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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

Guidelines to Authors

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Guidelines for authors

Historia, owned and published by the Historical Association of South Africa (HASA), appears twice annually in May and November. Copyright on Historia articles rests with the respective authors.

The journal is independent and refereed, accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training and indexed by IBSS and IBZ and the SciELO Citation Index/Web of Knowledge (Thomson Reuters).

Historia is published on the Sabinet webpage http://journals.sabinet.co.za/hist and is also            available as an open‐access ournal at http://scielo.org.za  and at https://upjournals.up.ac.za/index.php/historia under a Creative Commons attribution license. Authors are invited to submit original, previously unpublished research on aspects of southern African history, methodology, and historiography, as well as reviews, review articles, and contributions to the Historia blog.

SUBMISSION OF ARTICLE MANUSCRIPTSManuscripts should be in .doc and submitted electronically to the editor at historia@submissions@gmail.com.

  • Authors must declare in writing that the article has not been published elsewhere or submitted to another journal for possible publication.
  • Submissions should  be  edited  for  language  usage  and  adhere  to  the  Historia guidelines.
  • Opinions expressed and conclusions drawn are those of the author/s and should under no circumstances be considered the opinions of the HASA, editorial board or the editors.
  • No single-authored articles by the same author will be published in consecutive editions of Historia.
  • Should any of the editors wish to publish in Historia, the full editorial discretion in respect of those submissions must be delegated to another editor.

REVIEW PROCESS

  • All submissions are assessed on receipt before possible peer review.
  • Articles that are plagiarised, poorly written, or do not adhere to the focus and guidelines of Historia will not be accepted for peer review.
  • Historia’s reviewing process is ‘double blind’. In the case of contradictory reports, the article will be sent to a third reader to act as arbiter.
  • No correspondence will be entered into about submissions that have been turned down.
  • A minimum of three months should be allowed for the review process.
  • When submissions are accepted provisionally, authors are expected to return their revised versions to the editor within eight weeks.
  • Page proofs are always given to authors, who are responsible for checking them.
  • Corrected page proofs are to be returned to the editor and the co-ordinating editor within seven days of receipt.

REVIEWS

Historia publishes reviews of books on the history of southern Africa. Reviews are usually solicited by the review editor, although unsolicited reviews will be considered, provided they adhere to our guidelines and fall within the focus of the journal. Reviews of books dealing with countries outside southern Africa should indicate the relevance of such books to historians of this region.

  • All reviews are submitted to the editors and if necessary, to other referees before publication.
  • Reviews should be in .doc form and be submitted to the review editor by the agreed deadl
  • If it is not possible to review the book within a timely fashion, the review copy should be returned to the review editor.
  • The review should end with the name (without titles) and the institutional affiliation of the reviewer in Independent scholars or reviewers without institutional affiliation should give their town or city of residence.
  • Book reviews do not qualify for subsidy purposes by DO
  • Reviews should be between 1 000 and 1 500 words and may include bibliographic and other references, although these should be kept to a minimu
  • The same referencing system as for articles should be used.
  • All quotations from the book under review must be followed by the exact page reference in brackets at the end of the quotat
  • Reviews are published with a short heading (six to eight words) indicating the tenor of the r Where a reviewer does not include a heading, the review editor will provide one.

The heading should be followed by the bibliographic data of the book under review, as in this example:

Martin Legassick, The Struggle for the Eastern Cape, 1800–1854: Subjugation and the Roots of South African Democracy. Johannesburg, KMM Review Publishing Company, 2010 152 pp
ISBN 978‐0‐620‐36610‐9
R189.95 [or: Price unknown]

REVIEW ARTICLES

  • A review article is longer and more detailed than a r It should be 4 000 to 6 000 words and follow the usual technical requirements as for articles.
  • A review article should place the book/s under review within historiographical context and should indicate the importance of the book/s to the wider f
  • Review articles are usually commissioned by the review editor, although unsolicited review articles may be considered for publication, at the discretion of the review editor.
  • All review articles are anonymously peer reviewed by experts in the field, and may qualify for subsidy purposes by the Department of Higher Education and Training by those attached to South African institutions of higher lear

PUBLICATION

  • Authors will receive one copy of Historia free of charg
  • As Historia is accredited, the cost of articles to authors affiliated to South African universities can be recouped from the earnings of research outputs by means of page fees, and they will therefore be requested to subsidise their article Generally, the authors’ institutions pay such page fees.

LAYOUT AND STYLE

  • Manuscripts should preferably not exceed 8 000 words (footnotes excluded).
  • Article text should be in 12 pt size font, footnotes should be in 11 pt size font, and 1.15 spacing througho
  • The title of an article must preferably not exceed 15 words.
  • The first footnote should be placed after the name of the author and marked by an asterisk. Include a brief résumé (no more than 60 words) of the author/s, stating their current position, institutional connection, most recent or forthcoming projects/publicat Authors may include an email address and ORCID iD.
  • A short abstract (not exceeding 200 words) of the article in both English and Afrikaans (opsomming), as well as up to 10 keywords (sleutelwoorde) should accompany submitted articles for the purposes of categorisation. Scholars who are not proficient in Afrikaans will receive editorial assistance in the translation of the abstract and keywords.
Quotations
  • Should be indicated by single inverted commas, with double inverted commas for quotations within the main one. Quotations of more than 40 words must be indented on both sides, without inverted commas.

Illustrations

(including
photographs,
sketches,
tables
and maps)

  • Should be numbered consecutively (for example: Table 1 or Figure 1).
  • Should be provided with appropriate captions.
  • Must be submitted in digital format as a .JPEG file and must be no smaller than A5 in size and should have a resolution of at least 300dpi.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to secure permission to reproduce
    copyrighted illustrations.
Abbreviations
  • Should be used sparingly and explained at the first occurrence.
  • Use a full stop after (ed.) but not after (eds).
  • Indien ’n Afrikaanse titel in ’n Afrikaanse artikel gelys word, word die punt wel behou: ‘red.’
Dates
  • In the text dates should be written out in full: 27 April 1994.
  • Decades should be written without an apostrophe: 1990s.
Numbers
  • Unless frequently used, numbers below twenty should be expressed in words.
  • When using Arabic numerals for four figure and larger numbers, use: for example, 4 500 (four thousand five hundred).
Units of
measurement
  • Metric units are preferred except where historical accuracy demands otherwise.
Per cent
  • Per cent is preferred to %, unless used frequently or in tables.

REFERENCES

  • Footnote references should be placed at the bottom of each page and numbered sequentially throughout the article in Arabic num
  • Works/authors referred to in the text should be cited in full in the footnotes as well as an alphabetised bibliography at the end of the article.

Journal
article

Notes (first reference to source)

  1. G. Vahed, ‘Negotiating the (Uncertain) Corridors of Power in Post-Apartheid South African Cricket’, South African Historical Journal, 72, 3 (2020), 500.
  2. H. Snyders and S. Swart, ‘“Discontented Scoundrels Who Crowd the Mercantile Marine Today”: Labour Relations Regimes of the Cape and Ichaboe Guano Trade, c. 1843–1898’, Historia, 58, 1 (2013), 58.
  3. K. Moguerane, ‘A Home of One’s Own: Women and Home Ownership in the Borderlands of Post-Apartheid South Africa and Lesotho’, Canadian Journal of African Studies, 52, 2 (2018), 139–157.

Shortened notes (subsequent references to source)

  1. Vahed, ‘Negotiating the (Uncertain) Corridors’, 498.
  2. Snyders and Swart, ‘Discontented Scoundrels’, 62.
  3. Moguerane, ‘A Home of One’s Own’, 142.

Bibliography (alphabetical order)

Moguerane, K. ‘A Home of One’s Own: Women and Home Ownership in the Borderlands of Post-Apartheid South Africa and Lesotho’. Canadian Journal of African Studies, 52, 2 (2018), 139–157.
Snyders, H. and S. Swart. ‘“Discontented Scoundrels Who Crowd the Mercantile Marine Today”: Labour Relations Regimes of the Cape and Ichaboe Guano Trade, c. 1843–1898’. Historia, 58, 1 (2013), 51–73.
Vahed, G. ‘Negotiating the (Uncertain) Corridors of Power in Post- Apartheid South African Cricket’. South African Historical Journal, 72, 3 (2020), 495–519.

Book

Notes (first reference to source)

  1. H. Mokoena, Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual

(Scottsville: UKZN Press, 2011), 6.

  1. J.S.T. Dlamini, Safari Nation: A Social History of the Kruger National Park (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2020), 22.
  2. B. Nasson, WW1 and the People of South Africa (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2014), 43.

Shortened notes (subsequent references to source)

  1. Mokoena, Magema Fuze, 6.
  2. Dlamini, Safari Nation, 8.
  3. Nasson, WW1, 38.

Bibliography (alphabetical order)

Dlamini, J.S.T. Safari Nation: A Social History of the Kruger National Park. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2020.
Mokoena, H. Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual. Scottsville: UKZN Press, 2011.
Nasson, B. WW1 and the People of South Africa. Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2014.

Chapter in
book

Note (first reference to source)

  1. C. Tsampiras, ‘Borders of Blame: Histories and Geographies of HIV and AIDS in South Africa, 1980–1995’, in GeoHumanities and Health, eds S.J. Atkinson and R. Hunt (Switzerland: Springer, 2020), 121.

Shortened note (subsequent references to source)

  1. Tsampiras, ‘Borders of Blame’, 138.

Bibliography

Tsampiras, C. ‘Borders of Blame: Histories and Geographies of HIV and AIDS in South Africa, 1980–1995’, in GeoHumanities and Health, edited by S.J. Atkinson and R. Hunt, 117-140. Switzerland: Springer, 2020.

Thesis

Notes (first reference to source)

  1. E.M. Kalema, ‘Violence and Memory: The Mulele “Rebellion” in Post- colonial D.R. Congo’ (PhD thesis, University of the Witwatersrand, 2017), 149.

Shortened notes (subsequent references to source)

  1. Kalema, ‘Violence and Memory’, 149.

Bibliography

Kalema, E.M. ‘Violence and Memory: The Mulele “Rebellion” in Post- colonial D.R. Congo’. PhD thesis, University of the Witwatersrand, 2017.

Archival
reference

Name of the archive depot, library or museum in full in the first
citation, followed by the abbreviation; then, the source, collection or series of papers; then, give further details of the document, and the date. Primary sources are not required in the Reference List.

Example: National Archives Repository, Pretoria (SAB), Custodian of Enemy Property (BVE,) 810/W27/78/4, Enemy Patents and Trade Marks, 1957–1960, ‘Scherag A.G. Trade Marks’, Scherag (Pty) Limited, Johannesburg to the Custodian of Enemy Property, Pretoria, 14 February 1950.

Shortened note (subsequent references to source)

SAB, BVE, 810/W27/78/4, ‘Scherag A.G. to Custodian of Enemy
Property’, 14 February 1950.

Interviews Name of interviewee; name of interviewer; place and date of interview.
Website
content

Note (first reference to source)

  1. ‘Celebrating Forty Years of the Wits History Workshop’, University of the Witwatersrand, accessed 5 July 2021, https://www.wits.ac.za/history-workshop/events/previous- conferences-and-workshops/40-years-of-the-history-workshop/.

Shortened note (subsequent references to source)

  1. ‘Celebrating Forty Years’.

Bibliography

University of the Witwatersrand. ‘Celebrating Forty Years of the Wits History Workshop’. Accessed 5 July 2021. https://www.wits.ac.za/history-workshop/events/previous- conferences-and-workshops/40-years-of-the-history-workshop/.

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