How to Make Your Contribution

ROAPE Guidelines for Authors

  1. First please check that your proposed submission falls within ROAPE’s remit:
    "Since 1974 ROAPE has provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. It pays particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression, and to organised struggles against them, whether these inequities are driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race, ethnicity and gender. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation.”
    Aside from this substantive remit, we are looking for submissions which present new empirical material, rethink existing literature in a stimulating fashion, or coherently argue a fresh understanding of existing issues. We seek papers which are clearly organised, concisely expressed and free from unnecessary jargon, sexist or other discriminatory language. We may occasionally consider material in languages other than English.
  2. Submissions should be original contributions not previously published (in part or in whole) and not under consideration for any other publication, unless a special case has been made.
  3. It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright (or licence the publication rights) in their manuscripts to ROAPE. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate your article to the widest possible readership in both print and electronic formats. As an author you will receive a Copyright Assignment form for signature as your article is handed to our publisher prior to going to press, for signature and return. Authors maintain many rights under the Taylor & Francis rights policies which can be found at . Please note authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material that they do not own and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included within the manuscript.
  4. ROAPE publishes Articles, Debates and Briefings.
    Briefings are generally short, topical and informative pieces, including documents, with a ‘stop press’ policy for urgent items. Debates require an author to take a position on a controversial topic, either engaging with a previous piece or inviting response. The maximum length for Briefings and Debates is 4000 words.
    Articles are generally longer and aim both to inform the reader and to engage in debate around theory and/or political economy analysis. Our recommended length for an article is not longer than 8000 words, including footnotes and bibliography. We cannot accept article manuscripts longer than 8,000 words, unless exceptional reasons can be cited.
    We also publish reviews of academic and political books, fiction and film. The recommended length is 800 words or up to 2000 for a review article.
  5. Submission procedure
    All submissions should be made online at the Review of African Political Economy ScholarOne Manuscripts site ( New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Online user guides and access to a helpdesk are available on this website.
    Book and other reviews to Branwen Gruffydd Jones (
    Article, Briefings and Debate Pieces: All articles are anonymously peer-reviewed. You will be contacted by one of the Editors in relation to the outcome of this process - whether your submission is to be accepted as it stands, revised in a major or minor way or rejected. Feedback will be offered as appropriate. Where revisions are in order, the Editors will make suggestions using the comments of the independent reviewers, and will negotiate a time frame in which these should be carried out.
    Reviews are refereed by our Reviews Editor (Branwen Gruffydd Jones). She will send more detailed guidelines on request.
    Copy-editing process: Page proofs will be sent either by email, or by fax to the address supplied by the author. They should be corrected and returned within 48 hours.
  6. Style guidelines
    Whilst we are willing to help out with editing the work of authors whose first language is not English, we expect other manuscripts to come to us in a finally edited form. This entails following the guidelines below:
    1. Any track changes or headers and footers removed. Justify text to the left.
    2. Text should be in Microsoft Word for Windows (please check with us before submitting in any other format).
    3. All submissions must include a separate file uploaded with the author’s name, current affiliation and contact information (email and mailing address, phone and fax numbers) and some brief biographical details. The author’s name should not appear on any other page.
    4. A list of six key words should be suggested. Search engine optimization (SEO) is a means of making your article more visible to anyone who might be looking for it. Guidance is available on the ScholarOne Manuscript site.
    5. Notes should be short and kept to a maximum of ten, using your word processor’s endnote function.
    6. Single quotation marks should be used for quotations within text (with double quotes within these where necessary: e.g. ‘The ANC was particularly keen to promote black ownership and control of the “commanding heights” of the economy’). Where a longer passage is quoted, indent from margin (no quotation marks required).
    7. Paragraphs should be separated by a one line space but not indented.
    8. British rather than US spelling should be used - e.g. ‘civilise’ and ‘civilisation’ rather than ‘civilize’ and ‘civilization’.
    9. Ibid. is used to denote an immediately prior citation; otherwise the reference should be repeated, e.g. (Annan 2004: 6).
    10. Graphs, tables, figures, barcharts, maps etc should be numbered and submitted in a separate file, not embedded in the text. Line drawings and photographs are also welcome - please check with us in relation to format.
    11. Explain all acronyms.
    12. Dates should appear as follows: 8 December 2006; 1990s (no apostrophe); twentieth century.
    13. Numbers from one to nine in words; percentages and decimals written in figures; fractions spelt out as one-half, three-quarters etc.
    14. The Harvard system of referencing should be used.
      • In text this means bracketing the author’s surname, date of publication and page reference only: Example: (Mamdani 2004:34)
      • At the end of the article only material cited in the text should be listed:
        Mamdani, M. (2004), Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, Cold War and the Roots of Terrorism, Kampala: Fountain Publishers.
        Ponte, S. (2004), ‘The politics of ownership: Tanzanian coffee policy in the age of liberal reformism’, African Affairs, 103, pp23-49.
        Guyer, J. (1987), ‘Comparative Epilogue’, in J. Guyer (ed.): Feeding African Cities: Studies in Regional Social History, Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp 148-154.
      • Newspaper titles should be italicised (e.g. The Daily Graphic).
      • Web sites must be cited with a title and/or author, as well as the date viewed (e.g., accessed 10 July 2020)

We reserve the right to return material which is not sent to us in the preferred ROAPE style, or which has not been carefully edited by the author.

EWG 1 June 2020