Editorial Guideline - Journal of African Union Studies (JoAUS)
About this Journal
The advent of the African Union (AU) was hailed as an event of great magnitude in the institutional evolution of the continent. One of the central visions of the AU is that of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” The AU is currently proactively engaged in achieving some of the salient objectives it had set out for itself to achieve, including the achievement of greater unity and solidarity between African countries and the peoples of Africa, the promotion and defence of African common positions on issues of interest to the continent and its peoples, the promotion of peace, security and stability on the continent, the promotion of popular participation and good governance and the establishment of the necessary conditions which would enable the continent to play its rightful role in the global economy.
In the light of increasing globalisation the AU’s enhanced participation in international affairs, there is a need to engage in critical and rigorous scholarly inquiry about the AU and its important endeavours. This is the main rationale for the setting up of the Journal of African Union Studies. The journal hopes to be a platform for African and international scholars to contribute towards a critical, rigorous and well-informed academic appraisal and debate of the African Union and its involvement in all critical spheres relating to the promotion of its African agenda. The journal is edited by Gerrie Stewart, a lecturer in political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The journal will debut in the first quarter of 2012. For more details, contact the journal’s pioneer editor.
The inaugural issue will be published in 2012 and the journal will appear three times a year. All articles submitted for publication in the journal will be subjected to peer-review. African and international scholars will be invited to contribute to the inaugural issue shortly. It is currently listed in the Sabinet, ProQuest, J-Gate, EBSCO database and accredited by IBSS.
Authors are required to submit original papers, that is, papers submitted should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a double blind process. You may send an electronic copy of your paper (MS Word file attached to an e-mail) to:email@example.com
The Reviewing Process
The editor reviews each paper and, if it is judged suitable for this journal, it is then sent to two referees for double blind peer review. Based on their recommendations, the editor then decides whether the paper should be accepted as it is, revised or rejected.
In order to facilitate processing of submissions, please make sure that you:
1. Attach a cover page with title of the manuscript, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), including email address.
2. Include only the title page on the first page of the manuscript in order to maintain anonymity.
3. Include an abstract of not more than150 words.
4. Produce the manuscript—including abstract, quotations, tabular material, notes, and references - in a double-spaced format, allowing a one-inch margin on all sides.
5. Type all tables, using a standard word processing programme, on separate pages, numbered consecutively, with brief descriptive titles. Place them at the end of the manuscript after the references.
6. Refer to all illustrations and charts as Figures within the text. They should, however, be presented in a similar way as Tables above, that is in separate pages at the end of the manuscript, with consecutive numbers and brief descriptive titles.
7. Keep notes at a minimum.
8. Use three descending levels of headings consistently throughout the paper. They should be descriptive but brief. Numbers may be used to identify levels of headings.
9. References to other publications should be complete and should contain full bibliographical details. For multiple citations in the same year use a, b, c immediately following the year of publication. References should be shown within the text by giving the author's last name followed by a comma and year of publication all in round brackets, e.g. (Kuada, 1994). The following examples illustrate the style of referencing used in the journal:
Surname, initials and year of publication, title, publisher, place of publication, e.g. Kuada, J. (1994), Managerial Behaviour in Ghana and Kenya – A Cultural Perspective, Aalborg University Press, Aalborg. Please, note that the title of books must be in italics.
(b) Chapter in edited book surname, initials and year, "title", editor's surname, initials, title, publisher, place, pages, e.g. Whitley, R. (2001), “Developing Capitalism: The Comparative Analysis of Emerging Business Systems” in Jacobsen, G. and Torp, J.E. (Eds.) Understanding Business Systems in Developing Countries, Sage New Delhi. pp: 25-41. Please, note that the title of the book must be in italics.
Surname, initials, year "title", journal, volume, number, pages, e.g. Kuada, J. (2002), “Collaboration between developed and developing country-based firms: Danish-Ghanaian experience” Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing Vol. 17 No. 6 pp: 538-557. Please, note that the title of the journal must be in italics. If there is more than one author to a paper, please list all authors with their surnames followed by initials.
10. Authors will receive a PDF copy of the issue in which their article appears.
11. Authors should submit ONLY ONE copy of their manuscripts with all Author Details and affiliations in a cover page within the manuscript (i.e. FIRST PAGE).
12. Authors should also insert all Tables and Figures within the next text to where they are cited.
1. Ethics Policy: The publication of an article in the Journal of African Union Studies is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and their respective institutional affiliations. Peer-reviewed articles the need to be minimum standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: notably the author(s), journal editor, peer reviewer(s), publisher and the wider society amongst other stakeholders. Manuscripts in breach of these thresholds would be subject to retraction even after publication. Journal of African Union Studies ethical policy follows the guidelines of COPE (committee of publication ethics). We are particular in instances of unethical submission practices on the part of authors (see section 1.1); breach of publishing agreement (section 1.2); and any conflict of interest on the part of both authors and reviewers (section 1.3)
1.1 Submission Policy: Submission of an article implies that it has not been previously published (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis); is not under consideration for publication elsewhere (i.e. multiple submissions); its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out; and, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, without the written consent of the copyright-holder. To verify originality, your article may be checked by the originality detection service CrossCheck or alternative tools.
1.2 Journal Publishing Agreement and Copyrights: Upon acceptance of a manuscript, authors will be asked to complete a return a signed Journal Publishing Agreement Download Template Here. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with the attached Journal Publishing Agreement. Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the Publisher is required for any distribution outside the institution, including compilations and translations. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article.
1.3 Declaration of interest: All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in a retraction (see section 2).
2. Retraction/ Correction Policy: Authors are expected to carefully the list and order of author prior to any manuscript submissions, and provide to provide a list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any additions, deletion or rearrangement of authorship should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request any such changes, the Editor must receive, from the corresponding author, clear justifications for: (a) the reason for the change in author list, and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.
3. ARCHIVING POLICY: In the unlikely event that Journal of African Union Studies ceases publishing, all previous volumes and issues would be archived by Sabinet – see the Official website at: