Arụmarụka: Journal of Conversational Thinking            ISSN: 2788-7928

Note to Contributors

Arụmarụka: Journal of Conversational Thinking (AJCT) is an interdisciplinary and decolonial journal dedicated to the publication of well-researched articles written with the conversational method, primarily of the qualitative type but not excluding its quantitative variant. AJCT considers only articles that have applied the method of Conversational Thinking in their study, etc. Our goal is to create a platform on which scholars can engage with the ideas of their colleagues. Thus, our main audience would be researchers and practitioners of philosophy, generally speaking, and African philosophy and other related fields in the humanities and the social sciences in particular. In this regard, articles submitted to Arụmarụka: Journal of Conversational Thinking must be presented in the conversational style. We publish two issues per year consisting of a minimum of five (5) articles in each issue. Submissions may include original articles (full-length articles that propose a new/novel idea or build on an existing system); conversations (shorter essays that aim to deconstruct and reconstruct an idea in a previously published essay); and book reviews (mainly focused on contemporary literature in African philosophy and studies).

Open Access Statement

Articles published in Arụmarụka are “open access”. Users are permitted to read, download, copy, distribute or use journal articles for any other lawful purposes. Users do not need to  register on the journal’s website to access the published articles. While we are committed to keeping our articles “open access”, reprinting of articles published in the journal must be done with permission from the Editor and due acknowledgements. Articles would be available on journal page of our website at

Aim and Scope

Arumaruka: Journal of Conversational Thinking was founded by Jonathan O Chimakonam in January 2021, and the aim is to make it a world-class academic journal, publishing high-quality articles that engage deeply with ideas centred around African philosophical, political, sociological, anthropological thinking etc., with the aim of forstering continuous conversation, and system building in African scholarship. We aim to create a platform where scholars can present novel ideas in African studies, critique and converse with established ideas/thought systems, and build on existing systems using the conversational method.

Editorial/Review Process

This journal operates 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 paper, 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. 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: . 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-word abstract are required for both.

Statement of Peer review

Articles submitted to this journal are subjected to and external double, and in rare cases, single blind review following a satisfactory internal editorial review. 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 manuscript 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).

Copyright terms/Licensing Terms

Arụmarụka: Journal of Conversational Thinking, uses the Creative Common Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). This licence “allows reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator.

Authors are allowed to reprint their work elsewhere insofar as proper acknowledgement is given to the journal, and permission is granted by the Editor of the Journal.

Article Publication Charges

Arụmarụka: Journal of Conversational Thinking is a fully open access journal and as such charges Article Publication Fees of $200, payable only after the manuscript has been accepted.

Editorial Board

Dr Aribiah Attoe  Editor-in-Chief

Dr Isaiah Negedu Associate Editor

Dr Maduka Enyimba  Member

Dr Uchenna Ogbonnaya  Member

Chukwueloka Uduagwu   CSP Style-Checker

Amara Esther Chimakonam  Secretary/Admin

Editorial Quality Supervisor

Dr Jonathan O Chimakonam, University of Pretoria

Editorial Consultants

Prof Fainos Mangena,  University of Zimbabwe

Prof Dorothy Oluwagbemi-Jacob, University of Calabar

Prof Luis Cordeito-Rodrigues, Hunan University

Prof Pascah Mungwini, University of South Africa

Prof Innocent Asouzu, University of Calabar

Dr Bjorn Freter, Independent Researcher

Contact details