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Submission Policies

The journal encourages authors to submit unsolicited articles and comprehensive review essays. All academic articles should be approximately 8,000-10,000 words long. Comprehensive review essays should be about 5,000 words in length. An abstract of approximately 150 words must accompany each manuscript. All articles and comprehensive review essays will be peer-reviewed.

Authors interested in contributing short review essays (of two to five recent works) and ideas for round-table discussions should contact the editors before submitting a manuscript. Short review essays and round-table comments, which are not peer reviewed, should be approximately 1,500 to 3,000 words in length. Abstracts should be no more than 50 words long.

Authors should submit manuscripts using the Journal’s dedicated manuscript website at:


Please follow the “Instructions for Authors” link on the website.


All manuscripts must follow the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and should use endnotes. Materials submitted to Journal of Africana Religions (JOAR) must not have been previously published nor submitted for publication elsewhere while under review by JOAR editors. All manuscripts accepted are subject to editorial modification.

Once JOAR accepts a manuscript for publication, the author will be encouraged to provide the article with illustrations. It is the responsibility of the author to provide illustrations in a form that is suitable for publication, to obtain permissions, and to pay any permission, use, or processing fees involved with the illustrations. Each illustration must be submitted in an electronic format (e.g.,.tiff or .jpg). Images in the .jpg format must be of high quality and resolution: at least 600 dots per inch (dpi) for photos and at least 1000 dpi for line art.

Publishing Rights

All material appearing in the JOAR is copyrighted and all rights are reserved. Individuals may download and print materials appearing in JOAR for their own private educational use; otherwise, articles, essays, and all other materials in JOAR cannot be duplicated or reproduced by any means (electronic or print) without prior written authorization from the journal.