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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.
  • The material submitted for publication should be your own creative and/or well-researched work, which has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Author’s name; Institution of Affiliation; Email address; Tel./Mobile number.
    An article should not exceed six thousand words.
    Times New Roman; Font 12; Spacing 1.5; both sides justification; 1 inch margin, (both left and right side).
    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 the document.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


  • Title of the paper.
  • Abstract of 250 words.
  • Keywords: below the abstract in alphabetical order and separated by commas.
  • Introduction: background and purpose of the paper.
  • Body: Discuss major areas of your paper with a clear line of thought, justification, problem statement, and methodology (the approach you used to collect data for your paper); discuss and present your findings, recommendations, and conclusion.
  • Clarity and Consistency: Please check your manuscript for headings and sub-headings; clarity of expression, repetition, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and consistency of references to minimize editorial changes.
  • References: Mandatory, preferably American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style.
  • Appendices: Optional.

Unless instructed otherwise, submissions are done through the journal website submission page through registration for new users or login for existing users.

All accepted articles for publication are subject to a plagiarism check.

For information, you can write to the Editor-in-Chief at awsckenya@uonbi.ac.ke with a copy to the Technical Editor at apmwangi@uonbi.ac.ke


Following your article acceptance confirmation for publication, you will be required to pay an equivalent of USD.80 in article processing fee.

Where a Journal volume or issue is supported by a donor, article processing fees will be waived.


All paper submissions are subjected to the double anonymous peer review process.

All articles published by the African Women Studies Centre are subject to an objective and rigorous peer-review, double-blind process. The articles are vetted against the aim and scope of the journal and the running theme of the call for papers in compliance with the journal’s publication/editorial criteria.

The manuscript of accepted articles then undergones further quality control by a scholar who goes through its totality and checks for coherence; faithfulness to the topic; contribution to knowledge on the subject matter; and any issues related to the theoretical, methodological, philosophical, or ideological approaches.

Those that fit into the call, are sent 2/3 selected reviewers for peer review using the prescribed information template in addition to their written observations. The reviewers’ comments inform the editor’s decision on the submitted articles in addition to helping the authors revise their papers for acceptability. With respect to the rejected articles, the reviewer's comments highlight the weaknesses to help the authors rework their paper for resubmission to the journal or elsewhere in the future.

Peer reviewers adhere to the principles of COPE's Ethical Guidelines for Peer-reviewers.

Duration: The number of weeks between article submission and publishing averages 24 weeks.


Authors are advised to refrain from posting manuscripts before they are published in institutional repositories, or websites, i.e. before and during the submission process. They may, however, post the publisher’s final PDF version without embargo after its publication.

Attribution should always be given to Pathways to African Feminism and Development: Journal of the African Women Studies Centre as the original publisher and source. Accurate citation details should be given when posting, reusing, transforming, or distributing published articles elsewhere.

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