About Professor Rajiv T Erasmus
Prof Erasmus is an Emeritus Professor in the department of Pathology, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town and served as its Executive Head from 2013 to 2017. He is currently the President of the Africa Federation of Clinical Chemistry (AFCC) and the Public Relations Chair of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC). Professor Erasmus is a foundation member of the College of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (COPECSA), which he helped establish in 2010, and is its current vice president. He has worked in Nigeria, USA, Papua New Guinea, and South Africa on the epidemiology of diabetes and biomarkers related to its diagnosis, reference intervals, point-of-care testing, and clinical audits. He is passionate about quality management and ethical leadership in the laboratory and has co-established the first ever academic laboratory and quality management course in Africa. He has published more than 250 papers in peer reviewed journals.
Professor Rajiv T Erasmus’ vision and goals for the journal
His strategic vision for AJLM is for it to be an African Journal of the highest standard and quality that would bring to the foreground breaking research in training, education, and diagnostics relevant to the advancement of laboratory medicine and patient management in Africa. His 4 arching goals include increased visibility and establishing AJLM as the premier journal of Laboratory Medicine in Africa and to increase its influence in Africa and beyond and to work towards a healthier Africa that protect its environment. AJLM should become the Academic Voice of Africa in Laboratory Diagnostics and champion equity in health and strive to campaign for change on the African continent by challenging the status quo, promoting ethical based research, and preventing misconduct. AJLM should also champion good nutrition and healthy lifestyles and encourage the participation by the public in research and healthcare in Africa. He would also want to double the number of articles currently published.
We would like to welcome Prof Erasmus to the team and look forward to all the expertise he brings to the journal.
Journal Focus and Scope
The African Journal of Laboratory Medicine, the official journal of ASLM, focuses on the role of the laboratory and its professionals in the clinical and public healthcare sectors, and is specifically based on an African frame of reference. Emphasis is on all aspects that promote and contribute to the laboratory medicine practices of Africa. This includes, amongst others:
- biomedical scientists and clinicians
- medical community, public health officials and policy makers
- laboratory systems and policies (translation of laboratory knowledge, practices, and technologies in clinical care)
- interfaces of laboratory with medical science
- laboratory-based epidemiology
- laboratory investigations
- evidence-based effectiveness in real world (actual) settings.
DHET Accreditation and Indexing Services
The journal is DHET accredited and is included in leading indexing services which include the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), PubMed Central, SCOPUS, SciELO SA and Web of Science Other Coverage, Emerging Sources Citation Index, ESCI.
The journal 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. Read our full peer review process.
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