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Development Studies


The Department of Development Studies hosts two accredited and peer reviewed academic journals:

AFRICANUS Journal of Development Studies

Editorial Committee

Sibonginkosi Mazibuko (editor); Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni (deputy-editor); Monene Mogashoa (editorial assistant); Peter Stewart; Sebeka Plaatjie; Beatrice  Maphosa; Frik De Beer; Stephan Treurnicht, and Lejone Ntema.

Editorial Advisory Board

Lungisile Ntsebeza – University of Cape Town (South Africa); Naude Malan – University of Johannesburg (South Africa); Richard Haines – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa); Love Chile – AUT University (New Zealand); Nompumelelo Thabethe – University of KwaZulu-Natal  (South Africa); Mpedi Madue – North-West University (South Africa); Lisa Thompson – University of the Western Cape (South Africa); Gina Bujis – Walter Sisulu University (South Africa); Iddi Makombe – Moshe University (Tanzania); Johnny Mashabaphala – University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa); Rie Makita – Rikkyo University (Japan); Priscilla Monyai – University of Fort Hare (South Africa); Frans Schuurman – Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands); Siphamandla Zondi – Institute for Global Dialogue (South Africa); Johannes Tsheola – University of Limpopo (South Africa); Mcebisi Ndletyana – Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (South Africa); Dušan Šoltés - Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia); Tim Hart – Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa).

Journal Policy

AFRICANUS is a journal for the discipline of development studies. It is subject to a blind peer-review process and it is published by Unisa Press at the University of South Africa (Unisa). It is published two times a year in two issues. AFRICANUS seeks to publish high scholarly works that reflect scientific research, practice and theory. In this regard, the Journal aims to be a conduit between the academic debates on one side and the  practice of development on the other side. Contributors are strongly urged to reflect on these three areas (research, practice and theory) as found and applied in the developing world. There are no fees payable. Furthermore, AFRICANUS is based on the National Code of Best Practice in Editorial Discretion  and Peer Review for South African Scholarly Journals available at

Author Guidelines

Submission requirements

Please prepare your manuscript for submission to the AFRICANUS in accordance with the guidelines below.

If your manuscript does not follow these requirements, we may return it to you and ask you to modify it accordingly before we send it out for review. E-mail submissions should be clearly marked ‘SUBMISSION’ in the subject header.

  • Manuscripts should be submitted in MS Word.
  • Manuscripts should meet with the requirements for the blind peer-review process, i.e. the main document should not reveal the personal details of the author/s. Enter names, affiliations, countries of all co-author  in a separate title-page.
  • Regular features, with maximum word length in brackets, include research articles (4,000 - 6,000), research notes (2,000 - 2,500), and book reviews (500 – 700).
  • The manuscript should not be currently under consideration by another journal.
  • Use 12-point double-spacing in Times New Roman for all parts of the manuscript including text, headings, abstract, quotations, references, and tables.
  • Limit the abstract to a maximum of 200 words. Within your abstract, be sure that you have  fully described your results and succinctly summarized the most important contributions that your paper  makes to the field. 
  • We only need the contact details – name, address, contact numbers, e-mail - of the author with whom AFRICANUS should correspond.
  • Provide a maximum of six keywords for your submission.
  • Where copyright is required, provide proof that such copyright has been obtained. Africanus will not seek copyright on behalf of authors.
  • Africanus uses the Harvard system for referencing. Therefore in-text citations should be: Ramphele (2008:15);  and in the list of references: Ramphele, M. 2008. Laying ghosts to rest: dilemmas of transformation in South Africa. Tafelberg: Cape Town.
  • Citations from journals: Author, initial/s, year, title of article, name of journal, volume number, issue number, and page numbers.
    Edited book: Author, initial/s, year, title of contributed chapter, name of book, name of editor/s, publisher, city, and page numbers where the chapter is in the book.
  • Use end-notes and not foot-notes
  • The listing must be alphabetical and it should be clearly marked ‘Notes and References’.

Send manuscripts to the Editor at:

Office: +27 12 429-22 50/68 13

Commonwealth Youth and Development

Commonwealth Youth and Development was first published in 2003. It is a multidisciplinary biannual publication that seeks to promote understanding of, and impetus for, the empowerment of youth that will enable them to play a crucial and constructive role in the development of their communities. It recognises the importance of youth and youth workers in developing countries and seeks to promote the professionalisation of youth work.

The journal publishes research and writing by academics and practitioners working in the field of youth and development, providing a platform for rigorous debate about policies, programmes and processes. Contributions should focus on the developing world and may have an international, regional or national focus. The journal is aimed at students, academics, practitioners and policy makers and welcomes contributions in the form of research findings, work-in-progress, notes from the field, case studies, interviews and book reviews. Comparative studies that will inform the development actions of countries of the Commonwealth are encouraged.

For further information contact:

The Editor (Prof L Cornwell)
Commonwealth Youth and Development
Department of Development Studies
PO Box 392
South Africa
Tel: +27 12 429-6813
Fax: +27 12 429-3646