oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - A conspectus of South African legal periodicals : past to present

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



This article provides a brief introduction to the role and relevance of South African legal periodicals and provides a chronological list of South African legal periodicals. This list of law journals contains, , a brief description of the history and development of each journal, the names of the first and current editors; and states whether or not the journal is accredited for South African Post Secondary Education purposes. Each listing in the conspectus of periodicals is accompanied by an image of the front cover of the relevant journal. As a general rule the image of the front cover, or full title page or table of content page, of the very first number of each journal has been used as accompanying illustration to each listing in the conspectus.

The conspectus of legal periodicals confirms that there has been a massive proliferation of new law journal titles during the last forty years. Although there is a large degree of overlapping of area and field covered by the articles in many of these journals, it is also true that a number of new specialised law journals have been published.
Finally, some comment is made on the future of South African legal periodicals, including the possibility that soon many of them will no longer appear in hard copy, but only in an online format, and that all research which is funded with public funds will have to have open access.

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