Guidelines for Submission to Yorùbá Studies Review
Yorùbá Studies Review is devoted to all aspects of the Yoruba transnational, national, and regional presence, both in their West Africa’s homeland and in diasporic spaces, past and present. The journal embraces all disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and the basic /applied sciences in as much as the focus is on the Yoruba affairs and the intersections with other communities and practices worldwide. The journal is open to interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches dealing with a wide range of theoretical and applied topics including, but not limited to: cultural production, identities, religion, arts and aesthetics, history, language, knowledge system, philosophy, gender, media, popular culture, education and pedagogy, politics, business, economic issues, social policy, migration, geography and landscape, environment, health, technology, and sustainability.
Language of publication
The journal will publish original research and review manuscripts in the five languages that are primarily used in the Yoruba world– English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Yoruba. Where possible, abstracts of papers will be translated into English.
Frequency of Publication
2 issues during each academic year, in the fall (October) and spring (April) semesters respectively.
Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least two specialist readers.
Submission Guidelines for Contributors
1. The manuscript must be in Word, Word Perfect, or RTF throughout.
2. The manuscript must be prepared for blind review. Contributors should refer to previous publication in third person (“as Adeboye Babalola noted”) and to an institution where research was conducted as “institution X.” Names can be reinstated after the review process. Contributors should not put their names anywhere on the manuscript even in headers.
3. The entire manuscript must be double-spaced throughout including notes, references, and tables. It must be in 12-point font with a 1.5 inch left margin. Do not use boldface or capitalize all the letters in a word. Avoid underlining.
4. Manuscript must be formatted for 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper (American letter size).
5. Save all tables, charts, figures, photos, and illustrations in separate file and submit along with your chapter. Insert in the text files callouts that indicate where each illustration should be placed. The callout should be placed on its own line following the paragraph in which the table or illustration is first referenced and should be surrounded by two angled brackets:
6. Use the indentation function in the paragraph formatting window to indent paragraphs a half inch. Do not insert tabs or spaces to achieve indentation. For block quotes, please indent by half inch with left justification only (generally quotations with less than one hundred words should not be blocked).
7. If your article is subdivided, identify subheads by typing immediately before the subhead. If a subsection is further subdivided, so that there are two levels of subheads, identify the second level subheads with . A third level, though discouraged, is identified with the code
8. In order to ensure consistency in the use of diacritics or tone marks for Yorùbá words, the following is a list of style rules that should be adopted: (i) capital initials but no italics for all tone-marked proper nouns, including but not limited to personal names, names of cities, societies, and associations or organizations, (ii) italics and tone marks (but no capital initials) for titles that are not part of proper nouns listed in (i above) for example, òrìṣà, baálẹ̀, àfin, ọba, et cetera; (iii) italics and tone marks for shorter sample of Yorùbá texts embedded in body of work, but with no quotation marks; and (iv) longer Yorùbá texts (poetry, songs, etc.) should be italicized, tone marked, and indented.
9. After acceptance, the author must obtain written permission from the copyright holder to use any copyrighted material. Authors are also responsible for supplying professionally drafted figures, suitable for reproduction, and are responsible for obtaining necessary permissions. Camera-ready illustrations may be submitted in hard copy or in electronic format.
We recommend you follow The Chicago Manual of Style 16th ed. (University of Chicago Press, 2010), on virtually all matters of style, punctuation, capitalization, and hyphenation. We therefore require US-style punctuation (e.g. use double quotations marks, and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations, and place commas and periods inside quotation marks). Here are a few style preferences to pay attention to in particular:
*Use the serial comma
*Use month-day-year dates. So not 23 June 2011 but June 23, 2015
*Use en dashes rather than hyphens in between number spans (not 23-29 but 23—29)
*Truncate the last number in page ranges as follows: 1—5, 43—44 (do not truncate when the last number is only two digits), 100—102 (do not truncate when the first number is a multiple of 100), 106—7 (don’t repeat the 0), 131-38, 188-213
*Use ellipses to indicate omissions from quoted passages. In general do not bracket ellipses. If ellipses appear in the original quotation, please explain this in the note citation (e.g., ellipses in original)
*Spell out whole numbers from zero through hundred and round multiples of these (i.e. whenever a number one through one hundred is followed by “hundred,” “thousand,” or “million.” For example: thirty-two, one hundred, nine thousand, three hundred thousand, 6,560, or 460,000.
Notes and bibliography
Notes: Insert end notes (no footnotes pls.) using Microsoft Word’s automatic notes feature. Never key in note numbers manually.
Bibliography: Include not more than 5 selected works germane to the discussion in the chapter using the following style:
Single authored book: Washington, Teresa N. Our Mothers, Our Powers, Our Texts. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2005.
Joint authored book: Falola, Toyin and G. O. Oguntomisin. Yoruba Warlords of the 19th Century. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2001.
Multi-authored book: Drewal, Henry John, et al. Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought. New York: Center for African Art in Association with H. N. A. Abrahams, 1989.
Edited book: Falola, Toyin and Matthew Heaton, eds. Traditional and Modern Health System in Nigeria. Trenton: African World Press, 2006.
Chapter in an edited book: Oyelaran, O. O. “Linguistic Speculations on Yoruba History.” In Department of African Languages and Literatures Seminar Series I, ed. O. O. Oyelaran, 624-51. Ile-Ife (Nigeria): University of Ife, 1978.
Journal article: Ojo, M. O. D. “Symbol of Warning, Conflict, Punishment, and War and their Meanings among the Pre-Colonial Yorùbá Natives: A Case of Aroko.” Antropologija 13.1 (2013): 39-60.
Dissertation: Olabimtan, Afolabi. “A Critical Survey of Yoruba Written Poetry 1848-1948.” Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Lagos, Lagos (Nigeria), 1974.
We invite original manuscripts of 25-30 pages (not exceeding 10,000 words including references and endnotes). Each article must include an abstract (not more than 150 words) that summarizes the work’s argument, method, findings, and significance and a cover sheet containing the manuscript title, the name address, office and home numbers, fax number, email address, and full names and institutions of each author. Book reviews must not exceed 1000 words.
Contributors should submit digital files of original manuscript as email attachment to email@example.com (cc firstname.lastname@example.org). Manuscripts submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere, including on the web, will not be considered. Authors must therefore inform editors at time of submission of similar / related versions of the manuscript that have appeared or are being considered elsewhere.
Opinions expressed in the Yoruba Studies Review are not necessarily those of the editorial staff. The order of publication of individual articles does not imply relative merit. The journal is hosted by three institutions:
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The University of Florida, Gainesville