Call for Special Issue Proposals Journal of Southern African Studies

Journal of Southern African Studies

Call for Special Issue Proposals

JSAS invites proposals for a special issue to be published in 2019 (volume 45).  The deadline for submission is 10 March 2017.  Editors will be notified of the result by 31 March 2017.

We invite proposals which reflect the journal’s aims to generate fresh scholarly research in the fields of history, economics, sociology, demography, social anthropology, geography, development studies, administration, law, political science, political economy, international relations, literature, cultural studies, and the natural sciences in so far as they relate to the human condition.  The region covered by the journal embraces South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique; and occasionally, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Mauritius.

We will look particularly favourably on proposals that include scholars based in African institutions, and welcome a mixture of junior and senior colleagues, as well as a diverse range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches. We are unlikely to accept a proposal which covers only a narrow selection of countries in our area of interest.

Special issues normally comprise 9-10 academic papers of 8000 words each. Proposals should describe the theme of the special issue and the rationale for grouping the papers together and publishing in JSAS. The proposal should also provide a description of each paper, including title and author, plus a realistic time frame for readiness for publication.  Proposals should be submitted by email to Dr Sara Rich Dorman on  srd.jsas@gmail.com on or before 10 March 2017.  You are also welcome to contact Dr Dorman to discuss your proposal informally beforehand if that would be helpful.

For further information on JSAS special issues, please see our website:

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Starting with volume 45 (2019), JSAS will publish 2 special issues each year.  One of these will be composed of papers from a conference, panel or workshop sponsored, funded or organised by the journal.  Non-JSAS affiliated scholars are invited to submit proposals for the second special issue.  All proposals submitted will be considered by a working group of the editorial board, and the final decision will be approved by the full board.

We invite proposals which reflect the journal’s aims to generate fresh scholarly research in the fields of history, economics, sociology, demography, social anthropology, geography, development studies, administration, law, political science, political economy, international relations, literature, cultural studies, and the natural sciences in so far as they relate to the human condition.

We will look particularly favourably on proposals that include scholars based in African institutions, and welcome a mixture of junior and senior colleagues, as well as a diverse range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches. We are unlikely to accept a proposal which covers only a narrow range of countries in our area of interest.

'Special issues' are collections of 9-10 papers that fill an entire issue, along with the usual book reviews section which is separate. A special issue is edited jointly by editors from outside the journal together with one person chosen from the JSAS editorial board who has a special interest in the topic and can guide the others through the editing process. There is an 'editorial introduction' for the special issue, written jointly by the editors.

All papers must go through the JSAS peer-review process: each paper is sent out to readers, then the board decides whether to accept or reject each paper.  All accepted papers are then edited by the group editors together with the editor chosen from the board. The inclusion of any paper is dependent on the author revising to meet the readers' requirements. A paper can subsequently be rejected if the author fails to revise sufficiently.