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.


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

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.


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.


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.

Downloaded referencing style sheet

AJCR Editorial Board

The AJCR editorial board is made up as follows:

Managing editor

Prof Jannie Malan
Senior Researcher, ACCORD


Dr Grace Maina
Senior Researcher, ACCORD


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

African Journal on Conflict Resolution


In launching a new academic journal focusing on conflict transformation in Africa in 1999, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) fulfilled a long-held ambition to contribute to the intellectual development of thinking, writing and dialogue in the field of conflict management on the African continent.

AJCR publishes the writings of a wide range of African and international authors in the field, but emphasis has deliberately been kept on profiling the writings of African writers, and the thinking emerging from African universities, colleges and organisations.

Articles in the journal are longer and more in-depth than those found in ACCORD’s Conflict Trends Magazine, and are of an overtly academic nature. However, readership is not limited to audiences in academic institutions, and the literary style has deliberately been kept accessible and straightforward.

Free to download

Copies of all articles from all editions of the journal can be downloaded from this site, by clicking on the links to the left. However, it is also possible to receive the journal 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.