A journal (periodical) is a scholarly publication containing articles written by researchers, academics, practitioners and other experts. Journals usually focus on a specific discipline or field of study. Articles in journals often deal with very specific aspects of topics and in depth. Journals are like magazines: different issues or parts are published at regular intervals and each has the same title. Often each part has a number and all the parts for a year have a volume number. Usually several authors write articles per issue.
Law journals contain articles, comments, case notes and book reviews.
There are about 26 law journals published in South Africa.
Not all journals or articles are available full text online. There are various ways to access online journals - see the centre column of this page or click on the Databases tab.
Newspapers are also periodicals although generally not scholarly but may be a useful source of information. Most newspapers have online versions. SA media / SA News on Sabinet provides scanned newspaper articles from a wide range of South African newspapers going back several decades and the Newspaper gateway provides access to a useful range of newspapers from around the world. Iolnews is a useful online source of South African news. See also the UKZN Library's newspaper page.
Click on the Databases tab at the top of this page for links to databases containing international journals.
Most academic journals are not freely available via Google or Google Scholar. Libraries pay for access and publishers / vendors put together collections of journals for multiple years in databases. These collections may be country or subject specific or multidisciplinary.
There are different ways to search for journals and journal articles:
1. The icatalogue includes titles of journals as well as articles in journals that are accessible to UKZN staff and students. Use the advanced search option. (If an article is not accessible to UKZN you can request a copy electronically via the Share facility on icatalogue. It is better to check with a subject librarian first in case there is a technical problem or the article is accessible via another means.)
2. Search an academic database by topic, author or journal title. Click on the Databases tab at the top of this page for more information and a list of databases, OR, from the toolbar on the UKZN Library homepage, under Electronic Resources, select Databases A-Z, or click on the Databases option in World Cat Local and choose the required option.
3. Search the e-journals collection of the Library for a particular journal and / or article where details are known.
For an overall list of law journals that UKZN has some sort of online access to, go to the e journals page and choose the option 'Category' and then Law from the scroll down list.
4. Search GoogleScholar. GoogleScholar can only provide free access to articles if publishers allow it but where UKZN pays for access to an article, click on the article title to get to the full text.
South African law journals full text can be found in 3 South African databases and 1 over seas database:
1. SABINET Online provides access to South African journal articles in ALL subject areas, including some law journals.
Click on SABINET ONLINE , then 'Search' on the toolbar, and from the right hand column of the drop down options click on the first option SA ePublications (full text since 2001). Once at the search screen you can also tick to search ISAP (index only from 1987).
The following journals are available full text in Sabinet's SA e Publications: Acta Criminologica; Business Tax & Company Law Quarterly; Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa (CILSA); De Jure (2011+); De Rebus; Fundamina; Institute for Security Studies; Journal for Juridicial Science; Law, Democracy and Development; Lesotho Law Journal; Malawi Law Journal; Obiter; Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal (PELJ); SA Crime Quarterly; SA Journal of Bioethics and Law; SA Yearbook of International Law; Without Prejudice
2. Juta (2000+): Acta Juridica (AJ); African Human Rights Law Journal; African Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law; African Nazarene University Law Journal; African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law; CILSA: Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa; Constitutional Court Review; Corporate Report: Facilitating Business in SA; iilwandle zethu: Journal of Ocean Law and Governance in Africa; Industrial Law Journal (ILJ) (Located in the Labour library); Journal of Business Law; Journal of Comparative Law in Africa; Journal of Corporate and Commercial Law and Practice; Juta’s Quarterly Review of South African; Juta’s Tax Law Review; South African Intellectual Property Law Journal; SA Journal of Criminal Justice (SACJ); South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR) (from 2016 SAJHR is available on the database Taylor and Francis); South African Law Journal (SALJ); SA Mercantile Law Journal; South African Yearbook of International Law; Stellenbosch Law Review; Tydskrif vir die Suid Afrikaanse Reg (TSAR)
3. LexisNexis (1996/1998+): De Rebus (1998+); De Jure; Employment Law Journal (1996+); Income Tax Reporter (1998+); Insurance and Tax Journal (1998+); Property Law Digest (1996+); Taxgram (1998+); Tydskrif vir Hedendaagse Romeins-Hollandse Reg (THRHR)
4. The American database Heinonline provides full text access to a range of South African journals from their inception. Most recent issues not available -
The Department of Higher Education approves South African journals for SAPSE accreditation purposes and also provides links to all accredited lists. These are available from the UKN Research office home page.
This mainly affects postgraduates and researchers: if an article is not available via UKZN and is urgently needed, ask your subject librarian who will request a copy for you - at no charge to yourself.