The South African Artists Index provides a listing of artists, with entries indicating which publications feature images by these artists. Entries are made in the decades corresponding to the date of the works that appear in these publications.

The Index acts as an easy reference guide to print publications featuring works by individual artists, and serves as a body of raw research data that can assist the identification and interpretation of trends in art practice, curating and publishing.

The Index is accompanied by a Bibliography, that contains the full details of the publications cited in the Index.