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Submit an article or special issue proposal


The South African Journal of International Affairs (SAJIA) is seeking article submissions and special issue proposals for its forthcoming volumes.

SAJIA is a policy-oriented, peer-reviewed and interdisciplinary forum for discussion on international affairs affecting Africa in general or South Africa in particular. Published since 1993 under the auspices of the award-winning South African Institute of International Affairs, SAJIA offers original and review articles from varied sources, in four issues annually. SAJIA operates on a constant workflow basis (submission deadlines are rolling), with online publication of accepted articles possible ahead of issue dates.

Propose a Special Issue

Prospective guest editors are encouraged to email the Editor, Dr. Martha Bridgman with a concept note outlining the themed issue and proposed dates.

Email the Editor

Submit an Article

Articles must be original in content. They should analyse significant policy issues in international affairs, with a view to offering constructive solutions. Articles may, inter alia, deal with global/continental governance, multilateralism and political/economic integration, the strengthening of democracy and political party systems in Africa, the protection of human rights, international trade and investment, the governance of natural resources, security and conflict, migration and refugees, religion and ethnicity, the role of state and non-state actors in international affairs, or the influence of emerging powers on Africa and the world.

Instructions for Authors Submit an Article

  1. All submissions should be made online at the journal’s Scholar One. 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. Technical support is also available from the SAJIA editorial team.
  2. Authors should prepare and upload two versions of their manuscript. One should include the name and affiliation of the author or authors. The second must be anonymous, for the purposes of blind peer review.
  3. Submitted articles must not be simultaneously under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  4. Articles should be accompanied by the following information:
    • An abstract of 150 words or less
    • Keywords or terms, to be used for indexing purposes (5-8). These terms should include the continent or region and the country/countries dealt with in the article, as well as other words reflecting the subject matter
    • A title that clearly demonstrates the theme of the article, for purposes of easy discoverability in library and internet databases
    • A brief bio for each author, for the ‘note on contributors’ at the end of each article
    • The name, title, institutional affiliation, postal address, email address, and telephone number of each author. Where applicable, the ORCHID identifier, LinkedIn name, and Twitter handle of the author should be included
    • If there is more than one author, please indicate which will serve as the primary correspondent on the paper
  5. Article length should be between 6000 and 9000 words, excluding references and other endnotes.
  6. References should appear in endnotes. See the SAJIA style guide for more details on references.
  7. Articles should be typed double-spaced, in font-size 12.
  8. Tables and figures should be clearly labelled, with keys and source notes. The tables/figures may either appear in the paper or be presented in a separate file clearly marked as such.
  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.
  12. Permissions for the reproduction of any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source (even derivative) are the responsibility of the author. 

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