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Submission Guidelines

ASQ is an interdisciplinary, fully refereed, online journal dedicated to publishing the finest scholarship relating to the African continent. ASQ invites the submission of original manuscripts on a full range of topics related to Africa in all disciplines. As an electronic journal, we welcome submissions that are of a time-sensitive nature.The ASQ charges no submission or publication fees of any type.

To qualify for consideration, submissions must meet the scholarship standards within the appropriate discipline.  For examples, see previous issues of the ASQ. We also require that manuscripts adhere to the journal’s formatting and reference styles as indicated below.

Submissions accepted for consideration will be evaluated by at least two external reviewers. ASQ expects the content of all manuscripts to be original and that the article has not been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. Therefore, authors should include a statement in their submission declaring that the manuscript has not been published and is not under consideration for publication by another journal.

ASQ uses plagiarism detection software, so in submitting your manuscript you accept that it will be screened against previously published literature. 

Articles should be 6,000 to 8,000 words in length (excluding endnotes and references) and also must include a brief (300 words or less) abstract, and a short biography (50 words or less) with author’s full name, title, current affiliation, and a brief description of recent work. Manuscripts should be in MSWord and should be typed in Arial 12 point font, with double-line spacing.

Articles may be submitted as email attachments to  and Book Review Correspondence to Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.

Submissions accepted for consideration will be evaluated anonymously by at least two external reviewers. ASQ expects that the content of all manuscripts to be original and the article not to have been accepted for publication elsewhere.

The final publication depends on the quality of the manuscript, the associated peer review process, and the number of manuscripts which have already been accepted. The journal will attempt to publish manuscripts within six months after submission.

At-Issue Pieces

ASQ welcomes At Issue articles of a scholarly nature that are short commentaries, opinion pieces, and reactions on diverse topics. At Issue submissions should be 2,500 to 3,500 words in length and also as with article submissions contain a short biography (50 words or less) with author’s full name, title, current affiliation, and a brief description of recent work. Otherwise authors should follow the same submission procedures, formatting, and style guidelines as with articles.


Authors are asked to strictly limit their use of underlining and bolding. Please keep tables and graphs to a minimum. If such items are essential, they must be sent grayscale (black and white) in .gif or .jpg format as separate files. Please indicate placement preference by using the notation: [insert table 1.gif here]. The editorial staff reserves the right to determine inclusion or to change the size or placement of all graphics.

All articles should have page numbering, and there should be no section breaks.

Citation Style

We require the use of endnotes not parenthetical citations. Manuscripts received with parenthetical citations throughout will be returned for revision prior to any review. There should be only one endnote per sentence, therefore all references in one sentence should be consolidated into one endnote and placed properly at the end of that sentence. An endnote consists of two linked parts, the number mark in the text and the corresponding note at the end of the text. All endnotes must be inserted automatically as generated by Microsoft Word.



While the women’s movement in Botswana was by the turn of the century having a growing influence with the government and, more broadly, society as a whole, Agnes Leslie suggests that “the women’s ‘success’ may be more symbolic than real.” 1


1. Leslie 2006, p. 139.

Reference Style


Leslie, Agnes Ngoma. 2006. Social Movements and Democracy in Africa: the Impact of Women’s Struggle for Equal Rights in Botswana. New York and London: Routledge.

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