Editorial Guideline - Journal of African Union Studies (JoAUS)
Aims and Scope
The Journal of African Union Studies (JoAUS) is a tri-annual, high quality international journal published consistently since 2012. The journal is two double-blind reviewed - meaning that each article has two reviewers, and that reviewer and author identities, in each case, are concealed from each other throughout the Review Process.
The journal welcomes well-researched papers on the African Union and the various Regional Economic Communities in Africa- the Arab Maghreb Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the East African Community, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the Southern African Development Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the Economic Community of Central African States and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States etc. It is equally interested on researches on various, bilateral and multilateral commissions in the continent, including those outside the continent which have relevance for African Union’s integrative efforts.
The journal is indexed by SCOPUS, UGC CARE List, IBSS, JSTOR, COPERNICUS, ProQuest, EBSCO, SABINET and J-Gate.
The journal accepts papers all year round.
Instructions to Authors
Ethics in publishing: Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Falsification of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author's own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is a serious offence and will not be accepted. When submitting papers for evaluation, authors are strongly encouraged to attach reports from a similarity (anti-plagiarism) test. Without prejudice to this, every paper accepted for publication will also have to pass our similarity check with iThenticate.
ONE copy of the manuscript with a separate cover page showing full author names, institutional affiliation, contact number and email address should be sent to the editor through firstname.lastname@example.org. Your submission will be acknowledged electronically within 24 hours provided it is received on a working day.
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 than 150 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 pages.
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.
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 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 African Union 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 or for their copy to be sent by courier will have to pay for the cost of the extra copy (less author discount of 20%) or the 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 African Union Studies (JOAUS) 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 email@example.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.