Instructions for contributors
Afrikan Sarvi – Horn of Africa Journal publishes
- Scholarly articles, maximum length 20 000 characters.
- no text references nor footnotes, but bibliography should be included
- web-links are included in the text
- bibliography is written in the following way:
Adam, Hussein M. (2010). Political Islam in Somali history, in Markus Hoehne &Virginia Luling (eds.): Milk and Peace, Drought and War: Somali Culture, Society and Politics. London: Hurst, 119−135.
Greene, Shane (1998). The Shaman’s Needle: Development, Shamanic Agency, and Intermedicality in Aguaruna Lands, Peru. American Ethnologist 25(4): 634−658.
Wolputte, Steven Van & René Devisch & Jaak Le Roy & Dimonfu Lapika (2002). Medical Pluralism and Lay Therapy Management in Kinshasa. Uppsala: Uppsala University.
- Columns, preferred length between 3000 and 4000 characters.
- News, maximum length 1000 characters.
- Travel reports and reportages, preferred length between 3000 and 7000 characters.
- photographs and pictures welcome
- Project presentations, preferred length between 3000 and 8000 characters.
- photographs, audio and video clips welcome
- Reviews, preferred length between 2000 and 4000 characters.
Please, remember that the shorter and apter the text is, the more likely it will be read. This applies even to texts published in the net.
A headline has to express the core of the article simply or at least in the way that it invites a reader to continue.
It is recommended to use verbs and concrete words.
A headline should be very short, maximum 50 characters with spaces.
A text which is longer than 2500 characters must also include ingress. In the ingress, introduce the central message of the article with 2 − 3 tangible sentences. Maximum length of ingress is 200 characters with spaces and it should be attractive.
Subtitles and paragraphs
In an article it is recommended to have several subtitles, for example, always after three consecutive paragraphs.
Paragraphs should be short; in a good paragraph (Word view) there are 3 – 4 lines and 1 – 3 sentences.
Use good standard language. The Horn of Africa Journal is aimed at the general public, hence, for all those who are interested in its scope and topics.
The best sentences consist of main clauses and subordinate clauses. Avoid complicated structures.
Spoken language may help to create sentences that are easily understandable. Please, consider how it would be possible to explain an idea to a person who had no prior knowledge on the topic.
Do not format the text, unless a word needs to be italicized.
Photographs, figures and tables
Photographs, figures and tables should be sent as separate files, and their eventual position should be clearly indicated in the text. Photographs should be sent in jpg-format. Attach also information on the photographer as well as the situation and people showed in the picture.
At the end of the text include also basic information of the author (name, title, profession, institutional affiliation and preferably also e-mail).
How to submit the text?
All the texts are edited by editorial staff before publishing. The aim is to ensure that a text is easily accessible and as interesting as possible for a reader. After editing the author has an opportunity to check the text before it will be published.