Conflict Trends Editorial Guidelines

Editorial Policy

Conflict Trends publishes articles on contemporary issues in conflict and conflict resolution. The magazine largely focuses on Africa and deals with conflict and conflict resolution issues pertaining to the continent.  The magazine welcomes any contribution from commentators within and outside the continent.  ACCORD encourages contributors who offer well-balanced comments on the contemporary challenges faced by the continent in the area of conflict analyses and resolution.

Contributions for 2013

Conflict Trends is published four times a year. The Editorial Team welcomes contributions that cover:

  • A broad range of topics/articles related to Africa (and beyond)
  • Country or regional case studies and analyses
  • Book reviews

Contribution Requirements

  • Articles contributed to Conflict Trends should be between 2500 and 3000 words.
  • Use UK spelling (unless quoting directly from a document with US spelling)
  • Contributors are required to use endnotes for their references (numbering style: 1,2,3..). Please limit the number of endnotes to 10.
  • References provided in the endnotes should be presented as follows:
    • Books: Ngubane, Senzo (2004) Conflict in Africa. Durban: ACCORD, pp. 34- 35.
    • Chapters in books: Ngubane, Senzo (2004) South Africa Today. In de Coning, Cedric and Gounden, Vasu (eds.) Democracy in the 1990's. Durban: ACCORD, p. 79.
    • Articles in journals: De Coning, Cedric (2002) Peacekeeping in Africa. African Journal of Conflict Resolution, 4 (1), pp. 55-62.
    • Newspaper article: Smith, Leo (2007) Conflict in Somalia. The Daily Post, 5 April, p3. Interview: Naidoo, Sami (2006)
    • Interview with the author on 7 July. Durban, South Africa.
    • Internet sources: Ngubane, Senzo (2004) 'Managing Conflict in Africa', Available at: Accessed on: 14 September 2004.
  • Book Reviews should be about 1 200 words inclusive of title, author of the book as well as the number of pages, the year and place of publication, publisher, and ISBN number.
  • Any numbers smaller than ten must be represented in word form (ex. two, six, nine). Any numbers ten and greater must be represented in numerical form (ex 40, 76, 567). With larger numbers do not use a decimal point, rather leave a space (ex 10 000, 5 897 534).
  • All acronyms need to be explained in full the first time they are used in the article, for ex. African Union (AU). Subsequently, just the acronym can be used, that is, AU.

The copyright of any material or article published in Conflict Trends resides with ACCORD.

Each manuscript submitted should have full details of the author(s), including: title, name and surname, designation, contact address (postal; email; fax and telephone numbers).  Please also submit a 1-2 line biography statement that will be included at the end of your article should it be published (who you are, what you do etc.). Once articles are submitted successful authors are informed whether their manuscripts have been accepted for publication and/or need to be revised by the author before publication. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication.

Authors can e-mail their contributions to: The Managing Editor, Venashri Pillay (Ms) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

ACCORD Telephone: +27 31 502 3908, Fax Number: +27 31 502 4160.

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