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Author Guidelines


1. The editor accepts manuscripts ranging from 6,000 to 8,000 words for articles and between 600 and 800 words for reviews.

2. Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 200-250 words. 3. Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, 12 font size in Times New Roman. 4. References should be written in alphabetical order and the recommended style for citation is Harvard where in-text citations are used when quoting or paraphrasing a source. For example, “The link between political violence and social redistribution has been key to revolutionary politics everywhere” (Mamdani 2001). The reference list is located at the end of the work and displays full citations for sources used in the document. Here is an example on how references should appear:

Mamdani, M. (2001). When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda. Kampala: Fountain.

The article/paper should be submitted via the online submission platform at, with a copy simultaneously sent via the following email to the Editor: The editorial process will be undertaken using the UDSM journal system.

Tel: +255-22-2410110

The paper/article should have no indication of the authorial details, which should  be placed on a separate piece of paper with the title of the paper/article. All the  images should have copyright permission.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
    2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
    3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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