AJCR Guidelines for Authors

The African Journal on Conflict Resolution (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 for consideration submissions that address conflict resolution, management and peacebuilding in Africa. The Editorial Board encourages academics and practitioners to submit scholarly articles that address issues such as those outlined above. Manuscripts are evaluated by the Editorial Board of peer reviewers for quality, originality and contribution to knowledge, and the development of the journal is presided over by an Advisory Panel of eminent scholars. The review process inevitably takes time, but every effort is made to ensure that authors are informed as soon as possible regarding whether their manuscripts have been accepted or not.


Articles should be of high academic quality, and should be 6000-8000 words in length, including all references, a list of sources and footnotes. An abstract of 100-200 words, a list of six keywords for indexing purposes, and a few lines about the author should be included. Abstracts should be written in the present tense and cover the following aspects: problematique, thesis, main arguments, methods, findings and conclusions. Figures and tables should be included in the main text of the article, in the appropriate places. Pages should be numbered. No personal or author information should remain on submitted manuscripts. This is to comply with our double-blind peer review process. Please submit your manuscript in Times New Roman 12pt, with 1.5 line spacing. Book reviews for AJCR should be between 1000-1500 words, including information on the book title, author, year, place and publisher, total number of pages, ISBN number as well as a few lines about the reviewer.


Articles should be well referenced, according to the Harvard Style (author date: page number). The list of sources should include authors’ first names, according to the style guide. As far as possible, in-text references should include the page numbers of the sections referred to. In the case of direct quotations, the inclusion of exact page numbers is absolutely necessary. Footnotes may be used to add extra details, comments or references which may distract attention from arguments in the text. For more information about the referencing system, please see the ACCORD Referencing Style Sheet.

Where to send articles

Articles and book reviews may be submitted by e-mail as MS Word attachments to the Chief Editor, Prof Cedric de Coning and Managing Editor, Dr Andrea Prah at ajcr@accord.org.za or andreap@accord.org.za.

Authors of articles selected for publication will be awarded honorariums upon publication.

Article submission checklist

Prior to submitting your article via ajcr@accord.org.za please ensure that:

Please note:

The submission window for new articles is now closed. You are welcome to submit your articles again in January 2024.