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Author Guidelines



Southern African Humanities is published annually and is a vehicle for research of an archaeological, anthropological and historical nature that is relevant to southern Africa. All contributions are published in English (British Standard). It is understood that manuscripts submitted to Southern African Humanities have not been offered to any other journal for prior or simultaneous publication. While there is no limit on the length of manuscripts, length should be appropriate for the topic. Papers are considered by at least two independent referees before acceptance. Authors are welcome to suggest suitable referees.

Preparation of manuscript

The manuscript should be in 12 pt font and 1.5 spaced. Number manuscript pages consecutively beginning with the title page. Give full details of the title of the manuscript, name(s) of author(s), postal address and email address if available, each on a separate line.

An abstract of not more than 200 words should summarise the essence of the paper. Avoid references in the abstract. Select up to 12 key words or phrases (index terms).

Consider the journal’s printed page size (127 × 192 mm) when preparing illustrations and tables. Illustrations (including graphs) and their captions or legends should form a separate unit. Explain abbreviations in the legends, or (if too numerous) collect them elsewhere in a list. Do not use very fine lines or dots in illustrations that require significant reduction. Similarly, use lettering of sufficient size to permit reduction.

Tables should include headings and explanations, and should be numbered consecutively. References in the text to illustrations and tables: Fig. 1; Figs 1–3; Table 1. Use lower case (fig., figs, table, pl., pls) when referring to items reproduced in another publication.


Two systems of referencing are acceptable, the Harvard author-date system and the endnote system. For the Harvard system, arrange citations in the text by date from earliest to latest. References within the text are as follows: (Davies 1974; Ngubane 1977; Deacon & Deacon 1999; Jolles 2001); Cooke (1963); Wright and Hamilton (1989); (Kuper 1980, 1982; Maggs 1984a, b); Jacobson et al. (1991). Cite page numbers as follows: (Dlamini 2001: 127).

List all publications cited in the text in full in the list of references. Arrange authors in alphabetical order, with multiple papers by the same author arranged chronologically. Cite all authors. Do not capitalize words unnecessarily. Give names of journals in full.

List website citations alphabetically according to author (if available), page or website title, date of ‘publication’ (if available) and <website address>. Include date of access. In text, cite using author/page and date, or, if more appropriate, <website page address>. Use the website title in place of author if the author is not obvious.

Treat each reference as a separate paragraph. Please Do not insert hard returns, tabs, extra spaces, etc. into the reference.


Anderson, A.A. 1888. Twenty-five years in a wagon in the gold regions of Africa. 2nd edition. London: Chapman & Hall.

Burrett, R.S. 1998. Investigating Pfupi: a Later Stone Age industrial tradition in northeastern Zimbabwe. MSc dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand.

Dlamini, N. 2001. The Battle of Ncome project; state memorialism, discomforting spaces. Southern African Humanities 13: 125–38.

Interview with Alex-Ivar Berglund, 2013. Nordic documentation on the liberation struggle in southern Africa. <>; site viewed 29 September 2017.

Van de Merwe, N.J. 1975. Cannabis smoking in 13–14th century Ethiopia. In: V. Rubin, ed., Cannabis and culture. The Hague: Mouton, pp. 77–80.

Endnotes are indicated by consecutive superior figures. Initial references must be in full, as follows:

J.C.H. Cable, K. Scott & P.L. Carter, ‘Excavations at Good Hope Shelter, Underberg District, Natal’, Annals of the Natal Museum 24 (1), 1980, pp. 1–34.

T.M.O’C. Maggs, Iron Age communities of the southern Highveld. Pietermaritzburg: Council of the Natal Museum, 1976.

Subsequent references to the works are abbreviated, but must provide an unambiguous indication of the source of the information:

Cable et al., ‘Good Hope Shelter’; Maggs, Iron Age communities, p. 30.

Quotation marks

Use double quotation marks for quoted text, single quotation marks to highlight words. Quotations longer than 35 words should be set apart from the text in an indented block without quotation marks.

Initial Submission

Submit the manuscript online (‘submit paper’ at Submit all components of the paper (text, tables, figures) as a single .pdf file to facilitate the refereeing process.

Final submission

Supply the final text as a Word document through the journal’s website process?. Illustrations can be submitted as original artwork or in standard electronic graphic formats (e.g. .tif, .jpg, .eps and .pdf). The required resolutions for raster illustrations are as follows.

Photographs: 400 dpi at print size. Maximum print size is 27 × 192 mm, which at the required resolution contains 2000 × 3024 pixels.

Line art (e.g. maps, graphs, site plans, artefact drawings): 1200 dpi at print size. Maximum print size is 127 × 192 mm, which at the required resolution contains 6000 × 9071 pixels.

Please do not use your graphic programme to invent pixels.

Editorial process

All final submissions are checked to ensure that the author has dealt appropriately with the recommendations of the referees. The paper is then subjected to copy-editing and returned to the author for further input if necessary. Papers are then made up in the journal style and .pdf proofs sent to the author for checking. Once the author’s corrections are implemented, each paper is checked again by the copy-editor. Finally, each paper is proof-read by a member of the editorial committee before it is posted online. The editorial committee reserves the right to suggest, recommend and/or require changes at any stage during the process. The file posted online is the same file used to generate the printed article.

Address all correspondence to

The Editor, Southern African Humanities

KwaZulu-Natal Museum,

P. Bag 9070,


3200 South Africa;



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