Philosophy of JORA

The mission of JORA is to promote a better understanding of African peoples and societies by integrating missing issues and voices in African studies and deconstructing misconceived representations of the continent. Please see the Aims and Scope page for additional information.

General Submission Rules

Journal of Retracing Africa is an interdisciplinary journal that reviews and publishes articles, film and book reviews focusing on any theme in historical and contemporary African studies. Established and emerging scholars, including graduate students, are encouraged to submit. Please see the Aims and Scope page for additional information. Contributors should be aware that JORA only accepts manuscripts that have not been published anywhere or currently under review at another journal. Please contact the editor-in-chief if you have any questions or concerns. To submit manuscripts, whether research papers, commentaries, book and film reviews, click on "Submit Article" on JORA homepage; create a new account (which is fast and easy) and then upload your submission. You can always login at any time to update your profile and check the status of your submissions. If you have any problems or questions, please contact editorial assistant, Brenna Brown, at brenna_brown104@mymail.eku.edu.

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Roundtables/ Special Issues

If you would like to propose a roundtable or special issue, please contact the editors: salome.nnoreomele@eku.edu and ogechi.anyanwu@eku.edu.

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Book Review Information

We expect a review to explain the major argument of the reviewed book, an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses, and a discussion of the significance of the book in the literature of the field. Your review should be in approximately 1000 words. All text must be double-spaced and in Times font (12 point). Your name and institutional affiliation should be listed at the end of the review. Follow this format for the heading of the review: Njoku, Raphael Chijioke. African Cultural Values: Igbo Political Leadership in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1966. New York: Routledge, 2006. Pp. xvii +251. Reviews should be no more than four double-spaced pages in length. The expected Book review duration is one month with an extra one month grace period. To review a book, choose a book from Books for Review page and contact editorial assistant, Brenna Brown, at brenna_brown104@mymail.eku.edu for availability of the book and mailing. Once the request is made the book will be shipped to you and you will receive an email requesting you to accept to review the book. The email will prompt you to create a new account (which is fast and easy) and after writing the review upload your submission via your account. You can always login and update your profile. If you have any problems or questions, please contact editorial assistant.

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Formatting Requirements

  • Submitted articles should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages, including notes (in 12-point Times font).
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single MS word file (PDF files are not accepted).
  • All manuscripts should include an abstract of about 200 words at the head of the main text immediately after the title.
  • Contributors should not include their names or institutional affiliations on the main text. Use a separate MS word to provide a short bio data of about 100 words containing author's full name, title, current affiliation, and research interest.
  • The citation style for references JORA recommends is the Chicago Manual of Style 15th Edition. All manuscripts must contain footnotes (not endnotes) inserted and numbered automatically by a word processor.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1 inch, including your tables and figures.
  • Contributors who intend to reproduce in their manuscripts materials in which they do not hold copyright should obtain necessary permissions before their accepted manuscripts would be published.
  • Manuscripts must be in English, either American or British. Contributors should be consistent throughout.
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures.

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Review Process

At least two anonymous external reviewers will evaluate all manuscripts submitted for consideration. To ensure anonymous peer review, the main text should not contain the name of the author, nor contain acknowledgments that may reveal the identity of the author, especially in the notes. After the manuscript has been accepted, authors may provide acknowledgments. Authors will receive reviewers’ reports within two or three months after submissions. If the reports are favorable, contributors will be given three months to submit a revised copy of their manuscripts. Contributors will have the opportunity to review copyedited and page proofs copies of their manuscripts before publication.

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Rights for Authors and Encompass

Authors will receive electronic copy of the issue in which their articles appeared. Authors retain copyright but grant exclusive first publication rights and a non-exclusive license to have the work reproduced in other ways, including in electronic databases, books, and on-line. Once an author's work has been published in JORA, the author can use it in any way she/he wishes, so long as that use is consistent with the license given JORA to continue to use the work for the duration of its copyright in all languages, throughout the world, in all media. The journal asks only that authors acknowledge in subsequent works the publication of earlier versions in JORA.

Publisher Information

African/African American Studies program
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Avenue
Miller 109
Richmond Ky 40475
Phone: (859) 622-8676

Contact Us

For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact: Managing Editor, Dr. Salome Nnoromele, at salome.nnoromele@eku.edu (859) 622-8676 Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Ogechi E. Anyanwu, at ogechi.anyanwu@eku.edu (859)248-1394 Editorial Assistant, Brenna Brown, at brenna_brown104@mymail.eku.edu and our editorial team will provide a quick and helpful service throughout the publication process.

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