Login or Register to make a submission.

Submission Preparation Checklist

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, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-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.

Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Submission to Yorùbá Studies Review

Major Focus

Yorùbá Studies Review is devoted to all aspects of the Yoruba transnational, national, and regional presence, both in their West Africa’s homeland and in diasporic spaces, past and present. The journal embraces all disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and the basic /applied sciences in as much as the focus is on the Yoruba affairs and the intersections with other communities and practices worldwide. The journal is open to interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches dealing with a wide range of theoretical and applied topics including, but not limited to: cultural production, identities, religion, arts and aesthetics, history, language, knowledge system, philosophy, gender, media, popular culture, education and pedagogy, politics, business, economic issues, social policy, migration, geography and landscape, environment, health, technology, and sustainability.

Language of publication

The journal will publish original research and review manuscripts in the five languages that are primarily used in the Yoruba world– English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Yoruba. Where possible, abstracts of papers will be translated into English.

Frequency of Publication

2 issues during each academic year, in the fall (October) and spring (April) semesters respectively.

Evaluation Procedure

Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least two specialist readers.

Yoruba Studies Review

Follow the guidelines below before sending your essay as e-mail attachment to:

Submission Guidelines for Contributors

  1. The manuscript must be in Word, Word Perfect, or RTF throughout.
  2. The manuscript must be prepared for blind review. Contributors should refer to previous publication in third person (“as Adeboye Babalola noted”) and to an institution where research was conducted as “institution X.” Names can be reinstated after the review process. Contributors should not put their names anywhere on the manuscript, especially not in headers.
  3. The entire manuscript must be double-spaced throughout, including footnotes, references, and tables. It must be in Times New Roman, 12-point type with 1-inch margins. Do not use boldface or capitalize all the letters in a word. Avoid underlining (and italics for emphasis).
  4. Manuscript must be formatted for 8.5 by 11 inch paper (American letter size).
  5. Save all tables, charts, figures, photos, and illustrations in separate file and submit along with your chapter. Insert in the text files callouts that indicate where each illustration should be placed. The callout should be placed on its own line following the paragraph in which the table or illustration is first referenced and should be surrounded by two angled brackets: <Insert Table 1.1 here>
  6. Use the indentation function in the paragraph formatting window to indent paragraphs a half inch. Do not insert tabs or spaces to achieve indentation. For block quotes, please indent by half inch with left justification only (generally quotations with less than one hundred words should not be blocked).
  7. If your article is subdivided, identify subheads by typing <1> immediately before the subhead. If a subsection is further subdivided, so that there are two levels of subheads, identify the second level subheads with <2>. A third level, though discouraged, is identified with the code <3>.
  8. The use of a word in Yorùbá requires translation in this format: word in English (Yorùbá translation). In order to ensure consistency in the use of diacritics or tone marks for Yorùbá words, the following is a list of style rules that should be adopted:
    1. Capital initials but no italics for all tone-marked proper nouns, including but not limited to personal names, names of cities, societies, and associations or organizations. Names of ethnic groups and their languages should be capitalized and tone-marked, but never italicized. Always refer to Yorùbá, the Yorùbá, and Yorùbáland. For reasons of consistency and citation, names of authors should not be tone-marked.
    2. Italics and tone marks (but no capital initials) for titles that are not part of proper nouns listed in a. For example, òrìṣà, baálẹ̀, àfin, ọba, et cetera;
    3. Italics and tone marks for shorter sample of Yorùbá texts embedded in body of work, but with no quotation marks.
    4. Longer Yorùbá texts (poetry, songs, etc.) should be italicized, tone marked, and indented.
  9. After acceptance, the author must obtain written permission from the copyright holder to use any copyrighted material. Authors are also responsible for supplying professionally drafted figures, suitable for reproduction, and are responsible for obtaining necessary permissions.  Camera-ready illustrations may be submitted in hard copy or in electronic format.

Manuscript Style

We recommend you follow The Chicago Manual of Style 16th ed. (University of Chicago Press, 2010), on virtually all matters of style, punctuation, capitalization, and hyphenation. We therefore require US-style punctuation (e.g. use double quotations marks, and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations, and place commas and periods inside quotation marks). Here are a few style preferences to pay attention to in particular:

*Use the serial comma for series linked with and or or.       

*Use the month-day-year format for dates. So, June 23, 2015, rather than 23 June 2011.

*Hyphen, en dash, and em dash:

The hyphen (-) indicates compound meanings, like hard-fought victory.

The en dash (­–) denotes a period of time or pages, e.g., 1997–2006 or 23–36.

The em dash (––) is used in stylistic variation with commas and parentheses.

*Truncate the last number in page ranges as follows: 1­­­–5, 43–44 (do not truncate when the last number is only two digits), 100–102 (do not truncate when the first number is a multiple of 100), 106–7 (don’t repeat the 0), 131–38, 188–213  

*Use ellipses to indicate omissions from quoted passages. In general do not bracket ellipses. If ellipses appear in the original quotation, please explain this in the note citation (e.g., ellipses in original)

*Spell out whole numbers from zero through one hundred and round multiples of these (i.e. whenever a number one through one hundred is followed by “hundred,” “thousand,” or “million.” For example: thirty-two, one hundred, nine thousand, three hundred thousand, 6,560, or 460,000.

*For percentages, use numeral and the word percent (e.g., 57 percent). 

Notes and Work Cited

NB: For in-text citation, follow the template (Isola 2017: 10–20).

Notes: Insert only footnotes (no endnotes please) using Microsoft Word’s automatic notes feature. Never key in note numbers manually.

Works Cited: Include only but all the works cited in your essay using the following style (which is different than Chicago):

Single authored book: Washington, Teresa N. Our Mothers, Our Powers, Our Texts. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2005.

Joint authored book: Falola, Toyin and G. O. Oguntomisin. Yoruba Warlords of the 19th Century. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2001.

Multi-authored book: Drewal, Henry John, et al. Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought. New York: Center for African Art in Association with H. N. A. Abrahams, 1989.

Edited book: Falola, Toyin and Matthew Heaton, eds. Traditional and Modern Health System in Nigeria. Trenton: African World Press, 2006.

Chapter in an edited book: Oyelaran, O. O. “Linguistic Speculations on Yoruba History.” In Department of African Languages and Literatures Seminar Series I, ed. O. O. Oyelaran, 624-51. Ile-Ife (Nigeria): University of Ife, 1978.

Journal article: Ojo, M. O. D. “Symbol of Warning, Conflict, Punishment, and War and their Meanings among the Pre-Colonial Yorùbá Natives: A Case of Aroko.” Antropologija 13.1 (2013): 39-60.

Dissertation: Olabimtan, Afolabi. “A Critical Survey of Yoruba Written Poetry 1848-1948.” Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Lagos, Lagos (Nigeria), 1974.

Manuscript Length

We invite original manuscripts of 25-30 pages (not exceeding 10,000 words including references and endnotes). Each article must include an abstract (not more than 150 words) that summarizes the work’s argument, method, findings, and significance and a cover sheet containing the manuscript title, the name address, office and home numbers, fax number, email address, and full names and institutions of each author. Book reviews must not exceed 1000 words.


Contributors should submit digital files of original manuscript as email attachment to (cc Manuscripts submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere, including on the web, will not be considered. Authors must therefore inform editors at time of submission of similar / related versions of the manuscript that have appeared or are being considered elsewhere.

Please Note

Opinions expressed in the Yoruba Studies Review are not necessarily those of the editorial staff. The order of publication of individual articles does not imply relative merit. The journal is hosted by three institutions:

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Florida, Gainesville

The University of Ibadan, Nigeria



Section default policy

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.| FLVC Privacy Policy