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South African law journals & finding articles on SA law

A journal is a regular publication (monthly, yearly, etc.) in which you will find academic and research articles. The articles present current research and quick (but thoughtful) responses to legal developments, such as Case Comments..
Journals which are peer-reviewed submit potential articles to evaluation by other experts before publication, so you can be confident of the quality of those finally included in the volume. 
The majority of journals held by the Bodleian Libraries in both physical and electronic formats can be searched via SOLO, however you may find the Law Library's own database easier to use.

Use the other tabs in this box to find recommended journals and guidance on the special online tools to help you find articles in law journals


Holders of an Oxford SSO have access to law journals published in South Africa via the databases below

Available on the free web

Note that when a new part arrives it is first put out on the special New Journals Display (Just In corner) in the main Reading Room on Level 2.

Shelf marks beginning S Africa 300
Journal issues from and including 2000 are on Level 1; older issues up to and including 1999 are on the Ground Floor. 

Acta juridica 1958-
Annual survey of South African law 1947-
De jure v.1(1975)- [incomplete]
Industrial law journal v.1(1980)-
Stellenbosch law review v.1(1990)-
South African journal on human rights v.1(1985)-
South African law journal
Tydskrif vir hedendaagse Romeins-Holandse Reg v.1 (1937)-

Shelf marks beginning General 300
Journal issues from and including 2000 are on Level 1; older issues up to and including 1999 are on the Ground Floo

Journal of  African law 

Please ask a member of staff for directions when you visit the Law Bod.

Legal databases and ejournal platforms offer ways for you to set up customised alerts and/or an RSS feed. Look out for "Current Awareness,"  "Stay up to Date," "Create Alert" or the bell icon: instructions are usually clear. If you do encounter difficulties please contact us.
Note that Westlaw Edge UK also includes the formerly separate LawTel service
An ETOC or TOC option provides the entire table of contents of each new journal issue.
If you come to the Law Library, check out the Just In Corner on Level 2 (the entrance level) which has a display of the most recent issues of those law journals still received in print. (This display is updated weekiy.)

In addition (especially if you have inter disciplinary interests) 

Some researchers may remember ZETOC. In its place we recommend  the open access service JournalsTOCs - "the largest, free collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs): 32,312 journals including 15,741 selected Open Access journals and 11,834 Hybrid journals, from 3333 publishers."
Please note this requires you to register as an individual - it is not an Oxford SSO related eresource.

Journals published in South Africa are indexed by IFLP, see first link below.

Remember: legal developments may well be the subject of articles in law journals published in other jurisdictions. However, South African law can be the subject of articles in journals published elsewhere. eg "Corporate governance and employees in South Africa" is in The Journal of Corporate Law Studies v. 10 no. pt2 (October 2010) p. 367-89.

It is therefore advisable to use all the indexing tools listesd below

Indexing tools on the free web

There are too many for any list to be comprehensive. If you are studying a particular legal topic, or a foreign jurisdiction, it may well be worth considering which law firms have gained a distinguished reputation in the same topic/jurisdiction, they may well have partners/practitioners posting news and comment.

Inter-library loans

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the journal you are looking for, we may be able to source it through Oxford's inter-library loan service.

Recommend a journal

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the journal or article you are looking for, you can make a recommendation by completing the form below (Oxford Single-Sign On required).