Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences: Editorial Policies

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Focus and Scope

The journal’s objectives are to publish papers of broad interest in the humanities and the social sciences. The journal strives to enable a sound balance between theory and practice and will publish papers of research, conceptual, viewpoint, case study, literature review nature in broad topics in the field such as: Philosophy and Psychology, Religion and Theology, Social Sciences, Language, the Arts, Literature and Rhetoric, Geography and History, Management, Communication, Media and Information Sciences.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Reviewing process: (a) Every submitted paper that the editors deem acceptable as to topic, style, length and general quality will be sent to at least two peer referees for blind review. (b) The referees will be scholars of standing, members of the Editorial Advisory Board, the Journal Management Team and others identified by their specific expertise and publication profile. (c) The referees will comment on the papers’ eligibility for publication in Inkanyiso, taking originality into account as well as the quality of research, argument, use of sources and writing style. Each referee will be granted not more than one month for this process. (d) The Reviewers’ Evaluation Form will be enclosed with each manuscript for the reviewer’s guidance. It will require a referee to classify her or his response to a paper in one of four categories: acceptance as is; acceptance with specified changes; rejection with the possibility of revision and resubmission for another issue; and rejection. (e) After receiving the referees’ reports, the Editor-in-Chief will verify manuscripts for publication in Inkanyiso. Selected parts of these reports will be sent back to the authors (without disclosing referees’ identity) in order to explain the Journal’s acceptance or rejection of the paper and in order to guide revision either for the upcoming issue or to help the author rewrite for future submission. (f) Accepted authors should make the required corrections and email their final document to the Editor within the time specified. (g) The Editor, after verification, compiles all the manuscripts into an issue with the addition of an appropriate introduction and then sends the issue to the publisher. (h) Publication is normally expected within the specified dates that will normally be June and December each year. (i) It is our policy to encourage and support novice and established authors. However, in order to improve on the quality of publications, manuscripts that are unanimously recommended by at least two reviewers for substantive revision or rejection may not be published


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Editorial Board

The updated version of this information can be found on the jouranal's own site here: However, we have listed the information below:

Prof. Dennis N. Ocholla
Department of Information Studies
University of Zululand

Book Review Editor
Prof. Themba Moyo

Editorial Committee
Prof. Catherine Addison, Prof. Myrtle Hooper and Prof. Thandi Nzama

Editorial Advisory Board
Sandra Braman, Professor, Department of Communication, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee -
Johannes Britz, Professor and Provost/Vice Chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA -
Rafael Capurro, Professor Emeritus, Hochschule der Medien (HdM) Stuttgart, Germany -
Stephen Edwards, Emeritus Professor University of Zululand, South Africa -,
Dr. Gillian Gane, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA -,
Dr. Mojalefa LJ Koenane, Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa -
Nicholas Meihuizen, Professor, Department of English, North West University Potchestroom Campus, South Africa - Nicholas.
Dr. Elliot Mncwango, Senior Lecturer, Department of General Linguistics, University of Zululand, South Africa -
Musonda Mpepo, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Zululand, South Africa -
Stephen Mutula, Professor, Information Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal -
Marko Saarinen, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Oulu,Finland and Department of Tourism and
Hospitality, University of Botswana, Botswana -, or
Tholene Sodi, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Limpopo, South Africa -


More About Inkanyiso

“Inkanyiso (which means light): The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences” was launched at the University of Zululand, South Africa, on the 30th November 2009. The beaded threads on the front cover of the journal are worn by expectant mothers of Nguni origin and symbolise fertility and reproductivity, which this journal aims to emulate by multiplying its output in the near future. The aim of the journal is mainly to publish quality multi-disciplinary research papers and short papers of general interest in the humanities and social sciences, mainly by scholars in Africa and from the Diaspora. The journal is peer refereed and will be published twice (June and December every year. Members of the Editorial Board are expected to be credible and established scholars in the journal publication area from both within and outside Africa.

ISSN: 2077-2815
AJOL African Journals Online