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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The Journal of US-Africa Studies  is an international, academic and interdisciplinary journal published in Portugal by the Center of African Studies of the University of Porto (CEAUP). TJUSAS publishes original, peer reviewed and high quality articles which contribute in a novel way to deal with the US-Africa social and political relations. It is meant to address the US policies towards the continent and to advance knowledge of the different geopolitical regions along with many other US-Africa bilateral political, economic, social and cultural relations.

The journal is published twice a year where the editorial project focuses on two major sections in each issue: Politics, Economy, Security and Strategic Interests and Education, Culture and African Societies.


Peer Review and Validation of Submitted Articles

Publishing original articles is a key to addressing important issues and to deliver high quality contents with the highest levels of research and publication ethics. Papers which make outstanding contributions to scholarly knowledge in the field are accepted after being reviewed by the Scientific Board/peer reviewers and being validated by the Editorial Board.

The editorial of each issue is usually published and signed by the Editorial Board or by one of the authors who contributed in that particular issue.

Every manuscript is blindly evaluated by at least two peer-reviewers on the basis of a standard form provided by the Editorial Board.

Submitted manuscripts are confidential documents and no information concerning them is to be disclosed to anyone other than the respective author(s), to the reviewers or to other members of the Editorial Board. Information disclosed in submitted manuscripts cannot be used in anyone else’s work without the express consent of its author(s).

The reviewer’s report is to be blindly given to the author(s) within a maximum period of two months after the submission of the manuscript. It will be accompanied by the final decision regarding publication issued by the Editorial Board.


Open Access Policy

Articles of The Journal of US-Africa Studies will be accessed online for free immediately on publication. Our open access policy will help increasing the visibility, readership and impact of the authors’ published manuscripts.


Electronic Submission and Requirements

In order to facilitate communications among editors, reviewers, and authors, the submission of new articles proceeds via the following email address:

Authors are all those who have made significant contributions to the papers submitted. Therefore, if the paper has more than one author, all must be identified as co-authors. Those who have contributed in a smaller degree to articles should also be identified.

All authors are committed to present only original works.  In the case they have used their own previous work and/or works of others, these ones should be appropriately cited or quoted.

No paper will be published if it does not include sufficient references to allow others to validate the provided information.

Information from private or oral sources must not be used or reported without explicit permission from its sources.

Authors are committed to inform the Editorial Board about the mistakes or inappropriate statements included in their proposals so that these can be corrected before publishing or, eventually, in forthcoming issues.


Editorial Guidelines

The journal accepts articles in English.

Submitted manuscripts should be structured in the following order:

    Title, authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, funding details, abstract, keywords, list of abbreviations, introduction, main text, references and appendices.

    Tables, figures and images should include captions


Word Limits

Papers for The Journal of US-Africa Studies should be no more than 8000 words including spaces, references and bibliography (images excluded).

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words of the Latin alphabet in English.

Abstracts should come with a set of keywords (maximum of five).


Font, Special Characters and Dates

Times New Roman font, size 12 with 1.5 spacing for text. Size 10 with 1 spacing for footnotes. Special characters and foreign words should be in italics. Dates should have the following format dd/mm/yy.

Use bold for the article’s titles, with initial capital letters.



Should be 2.5 cm (1 inch) on all sides.


Revision and Reference Norms

Authors can review their proof-readings.

Authors are asked to send the proofs back within the next 10 days after their reception. In case of unavailability for doing so, they should inform the Editorial Board.


References within the text should follow the norm (author, year: page).

    Example: (Santos, 2000: 11)

If there is more than one reference to the same author a minor character should be added to the name.

    Example:  (Santos, 2000a: 11).

If there is more than one author in the quotation, the reference should be.

    Example: (Santos et al., 2000: 15).

Quotations and foreign words should come in italic.

Footnotes will only be used only for complementary information, preferentially not longer than five lines in size 10

A list of Bibliographical References should come at the end of the article and must only quote the books, articles and manuscripts mentioned in the paper. The order of appearance is by ascending chronological order when there is more than one reference of the same author.

The bibliographical list should come as follows:


Basic Book Format:

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book (in Italics). City of Publication, Publisher, Publication Date.


Book with Two Authors:

Last Name, First Name, and Full name. Title of Book (in Italics). City of Publication, Publisher, Publication Date.


Book with More Than Two Authors:

Last Name, First Name, et al. Title of Book (in Italics). City of Publication, Publisher, Publication Date.


Two or More Books by the Same Author

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book (in Italics). City of Publication, Publisher, Publication Date.

----. Title of Book (in Italics). City of Publication, Publisher, Publication Date.


Book with No Author

Title of Book (in Italics). City of Publication, Publisher, Publication Date.


A Translated Book

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book (in Italics). Translated by Full Name, City of Publication, Publisher, Publication Date.


A Work in an Anthology, Reference, or Collection

Last name, First name. "Title of Essay." Title of Collection (in Italics), edited by Editor's

       Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry.


A Government Publication


United States, Congress, Senate, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Hearing on

          the Geopolitics of Oil (in Italics). Government Printing Office, 2007. 110th Congress, 1st session, Senate Report 111-8.

Articles in Journals

Last name, First name. "Title of Article." Name of Journal (in Italics), edited by Editor's 

        Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry.

Articles in Newspapers

Last name, First name. "Title of Article." Name of the Newspaper (in Italics), edited by

       Editor's  Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry.

Articles in Magazines

Last name, First name. "Title of Article." Name of Magazine (in Italics), edited by Editor's

         Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry.

Quotations from Online Databases

Must always show the site/path, date of publishing and access date.


Social Networks


Twitter Handle (First Name Last Name if known). "The entire tweet word-for-word."

          Twitter (in Italics), Day Month Year of Tweet, Time of Tweet, URL.


Author Last Name, First Name or Account Name. Description of Post. Facebook (in Italics),

          Day Month Year of Post, Time of Post, URL. Accessed Day Month Year post was viewed.

Blog Post

Author's Last Name, First Name or Username if real name not provided. "Title of Blog Post."

            Name of Blog (in Italics), Blog Network/Publisher if given, Day Month Year of blog

           post, URL of blog post. Accessed Day Month Year blog was visited.


Streaming Video From a Website (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)

Last Name, First Name of video creator or Username of Creator. "Title of Video." Title of the

          Hosting Website (in Italics), uploaded by Username, Day Month Year of Publication,

          URL of video. Accessed Day Month Year video was viewed.


References to Archival Sources

Should come in footnotes and start by the acronym of the institution, followed by the archival units in descending order.

           Example: AHU, Mar. 1665.1 – Government of Angola, SNI, Minute nº 136, 02-01-1935.


Copyright Options

Copyrights of all published material belong to The Journal of US-Africa Studies.


Conflict of Interest

The Editorial Board of The Journal of US-Africa Studies commit themselves to prevent that any commercial policy has an impact or an influence on the editorial decisions.

For authors who have no interests to declare, they should state that they report no conflict of interest.


Scientific Board

Antonino Adamo (National Research Council CNR - Italy)

Belkacem Iratni (University of Algiers 3 - Algeria)

Benoit Gaudin (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - France)

Bidisha Biswas (Western Washington University - USA)

Dmitri M. Bondarenko (Russian State University for the Humanities - Russia)

Christa Jones (Utah State University - USA)

Emmanuel Tchumtchoua (Université de Douala - Cameroon)

Francisco Topa (Universidade do Porto - Portugal)

Jacinto Rodrigues (Universidade do Porto - Portugal)

Jaime Rodrigues (Universidade Federal de São Paulo - Brasil)

Maciel Santos (CEAUP - Portugal)

Madalina Florescu (CEBRAP - Brasil)

Martin R. Rupiya (Institute for African Renaissance Studies (UNISA) - South Africa)

Redie Bereketeab (The Nordic Africa Institute - Sweden)

Sergey V. Kostelyanyets (Peoples' Friendship University of Russia - Russia)

Shay Welch (Spelman College - USA)

Tatiana Smirnova (University of Florida, USA)

Yahia Zoubir (KEDGE Business School, France)




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