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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • Does the paper fall within the scope and aims of the journal?
    We welcome papers that present new empirical and theoretical knowledge in the fields of African social science, history and cultural studies, African language studies and African literatures.
  • Is the paper of appropriate length?
    Manuscripts for academic articles should be between 7,000 and 8,000 words in length, and book reviews up to 800 words.
  • Is the language clear, engaging and easy to read?
    Ensure that the paper is free of unnecessary jargon and that it is proofread before submitting.
  • Does the paper conform to format, style and reference guidelines?
    The format, style and reference guidelines can be found below.

Author Guidelines

The Nordic Journal of African Studies publishes research articles that fall within the aims and scope of the journal as well as book reviews. NJAS welcomes articles that are not under consideration with other scientific journals and are not published elsewhere in paper format or on the Internet; by submitting, the author warrants that the work is the author's original work, that the author has not transferred, and will not transfer, exclusive rights to the work to any third party, and the work contains no misrepresentation or infringement of the property of other authors or third parties. NJAS only publishes open access and online, and there are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this journal.

 Manuscripts for research articles should be between 7,000 and 8,000 words in length, and book reviews up to 800 words. All submissions must conform to the guidelines described below.

 The primary publication language of the NJAS is English, but articles in French and Swahili are also welcome. 

Submit manuscripts to Editor-in-Chief Dr. Annika Teppo via email: njas-info(at)njas.fi 

Editorial procedure

At NJAS we use independent, blind peer-review to ensure that the articles we publish are of a high international standard. Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged by email, and the editor-in-chief initially assesses manuscripts before assigning them to the relevant subject editors. Articles that are by subject editors considered to be potentially relevant for publication will go through to peer-review. Manuscripts will be evaluated by at least two expert readers, and a decision on publication will be made accordingly. Final acceptance of articles is conditional upon suggested revisions being satisfactorily executed, and a second round of review may be required.

 When an article is accepted for publication it will go through a fact-checking process before being published on the journal website.

 What to submit: format, style and reference guidelines

When submitting an article please also send a cover letter introducing your manuscript to the editor and suggesting the relevance of the proposed article to the journal’s readership, as well as sending the manuscript itself.

 Submit the manuscript using a single space 12-point (unicode) font, in a Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or RTF document file format. Keep a copy of the manuscript for your own reference.


The manuscript should consist of a cover page and the main text (in one document).

The cover page includes:

  • Title of the paper
  • Writer(s) name and family name
  • Academic affiliation
  • Email addressof the corresponding author
  • Up to 5 thematic keywords
  • A brief biographical description of the author
  • Funding details and disclosure statement
  • Indication of the disciplinary fieldof the paper

The manuscript includes:

  • Title of the paper
  • An abstract of approximately 200 words
  • The paper itself
  • Tables, figures and maps

Tables, figures or maps should be identified by an Arabic numeral and can be submitted either as separate electronic files with their place clearly indicated in the main text, or included in the text manuscript itself.

  • Notes

NJAS uses footnotes rather than endnotes. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the text.

  • Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements should be marked by an asterisk (*) and they should precede the footnotes.

  • References

References should be cited in the text according author-date system, e.g.

(Wolff 1981: 244-46), or "... on the origin of Bantu languagess Guthrie (1971: 13) stated...". 

The list of references or bibliography should be presented in one list in alphabetical order according to the following format:

Flight, C. 1988. Bantu trees and some wider ramifications. African Languages and Cultures 1(1): 25-43.

Heine, B. 1971. Urbanisierung und Sprachsoziologie afrikanischer linguaefrancae. Linguistics 73: 46-61.

Heine, B. 1979. Sprache, Gesellschaft und Kommunikation in Afrika. Munich und London: Weltforum Verlag.

Parkin, D. 1974. Language Schift and Ethnicity in Nairobi: The Speech Community of Kaloleni. In: Language in Kenya, Wilfred H. Whiteley (ed.), pp. 167-187. Nairobi: Oxford University Press.

Where available, do include links or URLs for references.

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