Call For Submissions

The Young African Research Journal (YARJ) is an initiative of the Young African Research Arena (YARA), a youth-led project that aims to encourage the enhancement of academic writing skills among African students (

Notes for Contributors

Contributions will be accepted from Students and academics from the following faculties:

  • Law
  • Social Sciences
  • The Humanities

YARJ submissions are reviewed by an Editorial Team. All submissions are subject to a general editorial review by the Team. We welcome the following types of contributions at any time of the year:

  • Critical Analyses of topical themes drawing on public and socio-economic policy, law, human rights, criminology and development, environment, economy and business, politics and governance, public service, philosophy etc. These may also include critical case studies - 3,500 (minimum) - 7,500 words (maximum).
  • Book or Paper Reviews - Critical assessments of new books, reports or journal articles that address public policy, law and development issues - 3,500 words (maximum).
  • Commentaries - Intellectually motivated commentary on any topical issue - 2,500 words (maximum).


Submit abstracts and articles in word-processing software, preferably MS Word. All submissions and abstracts should be submitted by email to:

The following information should be provided as part of the submission:

  • Full name and age of author(s).
  • Institutional affiliation, with evidence of registration (such as a certified copy of student identity card), and where it is Academic, a certified proof of affiliation with an academic institution must be provided.
  • Contact details, including email and telephone number.
  • An abstract of a maximum of 200 words. Charts and graphs should be submitted as part of the Word document and clearly marked.

Citation of References

For Law students, Academics, Lawyers & Solicitors: Citation of references should be in accordance with the Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA), which is available on the internet at

For Students and Academics in the Social Sciences: Citation of reference should be in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA)Style of referencing, while for the Humanities the citation of reference should be in accordance with Modern Language Association(MLA) Style of referencing.

The DEADLINE for the submission of papers for the upcoming issue is 12 June, 2016

The Editorial Team
The Young African Research Journal
March 2016


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