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Editorial Guideline - Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict Transformation

Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation is a biannual publication of the Forum for Constructive African Scholarship (FCAS)The journal features articles on a range of issues that not only affect conflict or social transformation and peacebuiding efforts but also the achievement of sustainable peace or social order. Article contributions and book reviews should reflect constructively on any of those issues or the nexus between them and associated issues of development. The journal welcomes innovative scholarship from both young and senior scholars.

Articles that are submitted for publication in Ubuntu must be original works, and may not currently be under review for possible publication elsewhere. A statement that the article is original and has not been published elsewhere should be included. 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 should be edited for adherence to its format and style, clarity, syntax and punctuation. The Journal is currently listed in the Sabinet, J-Gate, ProQuest, EBSCO database and accredited by IBSS.


Length and Presentation

Length: Submitted articles should not exceed 6,000 words including abstracts (150 words), figures, tables, footnotes and references. Book reviews should not exceed 1,000 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. 

Contributions bearing title but without the names of author(s) must be sent in electronic format in MS Word. The cover page of the article should carry the 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. The name should not appear anywhere in the main text. 

Contributions should be sent to:

 The Editor,

UBUNTU: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

E-mail: ubuntu.editor@gmail.com 


The Reviewing Process 


The editor reviews each paper and, if judged suitable for this journal, is 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 the submissions process, please make sure that you: 


 1.  Attach a cover page with the 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 - use double-space, give one-inch margins on all sides.


5.  Type all tables using standard word processing program, 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 as the 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:


(a)  Books
Surname, initials and year of publication, title, publisher, place of publication, e.g. Kuada, J. (1994), Managerial Behavior 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.  


(c)  Articles
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 Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict Transformation is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and their respective institutional affiliations. Peer-reviewed articles need minimum standards of expected ethical behavior 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. Ubuntu’s ethical policy follows the guidelines of COPE (committee of publication ethics). We are particular on 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 and 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 check the list and order of author(s) prior to any manuscript submissions, and provide the  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 Ubuntu ceases publishing, all previous volumes and issues would be archived by Sabinet – see the Official website at: http://www.journals.co.za/content/journal/aa_ubuntu



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