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Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies

ISSN: 2327-7408 (Print)
            2327-7416 (Online)
Publication frequency: 4 issues per year

0.4 (2022) CiteScore (Scopus)
0.109 (2022) SNIP
0.102 (2022) SJR

Accredited with the DHET (SAPSE)

Co-published with RoutledgeClick here for Open Access options on this journal

Aims & Scope

Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies (EALCS) is a new international peer-reviewed journal which offers a distinctive, integrated forum for scholarship on the literature, culture and arts of the Eastern Africa region and their widespread influence. The arts and culture have played an instrumental role in the post-colonial project, and indeed in the forging of twenty-first century identities and realities, where they have actively engaged with ideas from other fields including economics, politics, history and religion. This dynamic interface is explored in the journal. Exceptional creative work from and about the region is also considered for publication. The journal invites submissions of research articles, review essays, roundtable debates, interviews, creative work, book reviews and conference alerts.



Tom Odhiambo , University of Nairobi, Kenya
Godwin Siundu , University of Nairobi, Kenya

Editorial Advisory Board

Ambreena Manji , British Institute in Eastern Africa, Kenya / Keele University, UK
Evan Mwangi , Northwestern University, USA
George Ogola , University of Central Lancashire, UK
Okello Ogwang , Makerere University, Uganda
Dan Ojwang , University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Brendon Nicholls , Leeds University, UK
Jeong Kyung Park , Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea
Meg Samuelson , University of Cape Town, South Africa

International Advisory Board

Pal Ahluwalia , University of South Australia, Australia
Elleke Boehmer , University of Oxford, UK
Graham Furniss , School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London, UK
Harry Garuba , University of Cape Town, South Africa
Simon Gikandi , Princeton University, USA
Isabel Hofmeyr , University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
J. Roger Kurtz , State University of New York, USA
Syned Mthatiwa , Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Malawi
Robert Muponde , University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Grace Musila , Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Stephanie Newell , University of Sussex, UK
James Ogude , University of Pretoria, South Africa
Lillian Osaki , University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Ezeliora Osita , Ogun State University, Nigeria
Ngugi wa Thiong’o , University of California, Irvine, USA
Flora Veit-Wild , Humboldt University, Germany
Abebe Zegeye , Independent Scholar, Ethiopia

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Instructions for Authors

Submissions: Submissions should be sent to ealics@gmail.com and copied to the editors: Tom Odhiambo and Godwin Siundu. Submissions should not have already appeared in print, nor should they be under consideration elsewhere.

Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies uses the Chicago Author-Date style. All submissions should conform strictly to the guidelines supplied in these notes and in the style guide. 

Format: Word templates are available for this journal. If you are not able to use the template via the links or if you have any other template queries, please contact authortemplate@tandf.co.uk

Keywords: Please supply on the cover page six to 10 keywords for your article. 

Abstract: An abstract of up to 200 words must be included, summarizing the content. Citations must not be used within the abstract. 

Permissions: If you work uses third-party content, please refer to our guidelnes regarding permissions. It is the custom and practice in academic publishing that the reproduction of short extracts of text and some other types of material may be permitted on a limited basis for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission, on the basis that:

  • the purpose of quotation of use in objective and evidenced scholarly criticism or review (not merely illustration);
  • a quotation is reproduced accurately, either witin qutation ("") marks or as displayed (indented) text;
  • full attribution is given.

However, a quotation from a song lyric or a poem, whether used as an epigraph or withn the text, will always require written permission for a copyright holder.

As a general rule, you should secure permission in writing to reproduce any work in full that is owned and held in copyright by a third party, that is, and for which you are not attributed as author and in which you do not own copyright. Please refer to the Publishers Association permission guidelines for further assistance. 


Spelling: Please use British spelling (OED) (–ize endings), italicize non-English words and phrases.

References: quick guide
Nairn, T. 1997. Faces of Nationalism: Janus Revisited. London: Verso.
Chapter in book
Roell, C. H. 1994. “The Piano in the American Home.” In The Arts and the American Home, 1890–1930, ed. J. H. Foy and K. A. Marling, 193–204. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press.
Smith, John, ed. 2012. Collected Style Manuals. Abingdon: Routledge.
Reprinted work
Fielding, H. (1749) 2005. The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling. London: Penguin Classics.
Journal article
Liker, A. and T. Szekely. 1997. “Aggression Among Female Lapwings, Vanellus vanellus.” Animal Behaviour 54 (3): 797–802.
Yetman, Norman R. 2001. “An Introduction to the WPA Slave Narratives.” Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936–1938. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html.

Free online access
All authors will receive free online access to their article through Taylor & Francis Online, an electronic offprint and a complimentary copy of the issue containing their article. Reprints of articles published in Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies can be purchased through Rightslink when proofs are received or alternatively on our journals website. If you have any queries, please contact our reprints department at reprints@tandf.co.uk

This journal uses the Electronic Copyright System (ECS) and emails with the link to confirm the authors copyright requirements will be sent separately when their article enters production.To assure the integrity, dissemination, and protection against copyright infringement of published articles, you will be asked to assign us, via a Publishing Agreement, the copyright in your article. Your Article is defined as the final, definitive, and citable Version of Record, and includes: (a) the accepted manuscript in its final form, including the abstract, text, bibliography, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and (b) any supplemental material hosted by Taylor & Francis. Our Publishing Agreement with you will constitute the entire agreement and the sole understanding between you and us; no amendment, addendum, or other communication will be taken into account when interpreting your and our rights and obligations under this Agreement. 



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