the subject, should be written with the average professional reader in mind. There should be sufficient background to enable the implications of the work to be readily understood. The amount of textbook material should therefore be kept to the minimum essential to the argument. The length of a paper is not a criterion of its worth, and all submissions should be as brief and concise as possible. Although reference to the names of new products, processes, and services is not restricted, it is not the SAIMM's policy to allow editorial matter to be used for blatant advertising purposes.

The Journal encourages articles with a South African flavour, and recommends that authors cite previous South African work to demonstrate their relevance. Whenever possible, authors should add 2 to 3 related references that have been previously published in the Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Permission to publish and copyright

Authors are required to sign the Permission to Publish Agreement, in which the first publication rights for the contribution to be published by the SAIMM or presented at an SAIMM meeting are strictly reserved by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Reproduction of material, as long as it is for non-commercial purposes, is permitted, and indeed encouraged, provided there is full acknowledgement of the source.

The author is the owner of the copyright in the contribution.

Preparation and submission of contributions

  • To submit a paper the Author must first register as an Author on the SAIMM’s Online Journal System (OJS) by following the link:

    Once the Author has registered, they will be able to submit the paper (in MS Word format) to our Online Journal System.
  • Authors must be aware that ORCiDs will need to be included in the PDFs of articles that are submitted to the journal.

    ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification) is an open, not-for-profit organisation with the aim of supplying a persistent and unique identifier - an ORCID iD - to any individual who is involved in research, scholarship and innovation activities.

    The National Research Foundation (NRF) here in South Africa requires that all researchers and students applying for funding and rating at the NRF have an ORCiD. This will help researchers to uniquely identify themselves as the author of their work across all systems integrated with the ORCID registry.
  • Author contributions must be clearly identified. At the end of each article the contribution of each author and collaborator needs to be stated. Authorship must conform to the notions of responsibility and credit; thus special attention must be given to the first ‘lead ’ author (sometimes explicitly shared), and the inclusion in the authorship listing only of persons who have made a significant contribution to the production of the work at an intellectual, practical or conceptual level.

    Examples of criteria to consider are:

    who carried out the study

    who wrote the manuscript

    who supervised the study

    who proof read the manuscript

In the event of a problem with registering on the OJS the Author must contact the Journal coordinator, Ms K. Matthee, at

Layout and style

The manuscript must be set for European A4-sized (210 × 297 mm) paper; leaving left-hand and right-hand margins of 20 mm. Pages must be numbered and the manuscript should not exceed 24 pages of double spaced script.

The manuscript must be prepared in Microsoft Word and using 11 point Arial font with double spacing. Double spacing is preferred because this allows a reviewer the room to make and add comments to the manuscript.

Authors are encouraged to develop arguments that lead in a sequence from one stage to another and finally to a conclusion. Each paragraph should address a topic and contain an idea where each sentence in the paragraph logically develops that idea. Be objective. Do not include irrelevant or extraneous matter. Sentences should be punctuated correctly to make for easy reading.

Use the present tense to describe actions, conditions, and findings with ongoing applicability in the present. Use the past tense to describe actions, conditions, and results that occurred at a specific time in the past.

Quotation marks should be the 'single' type for quotations and "double" for quoted matter within quotations.

Italics can be used to emphasize a word or phrase.

All figures and tables should appear in the text at the appropriate places and positions. Figures should be clearly identified in the text and should be referred to as Figure 1 etc. (and not Fig. 1). A few well-selected figures can speak a thousand words.

Mathematical and chemical equations should be numbered consecutively in square brackets on the right-hand side of the page:

Example:                    Fe2O3 +6H(C5H7O2) →2Fe(C5H7O2)3 + 3H20                                                               [1]

Units and symbols are laid down in the SI guide from the US National Institute of Science and Technology Where acronyms (e.g. UNO) are used for the first time the full words must be given with the abbreviation in brackets thereafter. A full stop after an abbreviation is used only when the last letter of the abbreviation is not the last letter of the word. If a large number of symbols are used, they may be listed in a separate Nomenclature section at the end of the paper, immediately preceding the list of references.

The full stop is used as the decimal indicator. Numbers of four or more digits are separated into groups of three to the left and right of the decimal place, with a space between the groups.

The use of capitals for captions, headings, or references must be avoided, because that means resetting. The data processor can change lower case to upper case with the push of a button, but upper case letters need to be reset in order to get lower case letters.


Authors must write the paper in ‘UK English’, with spelling that conforms to the style of the Oxford English Dictionary.

An online dictionary and language reference is available from the Oxford University Press at:

The Synopsis should not exceed 250 words in length and must cover the principal objectives and scope of the work; the methodology; the results, and conclusions. A maximum of six keywords are required.

The body of the paper will typically consist of an Introduction; Background; Literature Survey; Theory; Experimental; Results; Discussion; Conclusions; Acknowledgements; References.

A literature survey is essential for every research project, because it provides the author or authors with guidelines for the project, while at the same time it makes a positive contribution to the solution of the problem and it lends credibility to a project.

The Results and Discussion could be combined if it is deemed to be appropriate.

Sections must not be numbered and should be kept to a maximum of three levels:

- First level headings are bold.

- Second level headings are bold italic.

- Third level headings are italicized.


The Journal has adopted the Harvard convention for referencing (also called author-date or parenthetical citation). The purpose of references is to:

  • Acknowledge the contribution of previous workers to the current study
  • Provide provenance of information, which lends authority to the work
  • Guide the reader to additional sources for further information on the topic.

Citations in the text

  • Single author: author's name (without initials, unless there is more than one author with the same name) and the year of publication
  • Two or three authors: all authors' names and the year of publication
  • More than three authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication.
  • For more than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year, use 'a', 'b', 'c', etc. after the year of publication
  • Citations may be made directly or in parentheses. Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically.

Examples: 'as demonstrated (Jones, 1999, 2000a, 2000b; Jones and Kramer, 1999). Kramer et al. (2010) have shown ....'

List of references

References should be arranged alphabetically by first author, citing all authors (not ‘… et al.’) and then further sorted in ascending order of year if necessary. For multiple authors with the same first author, arrange alphabetically by second author.

Article in a journal        

Bezuidenhout, G.A., Eksteen, J.J., and Bradshaw, S.M. 2009. Computational fluid dynamic modeling of an electric arc furnace used in the smelting of PGM containing concentrates. Minerals Engineering, vol. 22, no. 11. pp. 995–1006.

Do not abbreviate journal titles.

Paper published in a conference proceedings

Nell, J. 2004. Melting of platinum group metals concentrates in South Africa. Proceedings of the VII International Conference on Molten Slags, Fluxes and Salts, Cape Town, South Africa, 25–28 January 2004. Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Johannesburg. pp. 165–170.

Urquhart, R.C., Rennie, M.S., and Rabey, C.C. 1976. The smelting of copper-nickel concentrates in an electric furnace. Proceedings of Extractive Metallurgy of Copper: Vol. 1. Pyrometallurgy and Electrolytic Refining. Yannopoulos, J.C. and Agarwal, J.C. (eds). The Metallurgical Society of AIME, Warrendale, Pennsylvania. pp. 275–295.

The date may be repeated if it forms part of the Proceedings title or subtitle.

If Proceedings were edited, give editor(s) name(s) and initials as for a book.

If Proceedings were not published, omit publisher, place of publication, page numbers.

States in the USA may be abbreviated either the traditional way e.g. Mass. for Massachusetts or the two-letter postal code MA.


Wills B.A. and Napier-Munn, T. 2006. Wills’ Mineral Processing Technology: An Introduction to the Practical Aspects of Ore Treatment and Mineral Recovery. 7th edn. Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann, Amsterdam.

Chapter in an edited book

Mills, K.C. 1986. Estimation of physicochemical properties of coal slags. Mineral Matter and Ash in Coal. Vorres, K.S. (ed.). ACS Symposium Series 301. American Chemical Society. Washington DC. pp. 195–214.


Tarrant, G. 2001. Assessment of support requirements associated longwall reorientation. Report no. MET2431. Strata Control Technology. Wollongong, NSW, Australia. 30 pp.

Serbousek, M.O. and Signer, S.P. 1987. Linear load-transfer mechanics of fully grouted roof bolts. Report of Investigations 9135. US Bureau of Mines, Pittsburgh, PA.

If no authors are identified, the organization issuing the report is regarded as the author.


Forsbacka, L. 2007. Experimental study and modelling of viscosity of chromium containing slags. PhD thesis, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.


Arvidson, B. and Zhu, D. 2007. OutotecOyj. Methods of separating feed materials using a magnetic roll separator. US patent 7296687.       

State name of inventor followed by the assignee if different from author. The issuing country may be abbreviated according to the ISO 3166 standard to be found at

Newspaper report

Paul, S. 2012. Rio Tinto’s Australian trains go driverless. Star Business Report, 21 February p. 22.

If no author is given, use the publication’s name as ‘source’.

Acts of parliament and other government documents

South Africa. 2008. Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act of 2008. Government Gazette, vol. 351, no. 31636, 24 Nov. 2008, as amended. Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty (Administration) Act 29 of 2008, Government Gazette, vol. 521, no. 31624, 26 Nov. 2008, as amended.

Online references     

As for the various types of publication above, with the URL and date of access appended, e.g., Anglia Ruskin University. 2011. Guide to the Harvard style of referencing. [accessed 23 February 2012]
URLs should be cited in full, including the protocol (http, https, ftp, etc.). Ideally the address should be on a single line – break at a forward slash if necessary. No stop or other punctuation to follow the URL. Date of access is important; URLs have a kind of ’half-life’. If the DOI is available, it can be cited before the URL, thus: DOI: 10.1038/nature10749.

Unpublished results and personal communications

These should be avoided as far as possible. Only if it is absolutely essential to use this source, then follow the standard reference style, with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication' in place of the publication details. It is important to give the ‘author’s’ affiliation to enable readers to follow up on the information if necessary, but permission should be sought. Citation of a reference as 'In press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Webber-Youngman, R.C.W. 2011. School of Mining, University of Pretoria. Personal communication.

Figures, tables, and photographs

It is important to note that diagrams cannot be accessed electronically unless a program that is compatible with the Apple Macintosh system is used. Diagrams should be saved in EPS or JPEG file format or downloaded onto the SAIMM website. Assistance in this regard can be provided by the Journal co-ordinator, Ms Kelly Matthee. All figures (including line diagrams, maps, charts, and graphs) should be of good quality, whether in black and white or colour. All the lettering and lines should be of consistent density.


Figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals, i.e. Figure 1 and Figure 2. Each figure must have a short title. All figures must be cited in the text before placement of the figure itself. The position of the figure in the text should be clearly identified. Figures must be submitted as separate files (EPS, or JPEG file format only) and labelled with the surname of the senior author and the number of the figure.

The style of the figure for a particular paper should be uniform, i.e. typeface of wording, line widths, etc. The use of a san-serif typeface like Helvetica is preferable. The figures should be as simple as possible and should contain only essential wording such as the indication of nature and units on the axes of graphs. Please keep in mind that your figure will be reduced to fit in the most appropriate of the following section column widths of 65, 103, 135, and 175 mm. Lettering should therefore be big enough on the original to still be legible on the reduced final product.

All figures in PowerPoint should be saved at 300 dpi high resolution when published at 100 per cent. Computer printouts and screen captures do not reproduce well, and should therefore be avoided. Where these are essential, the material should be of adequate contrast and density.


The numbering of tables must be with Roman numerals, e.g. Table I, Table II, etc. Tables should be set out clearly and each table should have a short title (heading). All tables must be cited in the text before placement of the table itself. The position of the table in the text should be clearly identified.


High-resolution colour or greyscale photographs are acceptable and should be submitted as EPS or JPEG files and labelled in the same manner as figures.

Revision procedure

Authors are urged to have a colleague check their paper for clarity of presentation and typographical errors before the paper is submitted to the Journal.

The initial manuscript will be reviewed by a minimum of two referees who have been nominated by the Publications Committee. The referees will recommend acceptance, provisional acceptance with revision, or rejection. Where appropriate, the referee’s comments and suggestions will be returned to the principal author so that the paper can be revised. After revision, the paper must be returned to the Journal co-ordinator who will ensure that all the recommended changes have been carried out to the satisfaction of the referees and the Publications Committee.

Final manuscript

One copy of the revised and final manuscript should be submitted to OJS in Microsoft Word, double line spacing and conforming to the format and style as given in this document.

Correction of proofs

The paper will be returned to the author(s) in proof form for final checking and authors are urged to ensure that the final version conforms to their requirements. It must be emphasized that proofs are supplied to correct errors made by the typesetter and not in order to provide the author the opportunity to rewrite or update the material. The revised and final paper must be returned by the date specified to the Journal co-ordinator together with the signed Permission to Publish agreement.

Failure to meet the requested deadlines or submit the necessary documentation in the specified format will lead to delay or could prevent publication.