About the Journal


The Southern Journal for Contemporary History is published by the Faculty of Humanities, University of the Free State. It is a national, academic and accredited journal which publishes academically outstanding articles on contemporary African history, that is, post-1945 history. It will consider submissions relating to pre-1945 African history only if the authors show that the events and dynamics taken into consideration have had a clear impact on the more contemporary period (post-1945).The journal will be also open to articles that theoretically challenge this definition of contemporary African history and that offer a different interpretation. The journal may occasionally accept submissions from outside the disciple of history but only with the important proviso that such submissions should be grounded in the unique disciplinary feature of history, namely, the study of change over time. All articles submitted are reviewed by at least two experts in the field. At least two issues of the Southern Journal for Contemporary History are published annually, namely in June and December. Sometimes a number of related articles are published in a special edition which may also include articles on topics before 1945. Guest editors may assist the Editorial Board with these special editions. In such cases, the Editorial Board will still be responsible for the edition and their discretion will be paramount. Review articles, book reviews and archival reports are also considered for publication. Opinions expressed in articles or conclusions made, are those of the authors and do not imply the endorsement of the Editorial Board. Enquiries on earlier issues, as well as general enquiries, may be directed to the Managing Editor Dr Joyline Kufandirori (kufandirorijt@ufs.ac.za) or to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Matteo Grilli (matteo.grilli@hotmail.it)


Southern Journal for Contemporary History is a fully open access journal, which means that all articles are freely available on the internet immediately upon publication.

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