Southern African Institute for Policy and Research

SAJPD Guidelines



Contributions to the Southern African Journal of Policy and Development should be submitted online at .

Authors will need to create a user account prior to submission. Once at the site, simply click on ‘Register’ to get started.

Upon submission, authors are asked to select an appropriate field: Law, Economics and Development, Social Policy, Science and Technology, Law and Gender, Law and Global Health, Governance and Elections.

Manuscripts submitted for publication should be in English and should indicate if they are submitted as:

  1. Research Articles – up to maximum 3,000 words, inclusive of endnotes and references, and an abstract of 80 words. Research Articles should focus on a discrete research study and should describe the background, methods, results, and analysis of that study.
  2. Policy Briefs – up to maximum 750 words, inclusive of endnotes and references, and an abstract of 50 words. Policy Briefs should focus on a country/region-specific situational updates, impacts or outcomes of intervention strategies by donors/government/NGOs, or a commentary on contemporary practices, programmes, projects, statements/declarations, etc.
  3. Reviews – up to maximum 500 words, inclusive of endnotes and references, and an abstract of 25 words. Reviews should be on country/region specific books, documents, projects, programmes or official pronouncements, etc.

General Guidelines

  1. Please include a word count in the text of your submission (including abstract, references, acknowledgments, conflicts of interest, and figure legends).
  2. Microsoft Word and WordPerfect are acceptable.
  3. Figures and tables should be included in the manuscript file and positioned where they will appear in the published article. Submitted in the format in which they will appear, the editors will not create figures, diagrams, or tables.
  4. Manuscript titles should be concise, accessible to those outside of the field, and contain necessary and relevant information to make it retrievable through online searches. The submission should include a title page with contact information for the author(s). No identifying author information should be included in the article manuscript.
  5. Potential conflicts and competing interests should be disclosed at the end of the manuscript, including any financial or personal relationships that might bias the work presented in the manuscript.

Endnotes, in-text citations and list of references:

Endnotes, in-text citations and the list of references should be included in the total word count. The journal follows APA Style ( for in-text citations and the list of references.

Endnotes should be kept to a minimum, reserved for discursive points rather than for citation and references. Endnotes should appear at the end of the text and before the list of references. The Journal does not use footnotes.

In-text citations to books and articles should follow social science convention — a parenthetical citation, providing surname of author(s), year of publication, and (if quoting) relevant page references.

Examples of APA style citations are seen below:

(Sandbrook & Cohen, 1975, p. 96)

or, if discussing in the manuscript text:

As Sandbrook and Cohen (1975) demonstrated…

6. A separate list of references should appear at the end of the article (see below). Author should submit a list of references at end of the manuscript.


Examples of APA style references are seen below:


Article: Handa, S. (1994). Gender, headship and intrahousehold resource allocation. World Development, 22(10), 1535-1547.


Book: Humphreys, M., Sachs, J. & Stiglitz, J. E. (2007). Escaping the resource curse. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Chapter in a Book: Schoepf, B. G., Schoepf, C. & Millen, J. V. (2000). Theoretical therapies, remote remedies: SAPS and the political ecology of poverty and health in Africa. In J. Y. Kim, J. V. Millen, A. Irwin & J. Gershman (Eds.), Dying for growth: Global inequality and the health of the poor (pp. 91-125). Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press.


Website: Southern African Institute for Policy and Research. (2013). Southern African Journal of Policy and Development. Retrieved May 6, 2013, from


  1. Author(s) should submit, as a separate Word or WordPerfect document, biographical information, including current position, institutional affiliation and prior publications.




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, RTF, or WordPerfect 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, which is found in About the Journal.

If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


Submitting authors must have copyright over articles submitted for publication. Authors will be asked to sign a copyright form; SAIPAR and the author shall jointly retain copyright for the articles selected for publication. Articles shall be republished only by the written consent of both parties, and shall cite to the Southern African Journal of Policy and Development as the original publication source.



The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Maano alazwa amukasumbwa

Translation: "Wisdom may be found through observation of even the simplest things"

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