JOURNAL OF PUBLIC POLICY IN AFRICA (JOPPA)


Call for Articles - November 2017 Issue

Submissions are invited for publication in the Journal of Public Policy in Africa (JOPPA) Volume 5 Number 1 to be published November 2017.


JOPPA is published by Africa University in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).The journal provides an alternative space for Africans who want to challenge the success of neo-liberalism and craft material that can be used by the people as a resource to enhance the public-policy capacity (empowerment) of state and non-state actors; and to contribute to the projects of democracy and development. It also provides an opportunity for showcasing success stories of public policy in Africa.
The journal focuses on the interface between practice and theory and bridge the perceived disconnect that exists between practitioners and academics. There is currently a push towards consultancy research work rather than academic or political research work resulting in the trend to generate quick research just for publication. JOPPA will help address this by promoting work that seeks to change the realities of populations that are most disadvantaged on our continent, by analysing some of the key public policy challenges the continent faces today.

GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS
Manuscript Preparation
The journal welcomes articles, case reviews, statute reviews, book reviews, practitioner pieces, commentaries and other original submissions. Submissions should be original contributions, not previously published and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submissions will be subjected to plagiarism checks.
Articles are expected to fall within the range of 5 000 and 7 000 words set in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1 ½ lines spacing.  An abstract of 150-250 words is required at the point of submission. This should include four or five key words.

 
Peer Review Process
All submissions will be peer-reviewed through the double-blind system. Among other things, reviewers will evaluate the originality, relevance, accuracy, rigour and general suitability of the submission for publication in JOPPA. 
Prospective authors are advised to not include their names in the main text or as running headers and footers.


Referencing Style 
Contributors are to follow the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style in which:
-    in–text citations should state author, date and where appropriate page number; and
-    the reference list, entered alphabetically, must include all the works cited in your article.

Please aim to incorporate footnotes into the text. If notes are unavoidable, they should come at the end of the article (end notes) and must be brief and to the point.

Quotations
Short quotes of less than three lines (under 40 words) should run on as part of your sentence with “double quotation marks” to signal where the quote starts and ends. The page where the quote comes from must be included.
Long quotes known as block quotes or indented quotes (more than 40 words) should:
•    start on a new line
•    be set at 10 point font
•    be indented about 5 spaces from the left hand margin
•    be single spaced
•    not have quotation marks.
Spelling 
UK English spelling is preferred and should conform to the most recent edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.


Manuscript Submission
In a separate file, please provide the name, designation, institutional affiliation, educational background, contact information and other biographical details of the author (s). 
Submissions should be emailed as attachments in Microsoft Word format to the Managing Editor, on joppajournal@africau.edu

 

Closing Date:  30 September 2017