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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. 
 
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 publications should follow APA 7th edition format. Kindly download the link for examples on how to use the referencing style
https://apastyle.apa.org/instructional-aids/reference-examples.pdf.
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.
 
Publication fees
 
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. 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.
 
Professionally proofread-manuscripts
 
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.
 
Subscription Price
 
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 info@adonis-abbey.com, 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. 
 
 

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