The Tydskrif vir Letterkunde publishes scholarly articles, overviews,
commentaries, review articles and reviews on African Literature and Southern
The intended audience of this journal is the literary scholarly community.
The editorial policy of the Journal is peer reviews by two readers per
article. The editor's decision is final in all cases.
The types of articles received are: overview articles, research articles,
review articles, reviews, commentaries and obituaries.
The journal's peer review process follows the following steps: Reception
– Guest Editor / Issue editor – reviewers – Editor – finalization.
and preparation of manuscripts
Manuscript format and layout / guidelines to authors:
The editor invites the submission of original, previously unpublished
research, review and overview articles on theoretical, applied or comparative
aspects of African literatures and cultural practices.
- Contributions should preferably be submitted in Afrikaans, Dutch or
English. Contributions in French may also be submitted.
- Research, review and overview articles in languages other than English
must be accompanied by an English abstract of no more than 350 words,
including a translation of the article title. In the case of articles
written in English the abstract should not exceed 200 words.
Submission of manuscripts:
- Manuscripts under consideration elsewhere or published previously
should not be submitted to Tydskrif vir Letterkunde.
- A single digital copy of the article manuscript should be submitted
(per e-mail) initially.
- On acceptance, following the review process, one digital copy should
be submitted as the final version. The editors prefer the MSWord® word
- A short biographical background of the author (about 30 words) should
accompany the final version.
- Manuscripts should be presented in unembellished, clear typed format
with margins of at least 2.5 cm all around, and in double spacing (including
quotations, notes and references).
- Authors's names, postal and email addresses, professional affiliation
and telephone numbers should appear on the title page.
- Since articles are reviewed anonymously, authors are requested not
to indicate their names anywhere else in their manuscripts.
- Manuscripts should be properly edited for language usage and be submitted
in press ready format.
- A limit of 6000 words (including the abstract) is set as a general
guideline for the length of articles. In exceptional circumstances longer
articles may be considered.
- The latest version of the MLA reference system is used.
- Notes, endnotes and the bibliography should be attached to the end
of the article. Endnote numbers should be prepared in superscript and
normally occur at the end of as sentence. Please note: computer generated
endnotes, notes or bibliographies are not acceptable.
- Sexist or racist language is not encouraged. Gender-specific terminology
should not be used when mixed groups are intended. (E.g. do not refer
to "the literary critic and his practice..." when a more generic reference
is intended.) Racial nomenclature should be used with caution, if at
all. Where writers deviate from this guideline, it should be motivated.
- All graphics must be submitted in camera-ready digital format.
- Graphics should be provided with appropriate captions.
- Material submitted digitally should have a resolution of at least
300dpi and should be submitted in a format no smaller than A5.
- It is the responsibility of the author to secure permission to reproduce
Obligations and responsibilities:
- Material published in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, may, unless
stipulated otherwise, be published on the journal's website.
- The opinions of contributors expressed in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde
do not necessarily represent the views of the advisory council,
consulting editors or editors.
- Where manuscripts are accepted provisionally, it is expected that
writers will return their revised versions within six weeks to
the journal's Administrator.
- We regret that we cannot return manuscripts.
- No correspondence will be entered in the cases of manuscripts that
were turned down.
- The editors undertake to handle submissions with care, but cannot
accept responsibility for lost goods or unforeseen damage.
- By agreeing to publish with Tydskrif vir Letterkunde authors
give permission for their articles to be published in the print and
Internet versions of the journal.
- The copyright of the published materials rests with the authors.
- On the acceptance of research, review and overview articles page fees
to be paid by the author become payable. Generally authors' institutions
pay such page fees.
- The editors determine page fees annually.
Submission method: The author e-mails manuscripts to the editor.
Articles must include an abstract of a maximum of 350 words, including
the title of the article.
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Department of Afrikaans, University of Pretoria, Hatfield, Pretoria, Gauteng, ZA, 0002,
Tel: +27 12 420 4075