It is a biannual refereed academic journal covering contemporary African affairs and issues of policy relevance. It focuses on, though not confined to, foreign policies and developmental issues of African countries. The journal specially encourages article submission on issues related to emerging powers in Africa, BRICS in Africa and Afro-Asian relations.
The journal is owned by African Studies Association of India (ASA India) located at Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and its publication is managed by Policy Research Institute of African Studies Association (PRIASA) based in New Delhi.This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Insight on Africa is a biannual refereed academic journal covering contemporary African affairs and issues of policy relevance. It focuses on, though not confined to, foreign policies and developmental issues of African countries. The journal specially encourages article submission on issues related to emerging powers in Africa, BRICS in Africa and Afro-Asian relations.
The journal is owned by African Studies Association of India (ASA India) located at Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and its publication is managed by Policy Research Institute of African Studies Association (PRIASA) based in New Delhi.
|Nivedita Ray||Joint Secretary, African Studies Association of India, New Delhi, India|
|Christian Williams||Senior Lecturer, University of the Free State, South Africa|
|Chandani Tiwari||Researcher, Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India|
|Dhanwati Yadav||Researcher, Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India|
|Aparajita Biswas||Professor, Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India|
|Sachin Chaturvedi||Director General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, New Delhi, India|
|Arvind Gupta||Vivekananda International Foundation, India|
|Rajen G Harshe||Visiting Professor, South Asian University, New Delhi, India|
|Rajendra K Jain||Professor and Chair, Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India|
|Sunjoy Joshi||Director, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India|
|Mujtaba Khan||Professor and Director, Academic Staff College, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India|
|Z M Khan||Professor (Retd.), Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India|
|Amitabh Kundu||Professor, Centre for Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India|
|S N Malakar||Professor, Centre for African Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India|
|Rama Malkote||Professor (Retd.), Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India|
|Virendra Gupta||Indian Foreign Services (Retd.), Government of India, India|
|Kavita Sharma||President, South Asian University, New Delhi, India|
|Nalin Surie||Director General, Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, India|
|Li Anshan||Professor and Director, Institute of Afro-Asian Studies and Centre for African Studies, School of International Studies, Peking University, China|
|Yong Kyu Chang||Professor and Director, Institute of African Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea|
|Donald P Chimanikire||Professor, Faculty of Social Studies, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe|
|Ton Dietz||Professor and Director, African Studies Centre, University of Leiden, Netherlands|
|Peter Anders Von Doepp||Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Vermont, Burlington, USA|
|Steven Friedman||Professor and Director, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Adam Habib||Professor and Vice-Chancellor, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Annette Skovsted Hansen||Faculty Member, History and Global Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark|
|M Raymond Izarali||Fellow, Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa and Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada|
|Gilbert M Khadiagala||Professor, International Relations, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Tanya Lyons||Senior Lecturer, School of International Studies, Flinders University, Australia|
|Yochi Mine||Professor, Human Security Studies, Development Economics, African Area Studies, Doshisha University, Japan|
|Dennis Rumley||Professor of Indian Ocean Studies, Curtin University, Western Australia, Australia|
|Owen Sichone||Professor and Director, Dag Hammarskjold Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cooperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambias, Zambia|
|Ian Taylor||Professor, School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK|
|Aili Mari Tripp||Professor, Department of Political Science, Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Alexey Vasiliev||Professor and Director, Institute of African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia|
|Chris de Wet||Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rhodes University, South Africa|
|Siphamandla Zondi||Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), Johannesburg, South Africa|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Insight on Africa
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
All editorial correspondence should be addressed to:
Editor, Insight on Africa,
Centre for African Studies, 351-School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067
E-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Insight on Africa will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
Insights on Africa is hosted on SAGE Track System, a web based online submission and peer review system. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/ioa to login and submit your article online.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
1. What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
2. Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
3. Publishing polices
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
4. Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
5. Submitting your manuscript
5.1 Information required for completing your submission
6. On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
7. Further information
1.1 Aims & Scope
Before submitting your manuscript to Insight on Africa, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
1.2 Article types
Types of Manuscripts that can be submitted to the journal:
- Book Review
Manuscripts or articles should be submitted in an electronic format in MS-word or any other standard software, in double-space with figures and tables attached in separate files. The cover page should carry only the title of the article and the author’s name, address (both postal and e-mail addresses), and phone and fax numbers. All articles must include an abstract of approximately 200 words and 4–7 keywords that reflect the theme of the article (for example: Nigeria, Mali, Terrorism, West Africa, Regional Security). The length of the manuscript should be between 6,000 and 7,000 words.
- HEADINGS: Limit the levels of heading within an article to three or four (maximum). Avoid lengthy headings and do not number them. The printed style will demonstrate their order clearly without recourse to an explicit numbering, such as 1.1.
- SPELLINGS: Use British spellings rather than American (hence, ‘programme’ not ‘program’, ‘labour’ not ‘labor’, and ‘centre’ not ‘center’). Although variable usage is acceptable in English, for reasons of consistency the use of a universal ‘s’ is preferred in ‘-ise’ and ‘-sation’ words (‘realise’, ‘emphasise’ and ‘democratisation’); also use a hyphen in words like ‘co-ordination’, ‘co-operation’, ‘neo-colonialism’, ‘inter-ethnic’.
- QUOTATIONS: Use single quotation marks, reserving double quotation marks for quoted words within a quotation. Spellings of words in quotation should not be changed. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text with a line space above and below.
- ITALICS and DIACRITICAL MARKS: Use of italic and diacriticals should be minimized, but use them for book titles, journal names and foreign words, unless particular terms occur so frequently that they are better in upright (roman) type. Proper nouns in a foreign language should always be in roman. We also prefer to set common terms such as ‘status quo’, ‘a priori’, ‘ibid.’ and ‘et al.’ in roman.
- ABBREVIATIONS: Include a final stop in abbreviations (words shortened by omitting the end), such as p., vol. and ed., but not in contractions (words shortened by omitting the middle), such as Mr, Dr, edn, eds and Rs. No stops are needed between capitals: for example, CPI, INTUC, MLA. Short forms likely to be unfamiliar to some readers should be spelt out in full the first time they occur. Please avoid ‘i.e.’ and ‘e.g.’ in the text but use them in notes if you wish. Abbreviations can be introduced at first use—e.g., Oriental and Indian Office Collections (hereafter OIOC) or Board of Revenue Proceedings (hereafter BRP).
- NUMBERS: Write numbers in figures (rather than words) for exact measurements and series of quantities, including percentages. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. In text use ‘per cent’; in tables the symbol ‘%’. Write ‘0.8’ rather than ‘.8’, except for levels of probability. Use lower-case italics for p (probability) and n (number). Use fuller forms for numbers and dates—e.g., 1780–88, pp. 178–84, and pp. 200–2.
- DATES: Give specific dates in the form 10 September 1760. Decades may be referred to as either ‘the eighties’ or ‘the 1880s’. Spell out the ‘nineteenth century’, etc. Use thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores.
- NOTES: Should be consecutively numbered and presented at the end of the article, not at the foot of each page. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
- FIGURES AND TABLES: Please use short and crisp titles and headings in tables and figures. Ensure that the units of measurement are stated and check any totals or averages.
Tables and figures should be indicated separately (see Table 1), not by placement (see Table below). Give an exact indication where the tables and figures should be placed in the text.
Black and white illustrations should be supplied electronically at a resolution of at least 300 dpi, as .eps, .tif or .jpg files. They should be saved separately from the article file. All figures should have short descriptive captions typed on a separate sheet.
The complete source references for tables, figures and maps should be cited below each respective tale, figure and map under the section ‘Source’.
- PERMISSIONS AND RELEASES: Material taken directly from a copyrighted source should be clearly identified, and the copyright holder’s written permission to reproduce it must be submitted in a separate file. Obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material is the author’s responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may request. Further information and a template Permission Request Letter is available on SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway (http:// www.sagepub.com/authors/journal/permissions.sp).
- BOOK REVIEWS: Book Reviews must contain the name of the author, title of the book reviewed, place of publication, name of publisher, year of publication, and the number of pages and price of the book. The name of the reviewer and full particulars of his/her affiliation should appear at the end of the text, and the length of the review should be between 1500 and 2000 words. Only solicited Book Reviews are published.
1.3 Writing your paper
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
The Journal adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
2.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Insight on Africa requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Insight on Africa encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway
3. Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication ethics
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Insight on Africa and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway
3.3 Open access and author archiving
Insight on Africa offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
4. Preparing your manuscript for submission
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files
Insight on Africa adheres to the CMS reference style. View the CMS guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
A consolidated listing of all books, articles, essays, theses and documents referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) should be provided at the end of the article.
- References Styles: Following is an encapsulated list of the formatting styles for some of the frequently used types of references.
Dubey, Ajay. 1989. Indo-African relations in post-Nehru era. New Delhi: Kalinga Publications.
- A Book by Two Authors:
Mwagiru, Makumi and Aparajita Biswas. 2013. East Africa-India security relations. Nairobi: IDIS/PRIASA
- Article or Chapter of a Book
Dubey, Ajay. 2011. Looking West: Africa. In Handbook of India’s International Relations, ed. David Scott, 189–200. UK: Routledge.
- Journal Articles
Dubey, Ajay. 1994. Parliament in Mauritius. International Studies 31, no. 2: 139–169.
- Website Content
Ray, Nivedita. 2006. Instability in Nigeria’s Niger delta region. http://www.idsa.in/publications/stratcomments/niveditaray_13206.htm
- Paper Presented at a Meeting or Conference
Dubey, Ajay. 2012. India-Africa Relations: Emerging Challenges. Paper presented at international workshop on Africa- India Relations in 21stCentury at University of KwaZulu Natal, September 25-27, in Durban, South Africa.
- Citation Styles:
One Work by One Author: (Dubey 1989, 65)
One Work by Two Authors: (Mwagiru and Biswas 2013, 104-7)
One Work by Three or More Authors: (Laumann et al. 1994, 262)
Two or More Works by Different Authors in One Citation: (Blada 1980, Kamil 1988, Peeperberg and Funk 1990)
Authors with the Same Last Name: To prevent confusion, use first initials with the last names: (E. Johnson 2001, L. Johnson 1998)
Two or More Works by the Same Author(s) in One Citation: (Dubey 2003, 2010, 2011)
More than One Work by the Same Author(s) in the Same Year in One Citation:(Dubey 2011a, 2011b,)
Mark the years with a, b or c in the References too accordingly.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/ioa to login and submit your article online.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
6.3 Access to your published article
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
6.4 Promoting your article
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Insight on Africa editorial office as follows: