Guidelines for writing a Mambo! manuscript for publication.
Mambo! is a series of working paper published by IFRA (affiliated) researchers and grantees. They expose the result of fieldwork research and provide the readership with preliminary analysis on social sciences topic in East Africa.
Mambo! discusses a piece of the author’s research, explores a topical or methodological issue and includes preliminary results of a specific theme of an on-going research that can be subsequently expanded to become a published article.
Mambo! papers are displayed on free access on IFRA’s website, on Open Edition (mambo.hypotheses.org) and HAL (a French open source platform for academic papers on line)
Articles should not exceed 3,000 words
Please introduce yourself briefly (3 sentences max: names, university, main topics & current researcher). We advise authors to use the first footnote to give the readership more informations about the context of their research and fieldwork).
Authors must provide a brief abstract (10 sentences) summing up their research plus at least 5 key-words.
Authors must provide at least one illustration (graph, sketch, map, photo, etc.), color or black and white and of good quality. Illustrations must be provided to the editor in .jpeg. and Adobe if possible (or any modifiable format). All illustrations (especially graphics) must be titled, must specify their source and, if necessary, captioned. Authors must provide copyright-free illustrations. In case of any doubts, we will not publish the illustrations.
Articles must be in line with the following recommendations:
- Structure of the paper
- Articles are separated into max 2 or 3 sections and must start with an introduction and end with a conclusion.
- Footnotes are allowed but they should not be too many (15 to 20 max). They should be used mostly for bibliographic references and eventually for insights, comments or further details. The first footnote can be used as an introductory presentation of the context of the research (place and duration of the fieldwork), the author’s methodology and goals and any bias or additional information that the author would find relevant for a most comprehensive approach of his research.
- Bold face type is reserved for titles of books within the bibliography. It should not be used in the body of the text. Italic type is used to highlight words as well as for foreign words and expressions.
- Use of underlining is not accepted.
- Short quotations are written in italic type. Double quotation marks (“…”) are used and are neither preceded nor followed by a space. Single quotation marks are to be used within a quotation. Omissions within a quotation are marked by the symbol […].
- The dash (–) is used for interpolated clauses.
- No space precedes the following punctuation marks: semicolon (;), colon (:), exclamation point (!), question mark (?).
- Centuries are referred to as follows: 19th century.
- Any abbreviation, set of initials, acronym or slogan should be explicit. It should be spelled out the first time it appears within the text and followed immediately by the set of initials in brackets that would be used afterwards in the text. Example : Kenya Railway Corporation (KRC)
- Quotations and bibliographic references must be presented as follows:
- B: No bibliographic references should be within the body of the text
- B: For all Mambo written in French, please use «…» instead of “…”
- Quotation: As Mehler argues, the City truly has become a “space of socialisation23”.
Footnote related to the quote should be presented like this :
- 23. Andreas Mehler, Africa Yearbook, Leiden, Brill, 2011, pp. 364-365.
- In the bibliography
Surname fist name, title of the book, town, editor, date, page.
Allen John, Lost Geographies of Power, 2003, Oxford, Blackwell, p. 5.
Pike Albert, Rodríguez-Pose A, Tomaney J. 2006. Local and Regional Development. London, Routledge.
Hubbard P, Kitchin R, Valentine G. (eds) 2008. Key Thinkers on Space and Place. London, Sage.
Name Surname, “title of the article”, title of the book or journal or review, vol. number, n°X, date, pages (p. 5 or pp. 5-15).
Granovetter Mary, “The impact of social structure on economic outcomes”, Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 19, n°1, 2005, pp. 33-50.
Martinez O J. 1994. The dynamics of border interaction. New approaches to border analysis, in Schofield CH (ed.) Global Boundaries. World Boundaries. London, Routledge: 1-15.
Charton, Hélène, “La genèse ambiguë de l’élite kényane. Origines, formations et integration de 1945 à l’indépendance”, Ph.D. diss, University Paris 7, 2002.
Musah Halidu, “Involving Women in Peacebuilding: An Alternative for Sustainable Peacebuilding in Bawku in the Upper East Region of Ghana”, University of Nairobi, unpublished Ph.D. diss, 2016.
Jean Paul Kimonyo, “A strong man building a strong institution on weak society”, The New Times, 8/08/2012. Accessed February 2, 2016. Internet link.
Christopoulos David, Leadership and political capital. Paper presented at the 8th UKSNA Conference, Bristol, 28-30 June 2012.
Interview with Jean Paul Kimono, writer and political adviser of the Rwanda ministry for foreign affairs, 22 May 2015, Kigali.
- B : If an author has written 2 papers the same year :
Betty Potash, 2009a, “Some Aspects of Marital Stability in a rural Luo Community”, Africa : Journal of the International African Institute, Vol. 48, n°4, 1978, pp. 380-397.
Betty Potash, 2009b, “……”, etc.
You can download the manual with the detailed guidelines here.