Instructions to Contributors

We accept submission of unpublished manuscripts that are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The submitted manuscripts should adhere to the following rules:

  1. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in the word processor file formats (DOC, DOCX) using the submission emails.
  2. Titles should be as concise as possible.
  3. Abstracts should be a single paragraph and have approximately 150 words outlining, amongst other things, the background, the problem, methodology, the theory and findings.
  4. The whole manuscript, including title, abstract, main text, footnotes and references should be no more than 8,000 words.
  5. Use New Times Roman 12 pt double spaced.
  6. Use quotation marks only where necessary. When quoting texts with less than four lines, use double quotations marks (“...”). Meanwhile, when quoting within quoted texts, use single inverted commas (‘...’). Where quoted texts exceed 4 lines, use block quotation styles, i.e. start on a separate line, single-spaced, 1.5 cm indented on each side, without quotation marks.
  7. References should be alphabetized by authors’ last name and written as shown below:



Massamba, D.P.B. (2002) Historia ya Kiswahili: 50 BK hadi 1500 BK. Nairobi: Jomo Kenyatta Foundation.

Mazrui, A.A. and Mazrui, A.M. (1995) Swahili State and Society: The Political Economy of an African Language. Nairobi: James Currey.

Book Chapter


Hamisi, A.M. (2008) “Filosofia za Sera za Lugha”. In J.G. Kiango (Ed.) Maendeleo ya Lugha. Dar es Salaam: TUKI. pp. 78-100.

Journal Articles


Ngugi, P.M.Y. (2014) “Fasihi ya Watoto katika Kutekeleza Mahitaji ya Mtoto Kisaikolojia”. Kiswahili, Vol. 77: 170-180.

Collins, E.J. (2018) “Symbolic Arts and Rituals in the African Middle Stone-Age”. Utafiti, Vol. 13(1): 1-22.


Online Journal Article


Wamitila, K.W. (2012) “Uchambuzi wa Tamthiliaya Kaptura la Marx”. Kiswahili, Vol. 78 (1). Available at Accessed 12 Juni 2012.

Thesis and Dissertation


Omari, S. (2009) Tanzanian Hip hop Poetry as Popular Literature. Tasinifu ya Uzamivu (Unpublished). University of  Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam.



Duwe, E. (2018) “Zijue Sifa za Kufundisha Kiswahili Nje ya Nchi”. Mwananchi. 16th October 2018. pp. 13.