Guidelines for ISAWAD contributors


Academic Writing & Research across Disciplines in Africa: mentoring junior scientists for successful Humboldt Applications


Guidelines for Contributors

  • Contributions should be submitted by e-mail as MS Word files (.doc) to
  • Latest date to submit PowerPoint if you want it to be put on webpage: 15 August, 2015
  • Deadline for submission of paper in a publishable form: 15 March 2016 at Mid-day
  • Decision on manuscript: 30 April, 2016
  • Projected publication time: July, 2016
  • Contributions should include the title, name of the author, university affiliation, key words up to 5, abstract of about 150 words and the article itself (title, text, endnotes and references)
  • Article length: 12-17 standard pages (6000-8000 words) including references and endnotes
  • All tables, graphs and pictures should be in MS Word format, ordered numerically and have a caption underneath the table, graph or picture
  • The contribution should be divided into appropriate sections and subsections. Each section or subsection should have a suitable heading numbered with Arabic numerals (e.g. 1; 1.1; 1.1.1). The headings should be in boldface with capital letters on the first word and on proper nouns only
  • Copyright matters are the responsibility of the authors
  • Use Times New Roman font family, font size 12, 1.5 line height
  • Title should be in bold capitals
  • Section headings should be in bold and numbered
  • Avoid using notes, if necessary, use end-of-text notes rather than footnotes
  • use double quotes, single quotes are to be used only when enclosed in double quotes and for linguistic definitions
  • Paragraphs should be indented, do not leave a blank line between paragraphs
  • Spell out numbers one – twelve and all numbers in sentence initial position
  • Use italics for published book titles, periodicals and foreign words and phrases not in common use; use quotes for articles, essays and parts of text (e.g. headings of chapters)
  • abbreviations should be used sparingly and precisely

Please do NOT:

  • use varying styles in the MS Word document. Restrict the use of different font sizes and line heights to the minimum
  • use line breaks at the ends of lines
  • use the spacebar for aligning paragraphs and text positioning. Use the tabulator instead
  • include anything in the header section



In-text citation:

Simpson (1985: 317)


Simpson, P. (2004) Stylistics. London and New York: Routledge.

Journal articles:

Widdowson, H. (2000) On the limitations of linguistics applied. Applied Linguistics 21/1, 3-25.

Article from a Collection:

Thorhe, J. (1989) What is a poem? In: Van Peer, W. (ed.) The Taming of the Text. London and New York: Routledge. 280-91.

Article in an Internet database:

Hovy, E. H. (1995) The Multifunctionality of Discourse Markers. In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Discourse Markers. Egmond-aan-Zee, The Netherlands, Jan 1995. Online document. 11 July 2005 <>.