Editorial Guideline - JOURNAL OF SOMALI STUDIES: Research on Somalia and the Greater Horn of African Countries
Aims and Scope
The Journal of Somali Studies is a peer reviewed interdisciplinary scholarly journal dedicated to advancing critical scholarship on the history, culture, politics, and economics of Somali society and the Greater Horn of African Countries (–Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) both in the continent and in the Diaspora. It also welcomes well-researched articles on the notions of failed and fragile states. The JoSS welcomes submissions based on original research, comparative analyses, and conceptual and methodological essays.
It is indexed by SCOPUS, IBSS, COPERNICUS, ProQuest, EBSCO,Sabinet, IBSS & J-Gate.
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. A paper should not exceed 8,000 words, including tables and figures, with an Abstract of about 150 words. Remove author details, any acknowledgements and other author identifiers, and put them into a separate file when you submit. All papers are refereed through a double blind process. Since July 1 2019, all papers accepted for publication in this journal are passed through the anti-plagiarism software, iThenticate. The journal’s threshold is 20% excluding references and in-text citations.
E-mail your paper to: email@example.com
You can use either American or British spellings and punctuation provided you are consistent in your choice. If you use acronyms, you should explain them separately in a list below the Abstract or in the text. All Tables and Figures should be numbered 1, 2, 3, etc. (respectively) and mentioned in the text
Notes and References
End Notes should be used sparingly to highlight, elaborate or explain some points in the text, and also to give reference to anonymous articles from websites. References in the text should be done thus: ‘Jones (2006) argued that …’ or ‘According to a survey (Jones 2006a) …’ or ‘Jones et al (2001, 23) found that...’. Anonymous newspaper articles should be shown thus: ‘(The Guardian, 20 May 2007)’. List all notes and references at the end of the article.
The Journal of Somali Studies follows the (Author-Date) Chicago Manual of Style. Specific bibliography, citation, style, and usage are provided bellow, but authors should consult with the Manual for details and specific cases not provided here. See guidelines below:
One Author: Adam, Hussein M. 2008. From Tyranny to Anarchy: The Somali Experience. Lawrenceville, NJ: Red Sea Press.
Two or More Authors Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. 2007. The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945. New York: Knopf.
Edited Book: Edquist, C. ed. 1997. Systems of Innovation: Technologies, Institutions and Organisations. London: Pinter.
Chapter in an Edited Book: Besteman, Catherine. 1995. “The Invention of Gosha: Slavery, Colonialism, and Stigma in Somalia.” In The Invention of Somalia, edited by Ali Jimale Ahmed, 43-62. Lawrenceville, NJ: Red Sea Press.
Journal Article: Kusow, Abdi M. 2003. “Beyond Indigenous Authenticity: Reflections on the Insider/Outsider Debate in Immigration Research.” Symbolic Interaction 26: 591-599.
Conference papers/ proceedings: Eno, Mohamed A. 2013. “Somalia: A Literary Perspective of 50 Years of Socio-political Consciousness of the Bantu Jareer Community”. University of Nairobi, Kenya, September 10-12.
Newspaper Article: Mendelsohn, Daniel. 2010. “But Enough about Me.” New Yorker, January 25.
Thesis or Dissertation: Ali, Mohamed N. 1985. History in the Horn of Africa, 1000 BC. - 1500 AD: Aspects of Social and Economic Change Between the Rift Valley and the Indian Ocean." PhD diss., University of California, Los Angles.
Tables, Figures and Diagrams: Avoid color in Tables, Figures and Diagrams. Avoid graphics or scanned figures from websites: redraw them or get detailed originals. Avoid all shading in Tables and Figures, if possible.
Instruction to Authors
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 and number them consecutively in the necessary .
6. Keep notes at a minimum.
7. 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.
8. 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 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.
(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.
9. Authors will receive a PDF copy of the issue in which their article appears.
10. 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).
11. Authors should also insert all Tables and Figures within the next text to where they are cited.
Journal of Somali studies charges a publication fee of £150 for all accepted manuscripts. As part of the publication fee, a print copy of the journal will be sent by ordinary post to the author or to the lead author in cases of multi-authored articles. Authors who want additional print copies will have to pay for the courier cost.
We started journal publishing in 2004 and are happy that none of our journals has ever gone under since then. All our journals are published consistently, quite often without missing the deadlines. Until 2018, we never charged publication fees. On the contrary, we gave free complimentary print copies to contributors – in addition to the free soft copy of their articles in the journal. However with the increasing cost of publishing amid a declining subscriber base, it became imperative that to sustain quality publishing (both print and online versions) some form of publication fees will have to be introduced. In 2018 therefore we introduced modest publication charges for our accredited journals.
To ensure that the publication fees do not discourage authors from publishing in our journals, we offered 50% discount to all authors paying the publication fees from their pockets. From September 2020, we are further increasing the discount on the publication fees to 70%. Additionally, authors from countries under-represented in our journals can be offered further discounts on the publication fees - or even have the publication fees completely waived for them – depending on the quality of the work as advised by the journal’s editor.
All manuscripts must be spell and grammar checked by a professional English language editor. Authors are encouraged to attach evidence of professional proofreading/editing when submitting their papers. The journal reserves the right to refuse to publish an article if it deems the paper poorly proofread for language and grammar. Should authors want the journal to do the proofreading for them; this will be at an additional cost of £100.
The annual subscription Price for the Journal of Somali Studies is GBP180 for institutions and GBP150 for individuals (for print and online access by password).
For loose copy sale (excluding postage and packaging), the price is GBP45.
Special Issues and Supplements
Inquiries by conference organisers on publishing special issues or supplements in the journal shall be directed to the journal’s editor through firstname.lastname@example.org, who will evaluate and determine whether the articles will fit well into the objectives and scope of the journal.
Where the editor decides that the papers from such a conference will fit into the aims, objectives and scope of the journal, the editor shall be in the editorial board that selects the final papers – to ensure that the journal’s standards are upheld.
Publication of special issues is subject to the terms and conditions agreed between the journal and the requesting institution. The price for Special Issue is GBP80 per print copy.