Submission Guidelines

All scholarly articles should be based on rigorous, original research. Articles should significantly extend knowledge of and advance debate on social justice. Articles must contribute to basic social justice principles of access, equality, rights and participation. The submissions must engage critically with the issues that promote or impede social justice. The articles should seek new ways and insights for understanding problems under investigation. The journal seeks to encourage interdisciplinary research and will therefore encourage collaboration across disciplinary boundaries.

Length: Length: Articles should be tween 5000-8000 words. This should include footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, references and annexures.

Abstract

Authors should provide an abstract of between 100-150 words. Below the abstract the author should identify 6 keywords that indicate the focus of the article.

Elements of Articles

Introduction: Should address the aim of the research, provide a social justice context to the article, summarise the key themes and summarise the central arguments or provide a thesis statement.

Analytical Framework: A brief summary of the theoretical/ analytical framework used to understand the problem and to interpret the findings.

Findings: Presentation of findings should be clearly expressed and signposted under thematic headings.

Conclusions: Should be based on the information presented in the article. Should tie together, or integrate the various issues discussed. Should note the implications resulting from the findings and provide a final statement on new ways of understanding the problem. Recommendations for future research can also be made

Referencing: The journal will use the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 7th edition referencing style. For more information on this, authors can consult https://apastyle.apa.org/

Style: Articles should be submitted in Times New Roman font size 12, double spaced and all pages should be numbered.

Language: All article should be submitted in UK African English.

Quotations: All article should be submitted in UK African English.

Ethics

Authorship: Authors must ensure that the work submitted was written by them. All authors who made a significant contribution to the article should be acknowledged. The journal will not publish articles with guest authors who have not contributed significantly towards the authorship of the article.

Conflicts of interests: All conflicts of interests and funders must be declared.

Plagiarism: The journal will not publish articles that have been wholly, partially or self-plagiarised. All data, words, phrases, concepts and ideas of others must therefore be duly credited.

Harm: The journal will not publish work based on research that has caused harm to vulnerable groups, animals and the environment.

Simultaneous submissions: The journal will not publish work that has already been published or submitted elsewhere for publication. It is the author’ responsibility to inform the editorial collective of such simultaneous submissions.

Retraction: Where gross errors are found in the work, the journal, in consultation with the author/s, will retract such articles.

Peer Review:

The journal will use a double-blind peer review process. This means that the identities of the authors and the reviewers will not be made known to the parties involved. Articles will initially be reviewed by the editorial collective to assess their suitability for publication. Once a determination with regard to suitability for publication is made, articles will be submitted to reviewers. Reviewers will be required to review the work fairly, timeously and confidentially. The reviewers should refrain from unjustified criticism, personal attacks and derogatory or hostile comments. Where necessary they should make very concrete suggestions for improvement.

Copyright: Once the journal has agreed to publish an article, copy right will be ceded to the journal.

The Namibian Journal of Social Justice (NJSJ) commissions reviews and welcomes unsolicited reviews of recently published individually authored books or edited volumes that deal with issues of social justice and are grounded on the basic principles of social justice namely, access, equity, rights, and participatory parity. Reviews should engage on the subject matters of the books, conveying the key messages of the books, but should go beyond a summary of the contents of books to include critical evaluations of books – critiquing certain claims or analyses in the books. Reviews should demonstrate thoughtful engagement and contain stimulating insights about books of interests to our readers. We prioritise reviews of books on Namibia, but we also welcome reviews of books covering social justice sited in southern Africa and beyond. Book reviews must include full details of the book under review (name (s) and surname (s) of the author (s), year of publication, book title, place of publication, publisher name, page length, published price in original currency and the ISBN number).

Length: Book reviews should not exceed 1000 words.

Referencing: If there are citations and references within the review, the book reviewers should follow the format of the NJSJ journal. The NJSJ journal uses the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 7th edition referencing style. For more information on this, reviewers can consult https://apastyle.apa.org/

Style: Book Reviews should be submitted in Times New Roman font size 12, double spaced and all pages should be numbered.

Language: All reviews should be submitted in UK English.

At the end of the reviews, book reviewers should include the following details:
Name
Affiliation
Email address

Potential Book Reviewers

We are interested in developing our list of potential book reviewers. If you are interested and would like to be added to our list of potential book reviewers, please email us your name, email address, affiliation, short CV and a short summary noting the fields of social justices in which you will be interested in reviewing. Thank you for taking the time to help contribute to our journal.

The Namibian Journal of Social Justice (NJSJ) welcomes case studies which should be illustrative and therefore more descriptive of the context, circumstances and events surrounding the phenomenon. They should present local knowledge as well as local experiences of the phenomenon. The descriptions should be illustrative of the social forces and relations involved in a phenomenon. Case studies should not exceed 2000 words. It should consist of the following:

Introduction: Overview of case study and the key issues the case study will highlight

Background: Overview of the history and the context of the phenomenon

Challenges: Challenges faced by actors featured in the case study.

Actions: Action taken by different parties to address the challenges.

Outcomes/ Results: Summary of what was achieved by the actions and whether a not challenges have been addressed.

The Namibian Journal of Social Justice (NJSJ) welcomes opinion pieces on current social justice issues. Such opinions should relate to current events and struggles and provide insights into the particular issue covered. They should be critical, avoid jargon and point towards alternatives and solutions.
Opinion pieces should be concise, follow a logical flow of argument and be exciting to read. References should be avoided or be kept to an absolute minimum.

Length: Opinion Pieces should not exceed 1000 words.

The Namibian Journal of Social Justice (NJSJ) welcomes photo essays on social justice issues. Photo essays should show events and struggles related to the NJSJ themes or related social justice issues. The photos should tell the story and captions should be limited to one or two sentences per photo.
Photo essays can be accompanied by a short introduction of 200 – 400 words.

Length: Photo essays should consist of no more than 10 photos. Their resolution should be ....

The Namibian Journal of Social Justice (NJSJ) welcomes creative, artistic contributions in the forms of posters, poems, drawings etc. Such contributions should relate to social justice issues.