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INSTRUCTIONS FOR CONTRIBUTORS TO TAJWAGID

The Editor-in-Chief of The African Journal of Women and Gender in Development (TAJWAGID) welcomes the submission of articles of between 5,000 and 8,000 words on women and gender in development and related areas.  Contributors should present their material in a form that is of interest and accessible to an international readership.  Articles must be original and should not be under consideration, either in part or in whole, for publication or in press elsewhere.  On acceptance, the copyright is transferred to the publisher, namely Women’s University in Africa (WUA).  Nonetheless, the views expressed in the article(s) are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of WUA.  WUA and TAJWAGID do not accept responsibility for the statement of facts or opinion or for errors or omissions made by the author(s).  To facilitate the speedy handling of articles, the author(s) should observe the following conventions:
1.    Regularity of publication:  TAJWAGID is published quarterly, i.e. four times a year.  
2.    Language:   Papers should be written in British English.  Use British and ‘z’ spellings: e.g. labour and characterize.  Additional abstracts in French are encouraged.
3.    Cover page:  The author should submit a cover page with the author’s first and family name, institutional affiliation and postal and e-mail address.  In the case of collaborative work, the e-mail and postal address of the corresponding author should be indicated.  
4.    Manuscripts:   Papers should be typed in Word on single-sided A4-size pages and each page should have a 5 centimetre margin on the left hand side.  The author(s) should use Times Roman font size 12.  
5.    Change of contact details:  The corresponding author should inform the Editor-in-Chief if there is a change of contact details.
6.    Covering letter:  The corresponding author should state in a covering letter that the work submitted is not being considered for publication, in whole or in part, elsewhere.  
7.    Abstract and key words:  Each article should contain an abstract of not more than 200 words.  The abstract should state in the past tense the objectives and scope of the research, the methodology used, the main findings or results and conclusions.  Each paper should have six key words to facilitate search engine optimization.  
8.    Format of article:  The article should have the following format or structure:  abstract, key words, introduction; the materials and methods used; the main findings or results; discussion; and conclusion.  Paragraphs must be indented, rather than separated by a blank line.  Non-English words should be italicized or underlined.  Spelling practices must be consistent throughout the article.  
The journal uses the following hierarchy of headings within the text:
Heading level A: I NTRODUCTION
Heading level B: Italic, Capital Letters for Main Words on the Left
Heading level C:  Italic, capital letter for first word and proper names only on the left.
All pages, including Notes, References and tables should be numbered.  
9.    Content:  Articles should display the following features:
a.    Up-to-date research and adequate literature review;
b.    A sound conceptual grasp of the issues involved;
c.    Theoretic insight and analytic ability;
d.    Independent critical insight or originality in either the conceptualization or the analysis of issues involved or both; and
e.    Significantly contribute to current thinking on the subject.
The article should not contain anything that is abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent or illegal.
10.    Notes and references:  The author(s) should also double space notes and references and these should be on separate pages at the end of the article.  TAJWAGID uses the Harvard system of citation and referencing (see http://www.hup.harvard.edu/resources/authors/pdf/hup-author-guidelines-author-date-citations-and-reference-lists.pdf
11.    Refereeing:  TAJWAGID is a refereed journal.  Submissions are first read by the Editor-in-Chief.  Articles may be rejected without further review and those that the Editor-in-Chief wishes to consider further are normally sent to external referees.  The Editors aim to give authors a decision within four months and a decision may be a conditional or unconditional acceptance, a rejection, or an invitation to revise and resubmit.  The Editor-in-Chief will indicate to authors what changes should be made.  Resubmitted papers are usually sent out for a second round of external reviews.  
12.    Proof reading:  Page proofs of articles will be sent to the author, or corresponding author in the case of collaborative work, who must return them before the date indicated.  Proofs are intended for checking and not re-writing.  Where proofs are not received in time, the Editor-in-Chief’s own corrected proof will be sent to the printers.
13.    Complimentary copy:  The author will receive a single copy of the Journal issue in which the article appears.  In the case of collaborative work involving more than two authors, the first two authors will each receive a copy.
14.    Articles and correspondence:  Articles, book reviews and related correspondence should be sent to: The Editor-in-Chief, TAJWAGID, Women’s University in Africa, Corner Brighton & Upper East Road, P. O. Box MP1222, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe.  E-mail address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it || This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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