Nomina Africana

The Journal of African Onomastics

ISSN: 1012-0254 (Print)
            2070-2639 (Online)
Publication frequency: 2 issues per year

Accredited with the DHET (SAPSE)

Official publication of the Names Society of Southern Africa

This is a fully Open Access journal that only publishes articles Open Access.

Aims & Scope

Nomina Africana is the journal of the Names Society of Southern Africa and publishes original peer reviewed research that makes a contribution to the field of onomastics on the continent. Studies that deal with any aspects of proper names and the naming process and of relevance to any of the languages of the continent will be considered for publication. Topics of interest to the journal emanate from the fields of linguistics, language and literature as well as history and geography, amongst other disciplines. Research and review articles, short communications and book reviews are welcome.

Editors

Editor-in-Chief (Interim)

Maleshoane Rapeane-Mathonsi (Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa)
Email: Maleshoaner@dut.ac.za

Editorial Advisory Committee

Elwyn Jenkins (University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)
Adrian Koopman (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)
Nhlanhla Mathonsi (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
Lucie A. Möller (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
Bertie Neethling (University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa)
Noleen Turner (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)

Advisory Board

Beatrice Ekanjume-Ilongo (National University of Lesotho, Roma, Lesotho)
Doreen Gerritzen (Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Milan Harvalik (Academy of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic)
Edwin D Lawson (University of Binghamton, State Univerity of New York, Binghamton, USA)
Heinrich Löffler (Universität Basel, Basel, Switzerland)
Charles Pfukwa (Bindura University of Science Education, Bindura, Zimbabwe)
Minna Saarelma (University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland)
Willy van Langendonck (University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
Richards Coates (University of the West of England, Bristol, England)

Copy Editor

Graham C. Reed

Publishing Manager

Mike Schramm
NISC (Pty) Ltd, Grahamstown, South Africa

Instructions for Authors

Nomina Africana publishes original peer-reviewed research that makes a contribution to the field of onomastics on the continent. Studies that deal with any aspects of proper names and the naming process and of relevance to any of the languages of the continent will be considered for publication. Topics of interest to the journal emanate from the fields of linguistics, language and literature as well as history and geography, amongst other disciplines. Research and review articles, short communications and book reviews are welcome. Contributions must be in English and no longer than 7 500 words. Articles are published Open Access under a Creative Commons Attrribution Licence (CC BY).

Editorial policy

Submission of a manuscript implies that the material has not previously been published, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere. Contributions are accepted on the understanding that the authors have the authority for publication. Contributions must conform to the principles outlined in Ethical considerations in research publication.* The journal has a policy of anonymous peer review. Authors’ names are withheld from referees, but it is their responsibility to ensure that any identifying material is removed from the manuscript. The Editor reserves the right to revise the final draft of the manuscript to conform to editorial requirements.

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts should be emailed to the Editor-in-Chief, Maleshoane Rapeane-Mathonsi, at Maleshoaner@dut.ac.za. Articles accepted for publication will attract a processing fee of R9 000.

Manuscript presentation
Manuscripts should be in English and prepared in MS-Word. Avoid creative formatting. For spelling and hyphenation conventions, consult The Oxford English Dictionary. For general editorial style, consult The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition. The following essential information is required:

Title: This should be brief and sufficiently informative for retrieval by automatic searching techniques.

Author(s) and address(es) of author(s): List all authors’ names in full. Provide an institutional address and email address for each author and indicate who is corresponding.

Abstract: Provide an abstract of no more than 250 words, accurately summarising the information presented in the paper. References must not be included in an abstract. An
additional abstract in another language may be added.

Main text: Use sentence case for headings. Format headings in the following styles: First level bold; Second level bold italic; Third level italic. Headings should not be numbered. Endnotes (not footnotes) may be used. Use double quotation marks. If special fonts or characters are used, a PDF of your article may be required for accurate typesetting.

Illustrations/Figures: Authors must ensure that they have permission to reproduce any images protected by copyright. Indicate the source of images and provide a caption for each. All illustrations must be referred to in the text and numbered consecutively. Illustrations must be of suitable quality for reproduction, i.e., at least 300 dpi for photographs and 600 dpi for line drawings. These can be saved (in order of preference) in PSD, JPEG, PDF or EPS format. Graphs, charts or maps can be saved in AI, PDF or EPS format. MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also acceptable but DO NOT EMBED Excel graphs or Powerpoint slides in a MS Word document as an image, rather send the original Excel or Powerpoint files. More detailed technical information is given in Figure Guidelines for Authors.*

Tables: All tables should be in a suitable editable format such as MS-Excel. Tables must be referred to in the text, numbered consecutively, with a descriptive caption.

References: Use the author–date method of referencing sources as set out in the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. A quick guide is available at: www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html 

In text – Surname and date with page number/s for direct quotations e.g. (Fardon 1995: 73)

List of references – Provide a complete list of sources referred to at the end of your article. For example:

Books
Raper, P. E., L. A. Möller and L. T. du Plessis. 2014. Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. 4th ed. Johannesburg and Cape Town: Jonathan Ball.
Thoreau, Henry David. 2016. “Walking.” In The Making of the American Essay, edited by John D’Agata, 167–195. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press.
Tonkin, E., M. McDonald and M. Chapman, eds. 1989. History and Ethnicity. London: Routledge.
Lahiri, Jhumpa. 2016. In Other Words. Translated by Ann Goldstein. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Journal articles
Raper, P. E. 2014. “Criteria for validating indigenous place-names in a multilingual society.” Nomina Africana 28 (1): 16–29.
du Plessis, T. 2009. “Language visibility and the transformation of geographical names in South Africa.” Language Matters
40 (2): 215–38. doi:10.1080/10228190903188542

Unpublished thesis
Rutz, Cynthia Lillian. 2013. “King Lear and Its Folktale Analogues.” PhD diss., University of Chicago.

Online news or magazine article
Pai, Tanya. 2017. “The Squishy, Sugary History of Peeps.” Vox, April 11, 2017. http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/4/11/15209084/peeps-easter.

 

Instructions to Authors

PDF File | Size: 162.27 KB download »view online »

Figure FAQS

PDF File | Size: 1.25 MB download »view online »

Figure Guidelines for Authors

PDF File | Size: 788.97 KB download »view online »

Enquire

Have a question about Nomina Africana: The Journal of African Onomastics? Call us on +27(0)46 622 9698 or submit an enquiry using the form.
Enquire

Get new issue alerts for Nomina Africana: The Journal of African Onomastics