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Submission Guidelines

We encourage our readers to submit poetry, fiction, scholarly articles, interviews, commentaries, political or economic analyses, and review articles. You may submit your work to Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies at New users will need to create an account. Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies is no longer accepting submissions via post or mail.

Our online submission process now requires that manuscripts be submitted in separate stages in order to ensure the anonymity of the review process and to enable appropriate formatting. The main text must be submitted as a stand-alone file (in Microsoft Word) without a title page, abstract, page numbers, or other headers or footers. The title, abstract, and author information should be input according to the directions on the site. Abstracts (400 words or less) should be submitted in plain text and should not include information identifying the author(s) or their institutional affiliations. All submissions, except book reviews, must include an abstract before they will be considered for review.

Submissions should not exceed 25 pages double-spaced, 12 Times New Roman font, one-inch margins. Submissions must include a bibliography (not inclusive of the 25 page limit). Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies uses the Chicago Manual of Style (with footnotes) as its publication style guide. All in-text citations and references must abide by these guidelines. 

Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studiesonly accepts original and unpublished work. Authors retain the copyright to material they publish in Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, but the journal cannot re-publish material that has been published elsewhere, and does not accept papers that are simultaneously submitted to other journals.

Since we publish two issues per year, we continuously accept submissions. Though we occasionally publish special, thematic issues, most issues treat a broad range of topics. So, please, feel free to submit all of your African-related work.

If you have any further questions, you may contact the editors at

Book Review Submissions

Book reviews should be limited to 750-1000 words. For more information on submitting a book review, or requesting a book to review, please visit this link.

Art Submissions

If you are submitting anything relating to artwork, arts, art-review, music, performance, exhibition review etc. please submit it to