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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

In-house Standard Requirements before Peer Review

Length

Submissions should be between 5000 and 8000 words (including the abstract, footnotes and bibliography).

Abstract

Submissions should include an abstract of between 100 and 200 words.

Keywords

A list of 2 to 6 keywords should be included.

Author Details

Please include a short description including the author’s name, academic position and research interests.

Style

The AJGR follows the Chicago Manual Style of referencing with minor specifications as outlined in the AJGR Style Sheet. We require all citations to be in the form of numbered footnotes (not endnotes or in-text referencing). Please refer to the attached AJGR Style Sheet for more details.

Focus and Scope

The African Journal of Gender and Religion (AJGR) is the first, online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal for the transdisciplinary study of gender and religion in Africa.  AJGR is a bi-annual publication housed at the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape.  The journal seeks to explore the ways in which power operates in gendered relationships and the ways in which this power is determined and promoted by religious and cultural norms. We welcome submissions that draw on a variety of resources available within feminist, queer and masculinity studies as they intersect with religion and culture.

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that fall within the focus of the journal. The content of the article can be situated within a range of academic disciplines such as biblical studies, philosophy, theology, anthropology, cultural, and religious studies. However, all articles need to have gender, religion and the African context centralized. This does not only refer to the content of the article but also to its theoretical, conceptual and methodological framing.

It is expected that submissions will contribute new and original knowledge to the subject/theme that is being addressed. Hence:

  • In addition to the abstract provided, please ensure that in the introduction you present your argument in such a way that the unique contribution you seek to make to the debate in that particular field of scholarship is made clear.
  • It is essential to foreground both a central question and a theoretical/conceptual approach and methodology for approaching that question.

It is only then that the Editors will consider your article for the process of double-blind peer review. As a journal accredited with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training, AJGR will only accept and publish articles, which have gone through a rigorous review process. The peer readers will then advise the editorial panel on the suitability of particular articles for AJGR publication.

Information for Book Reviewers:

The AJGR invites its reviews of recently published books related to gender and religion. If there is a book you would like to review please contact the editorial team. Publishers may send review copies however, we don’t guarantee that unsolicited copies will be reviewed.

Information for Praxis Articles:

The AJGR encourages articles to be submitted under a section of the journal called “praxis”. Praxis articles must show evidence of how sound theoretical reflections are brought to bear on practical action. Within this section on “praxis”, we will publish essays that are not considered “mainstream academic” but nonetheless point to theories of gender justice in action. Submissions are evaluated through an editorial committee screening process. Further, the articles are also sent to a minimum of two competent scholars working in a similar field of interest for peer review.

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