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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Submission Guidelines


Tinabantu – Journal of Advanced Studies of African Society is a publish-as-you-go journal. Therefore, articles can be submitted at any period of the year. However, articles submitted before 31 July of each year stand more chance to be published in one of the two issues of the same year.

Submission of papers

Manuscripts should adhere to the following instructions.

Papers should be emailed to the editor of Tinabantu – Journal of Advanced Studies of African Society (T-JASAS). Email:

Authors should submit their papers typed in Times New Romans size 12 and 1.5 spaced.

Papers should be between 5000 and 8000 words in length (excluding references), and a word count must be provided. An abstract of not more than 200 words and four keywords should also be included.

Manuscripts written in any African language should also include translated versions of abstract and five keywords in English, in French and in further African language.

Articles written in French should also include translated versions of abstract and five keywords in English and in an African language. Articles written in English should include translated versions of the abstract and five keywords in French and in an African language.

The author’s names, surname, affiliation, email address and ORCID number should be typed on a separate page at the beginning of the paper. Authors should submit papers in both Ms Word and PDF formats.

Papers accepted for review are evaluated anonymously by at least two reviewers.

The final decision rests with the editor.

Referencing Style

  • References to publications should be given in the text and should give the author’s surname and year of publication in brackets, e.g. (Miti et al., 1999; Kamwendo & Owino, 1998). Page number(s) should be given for all direct quotations, e.g. (Banda et al., 1997:83). If there is more than one reference to the same author and year, they should also be distinguished by the use of a, b, c, etc. added to the year.
  • References should also be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper. Authors are particularly requested to ensure that each text reference appears in the list, and vice versa.
  • References to books should always give the place of publication and publisher as well as author and title details as illustrated below.

Silue, S. 1997. Education, Literacy and Development in Africa. Cape Town: CASAS.

  • References to journal articles should give volume, issue and page numbers, the name of the journal and the title of the article as illustrated below.

Ntuli, Z. 2001. The rational legitimacy of the welfare state. State and Society 1(1): 35-49.

  • References to book chapter within multi-authored publications should be listed as follows:

Bodomo, A. & H. Abubakari. 2017. Towards the harmonisation of a writing system for the Mabia languages of West Africa. Deconstructing the African Tower of Babel: Between the Harmonisation and Fragmentation of African Language Orthographies, edited by A. K.K. Prah & L.M. Miti. Cape Town: CASAS.

  • Book and journal titles should be in italics and should (apart from the first letter of each noun, adjective and verb) be set in lower case (see all illustrations above).
  • Where a reference has two authors, the association of the surnames of the two authors should be indicated by the & sign as shown below:

Bodomo & Abubakari (2017) suggest a harmonisation of the writing system of Mabia languages... Writing system has also been an issue for Gabonese languages (Ndinga-Koumba-Binza & Roux, 2009).

  • The & sign is also used for the same association in the list of references, including in a reference with more than two authors. See the illustration below:

Nyangone Assam, B., Ndinga-Koumba-Binza, H.S. & V. Ompoussa. 2016. What French for Gabonese French Lexicography. Lexikos 26: 162-192.

  • Where a reference has more than two authors, only the surname of the first author followed by the Latin abbreviation et al. (in italics + a dot) in the text as shown below:

The inclusion of lexical particularities in the comprehensive dictionary of Gabonese French in Ndinga-Koumba-Binza et al. (2023) followed the inception features designed in the definition of Gabonese French in previous studies (Mavoungou et al., 2022; Nyangone Assam et al., 2016).


Acknowledgments should be in a separate section between the conclusion of the article and the endnotes.


Explanatory notes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the paper. The endnotes should be in a separate section before the list of references.


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