Nokoko publishes high quality papers on Africa and the pan-African Diaspora, and encourages high-quality submissions from new and old scholars.

Nokoko accepts only one submission per author per issue. Previously published work is not eligible for publication.

Nokoko welcomes papers written in English or French.

Nokoko encourages submissions from any academic discipline, including the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. If you have questions about your submission, please e-mail the journal with a brief description of the work.

Review Process

Nokoko publishes once a year, and papers are accepted throughout the year. Submission deadlines will be published in the Call for Papers. Submissions received after the deadline will be considered for the following issue.

The editorial board will determine a paper’s suitability for publication. All manuscripts considered appropriate for publication in Nokoko journal are subjected to at least two blind peer reviews. To preserve anonymity, authors and referees should avoid self-identifying references. Submission of a manuscript to Nokoko implies the author’s intention to publish in the Journal and that the author has not submitted the same article simultaneously to any other Journal. Nokoko cannot accept any article while it is under review by another journal.

Paper Format

Articles should be submitted in as an electronic file in as a Word Document or a Rich Text Document. Adobe PDFs are not accepted.

Submissions should be in 12-point Times New Roman, left aligned, double-spaced, titled, and have numbered pages. Tables of data should be sent as Excel spreadsheets. Images (graphics, pictures, figures, equations, etc.) should be sent as .jpg or .tif files.

Submissions should not be more than 8,000 words, and may include references, endnotes, biographical statements, and tables.

Authors are encouraged to use a clear, accessible style, free from specialized jargon in order to reach the widest possible readership.

The first page should include: the author’s name, the article title, an abstract of not more than 300 words, a brief biographical note.

Please ensure that permission has been received if you plan to reproduce materials that are subject to copyright laws.

Citation Style

Footnotes should be limited to content notes and appear in the footer of the appropriate page. All references should conform to APA parenthetical citation (see, e.g., here) and APA referencing style (see, e.g., here). A list of references should accompany the manuscript, showing only those works actually cited in the paper.

Nokoko Book Review Guide

To further our mandate of generating and providing important conversations related to Africa, the African diaspora, and the continent’s relationship with the rest of the world, Nokoko welcomes Book Reviews.

These critically engages with arguments in one (or perhaps more) new publications, drawing out the substance and form within the
published work and situating them in wider scholarly, policy, and/or  activist practices and discussions.

These should be between 1,000 – 1,500 words.

We strongly recommend that you follow the guidelines at which provides a
good summary of what is expected of a good review.

For further information, please contact


Papers to be considered for publication should be sent to:

The Chief Editor,
Nokoko: Journal of Pan-African Wisdom
Institute of African Studies
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K2A 0W4

Email: with Subject heading saying “Submission to Nokoko”