Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published in English, nor is it under consideration for publication with another journal (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- An abstract (250 words maximum) is included to help reviewers decide if they are appropriate for judging the paper. (First Words, Dialogues, In Memoriams, and Reviews do not require abstracts. Simply check off here and type "n/a" in the Abstract field on the submission page.)
The text submission file is in Microsoft Word, or a similar document format such as OpenOffice or RTF.
Image files are in .jpg or .tif format.
- The submission document comprises text, images with captions, endnotes, and a reference list.
- The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; and employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
- All images have captions, and each caption includes a photo credit indicating the owner of the image.
- Each image and its caption is placed within the text after the first paragraph in which it is called out, rather than at the end of the text.
- All notes are endnotes.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
Research articles on topics related to Africanist art history, focused on art forms and genres indigenous to Africa, and/or artists living or born in the African continent, or diasporic artists whose work is consciously related to the African experience. 6000-8000 words, 15-25 images.
Focused on research in progress or on a single object. 1000-2500 words, 2-3 images.
Spotlight on a single artist's work, written by academic researcher. 3000-5000 words, 5-10 images.
Interview between academic researcher and artist, or between two or more artists, discussing artists' work or current topics in the field. 3000-5000 words, 5-10 images.
Spotlight on work of one artist or a group of artists, focus on images with either substantial explanatory captions or a single analytical text with short identifying captions. 1000-5000 words, 10-20 images.
Describes the history and holdings of a museum collection of African art, written by the collection’s curator. 6000-8000 words, 15-25 images.
Description an upcoming or touring exhibition, written by the exhibition curator, focusing on curatorial concerns and agendas underlying the exhibition. 6000-8000 words, 15-25 images.
Commentary on current issues in the field, usually organized around a theme by section editor. 2000-4000 words, images discouraged but optional.
News or opinions of interest to the field; First Word is usually commissioned by the editors of the issue, but the boards are open to proposals submitted to the African Arts editorial office. 2000-4000 words, images optional.
Invited obituaries of important contributors to the field of Africanist art history. 1000-2500 words, 2-5 images.
Reviews of recent books on topics of Africanist art history or closely related fields. 1250-1400 words, no images.
Exhibition Review--North America
Reviews of exhibitions of African art in public museums and galleries located in North America. 1250-1400 words, 5-10 images.
Reviews of exhibitions of African art in public museums and galleries located in Europe. 1250-1400 words, 5-10 images.
Reviews of exhibitions of African art in public museums and galleries located in Africa. 1250-1400 words, 5-10 images.
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