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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 under consideration in another journal
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font (only footnotes, font 10pt); no endnotes, 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. Picturesare only black-white, 600 dpi (TIFF), graphic, figure: 600 (TIFF)
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • In case of submitting a Research Article, which will be peer-reviewed, follow the instructions for Ensuring a Blind Review.

Instructions for Authors

  • Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society is published in English only.
  • The texts should deal with politics, history, and society of the African region.
  • The texts should be either in the form of articles (papers or studies, about 8 000-10 000 words), reports (of events, conferences, etc.), or reviews (of books, journals).
  • All full-length articles must be preceded by an abstract (between 125-130 words) with five keywords.
  • All submissions should be submitted by using our web interface. In case of submitting a Research Article, which will be peer-reviewed,  prevent identities of authors to be known. You can check some information here.

  • The texts should adhere to citation guidelines of APA 7th Ed.
  • Deep instructions about journal style can be found here.


Peer-review policy:

  1. Each research article is sent to two reviewers.
  2. The name of the author is suppressed so that the reviewers are not aware of the author's identity.
  3. Similarly, the reviewers do not know mutually each other's names or the fact that they are reviewing this or that manuscript. Both reviewers' reports are sent to the author.
  4. If the recommendation is to revise, the authors are asked to implement the recommendations.
  5. If there is great disagreement between the reviewers, the manuscript is sent to a third anonymous reviewer.
  6. The reviewed manuscript may be sent back to reviewers for another check if the editor deems this necessary.


Section policy:

Research Article

☒Open Submission ☒Indexed ☒Double-blind peer-reviewed

Review of Book

☒Open Submission ☒Indexed ☐Double-blind peer-reviewed


☒Open Submission ☒Indexed ☐Double-blind peer-reviewed


☐Open Submission ☐Indexed ☐Double-blind peer-reviewed


☐Open Submission ☒Indexed ☐Double-blind peer-reviewed


Publication ethics and malpractice statement of the journal Modern Africa

Even if we are not a member of COPE, our Publication ethics and malpractice statement is based on the publication ethics of COPE and their Code of Best Practise.