Arụmarụka: Journal of Conversational Thinking      ISSN: 2788-7928

Editorial/Review Process

This journal operates three layers of review, one editorial review and a double-blind peer-review process, where two anonymous reviewers review anonymised manuscripts. Authors should expect the Editor to reach (and inform them of) a decision, including recommending corrections, if any, or acceptance/rejection of any manuscript within three months of receipt. It is important to note that Editors are not committed to the views expressed in articles. Authors must take the time to proofread their works. Poorly written and incoherent articles would be summarily rejected during Editorial review. Where an editor judges a manuscript to be of high quality after editorial review, one blind review only may be carried out. Only manuscripts that meet the required standard would move on to the peer review stage.

Instructions for Authors

All manuscripts (in English) must be original (neither plagiarised nor under consideration elsewhere) and submitted to the editor in MS word format via the submission link or e-mail: editor@cspafrica.org . While English is the preferred language for publication, we understand that authors may use certain non-english phrases. Where such is the case, English translations in footnotes or in parenthesis is usually required.

Full original articles are expected to be between 4000 – 6000 words (exceptions can be made where absolutely necessary). Short conversations can be between 2000-4000 words. A concise title (20 words max.) and a 150-200 word abstract are required for both.

Authorship/co-authorship Criteria

An author is one who produced a manuscript following all standards of manuscript production involving referencing, citations, quotations, consultations, interviews, reviews, discussions, argumentations, articulation, speculation, critical engagement, etc. Such a person would be able to claim originality to the work and must have not plagiarised another author. A co-author is one who has participated in a research and produced a work following all standards of research.

Publication Ethics Statement

The journal strongly opposes all forms of publication malpractices and complies with the code of ethical publishing as set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics. This involves manuscript submission, processing, publications, and issues concerning conflict of interest, etc.

Authors are required to declare any and all possible conflict of interest/competing interests cases. Complaints, allegations and appeals are handled deftly by given all parties a chance to present their case and supporting evidence, before a decision is made by the editorial board. All complaints and appeals are to be sent to info@cspafrica.org. The journal policies on data sharing and reproducibility is in line with the current COPI Act on publishing. The journal also asserts and maintains author intellectual property rights to their essays. Journal’s option for post-publication discussions, corrections and ethical oversights is a peaceful discussion until consensus is arrived at. This may be carried out through email exchanges or zoom meetings, where necessary. All ethical and malpractice cases are to be reported to the journal at info@cspafrica.org Issues concerning corrections and post-publication discussions are to be channeled to the publishing editor at publisher@cspafrica.org.

Plagiarism Policy

Manuscripts submitted to this journal are subjected to routine plagiarism screening using the Grammarly software. An acceptable percentage is below 10% but should ideally be less than 5 %. Authors should submit an anonymised version of their article as well as a separate title page that includes the title of their article, their names, email address, ORCID number, University affiliation, in that order.

Referencing Style

Authors are expected to format their manuscripts as directed in the CSP reference style. We do not accept endnotes. Footnotes may be used sparingly.

Authors are expected to STRICTLY follow the CSP referencing style (you can download the CSP reference style at the bottom of the page).

Publication Cycle

Arumaruka: Journal of Conversational Thinking is a publication of the Conversational Society of Philosophy. It publishes biannually: January-June, and July-December. Manuscripts are to be submitted electronically to: editor@cspafrica.org.

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