The African Journal of Governance and Development (AJGD) is a multidisciplinary publication that seeks to bring academic researchers from beyond territorial and regional boundaries to share scientific knowledge focused at the intersection of governance and development. The Journal aims to provide a space for sharing and debating social, political and economic development issues for academic consumption and for policy consideration. AJGD is a peer-reviewed journal and publishes biannually with Special Issues in some years.  

By submitting an article for publication to the African Journal of governance and development, you confirm that you are the corresponding or submitting author. All authors submitting their articles must abide by the following Author guidelines. Please read and follow these instructions carefully. Doing so will ensure that the publication of your manuscript is as speedy and efficient as possible. The Editors reserves the right to return manuscripts that are not prepared following these instructions.


  • All papers should have the name/s of the contributor/s, their address and institutional affiliation. Any change in authorship (including author order) after the initial manuscript submission must be approved in writing by all authors. 
  • Authors should observe high standards of publication ethics.
  • Authors should ensure that their papers are edited and proofread accordingly before submission.
  • Authors should submit proof of professional editing with the final revision following acceptance of the manuscripts for publication.
  • Authors must confirm that their submissions have not been previously published, nor be under review by another journal.   

Format and Style of the Article

The Article Title

The article title should be in bold, Calibri font 14 and should be clear, descriptive and should include key terms.

The Abstract

The abstract of articles should not be longer than 200 words. Font size should be Calibri 10.5pt.


A maximum of 5 keywords in Calibri 10,5 pt. should be provided.

The Main Text

Authors should submit only electronic submissions in word text. Papers must be written in English and should have a maximum of 8000 words. 

Headings and Subheadings

Level 1 headings (Title of the article) should be centred, boldface, upper and lowercase. They should be of Calibri 14pt font with a single line spacing.

Level 2 should be indented left, boldface, upper and lowercase. They should be of Calibri 12pt font and the body text Calibri 10.5 pt. with a single line spacing.

Level 3 should be indented left, boldface, upper and lower case. They should be of Calibri font size 12. The body text Calibri 10.5 pt. with a single line spacing - no space after heading

Level 4 should be indented left, in bullet and italicised. They should be of Calibri font size 11. The body text Calibri 10.5 pt. with a single line spacing.

Formatting Tables and Figures

  • Authors should ensure to use tables and figures sparingly, and should not duplicate information presented in the text.
  • All Tables must be numbered sequentially.
  • The Table’s captions and content should be Calibri 9pt font.
  • The Table’s captions should be in the centre of the Table.
  • Only horizontal lines should be used in the Tables.

Formatting Pictures

Authors should ensure that pictures in the article retain their quality when enlarging them.


Authors must acknowledge the contribution of those who do not meet the criteria for authorship but contributed to the manuscript.


References should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style. References, should have double spacing and listed alphabetically in the references section. First-line hanging no space between entries 

Adjibolosoo, S. (1993). The Human Factor in Development. Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives, Vol. XII, No.4, pp.139-149.

African Development Bank. (2009). Zimbabwean Short-Term Economic Strategy. Concept Note, Harare: ADB.

Economic Policy Analysis in Zimbabwe: A Review of Zimbabwe Economic Policies: Special Reference to Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset), Social Science Research Network (SSRN), pp.1-19.

Submitting the Article

The African Journal of Governance and Development uses an online submissions process.

Authors are requested to register an account with the Journal using the following link

To submit your manuscript, go to the login page and follow the prompts.

Publication Costs

There is no article submission fee, but Article Processing Charges of R 5 000 per article will be charged when the article is published.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this Journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party