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Author Guidelines


The Strategic Review for Southern Africa is a bi-annual journal of the Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. It publishes original and high-quality academic research articles, review articles and commentary in UK English twice a year. Strategic Review is listed in the databases of accredited journals, the South African Department of Higher Education and the IBSS. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process overseen a team of editors, the Editorial Group and the International Advisory Board. Strategic Review is an open-access periodical licensed under creative commons.

Special editions are considered once a year. A proposal must outline the edition’s focus, its potential contribution to debates, the number of articles planned, confirm double-blind peer reviews and timelines. It must include the profile of guest editor(s). Submit the proposal online.


The journal accepts three kinds of submissions submitted online at ( The first is full academic research articles with a length of approximately 6 000 to 8 000 words (excluding references). The second is debate articles/ review articles/commentary articles of 3 000 to 4 000 words in length. The third is book review articles of 600 to 800 words in length.

Authors are asked to write clearly and economically and to avoid academic or technical jargon as Strategic Review spans a wide range of fields and is also aimed at practitioners.


The author’s full name, affiliation and contact information (i.e. email address, telephone number and postal address) should appear only on the title page. The title page should be on a separate page from the main text of the article, but in the same document. So, submit one document only.


Article title must be in bold and size 14 Garamond font and must be centred. As shown above, article title and headings must only capitalize key terms in the title. Headings in body text must be in bold and numbered (1,2,3) in size 12 font size. Headings must be descriptive, short and meaningful. Sub-headings must be bold and italic, numbered correspondingly: 1.1; 1.2; 2.1, 2.2 etc. See examples of title, heading and sub-heading below:

                                                The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Zambia’s Economic Planning



2. Artificial Intelligence in Context



2.1 A History of Artificial Intelligence


Below the article title and affiliations, add a short abstract not exceeding 300 words, stating the main research problem/argument, major findings and conclusion(s). Not italicized or indented.

  1. FONT

Submissions must be in Garamond regular, size 12. The title must be centred in Garamond font size 14.


For spelling, please use the Oxford dictionary (UK English). So, ‘analyse’ instead of analyze; ‘criticise’ not criticize.


Please use one to nine in words, then 10, 11, 12 etc.; 1 million; 2 billion, 4 kilos, 7 hectares (that is, numbers in figures before units of measurement).

  1. DATES

Dates must appear as follows: 20 January 2021; 2020s (not 20’s or 2020’s).


Add the abbreviations within brackets when used for the first time. No full stops in abbreviations, e.g. AU, SADC, PhD, MA, AU, Washington DC, Dr, MS.


Use italics only when mentioning in the body text titles of published books or names of periodicals.


Acknowledge sources of funding or other support or permissions granted by adding them in short just after the conclusion and before the list of references.


As far as possible, do not use illustrations or graphs from other sources for copyright reasons. Rather compile your own graphs and tables. Number the bold titles of illustrations using 1, 2, 3 formats.


The author is responsible for understanding and following the principles that govern the ‘fair use’ of quotations and illustrations and for obtaining written permission to publish, where necessary. Accuracy in citations and references is also the author’s responsibility


To avoid plagiarism, which violates research ethics, provide appropriate credit to your sources by adding author–date in-text citations for direct quotations and ideas, credit the originators of thoughts and ideas. If you model a study after one conducted by someone else, give credit to the author of the original study.

The reference style of the journal is the Chicago manual Author-Date style. No footnotes and endnotes, but in-text citation and a list of references at the end. See the following examples.


In-text citation:  1. Magubane (1987, 12) said. …. At the end of sentence (Magubane 1987, 12)

  1. Grazer and Fishman (2015. 12) said ….. (Grazer and Fishman 2015, 12).  

List of References:

  1. Magubane, Bernard. 1987. The Ties That Bind: African-American Consciousness of Africa. New Jersey: Africa World Press.
  2. Grazer, B. and C. Fishman. 2015. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.New York: Simon & Schuster.

Chapter /Section in an edited book

In-text citation: Mafeje (2011) … (Mafeje 2011) 


Mafeje, Archie. 2011. “Africanity: A Combative Ontology.” In The Postcolonial Turn, edited by Rene Devisch and Francis B. Nyamnjoh, 31–41. Bameda and Leiden: Langaa Publishers.

Edited book

In-text citation:  (Devisch and Nyamnjoh 2011)


Devisch, Rene and Francis B. Nyamnjoh. ed. 2011. The Postcolonial Turn. Bameda and Leiden: Langaa Publishers.

Translated book

In-text citation:  (Fanon 2008)


Fanon, F. 2008. Black skin, white masks. Translated by Richard Philcox. New York: Grove press.


Include the URL or database. If no numbers, cite the chapter number, section title or other number showing in the text.

In-text citation:  (Wa Thiong’o 2009, Chap. 1); JanMohamed (2005, 1576); Goody (2006, doc. 13).


  1. Wa Thiong’o, Ngugi. 2009. Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance. New York: Basic Civitas Books. Kindle
  2. JanMohamed, Abdul R. 2005. The Death-Bound-Subject: Richard Wright’s Archaeology of Death. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  3. Goody, Jack. 2006. The Theft of History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Afrol Database

Journal Article

For articles consulted on line include the URL at the end of the reference.

In-text citation:  (Musekiwa and Chatiza 2015, 120), (Mutua 2001: 201-211)


  1. Musekiwa, Norbet and Kudzai Chatiza. 2015. “Rise in Resident Associational Life in Response to Service Delivery Decline by Urban Councils in Zimbabwe.” Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance 16 (2): 120-136.
  2. Mutua, Makau. 2001. “Savages, Victims, and Saviors: The Metaphor of Human Rights.” Harvard International Law Journal 42 (1): 201-211.

News article/magazine

In-text citation: (Southal 2019).  (Manjoo 2020, 3)


  1. Southal, Roger. 2019. “Robert Mugabe: as Divisive in Death as He was in Life.” The Conversation. September 6.
  2. Manjoo, Ari. 2020. “SADC Payment Integration System.” Business Day, March 12.


Simbiri, Mariam Anna. 2020. “Creeping Presidentialism in Tanzania and Lessons for Mozambique.” PhD Thesis, University of Malawi.

Personal Communication

Personal communications, including email and text messages and direct messages sent through social media, are cited in the text and included in a reference list.

In-text citation: (Suez 2020).  (Maake 2019). (Rubeiro 2019).


  1. Suez, Paulo. 2020. “Trade Between Angola and Turkey Reaches US $293 Million in 10 Years.” Facebook, 26 November.
  2. Maake, Roy. 2019. Personal communication via email, 2 September.
  3. Rubeiro, Luca. 2021. Personal communication by interview, 3 January.



A book review should inform the reader of the book's content, quality and place in the overall context of its field. It can provide criticism such as the book’s limitations, inadequacies and structure, provided that it is well supported. The purpose is to introduce the book to readers briefly.

Prove full bibliographical details of the book being reviewed as your title: names, title, edition, full page numbers, if any illustrations, if ebook.

The reviewer’s names and affiliation must appear at the end.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • 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.
  • Have you taken the article through Turn-It-In or other anti-plagiarism software?
  • Have you taken your article through Grammarly and other free language checking software?

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