The African Journal of Governance and Development 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 at providing space for sharing and debating issues of social, political and economic development not only for academic consumption, but also for policy consideration. The journal is published on a biannual basis and is peer-reviewed. 

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 are expected to 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 Publisher reserves the right to return manuscripts that are not prepared in accordance with these instructions.

Authorship

All papers should have the name/s of the contributor/s, institutional affiliation, country and a short biography referring to the current and/or previous position/occupation of the contributor.    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 with respect to publication ethics. All authors should ensure that they have been involved in the writing of the manuscript at draft and any revision stages, and have read and approved the final version.

Authors should ensure that their papers are edited and proofread accordingly before submission. And that they must not have 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 12 and should be Clear, descriptive including main key terms.

The Abstract

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

Keywords: A maximum of 5 keywords should be provided

The main text: Aouthors should submit only electronic submissions in word text. Papers must be clearly written in English and should have a maximum of 8000 words. 

Acknowledgments

Authors must acknowledge the contribution of those who do not meet the criteria for authorship but contributed to the manuscript. For instance, technical assistance, and intellectual contributions not associated with authorship.

References: References should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style

Reference styleReferences, should have double spacing and listed alphabetically in the references section. 

 Notes: Please ‘copy’ the title of a book/an article/whatever (as far as the spelling of words such as ‘behaviour’/‘behavioural’ are concerned (and this also goes for direct quotations) exactly as in the original.    

  • When referring to any work that is NOT a journal, such as a book, article, or Web page, capitalise only the first letter of the first word of a title and subtitle, the first word after a colon or a dash in the title, and proper nouns. Do not capitalise the first letter of the second word in a hyphenated compound word.
  • Capitalise all major words in journal titles.
  • If within the same paragraph, reference is made to the same author(s) for a second and further time(s), the year of publication is omitted in the second and further references – as long as it does not lead to confusion.

Headings and subheadings

This journal follows the APA heading levels.

Level 1 headings should be centered, bold, upper and lowercase. They should be of Calibri 12pt font and the body text calibri 10.5 pt with a single line spacing.

Level 2 should be indented Left, boldface, upper and lowercase). They should be of Calibri 11pt font and the body text calibri 10.5 pt with a single line spacing. 

Level 3 heading should be indented left, bold, lowercase paragraph that ends with a period. They should be of Calibri 10.5 pt font and the body text calibri 10.5 pt with a single line spacing.

Level 4 (indented left, bold, italicized, lowercase except first letter and proper nouns, ends with a period, text follows immediately after the period), They should be of Calibri 10pt font and the body text calibri 10.5 pt with a single line spacing.

Level 5 Level five heading should be indented left, italicized, lowercase except first letter and proper nouns, ends with a period, text follows immediately after the period. They should be of Calibri 10pt font and the body text calibri 10.5 pt with a single line spacing.

Formatting Tables and figures

All Illustrations, pictures, tables and graphs, should be supplied with the highest quality and in an electronic format. These shouldn’t be submitted separately.

Authors should ensure to use tables and figures sparingly, and should not duplicate information presented in the text. All tables must be referred to in the text, numbered sequentially and incorporated into the text as close to the table reference as possible. Captions and content should be Calibri 9pt font. Captions should be in the centre of the table.

Formatting pictures: Authors should ensure that pictures in the article retain their quality when enlarging them. Please note that the images supplied in colour will be published in colour online.

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. This can be done by following this link https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/jgd/user/register

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

Please note that we shall accept only electronic submissions in word text. Papers must be clearly written in English and should have a maximum of 8000 words. All manuscripts will be automatically acknowledged by email upon successful submission. Authors will be required to track the progress of the manuscript online after loging into their account.

Author Submission checklist

 As part of the online submission process, Authors are required to check if the following items on the submission's checklist have been satisfied.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.