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AJIC Submission Guidelines

Corresponding Editor: Dr. Lucienne Abrahams

Submissions: Submit to ajic.submissions@gmail.com 

Types of Submissions: AJIC will consider the following types of submissions for publication:

1. Articles
(max. 8,000 words in length, including word count of Abstract, Keywords, footnotes, and References section)
e.g., research articles; conceptual articles; policy, legal and/or regulatory reviews; and systematic reviews

2. Thematic Reviews, Thematic Reports
(max. 4,000 words in length, including word count of Abstract, Keywords, footnotes, and References section)
e.g., research reviews; research reports; critical topical reviews; critical topical reports; guest editor introductions; and guest editor overviews

3. Critical Interventions
(max. 4,000 words in length, including word count of Abstract, Keywords, footnotes, and References section)
e.g., editorials; commentaries; and viewpoints

4. Publication Reviews
(max. 4,000 words in length, including word count of Abstract, Keywords, footnotes, and References section)
e.g., book reviews (i.e., reviews of scholarly books); reviews of non-book scholarly publications; literature reviews; reviews of research reports; reviews of research papers; and reviews of working papers

5. Conference Papers
(max. 4,000 words in length, including word count of Abstract, Keywords, footnotes, and References section)

6. Correspondence
(max. 4,000 words in length)
e.g., rejoinders to published AJIC articles; and correspondence in response to published AJIC articles

7. News
(max. 2,000 words in length)

Originality: Submissions are received with the understanding that their contents are original, unpublished material, are not being submitted for publication elsewhere, and are not direct copies of material submitted as part of a Master’s or PhD thesis or dissertation. Translated material that has not been published in English will be considered. The AJIC editorial team reserved the right to edit or otherwise alter contributions, both before and after peer review, with authors given the opportunity to review and accept/reject edits and alterations.

Authorship: If the submission has more than one author, the authors should be listed in order of degree of contribution to the submission, i.e., the first-listed author is the one who contributed most.

Selection and Refereeing:

  • All Articles that the Corresponding Editor provisionally selects, with assistance where necessary from internal reviewers, for publication will be reviewed “double-blind” by one or more referees selected by the Corresponding Editor from the AJIC Editorial Advisory Board or from among experts in the subject matter. Final selection for publication shall be contingent upon referee approval and, where applicable, author implementation of changes requested by the referee(s).
  • All shorter contributions (Thematic Reviews, Thematic Reports, Critical Interventions, Publication Reviews, Conference Papers, Correspondence, News) selected for publication by the Corresponding Editor, with assistance where necessary from internal reviewers, will be refereed internally and will only receive external double-blind review when deemed necessary by the Corresponding Editor.

Presentation:

Format: All submissions  should  be in 12‐point Times New Roman font,  single‐space,  left-aligned  MS Word  format (or  compatible  open  source  format) with minimal formatting.

First page: The first page of the submission should contain:

  • submission title
  • corresponding author’s name, title, organisational affiliation, postal address, email address, and telephone number
  • (where appicable) names, titles and organisation affiliations of co‐authors
  • an Abstract not exceeding 200 words in length
  • Keywords
  • (where appicable) Acknowledgements, including acknowledgement of any funding received for the research, and any potential conflict(s) of interest on the part of any of the authors.

Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively, in Arabic numerals, with the numbers followed by headings.

Figures: All graphs, diagrams, drawings and photographs should be referred to as figures, should be provided in the body of the submission in high-resolution .jpeg file format, and should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, with the numbers followed by headings.

Footnotes: Footnotes (NOT end notes) should be used ONLY to provide supplementary information, NOT to provide full citations for sources.

Citations for sources: Citations of primary and secondary sources referred to in the article should be provided in APA citation style, i.e., via,

  • in-text bracketed (author, year) citations, with page numbers for direct quotations, and with this same style used to cite sources mentioned in footnotes; and
  • a concluding References section containing full citations for ONLY the sources cited in the text and footnotes, arranged in alphabetical order and following APA full-citation style conventions for punctuation, italicisation, upper-casing, etc.

African/UK English spellings: Submissions must use African/UK (NOT American) English spellings, e.g., programme NOT program; labour NOT labor; organisation NOT organization; analyse NOT analyze, etc. 

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