Author Guidelines


Articles should not normally exceed 15 pages in length (4000–4500 words); shorter articles such as research reports or comment are welcome.


Articles should be sent via email attachment. Articles sent as attachments should be in Microsoft Word.


All contributions are refereed or reviewed, and all are edited or revised for publication. The editors reserve the right to make alterations that do not result in substantive changes without consulting the author(s). Proofs will be returned to authors if time permits; they must be returned within four days and no substantial changes can be made at that stage. The editors’ decisions about acceptance are final.


Publication is conditional upon authors giving copyright to the Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Requests to copy all or substantial parts of an article must be made to the Editor-in-Chief.


Text should be double-line spaced on one side of A4 paper with at least 30mm margins on all edges.

Writing style

The journal encourages various and different styles of writing. The main criteria for publishable texts are academic rigour as well as dialogic qualities that open up conversations with readers. Different kinds of narratives, as well as the more traditional academic accounts, are welcome.

Language medium

English or an African language. All articles will be submitted to referees. If an article is submitted in a language for which it is difficult to find suitable referees, the author may be requested to submit a translated version of the article (in English) for the purposes of refereeing.

Typing style

Indigenous words should be in italics and no quotations. No other italics are to appear in the main article text other than the Abstract, the References and website addresses.


These should be avoided where possible; when they have to be used, list them at the end of the manuscript.

List of references

All sources cited in the text should be listed in the references. Bibliographic information should be in the language of the source (therefore not necessarily in the language of the manuscript). Capital letters are used only where they are necessary for linguistic reasons. Entries are in alphabetical order.

Source references are given by surnames and initials of all authors, followed by year, title of article, unabbreviated title of journal, volume, number and applicable pages, e.g. Brown, P. and Brown, T.B. (1993). Early Childhood Education, Educational Psychology, 28(6): 23-24.

In book references, give the surnames and initials of all the authors, followed by the year of publication, as well as the title, volume, edition, place of publication and publisher, e.g. Luthuli, P.C. (1998). Philosophical Foundations of Education.Durban: Kagiso Publishers.

In the case of official reports and those of corporate authors, the references must be as detailed as possible, e.g. Department of National Education 1991. Report of Teacher Education. Pretoria:  Government Printer, RP 173/1991: 122.

For unpublished theses and dissertations, follow this example: Mtetwa, D. (2001). From Policy to Practice: The South African Schools Act. Med dissertation. Pietermaritzburg:University of KwaZulu-Natal,South Africa.

Anonymous references from newspapers are indicated thus: Sunday Times, 25 March 2001: 11. Leadership in Education.

Personal communications are not included in the reference list as they are not retrievable. References to websites should be in italics e.g. /articles/iicdprojects. Accessed on: 25 March 2009.

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