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Instructions to Contributors

The African Geographical Review is a medium for the publication of geographical material relating to Africa. It seeks to enhance the standing of African regional geography and to promote a better representation of African scholarship. We welcome articles from any sub-field of geography, as well as contributions that are theoretical, empirical or applied in nature. The journal features five different types of articles: 1) commentaries, 2) research articles, 3) methodological or field notes, 4) featured reflections, and 5) book reviews. Original research contributions are requested, especially submissions from scholars in Africa .

Commentaries : Short (1000 words max) punchy articles that address a contemporary African issue. These are reviewed in-house by the editors and/or members of the editorial board.

Research articles : Traditional research articles should not exceed 7000 words in length. An abstract of no more than 150 words is required. Three to four key words should also be provided. These are reviewed by at least two external reviewers.

Methodological or field notes : These articles explore a methodological or field issue and should not exceed 4000 words in length. An abstract of no more than 150 words is required. Three to four key words should also be provided. These are reviewed by at least two external reviewers.

Featured Reflection : These articles reflect on an aspect of African geographical scholarship. They should be no more than 2500 words in length. These are reviewed in-house by the editors and/or members of the editorial board.

Book reviews : The editor should be contacted about a potential book review before it is undertaken. They should be no more than 750 words in length.

Articles should be submitted to Kefa Otiso at Bowling Green State University via email (kmotiso@bgsu.edu). Enquiries can be made via email or phone (419-372-9352).

Submissions are preferred in digital form as an email attachment, 12 point font and double spaced. Microsoft Word is the formatting software of choice. Figures should be placed at the end of the document or in separate files with their approximate position noted by a 'call out' within the text of the manuscript. Only high quality gray scale photos and maps will be published (in jpg format, 300 dpi). Color maps are an option, but only if the author is willing to support the additional publication costs (and you must make arrangements with the editor in advance for such an exception). References should be arranged as endnotes, placed in alphabetical order, and grouped at the end of the paper. Footnotes are discouraged. All references must be cited in full. Additional information for contributors is provided below.

Authors must state in their cover note that the submitted manu­script has not been submitted or published elsewhere. Authors of accepted papers must be willing to respond to editorial revisions in an expeditious manner. Contributors will receive a pdf of their article.

The bibliographical format for the African Geographical Review is described as follows:

References in the Text

Cite the last name of the author and year of publication. Include page references whenever it would help the reader. Later references to the same source are cited in the same way as the first. Quotations should give page references.

If the author's name is in the text, put the date in parentheses: When Owusu (2001) studied ...

If the author's name is not in the text, enclose last name and year in parentheses: . when these relationships were studied (Rugalema 1991).

Pagination follows the year of publication after a comma: As tabulated by Wilson (1994, 71) the results show ...

For joint authors, give both last names at the end of the sentence: ... (Porter and Flay 1988).

For three authors, give all last names at the end of the sentence:

... (Carr, Smith, and Jones 1997).

For four or more names, use the first author's last name plus et al. at the end of the sentence:

... (BakamaNume et al. 1999).

For institutional authorship, supply minimum identification from the beginning of the complete citation:

... (U.S. Bureau of the Census 1992, 117).

Separate a series of references with a semicolon and sequence according to date of publication:

... (Musali 1988; Sengendoetal. 1990; Scott 1993; Kalipeni 1997).

For unpublished papers, cite the date. If no date is given, use n.d.:

Jones (n.d.) ...


References in the Bibliography

References follow the text in a section headed "REFERENCES."


For one author:

Appiah, K. 1992. My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

For multiple authors:

Grant, R. and J. Agnew. 1996. "Representing Africa : The Geography of Africa in World Trade, 1960-1992." Annals of the Association of American Geographers 86(4):729-44.

In a collection:

Chabal, P. 1996. "The African Crisis: Context and Interpretation." In Post- colonial Identities in Africa , eds. R. Werbner and T. Ranger, pp. 29-54. London : Zed Books.

For an edited book:

Godlewska, A. and N. Smith, eds. 1994. Geography and Empire. Cambridge , MA : Black-well.


Scholarly journal:

One author:

Aspaas, R. 1998. "Heading Households and Heading Businesses: Rural Ken­ yan Women in the Informal Sector." The Professional Geographer 50(2): 192-203.

Multiple authors:

Bassett, T. and B. Zueli. 2000. "Environmental Discourses and the Ivorian Savanna." Annals of the Association of American Geographers 90(1):67-95.



In a magazine:

Ziff, L. "The Other Lost Generation." Saturday Review, February 20, 1995 , pp. 15-18.

For a newspaper editorial:

Page, B. Lafayette Journal & Courier, December 12, 1998 , p. A-6.



Sibeko, S. 1997. Interview. Roosboom , South Africa . December 7.


A Web Site:

United Nations. 1990. "African Charter for Popular Participation in Development and Transformation." United National Document A/45/427, 22 August 1990 . Available on the Africa Policy Information Center website:



Public Documents:

Because the nature of public documents in so varied, the form of entry for documentation cannot be standardized. The essential rule is to provide sufficient information so that the reader can locate the reference easily.


Tables and Figures:

Each table and figure should be referenced and discussed in the text. The location of each table and figure in the manuscript can be identified with a respective caption. All tables and figures should be submitted as a separate file rather than embedded in the text. Authors must supply illustrations of professional quality in black-and-white.



When necessary, the author is obliged to obtain written permission from the copyright holder.

For further guidelines see the current issue of the African Geographical Review.