We reserve the right to return material which is not sent to us in the preferred ROAPE style or which has not been carefully edited by the author.
First, please check that your proposed submission falls within ROAPE’s remit:
“ROAPE has, since 1974, provided radical analysis of trends and issues in Africa. It has paid particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression, whether driven by global forces or local ones (such as class, race, community and gender), and to materialist interpretations of change in Africa. It has sustained a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa.”
Aside from this substantive remit, we are looking for submissions which present new empirical material, rethink existing literature in a stimulating fashion, or coherently argue a fresh understanding of existing issues. We seek papers which are clearly organised, concisely expressed and free from unnecessary jargon, sexist or other discriminatory language. We may occasionally consider material in languages other than English.
Submissions should be original contributions not previously published (in part or in whole) and not under consideration for any other publication, unless a special case has been made.
It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright (or license the publication rights) in their manuscripts to ROAPE. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate your article to the widest possible readership in both print and electronic formats. As an author you will receive a Copyright Assignment form for signature as your article is handed to our publisher prior to going to press, for signature and return. Authors maintain many rights under the Taylor and Francis rights policies, which can be found here. Please note: authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material that they do not own and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included within the manuscript.
Briefings are generally short, topical and informative pieces, including documents, with a ‘stop press’ policy for urgent items. Debates require an author to take a position on a controversial topic, either engaging with a previous piece or inviting response. The maximum length for Briefings and Debates is 4,000 words.
Articles are generally longer and aim both to inform the reader and to engage in debate around theory and/or political economy analysis. Our recommended length for an article is not longer than 8,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography. We cannot accept article manuscripts longer than 8,000 words, unless exceptional reasons can be cited.
We also publish reviews of academic and political books, fiction and film. The recommended length is 800 words or up to 2,000 for a review article.
All submissions should be made online at the Review of African Political Economy Scholar One Manuscripts site. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Online user guides and access to a helpdesk are available on this website.
Book and other reviews to Peter Dwyer (email@example.com).
Article, Briefings and Debate Pieces: All articles are anonymously peer-reviewed. You will be contacted by one of the editors in relation to the outcome of this process – whether your submission is to be accepted as it stands, revised in a major or minor way or rejected. Feedback will be offered as appropriate. Where revisions are in order, the editors will make suggestions using the comments of the independent reviewers, and will negotiate a time frame in which these should be carried out.
Reviews are refereed by our Reviews editor (Peter Dwyer). He will send more detailed guidelines on request.
Copy-editing process: Once accepted, most articles are entered into the Taylor and Francis Central Article Tracking System, and a link to the copy-edited proofs, along with any queries for the author(s), are sent to the corresponding author. Authors are requested to implement corrections and reply to all queries and return these within 48 hours.
While we are willing to help out with editing the work of authors whose first language is not English, we expect other manuscripts to come to us in a finally edited form.
This entails following the guidelines below:
In text this means bracketing the author’s surname and date of publication (with page reference where an actual quotation is given): Examples: (Mamdani 2004, 34) and (Rodney 1975; Cliffe 1977; Saul 1974).
At the end of the article only material cited in the text should be listed:
Guyer, J. 1987. “Comparative Epilogue.” In Feeding African Cities: Studies in Regional Social History, edited by J. Guyer, 148—154. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Mamdani, M. 2004. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, Cold War and the Roots of Terrorism, Kampala: Fountain Publishers.
Ponte, S. 2004. “The Politics of Ownership: Tanzanian Coffee Policy in the Age of Liberal Reformism.” African Affairs 103 (413): 23—49.
Zeilig, L. 2015. Frantz Fanon: The Militant Philosopher of Third World Liberation. London: I. B. Tauris.
Newspaper titles should be italicised (e.g. The Daily Graphic).
Websites must be cited with a title and/or author. The date of access is only required if the online document is undated, and is then used as year of publication.
Littlejohn, G. 2015. “The BRICS New Development Bank and Africa.” Accessed December 9, 2015. http://roape.net/2015/11/16/the-brics-new-development-bank-and-africa/
Hunkins, J. 2015. “Rehad Desai’s ‘Miners Shot Down’ Wins an International Emmy for Best Documentary.” November 24. http://10and5.com/2015/11/24/rehad-desais-miners-shot-down-wins-an-international-emmy-for-best-documentary/
Many more examples are provided in the Taylor & Francis Chicago author-date standard reference style PDF.