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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The Guide to Authors has been consulted and formatting instructions adhered to.
  • Four reviewers have been recommended and their contact details (email) provided.
  • Any conflicts of interest have been declared in the cover letter.
  • Any necessary permissions have been obtained for the reuse of data, figures or tables.
  • An ORCID has been provided for the corresponding author.
  • Author contributions are listed in a separate section at the end of the manuscript.
  • The total length of the manuscript does not exceed 8000 words in the case of a research paper or rapid communication, or 4000 words in the case of a short communication or technical note.
  • The following file types are ready for upload: Publishing Agreement, Cover letter, Recommended reviewers, Main document, Supplementary material (if applicable), and, in the case of revised manuscript submission, Figures and Response to reviewers.
  • The following information is ready to be submitted: title, abstract, keywords, authors' names, affiliations, ORCIDs, contact details.
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Research paper

A paper is a comprehensive contribution to the subject, including introduction, experimental information and discussion of results. (Technical accounts involving application of well-known techniques, and situation assessment/observation/sampling papers reporting results of work not carried out as a research activity, cannot be considered.). Length limit (all inclusive): 8 000 words.


A review is an authoritative, critical account of recent and current research in a specific field to which the author has made notable contributions. Recommended length limit (all inclusive): 10 000 words.

Short communication

A short communication is a concise account of new and significant findings to inform readers of preliminary or limited research results. Length limit (all inclusive): 4 000 words.

Rapid communication

A rapid communication is an original contribution which merits prompt publication to publicise the findings of very recent research with immediate significance. Length limit (all inclusive): 8 000 words.

Technical note

A technical note describes an original process or technique without necessarily including extensive data, theory or critical evaluation. Length limit (all inclusive): 4 000 words.


Comments on papers already published are sent to the authors of the paper for reply and both the comments and the authors’ reply will be published in the upcoming issue of Water SA.

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