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Journals of Historical Society of Nigeria (JHSN) Call for Papers

The Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria (JHSN) has published since 1956 articles and book reviews on a variety of issues of interest to Africa and on Africa. In the forthcoming volume, the editors are looking for articles that address new scholarship on any historical subject.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts for volume 1 of 2015 is 31 March 2015. Please send your papers or to As soon as a manuscript is received, an email will be sent to the author(s) acknowledging receipt.

Only unpublished manuscripts and manuscripts not being considered for publication elsewhere should be submitted. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not hold copyright and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

Preparation of Manuscript (Please read carefully)

Authors should submit contributions in English. All submissions should be within the range of 8,000 and 10,000 words (including notes). Where appropriate, carefully drawn maps, photographs, and other illustrations may accompany the text and should be camera-ready. Images should be supplied in their original graphic format (JPG, TIFF, etc.). An abstract of the contents of the article, not exceeding 200 words, should be included in the submission.

Contributors should seek clarity, brevity, and simplicity of expression. Avoid long sentences and unduly lengthy or short paragraphs. Manuscripts should be prepared preferably in MS Word format. They should be double-spaced throughout. Lines beginning new paragraphs should be indented. Ample margins (at least one inch left and right, one and one-half inches top and bottom) must be left, and all pages should be numbered.

In order to facilitate anonymous peer review, manuscripts should not bear the name of the author(s) and should not have notes/acknowledgements that reveal the author’s identity. Acknowledgements should only be included in the manuscript after it has been accepted for publication. Author’s name, institutional affiliation and contact details should be submitted separately.

Format and Style Spelling (in English)

should follow the British convention. Quotations of more than forty words should be indented, without inverted commas and preceded and followed by a single blank line. Any use of italics in quotations, whether original or added, should be noted with the source. Shorter quotations should come within the text enclosed in single inverted commas. Double inverted commas should be used in the instance of a quotation within a quotation. Always double-check the accuracy and consistency of your citations.

Other Text Conventions

  • Subheadings should be centered and placed in all capitals.

  • Full stops (periods) should be followed by a single space.

  • Contractions (such as ‘Dr’) should not be followed by a full stop. However, abbreviations (such as ‘Prof.’, ‘ed.’, and ‘vol.’) and their plurals (‘eds.’, ‘vols.’) should be followed by a full stop.

  • Foreign words should be used only when necessary, and then only with a translation in parentheses.

  • Ibid.and c.should be set in italics, with a full stop. E.g. and i.e. may be used in the footnotes but not in the main text.

  • Dates should be written as ‘23 February 2010’. Use BC and AD. Date spans should be elided as much as possible (‘1848– 9’, but note ‘1911–12’); Write ‘twentieth century’, rather than ‘20thcentury’. When used as an adjective, please hyphenate so, for example, ‘twentieth-century challenges’.

  • Numbers should be elided as 57–63, 208–9, but 11–13. Spell out numbers up to ten and multiples of ten up to one hundred (‘seven’, ‘forty’, but ‘55’, ‘127’, ‘10,000’). Where there is a mixture of numbers normally written in words and figures, give all numbers in figures. Figures should be used for units of measurement, percentages (to be shown in the form ‘5 per cent’, not ‘5%’), and any number that includes a decimal point.

  • Illustrations (including maps and graphs) should be referred to as ‘Fig. 1’, ‘Figs. 6 and 7’, etc.

Notes should be footnotes not endnotes. (Refer to The Chicago Manual of Style 16thEdition.)Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript (1, 2, 3 not I, II, III) and typed double-spaced. There should be no separate bibliography. The following footnote forms should be used:

Books:First reference: C. Nwolise, The Nigerian Police and International Peace Keeping Under the United Nations(Ibadan: Spectrum Press, 2005), 19-25.Subsequent reference: Nwolise, The Nigerian Police, 21–22.

Chapters In Books:First reference: A. Cornwall and N. Lindisfarne, ‘Dislocating Masculinity: Gender, Power and Anthropology’, in A. Cornwall and N. Lindisfarne (eds.),Dislocating Masculinity: Comparative Ethnographies (London: Routledge, 1994), 11-14. Subsequent reference: A. Cornwall and N. Lindisfarne, ‘Dislocating Masculinity’, 17.

Journal Articles:First reference: S. Ottenberg, ‘A Moslem Igbo village’, Cahiers d’E ́tudes Africaines, 42 (1971), 231–59.Subsequent reference: Ottenberg, ‘A Moslem Igbo village’, 230-31.

Archival and Unpublished Materials: The identity of the document and location of each archive must be fully spelled out where it is first cited, but an abbreviated reference may be used thereafter. First reference: V. K. Johnson, ‘Intelligence report on the people of Enugu Ezike, Nsukka Division ’, File OP 1071/ ONDIST 12/1/709 (Oct. 1934), National Archives Enugu (NAE). Subsequent reference: Johnson, ‘Intelligence report on the people of Enugu Ezike’, NAE.

Dissertations/Theses: First reference: Emmanuella Asabor, ‘Memory, Nationhood and Belonging in Biafran Literary Heritage, 1966-2014’ (unpublished MPhil Dissertation, University of Cambridge, 2014), 79–81. Subsequent reference: Asabor, ‘Memory’, 23.


Interviews: First reference: Interview with Dauda Ojobe, b. 1928, Enugu Ezike,  11 July 2002. Subsequent reference: Interview with Dauda Ojobe.

Ibid. should be used to refer to an immediately preceding citation of a title. Loc. cit., op. cit.,and idem.should not be used.



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