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Author Guidelines

Submission - The editors welcome original contributions. Papers already published elsewhere will be considered for publication in Universitas Forum provided that all copyright issues are resolved and that no copyright fees are due.

Articles for the "Critical Concepts" section should not exceed 5,000 words, including footnotes and references; articles for the section "In practice" should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words.

Authors should provide a brief biography.

Photos and graphics are encouraged. Please provide the original file: photos should be in .jpg format.

All contributions should be submitted in e-mail attachments as a Word file to Receipt will be acknowledged within a week.

Abstract - Authors are requested to provide a short abstract (150 to 200 words) clearly indicating the scope of the paper, its main arguments and 3 keywords.

Abbreviations and acronyms - These should be explained at the first occurrence.

Footnotes – These should be numbered sequentially throughout the article in Arabic numerals and placed at the foot of each page. Universitas Forum does not encourage the use of long footnotes. These should be limited to brief points.

References - Universitas Forum adopts the Author-Date system of referencing. All works cited in the text should be listed alphabetically under References at the end of the article. Authors are requested to keep to a maximum of 10 references per article.

See the following examples:
Journal articles: Nyamu-Musembi C. (2006) ‘Ruling Out Gender Equality? The Post-Cold War Rule of Law Agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa’, Third World Quarterly 27 (7)
Books: Mosse D. (2005) Cultivating Development: An Ethnography of Aid Policy and Practice. London: Pluto Press
For multi-author works, invert the name of the first author only: Nuttall S., C. Coetzee (2002)
Contributions in edited books: Davison P. (1998), ‘Museums and the Reshaping of Memory’, in S. Nuttall, C. Coetzee (eds.) Negotiating the Past. The Making of Memory in South Africa. Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa
Conference papers: Huber E. (2000) 'Social Policy and Development: Notes on Social Security and Pensions Systems'. Paper prepared for the UNRISD Conference on Social Policy in a Development Context, Tammsvik (23-24 September)
Reports, Working papers: Chambers R. (2004) 'Ideas for Development: Reflecting Forwards'. IDS Working Paper 238, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies
Online resources: Rogers P. (2008), The Global Economic War. (accessed 10 October 2008)


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.

  1. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  2. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  3. 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.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.

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