Maadili: Journal of African School of Governance and Policy Studies
Call for Paper, Friday, April 16, 2021
Maadili, meaning ‘ethics’ in Swahili, adopts an Afrocentric approach which serves as alternative to dependence on the knowledge power of the north for theories and agenda setting. Maadili is a journal of South Africa-based African School of Governance and Policy Studies. The journal will currently be published on-line (in June and November, every year). Maadili seeks to provide a regular platform for the exchange of ideas between researchers, theorists and practitioners on issues of governance as well as socio-economic transformation and development in Africa. In the main, Maadili seeks to connect with the interests of activists, change advocates, entrepreneurs, journalists, policy advisers, public servants, and scholars who are concerned with producing knowledge for a better Africa. The journal calls for the submission of original research essays that engage with the core areas of African School of Governance and Policy Studies, including: ‘political governance’, ‘economic governance’, ‘citizenship and ethical leadership’, as well as ‘policy studies and evaluation’.
II. Overall Style
Maadili encourages submission of clearly-written, jargon-free original essays that will be accessible to a broad range of readers: activists, change advocates, entrepreneurs, journalists, policy advisers, public servants, and scholars. American Psychological Association Manual 6th Edition should guide textual style of written manuscript.
Maadili requires the following format for articles:
a. A brief section on the introduction (between 550 and 650 words) should be provided to set forth the topic of discussion. Maadili expects the author to indicate the central thesis of the article and the methods of investigation adopted.
b. The body of the text should clearly state the relevance of the reasoning to the practical problem under discussion. The journal finds appropriateness in descriptive and case material. The journal emphasises Afrocentrism's integration into attempts at addressing the problems as they affect the issues of governance and development in the ‘Global South’.
c. Typed manuscripts should be range between 6,500 and 7,500 words, double-spaced. The preferred font for submission is Times New Roman (12-point), and pages must be numbered.
IV. Revision, Editing and Publication
a. Manuscripts that meet the above criteria are sent to, at least, two outside readers for peer review.
b. Reviewers are selected on the basis of expertise and leadership in the area(s) written on by author(s).
c. Reviewers are expected to recommend thus: ‘publish as submitted’, ‘publish after indicated revisions are completed’, ‘rewrite and resubmit’, ‘do not publish’, and ‘inappropriate for Maadili’.
d. Reviewers are generally allowed to comment on the manuscript based on its quality, findings, and contribution to alternative knowledge production in the ‘field.
e. Reviewers are to include the guidelines for manuscript revision (where necessary).
f. Reviewers’ reports will inform the editorial board’s decision, which will be subsequently communicated to the author(s).
g. Consultations will be held with author(s) in the course of editing before publication.
V. Review Essays and Blogs
Maadili may also publish review essays and blogs on recent books, previous articles, and studies on issues of governance and as well as socio-economic transformation and development in Africa. Reviews should be between 900 and 1,000 words.
VI. Special Edition
Maadili believes in giving life to the core areas of African School of Governance and Policy Studies as indicated in the introduction (section I) above. Further to this, the editorial board invites interested scholars who are ready to serve as guest editors on any of the core areas of African School of Governance and Policy Studies to submit their proposals (not more than three pages) for consideration. Proposal should identify the knowledge gap in the field, and how the special edition will promote the production of alternative knowledge for consumption by activists, change advocates, entrepreneurs, journalists, policy advisers, public servants, and scholars for a better Africa.
VII. Dissemination and Promotion
a. Maadili intends to reach the wider audience through policy and academic institutions as well as governments and non-governmental organisations.
b. Maadili will be published online, but hard copies will be produced for academics who require such for assessment at their home institutions. Such authors are to pay a fee as determined by the Editorial Board.
c. Maadili will be hosted by the African Journals Online (AJOL), the platform of African-published scholarly journals.
d. For the purpose of diffusion, the first three editions of Maadili will be open access. Subsequent editions will have at least one article on open access.
Annual subscription rates: US$20 for individuals; US$60 for institutions.
Single-issue rates: US$10 for individuals; US$30 for institutions.
Manuscripts and correspondence on editorial matters should be sent to:
Editor-in-Chief (Oscar E. Ubhenin), Department of Public Administration, Ambrose Alli University, PMB 14, Ekpoma, Nigeria (email: email@example.com); (Phone: +234 (805) 5526 342)
After the acceptance of an article, the journal will require author(s) to submit evidence of compliance to an ethical standard, that the work is that of the author(s), and has neither been previously published nor is it being considered for publication elsewhere. Submissions accepted for publication cannot be published elsewhere without Maadili’s express written permission. Also, Maadili anticipates that the author(s) will identify any conflicts of interest related to the work upon submission.
Friday, May 28, 2021
Abimbola Adelakun, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Christina D. Alessandro, Institute of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Canada
Hany Besada, Institute of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Canada
Oluwole Durodolu, University of South Africa, South Africa
Abrokse Kessy, The University of Dodoma, Tanzania
John Mary Kanyamurwa, Kyambogo University, Uganda
Innocent Moyo, University of Zululand, South Africa
Adelaja O. Odukoya, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Samuel O. Oloruntoba, Visiting Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University Canada
Godwin Onuoha, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA
Oscar E. Ubhenin, Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria
Editor-in-Chief: Oscar E. Ubhenin, Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria
Opinions expressed by contributors and/ or researchers in this journal do not necessarily represent the views of either the editorial board or the African School of Governance and Policy Studies, South Africa.
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Dr. Oscar E. Ubhenin, Department of Public Administration, Ambrose Alli University, PMB 14, Ekpoma, Nigeria (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)