Journal History

SACJ was founded as Quæstiones Informaticæ (QI) in 1979 by Prof Derek Henderson, a pioneer of Computer Science in South Africa, who went on to become vice-chancellor of Rhodes University. Howard Williams, also at Rhodes, was joint editor. Subsequent editors were Gerrit Wiechers from University of South Africa and Judith Bishop, then at University of the Witwatersrand. Derrick Kourie, shortly after taking over as editor in 1989, implemented the name change to South African Computer Journal.

Since 2008 the journal has operated on a 5-year term for an editor. The first editor appointed on this basis was Lucas Venter, who was succeeded in 2012 by Philip Machanick. The journal has also moved to a panel of editors to spread the load, with the editor-in-chief primarily responsible for managing allocation of reviews and ensuring that issues are published to the required standard and schedule. The journal generally aims to publish two issues per year, while occasionally adding special issues.

Over that time another change is in ownership. Originally a project of the Computer Society of South Africa, a growing divergence between academic and commercial interests was reflected in the emergence of a body for academics. Initially called “South African Institute of Computer Science” (SAICS) and now “South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists” (SAICSIT), this organization also runs an annual academic conference, and aims to represent academic interests in the fields of Computer Science and Information Systems, and allied disciplines.

SACJ moved to purely online publication as of the start of 2010, with issue 45, though it retains a print ISSN and publishes a cover. Those nostalgic for a paper edition have everything they need to make their own.

In 2016, SACJ was added to the Scopus index. In the same year, the previous number-only numbering system was altered to volume and number to be consistent with most other journals. 2016 issues are volume 28, consistent with numbering volumes from 1 when the name changed.