Call for articles and special issue proposals: South African Journal of International Affairs

We are seeking unsolicited article submissions on all international relations topics pertinent to the continent, especially articles written by African authors. Articles must be original in content. They should analyse significant policy issues in African international affairs, with a view to offering constructive solutions.

Articles may, inter alia , deal with global/continental governance, multilateralism and political/economic integration, strengthening of democracy and political party systems in Africa, protection of human rights, international trade and investment, governance of natural resources, environmental protection, security and conflict, migration and refugees, religion and ethnicity, the roles of state and non-state actors in international affairs, and the influence of emerging powers on Africa and the world.Articles should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words in length and must be written in a style that is accessible to both professionals and laypersons. The article should be referenced in endnote format. See our Journal Style Guide for more information.

Submission of articles

  1. All submissions should be made online at the South African Journal of International Affairs ScholarOne Manuscripts site. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Online user guides and access to a helpdesk are available on this website. If it is not possible to submit an article online, three copies of the manuscript should be sent to The Editor, South African Journal of International Affairs, c/o the South African Institute of International Affairs, P.O. Box 31596, Braamfontein, 2017, South Africa. Please provide THREE hard copies, double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12 font, and a disc in MS-Word format.
  2. Authors should prepare and upload two versions of their manuscript. One should be a complete text, while in the second all document information identifying the author should be removed from files to allow them to be sent anonymously to referees.
  3. Submitted articles must not be simultaneously under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  4. Articles should be accompanied by the following information about each author: name, title, institutional affiliation, postal address, email address, telephone and fax numbers. If there is more than one author, please indicate who should be the primary contact person.
  5. Article length should be between approximately 6,000 and 9,000 words.
  6. Articles should be double-spaced on A4-sized paper.
  7. Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of between 100 and 150 words.
  8. Articles should also be accompanied by between six and eight keywords, to be used for indexing purposes. These words should include the continent or region and the country/countries dealt with in the article, as well as other words reflecting the subject matter.
  9. All submissions accepted for further consideration will be subject to peer review. Reviewer comments will be sent to the author along with the Editor’s decision.
  10. Authors should carefully proofread their articles before submitting them. Articles with typographical, spelling and grammatical errors do not make a good first impression, and may be rejected prior to peer review.
  11. Plagiarism is regarded as a serious offense. Any idea or quotation from another source must be fully acknowledged in the endnotes and references (see below).
  12. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as ‘derivative reproduction’ (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

If you are uncertain whether an article fits within our areas of interest, please email an abstract no longer than 150 words to the Editor, at before submitting the article itself via Scholar One, per the instructions above. Publication can be confirmed, however, only after the peer review and revision process is complete.