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Inkanyiso: The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences

Guidelines for submission


Article submitted to Inkanyiso should not have been published before in its current form or submitted for consideration for publication in another journal. The copyright of any article accepted for publication in Inkanyiso belongs to the Inkanyiso author(s). Authors submitting articles for publication in the journal warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher/Editor and Journal Management against breach of such warranty.

Editorial objectives of Inkanyiso

The Journal’s objectives are to publish papers of broad interest in the humanities and the social sciences. Inkanyiso is an Open Access Peer Refereed Journal.

Reviewing process

(a) Every submitted paper that the editors deem acceptable as to topic, style, length and general quality will be sent to at least two peer referees for double blind review.

(b) The referees will be scholars of standing, members of the Editorial Advisory Board, the Journal Management Team and others identified by their specific expertise and publication profile.

(c) The referees will comment on the papers’ eligibility for publication in Inkanyiso, taking originality into account as well as the quality of research, argument, use of sources and writing style. Each referee will be granted not more than one month for this process.

(d) The Reviewers’ Evaluation Form will be enclosed with each manuscript for the reviewer’s guidance. It will required that a referee classify her or his response to a paper in one of four categories: acceptance as is; acceptance with specified changes; rejection with the possibility of revision and resubmission for another issue; and rejection.

(e) After receiving the referees’ reports, the Editor-in-Chief will verify manuscripts for publication in Inkanyiso. Selected parts of these reports will be sent back to the authors (without disclosing referees’ identities) in order to explain the Journal’s acceptance or rejection of the paper and in order to guide revision either for the upcoming issue or to help the author rewrite for future submission.

(f) Accepted authors should make the required corrections and email their final document to the Editor within the time specified.

(g) The Editor, after verification, compiles all the manuscripts into an issue with the addition of an appropriate introduction and then sends the issue to the publisher who must ensure that authors verify and correct the galley proof before the publication the article occurs.

(h) Publication is normally expected within the specified dates, usually June and December each year.

(i) It is our policy to encourage and support novice/emerging and established authors. However, in order to improve on the quality of publications, manuscripts that are unanimously recommended by at least two reviewers for substantive revision or rejection may not be published.

Page fees

Page fees may be levied to cover the costs of publication once the Journal is DHET accredited.

Manuscript requirements

Length of articles

These should comprise 4000-8000 words, including the list of works cited and notes. Shorter essays (500-2000words) such as book reviews and debates on topics introduced by specific papers may be accepted.


Papers should be submitted electronically, as e-mail attachments formatted in a recent version of MsWord or Rich Text Format. While each article should be accompanied by a note in which the author provides his or her full names, personal telephone number and email address, the article itself should be stripped of all references to the author’s identity. This is in order to assist the blind review process. Graphics should be jpg files of 300 dpi.

Style of articles

Inkanyiso uses a specific version of Harvard style. Authors should make sure that their papers are already formatted in this style before submission to the journal.

An abstract of the paper comprising a single paragraph of no more than 300 words should precede its first paragraph. Numbered subheadings may be used throughout the article, but are not compulsory unless referees request them.

Single quotation marks are used in Harvard style for direct quotations from texts and for ‘mention’ of words and phrases to be discussed or defined. Double quotation marks are used only for a quotation-within-a-quotation. End punctuation is placed after the closing quotation mark.

Footnotes should be used very sparingly or not at all. If possible all information should be included in the main text. If footnotes are used, they should not exceed about five in number and should not be used for references, only for parenthetic material not directly relevant to the argument in hand but of use or interest to a researcher in the field.

Textual references should be used in preference to notes wherever possible. All textual references should include page numbers, unless the original text does not display page numbers. A reference should accompany almost any mention of a text, not only direct quotations from it. Textual references normally include the author’s surname, the date of publication and the relevant page numbers. They are punctuated thus, with a colon separating date and page number, but no space after the colon: (Thorpe 1999:135-141).

The References (list of works cited) should include all texts referred to in the article and no other texts. The list should be alphabetized, unnumbered and arranged on the page as indicated in the examples below. Each item in the list should include the following, in the order designated: author’s surname; author’s initials or names (depending on how the author is designated in the text described); date of publication; title and subtitle, separated by a colon (upper-case used only for the first letter of the first word); place of publication and publisher.

Please note that the ‘place of publication’ must be a town or city; it may not be a country, province, state or other area.

The place of publication must precede the publisher’s name and be separated from it by a colon. A list follows that demonstrates the required punctuation and arrangement. If an author uses a type of text not included in this list, a more comprehensive handbook of Harvard Style should be consulted.

Here is a sample list of works cited (with annotations):

Works cited

Here is a sample list of works cited (with annotations):

Arom, Simha. 2000. Prolegomena to a biomusicology. In Wallin, Merker & Brown. 27-29.

[NOTE WALLIN AND SLATER ENTRIES BELOW – only refer to an edited work in this way if more than one essay is cited.See TAFT below for the citation of one essay only from an edited collection.]

Buthelezi, Mangosuthu. 1990. Personal interview on August 5, 1990. Empangeni.

[Cassette recording in possession of author.] [INTERVIEW]

Davies, R.T. (ed). 1963. Medieval English lyrics: A critical anthology. London: Faber & Faber.

Gumbi, Rachel Vuyiswa. 2009. Personal communication on January 16, 2009. [INTERVIEW]

Jacobs, D. 2001. A bibliometric study of the publication patterns of scientists in South Africa 1992-96, with special reference to gender difference. In: M. Davis & C.S. Wilson (eds.). Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, Sydney, 16-20th July 2001, Vol.2, 275-285 [CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS]

Mason, B L. 1994. The psychological effects of violence on children: An exploration of a sample of black primary school children from the Natal Midlands. Unpublished masters thesis. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal. [THESIS]

Oosterlinck, A. nd. Knowledge management in post-secondary education: Universities. Viewed 8 September 2008,from http:// www.oecd.org/dataoecd/46/21/2074921.pdf. [NO DATE]

Schiesari, Juliana. 1992. The gendering of melancholia: Feminism, psychoanalysis, and the symbolics of loss in Renaissance literature. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Sembene, Ousemane. 1976. Xala. Transl. Wake, C. London: Heinemann. [TRANSLATION]

South African Law Commission. 1997. Project 90, discussion paper 74: Customary marriages. Viewed 17 August 2007, from,

http://www.doj.gov.za/salrc/dpapers/dp74_prj90_cstmar_1998.pdf. [GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT]

Taft, R. 1981. The role and personality of the mediator. In Bochner, S (ed). The mediating person: Bridges between cultures.Cambridge: Schenkman. 53-88.

Taylor, Hollis. 2008. Decoding the song of the pied butcherbird: An initial survey. Transcultural Music Review 12. Viewed 8 November 2008, from http://www.sibetrans.com/trans/trans12/art13.htm.

Thorpe, W.H. 1958. The learning of song patterns by birds, with especial reference to the song of the chaffinch Fingilla coelebs.The Ibis 100:535-570.

Wallin, Nils L., Merker, Björn and Brown, Steven (eds). 2000. The origins of music. Cambridge: The MIT Press.


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