Guide to Contributors
Journal of Conflict Transformation and Nation-Building -- a multidisciplinary journal-- is committed to the publication of articles on the range of issues (including social, political and economic) that affect and shape conflict or war and the lives of people, especially across Africa. Thus, JCTN seeks to feature articles that focus on the transformation of conflict or war, especially the issues that lead to them, with a view to ensuring sustainable peaceful coexistence of people and communities, and the development or deepening of a collective sense of community, nationhood, or shared interests across countries and regions. Particularly, the journal welcomes articles that suggest policies informed by, or based on, concrete or carefully amassed evidence or critical assessment. The idea is to entrench a culture of sustainable peace through evidence-based policymaking and the development of new knowledge and ways of redressing conflicts/war while facilitating and deepening development and renewal, especially in Africa. JCTN welcomes contributions in the form of articles, essays, and book reviews that address issues of conflict transformation and nation building. Articles that are submitted for consideration must be original work and may not be currently under review for possible publication elsewhere. Manuscripts are peer reviewed to ensure that they are appropriate for publication and of outstanding quality. Authors are informed whether submissions have been accepted for publication, require revision prior to possible publication, or are rejected. Contributions which appear in the journal must be prepared for adherence to its format and style, clarity, syntax and punctuation. On acceptance for publication, copyright of contributions appearing in the journal is automatically transferred to the AfriHeritage.
Contributions bearing the title but without the names of author(s), must be sent in electronic format in MS Word. Complete details of the author(s), including title, preferred name and surname, designation, organizational affiliation, postal address, telephone, facsimile, e-mail address and cellular phone numbers, must be included on separate files.
Length and Presentation
Length: Submitted articles should not exceed 6000 words including abstracts, figures, tables, footnotes and references. Book reviews should not exceed 1000 words and must be accompanied by the following: a front cover scan, title of the book, author(s), publisher, place of publication, publishing date, ISBN, number of pages, and binding (paperback or hard cover). Book reviews are generally (but not exclusively) limited to books published in the last year or two.
House Style: Double quote marks must be used for quotes taken directly from another source. Single quote marks must be used for indirect quotes. Quotations longer than three lines should be indented on both sides and without quotation marks. Abbreviations and acronyms should be given in full when they first occur, with the abbreviation/acronym in brackets. English used, whether UK or US, should be used consistently. Titles of books, periodicals, etc., as well as foreign language phrases and words, should be italicised. Capital letters should be used in moderation for names and official designations (President Thabo Mbeki), institutions (the African Union), or article titles (The Media in Africa: Leaders, Martyrs, or Culprits?).
References: JCTN favors the Harvard or the author-date reference system (OkekeUzodike, 2008:35). However, explanatory footnotes may be used as well.
Submission: Contributions should be sent to:JCTN@afriheritage.org