About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The journal welcomes submissions by all law students from both Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch Universities, as well as the University of Western Cape. Responsa Meridiana aims to provide undergraduate law students with an opportunity to use their skills in academic research and writing with a tangible result in the form of a peer reviewed journal. The fact that only student articles are published in no way taints the standard of the journal. Two editorial committees, sitting at both Universities and assisted by their respective faculty advisors, painstakingly select and edit the articles to be published.

From the first edition, Responsa Meridiana has established itself as a journal of exceptional standard, and has proven to be a valuable research tool, with articles being referenced in several court decisions over the years.

The primary objective of the journal is to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to publish legal articles, providing them with an international readership without the stringent submission requirements set by contemporary publications. Responsa Meridiana prides itself as being a journal of exceptional standard, with articles even being used in court decisions. Subscribers to the journal include judges, advocates, attorneys, academics and students. The journal is housed in many of the world’s major universities.

Publication Frequency

Responsa Meridiana is an annually published student journal usually appearing in December.  Final dates for submissions will be published on the front page of the website.

Open Access Policy

This journal 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.

Publication Fequency

Responsa Meridiana is an annually published student journal usually appearing in December.

Open Access Policy

South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture 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, as underwritten by the license CC BY NC ND 4.0, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

Publication Fees

There are no submission fees or article-processing charges payable.

Code of Conduct

Publication ethics and malpractice statement

1. Publication and authorship:

  • Authors must list all references used in/for the article
  • Authors must acknowledge financial support received and from which organization or firm
  • Authors acknowledge that the article/s is their own original work and that no other author’s work has been used without referencing or in a manner which constitutes plagiarism.
  • Authors acknowledge that their data is real and verifiable and that no fraudulent data is used
  • Authors may not submit an article that has been published in another journal; nor may they submit to other journals when published in SAJHE. Articles must be published exclusively in SAJHE


2. Author's responsibilities:

  • Authors are obliged to participate in the review process and refusal to do so may result in articles not being published or retracted
  • Only people who contributed significantly to the research and/or article can be listed as ‘author’. People who contributed in a lesser role must be acknowledged as ‘contributor’
  • Authors must provide retractions or corrections of any mistakes found by the reviewers


3. Peer review / responsibility of reviewers:

  • Judgments will be objective
  • Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funders of the research
  • Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited
  • Reviewers will treat reviewed articles as confidential


4. Editorial responsibilities:

  • The editor-in-chief has complete authority to reject or accept articles
  • Editors should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject or accept
  • The editor/s will only accept a paper when reasonably certain that all conditions have been met by the author/s
  • The editor will promote the publication of corrections or retractions when errors are found in published work
  • The editor will preserve the anonymity of the reviewers


5. Publishing ethics issues

  • The editorial board will monitor and safeguard the publishing ethics of the journal
  • The guidelines for retracting articles are as follows:
    • Articles that are seriously flawed and unreliable will be retracted. Redundant articles (published in other journals prior to SAJHE) will be retracted. Change of authorship or minor errors will not lead to retraction but to the publishing of a correction notice.
    • Notices of retraction will clearly state the reason and the retracted article will be clearly marked in all electronic versions of the journal, and a retraction notice will be published in the print copy of the journal.
  • The journal will not compromise intellectual or ethical standards in favour of the business needs of the journal
  • The editorial board will maintain the integrity of the academic record of the journal
  • The editorial board will always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
  • No plagiarism and no fraudulent data will be tolerated in the journal

Digital Preservation

Responsa Meridiana. This journal is in the process of migrating from the Stellenbosch University preservation platform to the PKP PN (Preservation Network) platform.

ORCID iD

This journal programme cannot read the ORCID iD.  Please do not add it when you Register or when submitting a paper.

After Registration, can you Edit your Profile and then insert the ORCID iD, or please send your ORCiD ID, along with the name of the journal to, scholar@sun.ac.za to add to your Profile.

Stellenbosch University researchers/authors can create an ORCID iD here.

ORCID iD is a persistent, unique, numeric identifier for individual researchers and creators. It distinguishes you from researchers and creators with the same or similar names.  ORCID iD is similar to ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, ISNI and other systems for identifying and distinguishing researchers and creators.

Journal History

Responsa Meridiana is the annual law journal published through the collaborative efforts of the law students of the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch since 1964.

From the first edition, Responsa Meridiana has established itself as a journal of exceptional standard, and has proven to be a valuable research tool, with articles being referenced in several court decisions over the years.