Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Studies in African Languages and Cultures provides a forum for the publication of original works in various fields of African studies. Primarily focusing on African linguistics, including ethno- and sociolinguistics, it also covers African literature, African culture and history of Africa. The Journal cooperates mainly with European-based authors as well as promotes works of African researchers. 

The Journal contributes to the research based on sources in African languages.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Each article undergoes double-blind peer review process. The Reviewers are chosen among the Editorial Team members and/or from external institutions and selected for their research specialization. The judgements and findings in the peer-review process should be objective; reviewers should have no conflict of interest.

The Reviewers fill in the review form and type their comments. Recommendation of every article is based on two positive reviews. The peer reviewers’ assessments are used to inform the Editor’s decision as to whether or not to recommend publication of the article and what changes are required.


Publication Frequency

Journal items are published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents. The issues are uploaded on the website once a year in December as soon as the paper version is printed.


Ethics Statement

The standards of ethics of the Journal are defined according to COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. They concern Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

The members of the Editorial Board, Advisory Board and the reviewers are acquianted with the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement of the Journal before starting the cooperation.

All manuscripts submitted to the Journal are checked in order to assure their compliance with the ethical publication standards, as well as to assess their scientific reliability and value. The Chief Editor and Warsaw University Press (the Publisher) are responsible for fulfillment of the above policy.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement for Studies in African Languages and Cultures is available to view and download here.