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PER publishes contributions relevant to development in the South African constitutional state. This means that most contributions will concern some aspect of constitutionalism or the law relating to development. The fact that the South African constitutional state is the focus does not limit the content of PER to the South African legal system, since development law and constitutionalism are excellent themes for comparative work and international law. Therefore, contributions on any aspect or discipline of the law are welcomed.

PER is included in the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) and is, therefore, an approved journal for purposes of subsidy for South African authors from 2004.


Pioneer in peer reviewed open access law publication in South Africa!

PER publishes contributions in

     ENGLISH (policy)
     AFRIKAANS (policy)
     DUTCH (policy)
     GERMAN (policy)

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PER hosted on Web of Knowledge via SciELO

PER is one of the pioneer participants in the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)-South Africa database.  The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) recently announced that Thomson Reuters has partnered with SciELO to host its database on Web of Knowledge, the world's most powerful search and discovery platform.  Read more .....  PER welcomes this development since it will no doubt further enhance our contributors' exposure to global scholarship.

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