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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

We welcome articles of 4,000 words or less on these and related themes. Articles must be aligned to the Chiedza style sheet. Articles, book reviews, poems, and creative short stories not necessarily reflecting these topics are also welcome but thematic articles will be given priority. All articles are to be sent by email to the Editor-in-Chief at chiedza@arrupe.ac.zw on or before March 31 2015. Please refer to the Chiedzastyle sheet for other details. Thank You.


Khrushchev, Nikita S. “Lunds universitet website.” n.d. Modern History Sourcebook. <http://www.ht.lu.se/media/utbildning/dokument/

kurser/EUHA14/20121/Nikita_S._Khrushchev__The_Secret_Speech_On_the_Cult_of_Personality_1956.pdf>. Accessed: 16 01 2015

Meredith, Martin. The State of Africa: A History of the Continent since Independence. London: Simon & Schuster, 2011.

Notes for Contributors

Manuscripts should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief of Chiedza at chiedza@arrupe.ac.zw. The text should be neatly typed, double-spaced and using software that is compatible with MS Word. The List of Sources should be single spaced. The length of articles should be around 4000 words or less. However, longer articles will also be considered for publication, if their content justifies their length. An abstract of 200 words in length, covering the main factual points of the article, its objectives, the methods that have been employed, and the results and conclusions that have been arrived at should accompany the article. A list of at least six keywords for abstracting and indexing services should be placed at the end of the abstract.


Chiedza uses the Modern Language Association (MLA) format for referencing source materials. Under this format reference to sources is in the form of citations in parentheses within the text, and an accompanying “List of Sources” at the end of the article.

1. Citations in the Text

1:1 Identify paraphrases of any length or short prose quotations by citing the author‟s last name and page number in parentheses at the end of the sentence or paragraph in which the paraphrase or quotation appears. For example: A feminist theorist has noted “that gender discourse is often dismissed by men, and sometimes by women, as being merely a succession of empty speeches and a means whereby women may see whether they can measure up to men” (Nkealah 134).

1:2 If the author‟s name is mentioned in the sentence that contains a quote, provide only the page numbers in parentheses at the end of the sentence and within the period. For example: Nkealah has noted “that gender discourse is often dismissed by men, and sometimes by women, as being merely a succession of empty speeches and a means whereby women may see whether they can measure up to men” (134).

1:3 If more than one work by the same author appears in the List of Sources, include a shortened version of each title after the name preceded by a comma. For example: (Nkealah, “Conceptualizing” 134) or (Nkealah, “In the Name” 48)

1:4 If a work has more than one author, list both or all of them in your citation or use the first author‟s last name and add et al. For example (Cothell, Dolan, Highley, and Marotti 9) or (Cothell et al. 9)

1:5 If the work has no author listed, cite by the title or by the first main word or two of a long title.

1:6 Endnotes are not used. Any additional material that comments on the text may be included in footnotes. The number referring to a footnote should appear as „superscript‟ after the final full-stop of the sentence.

2. Quotations within the text

2:1 Shorter quotations should be in inverted commas.

2:2 Prose quotations more than four lines in length should be block indented 10 spaces from the left margin. The indented quotation should not be in inverted commas.

3. Listing a Work in the List of Sources

3:1 Items in the List of Sources should be listed alphabetically by the author‟s name and the author‟s surname should appear first followed by a comma.

3:2 A book by one author. Lessing, Doris. Time Bites: Views and Reviews. London and New York: Fourth Estate, 2004.

3:3 A book by two or more authors. Smart, J.J.C and Bernard Williams. Utilitarianism: For and Against. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973.

3:4 An article in a journal. Nkealah, Naomi N. “Conceptualizing Feminism(s) in Africa: The Challenges Facing African Women Writers and Critics.” English Academy Review 23: 1 (2006):133-41.

3:5 A chapter in an edited volume. Stevenson, Jane. “Women Catholics and Latin Culture.” Catholic Culture in Early Modern England. Ed. Ronald Corthel, Frances E. Dolan, Christopher Highley and Arthur F. Marotti. Notre Dame, IN, University of Notre Dame Press, 2007. 52-72.

3:6 A book by a corporate author or group. Second Vatican Council. Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents. New rev. ed. Gen. Ed. Austin Flannery. Newport, NY: Costello, 1992.

Online material. Information on an article that has been read online (e.g. full address and date of latest update) can be obtained by right clicking on the page and choosing “View Page Info.”

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