Instructions to Authors


Due to the great load of recently submitted manuscripts, we can unfortunately not accept further manuscript submissions until 30 April 2018. This is mainly to avoid delays in the reviewing process and delays in the publication of accepted articles. We thank you for your understanding. After 1 May, the submission channel in open as usual.

When you intend to submit a manuscription for our consideration, please send it to our central e-mail address:.
For all other inquiries, you can contact the Editor, Axel Fleisch. Email:

NJAS publishes ONLY ORIGINAL PAPERS not published elsewhere in paper format or on the Internet. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically as an email attachment or on a diskette, written with one of the standard text editors (preferably Microsoft Word). A paper copy may also be required, if the manuscript contains special fonts. Keep a copy of the manuscript for your own reference.

Please make sure that the language of your manuscript is properly corrected. The NJAS does not have the resources to conduct full fledged language correction in the copy-editing process. Serious flaws can lead to rejection of the manuscript! Note that the NJAS only accepts articles in unicode fonts, no special font sets.

The first page should have the title of the article and the name and sex of the writer(s) (family name in CAPITALS), full mailing address and correct email address. It should also indicate clearly the disciplinary field of study covered by the paper. Note that all correspondence will be via email.

The second page should contain

The third page should contain the title of the paper and the start of the main text.

Manuscripts should normally not exceed 7,000 words, or 45,000 characters (including spaces).

Please send this all in a SINGLE file. Do NOT send sections of the paper in separate files apart from illustrations, if necessary.

Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the text. Many text editors do this automatically. Acknowledgements should be marked by an asterisk (*) and they should precede the footnotes. Please use footnotes, NOT endnotes!

References should be cited in the text according to the standard citation system, e.g. (Wolff 1981: 244-46), or "... on the origin of Bantu languagess Guthrie (1971: 13) stated...". Please DO NOT use the form "... on the origin of Bantu languages [Guthrie 1971: 13] stated...". The list of references or bibliography should be presented in alphabetical order according to the following format:

Flight, C. 1988.
Bantu trees and some wider ramifications. African Languages and Cultures 1(1): 25-43.
Heine, B. 1971.
Urbanisierung und Sprachsoziologie afrikanischer linguaefrancae. Linguistics 73: 46-61.
Sprache, Gesellschaft und Kommunikation in Afrika. Munich und London: Weltforum Verlag.
Parkin, D. 1974.
Language Schift and Ethnicity in Nairobi: The Speech Community of Kaloleni. In: Language in Kenya, Wilfred H. Whiteley (ed.), pp. 167-187. Nairobi: Oxford University Press.

Please make sure that all references in text have corresponding bibliographical information in the list of references. Do NOT list such publications and sources that you have not referred to in the text.

These should be planned to fit into the page without crowding. They should be identified by an Arabic numeral and they should be submitted either as separate electronic files or included in the text manuscript itself.

Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged. Manuscripts will be evaluated by at least one reader other than the Editor, and a decision on publication will be made accordingly.

Papers that do not confirm to the requirements above are subject to be rejected without review.