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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Publications

ACCORD produces a range of publications documenting conflict trends across the Continent, and analysing indepth issues in the field.

Our flagship publications are the Conflict Trends magazine and the African Journal on Conflict Resolution. We also regularly publish Occasional Papers and books around the them of conflict management. ACCORD has recently significantly increased the size and capacity of its Knowledge Production Department, and this will result in a ramping-up of production of publications in coming months and years.

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.

Conflict Trends Magazine

In October 1998, ACCORD launched the long-awaited Conflict Trends magazine. As its name suggests, the publication focuses on analysing and reporting on trends in current and emerging conflicts and their resolution on the African continent. Focusing on developments and challenges in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, articles in the magazine aim to contribute to the body of knowledge on ‘what works’ through the sharing of information on specific interventions, case studies, good practices and recommendations. Conflict Trends is widely accessed and used by policy makers, academics and conflict resolution practitioners in Africa and beyond.

Vasu Gounden, ACCORD's Executive Director, stated in the first Conflict Trends editorial:

"The world today is characterised by political and economic chaos existing alongside unprecedented progress in science and technology… a paradox of failure and progress co-existing in a world of predictable uncertainty. Africa exists and survives in this new paradigm. To the uncritical yet interested observer of African affairs, her survival belies the many death defying challenging that confront her people—yet it is Africa's survival that bears testimony to her ability to meet these challenges.

It is in this context that we launch our magazine. We hope to give the interested observer deeper insight into the many challenges that confront us in Africa. To the many other Africans who share this drama with us, we hope to provide a balanced and objective understanding of our challenges and our numerous yet unrecorded successes at meeting these challenges."

Free to Download

In mid-2012, fourteen years after its launch, 53 highly relevant issues of Conflict Trends had been produced, some of them in partnership with UN agencies and other collaborating organisations. All issues of the magazine are available for free download in PDF format from the drop-down menu at top left. However, it is also possible to receive the magazine in printed format, by sending an e-mail with your name, organisation, designation and postal address to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

Books

ACCORD has published a number of books, all of which can be ordered directly from ACCORD's offices.

Featured Book

Long-time ACCORD researcher, Professor Jannie Malan writes a searching and unique book delving into the wealth of traditional conflict management practices on the continent, and discusses how these might be applied in our current context to embellish, enhance... and even inform current efforts to intervene in conflict.

As this book is now out of print, it is being offered free for download in PDF format by ACCORD.

From the foreword...

In his concluding remarks our author reminds us that “...the shape of our continent (like a question mark) can serve as a continual reminder to all of us to keep asking penetrating questions in our search for conflict resolution wisdom.” ACCORD’s entire existence has been characterised by this attitude of searching and researching for old and new ways of dealing with conflict. Our latest contribution to this ongoing process of searching is Conflict Resolution Wisdom from Africa.

We have held a firm belief, for a long time, that Africa has a rich heritage and history, supplemented by a colourful oral tradition that is pregnant with knowledge and expertise. We do not therefore have to look far for the answers to our challenges. Our problem today is that the intrusion of modernity and its attendant features, especially the gravitation of communities to urban life, has robbed the oral tradition of its utility as a tool for transferring centuries of useful life experiences and communal approaches to problem solving.

It is in this context that we make our modest contribution by recording in writing some of Africa’s wisdom. We hope that this will encourage others to join us in capturing the richness of our continent’s knowledge and making it accessible, not just in Africa, but for the entire world. Conflict Resolution Wisdom from Africa is being released at an important juncture in the history of Africa. This is a period that is increasingly being referred to as the African Renaissance. The popular and historical renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries refers to, among other things, a period of unprecedented accumulation of knowledge, spurred on by innovations in the printing industry. In many ways our renaissance at this juncture should also celebrate an accumulation of our inner knowledge and its unprecedented dissemination through the written word.

The author of this excellent contribution, Professor Jannie Malan, is Head of Research at ACCORD. His contribution emanates from tireless, meticulous and thorough research. More importantly, his research is complemented by a dedicated and deep commitment to the greater values that underpin conflict resolution wisdom from Africa. In the process of his search, he has made an enormous contribution to the struggle for freedom in South Africa. His reflections in this book are therefore a combination of skilled academic research and inner wisdom.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tata Jannie for his contribution to peace in Africa. I would also like to thank our dear friends, Professor Francis Deng and Dr. Alioune Sall, for taking time to read and review Conflict Resolution Wisdom from Africa. Finally, let me record our sincere appreciation to our friend and brother, Dr. Chris Bakwesegha (Head of the Conflict Resolution Department of the Organisation of African Unity), for all his supportive, constructive and amplifying editorial comments, which could indeed be incorporated.

Vasu Gounden
Director, ACCORD
August 1997

Also Available from ACCORD

Also available from the ACCORD Resource Centre are the following publications:

Conflict Resolution Wisdom from Africa - Jannie Malan, 1997
State, Sovereignty & Responsibility: African solutions to African problems - ACCORD, 1996
Peacekeeping in Africa: Report on the Pretoria Seminar, South Africa 21-22 November 1995 - ACCORD 1996
Peacekeeping in Africa: Training report Lusaka, Zambia, 20-22 March 1996 - ACCORD 1996
Students need education for justice and peace - ACCORD 1995
ACCORD in review - 1995
The first African conference in pecaemkaing and conflict resolution (ACPCR) 20-22 March - ACCORD 1995