GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS OF IAS PUBLICATIONS
PLEASE follow these guidelines as closely as possible when preparing your paper for submission. This will ensure speedy and accurate editing and production.
1. Your finished paper, corrected and revised as necessary, should be submitted to the editors at the address given at the bottom of this sheet. If your paper has been requested by an Issue Editor it can be submitted through him/her.
2. Articles should be in English, and not exceed 10,000 words in length.
3. Each article should be accompanied by an Abstract of about 100 words, with a French version if possible.
4. The first page of an article for the Research Review should contain the title but not the author's name. There should be a separate cover page including the title and the author's name with full contact information including mailing address, email addresses and phone numbers.
5. Papers submitted in hard copy must be typed, double-spaced, on A4 paper on one side of the paper only.
6. Your paper MUST also be submitted electronically, preferably in Word for Windows. It can be submitted by email. If provided in hard copy please provides 2 copies and be sure you keep one. If you must send a diskette, be sure you provide your email address.
7. The final text should be in Times New Roman, 11 pt., with 1" (2.5 cm) margins on all sides, line spacing 1.5. Indent the first line of each paragraph .3”. Use the automatic footnote function in Word (Insert-Reference on the menu) – entering the foot/endnotes by hand causes a lot of problems later.
8. The paper must be accompanied by an abstract of about 100 words. A French version of the abstract should also be provided if possible.
9. There should be a separate title page, giving the title of the paper, author's name(s) and
Institution and department, mailing address, and phone numbers and email addresses if possible. Your name should not appear on the first page of the paper itself.
10. If submitting hard copies, submit two copies, and keep a copy for yourself.
11. Notes (if any) should be footnotes, numbered consecutively throughout the paper. They should not contain references. References should be made by citation in the text, see 9 below.
12. A list of References giving complete bibliographical details for all items mentioned in the text should follow the paper, starting on a new page (or section), formatted as hanging indent
Paragraphs. List items in alphabetical order according to the surname of the first author. Items not referred to in the paper should not be listed.
Please use the following format for bibliography entries:
a. Books: Author(s)' name(s), date of publication. Title Place of publication: Publisher.
Editor(s)' name(s), date. Title. Place of publication: Publisher.
For example: Authored or edited books:
Laing, Kojo, 1987. Search Sweet Country. London: Heinemann. Lindfors, Bernth and Reinhard Sander (eds.), 1996. Twentieth Century Caribbean and Black
African Writing, Third Series. Detroit, Washington and London: Bruccoli Clark Layman.
b. Articles in a book or journal: Author(s)' name(s), date. Title. Name of Journal vol.no. issue no.: page nos.
Author(s)' name(s), date. Title. Name of editor(s), Name of Book. Place of publication: Publisher. Page Nos. For example:
Schipper, Mineke, 1987. National literatures and literary history. Research in African Literatures 18.3: 280-292.
Naden, Tony, 1988. The Gur languages. In M.E. Kropp Dakubu, (ed.), The Languages of Ghana. London: Kegan Paul International. Pp. 12-49.
13. References should be made within the text, not in notes, by giving the author, date and page number in brackets at the end of the relevant sentence. Thus:... (Schipper 1987: 281-3).
14. Illustrative quotations should be between double quotation marks ("..."). Quotations less than two lines long should not be separated from the text. Lengthier quotations may be set out and indented on both sides. (Use the indent function on the word processor, not spaces or tabs: Format – Paragraph - Indentation.) The source reference (as in 8 above) should come immediately after the quotation, or in the sentence immediately before it.
15. If you use material in a language other than English it should be in italics and spelled correctly if there is a standard orthography. For Akan use the Unified Akan Orthography (laid
out in F.A. Dolphyne, The Akan (Twi-Fante) Language) unless you have a reason for using one of the dialect forms.
16. Photographs and drawings: Black and white drawings are acceptable, but photographs should be submitted only if absolutely necessary. Drawings should be made on A4 size paper or transparent sheets, with at least 1.5 inch margins on all sides. Photographs should be clearly labelled and a list of captions provided. The preferred placement in the text should be clearly indicated for each illustration. Please note that we do not normally print in colour: black and white illustrations are much more likely to be published.
Please contact the editors if you have any queries. General Editor: M.E. Kropp Dakubu
Mailing address: Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, P.O. Box 73, Legon,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com