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Author Guidelines

Authors assume responsibility for the content and the originality of their articles, for the accuracy of citations, and for the legal right to publish any material they submit. Authors are also responsible for including any mandatory acknowledgements. Manuscripts submitted to Mande Studies must not have been published elsewhere, unless the Editor of Mande Studies has been specifically informed in writing, AND provided both that the earlier publication was in another language, and that the editor of the previous journal has expressed their written agreement to any eventual republication in translation.


  1. use double quotation marks for quotations and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations
  2. always use italics, not underlining
  3. place punctuation inside quotation marks (e.g., “or.”)
  4. always use the embedding footnote function
  5. cite books as: first name last name, title italicized (place, date), 14-22 , (no p. or pp.)
  6. cite articles as follows: first name last name, “title,” name of journal italicized 38(2004), 14-22. No Roman numerals, no volume part numbers, no months unless journal repaginates with each issue, and no punctuation between journal title and volume number.
  7. no section headings other than I, II, III, . . .
  8. always cite page numbers for direct quotations, and otherwise include page numbers for specific information
  9. avoid long paragraphs
  10. tab for indentations
  11. use “ibid” for repeating citations
  12. capitalize all substantive words in titles (e.g., not articles, prepositions, and conjunctions)
  13. use shortest possible short titles for repeated citations
  14. make sure all non-English words have all appropriate diacritics
  15. other than in titles, leave italicizing decisions to the Editor.
  16. page numbers and dates should always have only two integers after the hyphen except (413-22, 401-09, but 397-422).
  17. indent quotations of more than five lines, and omit the use of “ ”
  18. use words, not numbers, in such cases as “the nineteenth century.”
  19. render dates as, e.g., 26 March 1938

When sending paper as an attachment, always save it as a Word file.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As 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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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