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: http://www.accord.org.za 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.

AJCR Editorial Board

The AJCR editorial board is made up as follows:

Managing editor

Prof Jannie Malan
Senior Researcher, ACCORD

Co-editor

Dr Grace Maina
Senior Researcher, ACCORD

Members

Dr Kwesi Sansculotte-Greenidge
Coordinator, South Sudan Initiative, ACCORD

Dr Martha Mutisi
Manager, Interventions Department, ACCORD

Peer Advisory Panel

Dr Kasaija Apuuli
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Makerere University, Kampala

Prof John Daniel
Retired Professor of Political Science at the former University of Durban-Westville, now the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

Mr Vasu Gounden
Founder and Executive Director, ACCORD, Durban

Ms Phyllis Johnson
Executive Director, Southern African Research and Documentation Centre, Harare

Prof Chris Landsberg
National Chairperson: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, South African National Research Foundation, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg

Dr Shauna Mottiar
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Civil Society, School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

Dr Tim Murithi
Head of Programme, Justice and Reconciliation in Africa, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town

Ms Angela Ndinga-Muvumba
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala, and Senior Research Fellow, ACCORD, Durban

Prof Nana Poku
Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Transfer; Dean, School of Social and International Studies, University of Bradford; and Senior Advisor, European Union Missions (Africa)

Prof Jairam Reddy
Chairperson, Council of Durban University of Technology, Durban

Dr Alioune Sall
Executive Director, African Futures Institute, Pretoria

Dr Helen Scanlon
Senior Lecturer, School of African and Gender Studies, University of Cape Town, Cape Town

Dr Meena Singh
Research Associate of the Common Security Forum, Cambridge and Associate Lecturer, Inter Cultural Management and Leadership, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

AJCR Editorial Guidelines

AJCR is a biannual peer-reviewed journal published by ACCORD for the multidisciplinary subject field of conflict resolution. The journal publishes articles and book reviews on subjects relating to conflict, its management and resolution, as well as peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Africa. It aims to be a conduit between theory and practice. Contributors should therefore reflect on theoretical approaches and engage practical aspects of preventing and managing armed and other violence, and building durable peace in Africa.

Submission Requirements

We welcome submissions which address conflict resolution, management and peacebuilding in Africa from a scholarly perspective for consideration. The Editorial Board encourages academics and practitioners to submit scholarly articles that tackle issues such as those outlined above.

Submissions should be made electronically, via e-mail, in Microsoft Word format. Authors should submit a covering letter confirming that the article being submitted is the original work of the author(s), does not violate any contractual agreement and has not been published or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts are evaluated by the Editorial Board and an Advisory Panel of peer reviewers, for quality, originality, and contribution to knowledge. This process inevitably takes time, but authors are informed as soon as possible about whether their manuscripts have been accepted or not.

Presentation

Articles should be of good academic quality, and should be between 6 000 and 8 000 words in length. An abstract of between 100 and 200 words, a list of six keywords for indexing purposes, and a few lines about the author should be included. Figures and tables may be submitted as separate files, with their position clearly marked in the text.

Where to send articles

Articles and book reviews may be submitted by e-mail, as Microsoft Word attachments, to the Managing Editor of the journal, Prof Jannie Malan, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with a copy sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Articles selected will be awarded honorariums upon publication.

References

All references, according to the Harvard method, should be included. In listing references we prefer to use authors' first names where available. As far as possible, in-text references should include the page numbers of the sections of sources referred to. In the case of a direct quotation, the exact page number is absolutely necessary. Footnotes may be used for the purpose of adding extra details, comments, or references which may distract attention from the argument in the text. For more information about the referencing system, please see the Referencing Style Sheet (an excerpt from ACCORD's Style Guide), which can be downloaded below.

Please note

From time to time, when sufficient material for the next issue(s) has been received, the Editorial Board may decide to suspend the reception of new submissions until a later date. We are currently in such a situation, and will announce the next period during which we will be receiving submissions as soon as possible.

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Write for AJCR

ACCORD welcomes contributions for upcoming issues of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution. Should you wish to submit an article (or book review) for publication consideration please contact The Editor, Prof. Jannie Malan, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Articles selected will be awarded honorariums upon publication.

AJCR articles should have 6 000 to 8 000 words, an abstract of 100 to 200 words, a few lines about the author, and references according to the Harvard method.

Book reviews for AJCR should be between 1 000 and 1 500 words. Reviewers should include information on the book title, author, year, place and publisher, total number of pages, ISBN number as well as a few lines about themselves.

Please note

New submissions will be accepted from 15 January to 15 February 2015.

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Write for Conflict Trends

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is presently soliciting contributions for the first 2015 Issue of Conflict Trends (2015, Issue 1). This will be a Special Issue on the North Africa region and it will mark the 4th anniversary of the Arab Spring revolutions. Countries of focus in the North Africa region (that experienced revolution) are Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Algeria and Morocco (experienced waves of protest) can also be included. We therefore welcome submissions on any topic relevant to this Special Issue (and the particular North Africa focus). Articles must be 2 500-3 000 words in length. The deadline for submission of fully completed articles for Issue 1, 2015 is 15 January 2015.

Should you wish to submit an article (or book review) for publication consideration in this Issue please refer to the Guidelines for Contributors. Articles must be submitted to The Managing Editor, Venashri Pillay, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Articles selected will be awarded honorariums upon publication.

Editorial Policy

Editorial Guidelines

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 2014

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, p. 3.
    • 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: http:// www.accord.org.za [Accessed 14 September 2004]
  • Book Reviews should be about 1 500 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

Occasional Papers

The Occasional Papers are intended to blend inter-disciplinary policy, practice and research on peace and security issues. . The series is primarily an outlet for stakeholders in the conflict resolution, peacebuilding and development and governance sectors and a platform for sharing new and evolving knowledge.

Downloads

Download any of the Occasional Papers by clicking on the Downloads link on the left.

Subscriptions

The series is disseminated widely to approximately 3000 readers, which includes government ministries, academics, and international, regional, and national organisations around the world.

Contribute to the Series?

Any questions may be sent to Grace Maina, Acting Manager, Knowledge Production Department on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . ACCORD is grateful for the interest and support for the Occasional Paper Series, and we look forward to continuing the series in the future.