Submission Guidelines

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Submissions are accepted only in MS-Word format. Please submit your article and 150 word abstract in one file. Please be certain that no identifying information [i.e. the name(s), affiliation(s) of the author(s)] is submitted with the article. Tables, figures, and images should be uploaded as supplementary files at time of submission. A confirmation note will be sent to each scholar immediately after the submission is received. Once you have received this confirmation, please do not ask for further confirmation.

We recognize that access to the internet is not universal; therefore we will accommodate those who are unable to submit their manuscripts electronically. Please contact the editorial staff at: JWAH, 141B & 141C Old Horticulture, 506 E. Circle Drive, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI  48824; Phone: (517) 884-4593, Fax: (517) 884-4594, or jwah@msu.edu for further instructions. The editor-in-chief can be reached directly at najwah@msu.edu.

BOOK REVIEWS: Review essays (not exceeding 1,000 words) should engage the interpretation, meaning, or importance of an author’s argument for a wider scholarly audience. Justification for shorter or longer reviews should be discussed with the Book Review Editor prior to submission. Include your name and affiliation at the end of the review. Double space your document, with an extra space between paragraphs (rather than indenting each one). See style sheet below for book review formatting guidelines.

See bottom of page for list of books available for review.

Editorial Policy

All articles submitted to JWAH must be original work that has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration by any other publication. All submissions to JWAH go through a double blind peer-review process. Response time is typically 3–4 months from submission. The article is first read in-house by an editor. If the submission meets the style, content, and quality requirement of JWAH, the editor-in-chief sends it out to two referees who are experts in the relevant field of research. If there is a consensus in the assessment of the article by the referees and the editor, their expressed decision is final. The editor-in-chief will only consult a third reviewer if there is a difference of opinion. The fact that JWAH requires a consensus view between the referees and an editor ensures that the process is as fair as possible. To ensure publication, authors must be available to respond to reviewers’ comments, make revisions, and review page proofs. A tentative schedule will be provided at time of submission acceptance.

Manuscript Preparation

JWAH follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., and uses endnote-style citationsRefer to the JWAH style sheet to prepare your manuscript for submission.

JWAH STYLE SHEET

IMAGES AND DERIVATIVE MATERIALS

  • It is the author’s obligation and responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright and/or other use restrictions prior to submitting materials to MSU Press for publication.
  • Images must be submitted as supplementary, clearly-labeled files at time of submission.
  • All images must be minimum 300 dpi at planned publication size.
  • Citations, permissions, and captions are required upon submission for all images.
  • We cannot publish such materials without an accompanying signed permissions letter.

Publishing Agreements

Pieces accepted for publication must be accompanied by a signed publishing agreement before the piece can go to print.
JWAH Article Publishing Agreement
JWAH Book Review Publishing Agreement


LIST OF BOOKS FOR REVIEW: The following books have been received by the Journal of West African History. If you are interested in reviewing any of these books, please send an email to our book review editor Dr. Harry Odamtten at the following address, hodamtten@scu.edu.

Please submit your review within six weeks of receiving the book at https://www.rapidreview.com/MSU/SMLogon.jsp.

The Problem of Slavery as History: A Global Approach by Joseph C. Miller. (Yale University Press; 978-0-300-11315-0)

Encountering Morocco: Fieldwork and Cultural Understanding by David Crawford and Rachel Newcomb. (Indiana University Press; 978-0-253-00911-1)

Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature by Laura Murphy. (Ohio University Press; 978-0821419953)

Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa by Catherine Higgs (Ohio University Press; 978-0821420744)

Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake: Law and the Experience of Women and Children in Africa by Benjamin Lawrance and Richard Roberts. (Ohio University Press; 978-0821420027)

Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa by Devon Curtis and Gwinyayi Dzinesa. (Ohio University Press; 978-0821420133)

On Black Sisters Street: A Novel by Chika Unigwe. (Ohio University Press; 978-0821419922)

Nation of Outlaws, State of Violence: Nationalism, Grassfields Tradition, and State Building in Cameroon by Meredith Terretta. (Ohio University Press; 978 0 8214 2069 0)

African Religions: A Very Short Introduction by Jacob Olupona. (Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-979058-6)


Calls for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS, Journal of West African History, Volume 3, Issue 2 (October 2017): Special Issue: Women and Gender in West Africa.

The study of women and gender in African history has yielded new analytical frameworks as well as an impressive body of original research.  Scholarship on women and gender in West Africa’s past has made key contributions to the study of the region as well as to theoretical conceptions of the role of women and gender.  To this end, the Journal of West African History (JWAH), invites scholars to submit papers for a special issue on Women and Gender in West Africa broadly conceived. Papers may address, but are not limited to any one of the following themes: the role of women in state-building, West African women and the economy, women and socio-economic development, gender and colonialism, sex and sexuality, histories of production and consumption, domesticity and the gender division of labor, women and nationalism, intellectual and cultural histories, slavery and the slave trade, West Africa and the Diaspora.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at  https://www.rapidreview.com/MSU/CALogon.jsp. The deadline for the receipt of papers is January 2016.  All articles will undergo a double blind peer review, and those accepted for publication will appear in a special issue of JWAH, volume 3, issue 1, scheduled for publication in October 2017.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS, Journal of West African History, Volume 5, Issue 1 (March 2019): Special Issue: 60th Anniversary of Ghana and Nigeria Independence.

2017 and 2020 will mark the 60th anniversaries of independence from British colonial rule in Ghana (1957) and Nigeria (1960).  In honor of these momentous occasions, the Journal for West African History (JWAH), published by Michigan State University Press, invites scholars to submit papers that commemorate the 60th anniversaries of the independence of Ghana or Nigeria. We are particularly interested in papers that speak to the aspirations, achievements, setbacks, and problems associated with independence and its aftermath.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at  https://www.rapidreview.com/MSU/CALogon.jsp. The deadline for the receipt of papers is December 1, 2017. All articles will undergo a double blind peer review, and those accepted for publication will appear in a special issue of JWAH, volume 5, issue 1, scheduled for publication in March 2019.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS, Journal of West African History, Volume 6, Issue 1 (March 2020) Special Issue: on “French West Africa: 60 Years After the Breakup of the Malian Federation.

In 1958, after General De Gaulle became President, he divided French West African and Equatorial African colonies into 13 separate states. In each colony a referendum was held. A oui vote meant continued association with France in the Community, and a non vote, meant complete and immediate independence. Guinea was the only country to vote, non; and as a result, became immediately independent. On April 4, 1959, the short-lived Malian Federation, a union between the autonomous territories of the Sudanese Republic and Senegal, was founded. However, the Federation would, by June 20, 1960, achieve compete independence. The year, 2018, marks the 60th anniversary of French Guinea’s “non” vote on General de Gaulle’s referendum. Likewise, the year, 2020, marks the 60th anniversary of the complete independence of the territories of French West Africa and the dissolution of the short-lived Mali Federation.  In honor of these momentous occasions, the Journal of West African (JWAH), published by Michigan State University Press, invites scholars to submit papers that commemorate the 60th anniversaries of the independence of the former colonies of French West Africa.  We are particularly interested in papers that speak to the aspirations, achievements, setbacks, and problems associated with independence and its aftermath.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at  https://www.rapidreview.com/MSU/CALogon.jsp. The deadline for the submission of papers is December 1, 2018.  All articles will undergo a double blind peer review, and those accepted for publication will appear in a special issue of JWAH, volume 6, issue 1, scheduled for publication in March 2020.