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About Curationis

This page includes information on the focus and scope of Curationis as well as the policies and publication procedures. For details on how to prepare and submit a manuscript via the online manuscript submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

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Focus and scope 

Curationis is the official journal of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa.

Curationis is a scholarly research journal that aims to provide a forum for the exploration of issues and experiences relating to, and supporting, nursing and midwifery best-practice development through research learning and problem-based knowledge sharing across the African continent.

The knowledge gained and shared by authors and reviewers who publish research results in Curationis support the grounds for decision makers on matters regarding health, health care, nurses and nursing. The journal therefore serves as a repository (archive or store) of relevant data that enhances the practice of responsible and professional nursing, caring and midwifery.

The journal will seek to publish innovative research and reviews on all aspects of nursing and midwifery with particular emphasis on the developing African context, including, but not limited to best practices, research, and policy roles of nurses and midwifes and the settings in which they practice. The intention of the publishers are to encourage authors to provide stimulating and thought-provoking information based on research that will further the improvement, management and development of nursing in Africa. Aspects that are typically covered in the publication include, amongst others:

  • role of nurses, midwifes and health care workers
  • education and training of workers in the nursing profession
  • support and advisory services provided by nurses and midwifes in forming public awareness of health matters
  • guidelines in dealing with public perceptions and views regarding diseases and health matters
  • prevention of diseases
  • community-oriented nursing and health care
  • challenges encountered in the nursing profession

Historic overview of Curationis 

Curationis was founded in 1980 and at the time was published by the South African Nursing Association (SANA). Since 1996 the journal has been adopted and transformed by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA). During the initial stages of change, the role of journal editor was filled by Prof. Uys from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which has subsequently changed to an editor appointed by DENOSA. The journal’s current editor is Prof. M. Davhana-Maselesele.

In June 2011, a new phase was introduced in the operational history of Curationis when AOSIS (African Online Scientific Information Systems) started publishing Curationis on a rolling publication basis. The journal has since grown from strength to strength considering its wide focus, credibility, accreditation and Open Access format which actively promotes the dissemination of nursing knowledge and the development of research capacity within the country.

Open Access 

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

Peer review policy 

Curationis has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. The editors do not inform the reviewers of the identity of the author(s). The reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to the authors either. The reviewers’ comments as well as recommendations regarding an article’s form may be passed on to the corresponding author and may also include suggested revisions. Manuscripts that are not approved for publication will not be returned to the submitting author in any format. Please note that AOSIS do not retain copies of rejected articles.

The peer review process aims to ensure that all published articles:

  • present the results of primary scientific research
  • report results that have not been published elsewhere
  • are scientifically sound
  • provide new scientific knowledge where experiments, statistics and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail so that another researcher will be able to reproduce the experiments described
  • provide conclusions that are presented in an appropriate manner and are supported by the data
  • are presented in an intelligible and logic manner and are written in clear and unambiguous English
  • meet all applicable research standards with regard to the ethics of experimentation and research integrity
  • adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards for data availability.

The journal publisher, AOSIS, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. All works are submitted to CrossCheck and is available to the editors of the journal to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. In the event of high percentage overlap, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines will apply (learn more).

Publication frequency 

The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed. 

Indexing & Archiving

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • DHET SA List
  • SciELO SA
  • African Index Medicus
  • PubMed / MEDLINE
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • Google Scholar
  • ProQuest
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Level 1

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.


The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • SA ePublications, Sabinet
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is:

Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

]DHET accreditation 

The journal is DHET accredited because it is listed on the following approved indexing services:

  • DHET SA List
  • SciELO SA


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ISSN: 0379-8577 (print) | ISSN: 2223-6279 (online)

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