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.

Publication Scheduling

This journal publishes biannually. 

Peer Review Process

Kioo cha Lugha is a blind peer-reviewed journal. Authors must avoid putting their personal identification in the paper so as to avoid reviewers’ bias. Manuscripts submitted for publication are blind reviewed by at least two peer reviewers who are competent and experts in the respective subject. On submission, a manuscript undergoes in-house review by the Chief Editor to ensure that it meets the requirements of the journal before it is sent to external reviewers. If the content of the manuscript fits within the scope and policies of the journal, the editor sends it out to two reviewers who are anonymous to the author to request their readiness to blind review the paper. Reviewers evaluate the manuscripts focusing on the quality of the manuscript in terms of its content, clarity of presentation, originality, contribution to the field and depth of research. The total time taken to complete all this depends on the availability of the reviewers. However, it usually takes four to eight weeks. Depending on the comments of the reviewers, the author may be required to undertake minor or major corrections. In case major corrections are suggested, the author is supposed to resubmit the revised work so that it is sent back to the reviewers for vetting. In some cases, the manuscript may be rejected outright. After the author effecting the corrections, the editors review the manuscripts again before they are approved for publication. The authors whose paper will be accepted for publication will receive a free hardcopy of the journal.

Indexing and Abstracting

Papers for this journal are available on, and Abstracts are also available at The African Studies Centre, Leiden University, Netherlands.

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Statement concerning Malpractice

Kioo cha Lugha journal encourages conformity to the best standards of publication ethics and takes serious measures against any author who commits publication malpractices. Authors are urged to only submit original research works to maintain the reputation of the journal. Unethical behaviours such as submitting the same paper to more than one journal and plagiarism are unacceptable. Manuscripts that have already been published or are under review by other journals should not be submitted. Authors should provide an appropriate acknowledgement of the work of others. They are responsible for obtaining written permission from the respective source to reproduce any material (such as a photograph, website content, and diagram) in which they do not own the copyright. If a paper is co-authored, the corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and have agreed to its submission for publication. The journal reserves the right to retract the already published works if discovered that contains plagiarized information or other forms of publication malpractices.


All editorial correspondence should be sent to:

Chief Editor, Kioo cha Lugha,

Institute of Kiswahili Studies, University of Dar es Salaam,

P.O. Box 35110 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.




Kioo cha Lugha originally started as a journal of the Kiswahili Association of the University of Dar es Salaam under the auspices of the Department of Kiswahili of the same university. Its publication ceased after the decline of that association. This created an academic gap as Kiswahili and Mulika journals could not accommodate all papers on Kiswahili studies. As a result, from 1995 the Department of Kiswahili revamped the journal and published it as a ‘Kioo cha Lugha New Series’. Since 2009 the journal is run by the Institute of Kiswahili Studies after a merger of the Department of Kiswahili and the Institute of Kiswahili Research. Initially, all manuscripts were exclusively written in Swahili but to broaden readership and contribution, the journal accepted manuscripts written in Swahili or English. Today the journal has become one of the high ranked international journals of the University of Dar es Salaam.

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Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 0856-552X
print ISSN: 0856-552X