Author Guidelines

Africa Insight is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA). It is accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and is indexed in the International Bibliography of Social Science (IBSS). It is a multi-disciplinary journal primarily focusing on African Affairs.
Unsolicited contributions to Africa Insight are welcomed. The ideal paper is interesting, accessible and rigorous. It should also be relevant and topical, advancing the journal’s aim of providing insight into change in Africa. Articles dealing with countries other than South Africa will be given preference. If you would like to discuss a possible topic with the editor before submission, this is quite acceptable.
All enquiries and submissions should be directed to:
Editor, Africa Insight: Africa Institute of South Africa
PO Box 630 Tel: +27 12 304 9700
Pretoria 0001 Fax: +27 12 326 1778
South Africa E-mail:
Originality: Africa Insight will not consider a manuscript that is being reviewed by another journal at the same time, nor will it normally consider an article that has been published previously in a similar form. Normally reprinting will be initiated by the editor. This rule may be waived in the case of conference papers and other exceptional cases.
E-mail copy: To speed up the review process, it is recommended that authors submit their papers by e-mail to in the Microsoft Word format.
Title page: The author’s full name and contact information (i.e. email address, telephone number and postal address) should appear only on the title page. The title page should be on a separate page from the main text of the article, but in the same document.
Author biographical statement: The author’s brief biographical statement should be included in the article on the title page.
Acknowledgements: Authors are expected to reveal the source of any financial or research support received in connection with the preparation of their article. This should be included in the first endnote of the article.
Length: The preferred length of an article is between 6 000 and 8 000 words. Book reviews should be between 1 200 and 1 800 words. Articles should only be submitted in English.
Abstract: All articles should be accompanied by an abstract of between 100 and 125 words stating the main research problem, major findings and conclusion(s).
Spelling: Use the Oxford Dictionary for spelling (i.e. British spelling conventions.) When a word that can be abbreviated is first used, write it out in full, followed by the abbreviation in brackets. Use the abbreviation thereafter.
Maps: If a map is required to accompany your chapter, make sure that this is clearly indicated. Show where the map should be inserted, and what it should cover. AISA will prepare maps.
Illustrations, graphs, tables: As far as possible, do not use illustrations or graphs from other sources, for copyright reasons. Rather compile your own graphs and tables.
Fair use: The author is responsible for understanding and following the principles that govern the ‘fair use’ of quotations and illustrations and for obtaining written permission to publish, where necessary. Accuracy in citations and references is also the author’s responsibility.
Notes and references: List references at the end of the article under the heading ‘Notes and References’. The list should be numbered, in the form of endnotes. Ensure that you use endnotes and not footnotes. This implies that there should be no author-date in-text references. Each superscript number in the text must be matched up to its number in the the endnotes (i.e. they must correspond). Please ensure that both are numbered chronologically, starting at 1 (use the Arabic, and not the Roman, numbering system). Note that each reference must have a unique numerical entry. A single numberical value cannot be used twice in the article’s text, even if it refers to the exact same source.
Endnote entries: Restrict endnotes to explanatory statements that develop an idea or expand a quotation, where to do so in the text would disturb the flow of the argument. Check that each superscript number appearing in text of the article is given in full in the endnotes. When providing references in the endnotes, use the Harvard (author-date) reference style for the entry. This means that all relevant information should be provided such as the author’s surname and initials, year of publication, full title (including subtitle, where applicable), publisher, place of publication, date of publication (in cases where this is applicable such as newspaper articles), journal issue number, page reference, etc. See the following examples:
1 Carl, C. and J. Lemco (eds), 1988. State and Development, Leiden: EJ Brill, p63.
Journal articles
1 Walt, S.M., 2001. Beyond bin Laden: Reshaping US Foreign Policy, International Security, vol 26, no 3, February 2001, p8.
Newspaper articles
1 Krepon, M., 2002. Weak without Treaties, Washington Post, 1 October 2002, p4.
Website articles
1 Greenstein, F.I., 2001. The changing leadership of George W Bush: A pre and post-9/11 comparison Available at, [Accessed on 9 September 2002].
Government acts
1 Republic of South Africa, 1996. White Paper on Defence. Pretoria: Government Printer, p98.
Unpublished reports or dissertations
1 Njau, E., 1995. Foreign debt servicing and its impact on economic growth in Tanzania: The 1980–1993 experience.
Unpublished MA dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam.
Conference or workshop papers
1 Roland, J. and J. Robson, 2005. The Edinburgh Lectures. The health and psyche of the Scottish nation. January 21 2005. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
2 CoFHE and UC&R Conference, 2006. Lead, develop, change: Future-proofing your skills. July 3–6 2006. Norwich: University of East Anglia.
The second time a source is mentioned, use the short form:
5 Clark and Lemco, 1988, p64–66.
6 Krepon, 2002, p4.
7 Van der Walle et al, 2001, p7.
8 Ibid. (when the source is exactly the same as the previous note)
9 Ibid., p10. (when the source is the same, but the page number differs)

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eISSN: 1995-641X
print ISSN: 0256-2804