About the Journal

Background

Bothalia: African Biodiversity & Conservation is published by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and aims to disseminate, to a wide audience, knowledge, information and innovative approaches that promote and enhance the wise use and management of biodiversity in order to sustain the systems and species that support and benefit the people of Africa.

Bothalia has been published since 1922, and historically it focussed on plant taxonomy and ecological research publications. In 2013 the journal expanded its scope to include other elements of biodiversity in line with the mandate of SANBI, and the journal was published through AOSIS, including an online version. Since 2020 SANBI has once again taken over the management of the journal, and is using the Open Journal Systems as the platform for manuscript management and online publication.

Scope

The journal publishes original research findings, as well as reviews, commentaries, strategies and short notes.  

The scope of the journal includes the following areas:

1.      Generation of new knowledge that provides a foundation for assessment, planning or management of biodiversity, including (i) new taxonomic discoveries within Africa, from across all Kingdoms of organisms, (ii) documenting the abundance, diversity and distribution of genes, species and ecosystems in Africa (including temporal changes in these).

2.      Assessment of biodiversity, including (i) the status of populations, species and ecosystems, (ii) the impacts of threats, harvesting and disturbance or of interventions on populations, species and ecosystems, (iii) the value of the goods and services provided by biodiversity.

3.      Innovation in science- or evidence-based decision-making for biodiversity in Africa. This includes the publication of case studies, best practices, tools and plans for the conservation, use and management of biodiversity.

4.      Cross-cutting fields specifically (i) developments and innovation in human capital development in the biodiversity sector and (ii) innovation in biodiversity information management and dissemination systems and tools for use of biodiversity information.

5.      Strategic frameworks that provide guidance and direction for biodiversity research, assessment and management at national, regional or continental levels, especially those that integrate biodiversity management with local and regional socio-economic systems.

Submissions from authors anywhere in Africa as well as those based outside of Africa are invited if the content relates to African biodiversity.

Review and publication process

Double-blind peer-reviewed, approved articles are published on the journal’s website as soon as they are ready for publication, and are also published in the hard copy version of the journal at the end of each year.

In the case of news items, and simple nomenclatural changes these will be checked by a member of the editorial team but they will not be peer-reviewed. Such publications will clearly state that they are not peer reviewed publications.

The journal is open access and there are no page charges for authors. The journal is accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training and is included in the Web of Science Core Collection.