Focus and Scope

Imbizo: International Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies is a scholarly and peer-reviewed journal. The journal aims to foster critical debates on African Literary Theory, cultural studies, history and popular culture. The journal publishes original research articles, review articles and important conference proceedings on theoretical and practical perspectives that expand knowledge on discourses on the Africanisation of the processes of Africa's literary creations.

The aim is to deepen dialogue within Africa, between African scholars and those in Latin America, Europe, North America and Asia. Articles are selected by the editors and forwarded to the editorial board for comments of the editorial board in the context of upcoming issues and will place (or reject) the submissions accordingly. Final decisions regarding publication will be made by the editors after an editorial review process has been completed. The editor(s) will contact the author regarding comments, revisions and other editorial changes. After acceptance of the final draft, the work will be submitted to Unisa Press for proofreading and copy-editing. Copyright permissions for artwork and other protected work must be secured by the author.

Peer Review Process

Imbizo uses a double blind peer review process.

Self-archiving Policy

Author's Pre-print:

 author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)

Author's Post-print:

 author can archive post-print (ie final accepted version post-refereeing)

Publisher's Version/PDF:

 author cannot archive publisher's version/PDF

General Conditions:

  • On Institutional Repositories, social media repositories (Research Gate) and subject repositories, 18 months embargo (from date of acceptance).
  • Must link to publisher version
  • Published source must be acknowledged with DOI

Journal History

Imbizo : International Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies is a scholarly and peer-reviewed journal of the department of English studies at the University of South Africa. The journal aims to foster critical debates on African Literary Theory, cultural studies, history and popular culture. The journal publishes original research articles, review articles and important conference proceedings on theoretical and practical perspectives that expand knowledge on discourses on the Africanisation of the processes of Africa's  literary creations.