Submit Your Work to the APJ for Publication

Call to Submissions for the APJ

2022 16th Edition Print Publication Deadline: December 17th, 2021

2021-2022 Online Publication Deadline: Rolling

Please email submissions to: africa_journal@hks.harvard.edu

The Africa Policy Journal (APJ) at the Harvard Kennedy School invites established and emerging writers, including policymakers, businesspeople, lawyers, journalists, artists, researchers, academics, and others to submit their work for our 2021-2022 publication cycle.  

The APJ accepts submissions for consideration to both the print journal and its online platform. Please continue reading for the submission guidelines for each media. 

Submissions for APJ’s 16th Edition Publication

APJ’s annual print journal features long form commentary, research articles, and op-eds. Submissions should explore the relationship between policy and political, economic, and social outcomes for African countries. For example, they may assess the impact of an existing or proposed policy, discuss new policy developments, or recommend policy changes. All submissions must be the author’s original work and previously unpublished. 

Guidelines

  • All submissions must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style formatting guidelines.
  • Academic Articles: 1,000 – 3,000 words; must include an abstract of no more than 250 words
  • Long-form Commentaries: 1,200 – 2,000 words; include references where appropriate
  • Op-Eds: 700 – 800 words

How to Submit

  • Format all submissions as Microsoft Word documents
  • Format all citations in a reference list at the end of your submission, formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style, and include urls where relevant 
  • Authors should also submit a second Microsoft Word document which includes a cover letter with: (1) author’s name; (2) mailing address; (3) e-mail address; (4) phone number; (5) a biography of no more than 300 words; and (6) a headshot
  • Email submissions to africa_journal@hks.harvard.edu with the subject line “APJ Journal Submission” by 11:59pm EST on December 17, 2021. Submissions received after this date will not be considered for publication. 

The Editorial Board of the APJ will notify all authors by January 7, 2022. Selected authors will work with a Publication Editor to complete a round of revisions before publication; compliance with these procedures is required for publication.

Submissions to APJ’s Online Platform  

APJ’s online platform features a variety of articles, including book and film reviews, current events reporting, columns and opinion editorials. Submissions for the online publication can range in topic. Examples include, but are not limited to: reflections on Africa-related events at Harvard, reporting or reflections on the successes of African leaders, and op-ed- like reflections on policy debates happening in, or related to, Africa. All submissions must be the author’s original work and previously unpublished. 

Guidelines

  • All submissions must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style formatting guidelines.
  • All submissions should be between 500 – 800 words. They should be written with a non-academic audience in mind, avoiding the use of jargon and overly theoretical perspectives. 

How to Submit

  • Format all submissions as Microsoft Word documents. If you wish to include images with your submission, format all images as high-quality JPEG files, and attach images separately 
  • Format all citations as hyperlinks embedded in the relevant text of the submission. For images, submit a caption that includes the photo credit/source in the caption. 
  • Authors should also submit a second Microsoft Word document which includes a cover letter with: (1) author’s name; (2) mailing address; (3) e-mail address; (4) phone number; (5) a biography of no more than 300 words; and (6) a headshot
  • Email submissions to africa_journal@hks.harvard.edu, with the subject line “Online Article Submission”
  • Address submissions to The Editor-In-Chief, Africa Policy Journal

The Editorial Board of the APJ will notify all authors within two weeks of receiving their submission. Selected authors will work with a Publication Editor to complete a round of revisions before publication; compliance with these procedures is required for publication. 

Review Process

The Africa Policy Journal strives to maintain the quality and integrity of our publication through a submission review process that is fair and transparent. To this end, all works will be anonymously reviewed and scored along a common rubric by multiple staff members. 

Submissions will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Relevant: addressing issues of governance, economics, politics and society on the African continent
  • Timely: covering contemporary opportunities and challenges facing African nations and African peoples 
  • Amplifying: conducting analysis that centers underrepresented and marginalized perspectives
  • Rigorous: informed and analytically-sound
  • Accessible: readable and pertinent to the interest of a broad audience

About

The Africa Policy Journal is the only student-run scholarly journal in the United States dedicated to African policy. Our mission is to promote a rigorous, informed and influential policy dialogue that is relevant to current and future issues of governance, economics, politics and society on the African continent. We publish thought-provoking content that provides fresh insights into the most significant opportunities and challenges facing African nations.

Questions?

Contact us via e-mail at africa_journal@hks.harvard.edu