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Author Guidelines

Weave invites authors to submit manuscripts that fall within the focus and scope of the journal, as set out in "About the Journal." We welcome manuscripts in the following sections: Research Articles (should be at least 6,000 and not more than 8,000 words in length including notes); Book Reviews (1,000-2,000 words), Interviews (4,000-6,000 words), and poetry, fiction and drama. Please consult the following guidelines before making a submission to ensure compliance with journal standards.

Contributors to Weave should submit their manuscript electronically through the journal's online system. When first registering with Weave's online system, authors should give complete contact information--full name, academic or professional status, and the address of their institutional affiliation.

All manuscripts should conform to our House Style, the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. Contributors will have to use the guidelines in the most recent edition of the MLA Style Manual. Additional instructions on the MLA style are to be found at St. Martin's Press.

This journal uses the list of works cited and parenthetical references (see examples given below).

Footnotes/Endnotes: No footnotes are used in articles of the journal. Additional discussion of information deemed necessary is placed in an Endnote.
"In your notes, avoid lengthy discussions that divert the reader's attention from the primary text. In general, comments that you cannot fit into the text should be omitted unless they provide essential justification or clarification of what you have written" (MLA Style Manual 7.5).

Additional Style Requirements for Weave
1. Use only one space after periods, question marks, colons, etc.

2. Place footnote numbers at the end of the sentence, immediately after the period, with no space between the period and the number.

3. Set punctuation marks (. , ?) at the end of a quoted passage within the quotation marks:
"Sorie arrived yesterday."

Coordinating punctuation (; :) does not fall within "the quotation marks":

"Sorie came yesterday"; I heard those words again.

4. Use double quotations marks whenever placing text in "quotation marks," with single quotation marks used only when needed inside of double ones: "I heard you say, 'Sorie came yesterday.'"

5. Place the citation for indented quotations (roughly any quote five or more lines long) after the final punctuation, like this, with no quotation marks around the indented quote. (29)

6. For quotations that are not indented, place the citation within the final punctuation, "like this, with quotation marks around the quote" (29).

7. Use the subtitle Works Cited for the list of works that are cited.

8. Do not insert the ABSTRACT of your article at the beginning of your essay, nor your name/affiliation. The ABSTRACT needs to be submitted in the metadata, as instructed.

Examples of Parenthetical Citation and Works Cited

For C. Magbaily Fyle, "Earlier than the 1920s, iron ore deposits were known to exist in many parts of West Africa, but the deposits which came to be worked in Sierra Leone were discovered at Marampa in 1926" (The History of Sierra Leone 134).

Coetzee's use of women narrators, Fiona Probyn believes, is "closely aligned to the poststructuralist configuration of the feminine as necessarily disruptive of narrative" (par. 1).

Marcus Jones states that "Sierra Leone's history can be traced back to the time of Hanno the Catharginian, that is to say, around 500 to 450 BC" (Legal Development and Constitutional Change in Sierra Leone:1787-1971 7, Print).

On the need for a unified police, "In 1954 the Court Messenger Force was abolished, and the Sierra Leone Police took over responsibility for law and order throughout the country" (Fyfe, A Short History of Sierra Leone 146 Print).

At the start of Road to Freedom, Hunter introduces Petrina Androver thus: 

Before I married Mr. Rupert Androver he had told me his pressing ambition was to classify the flowers of West Africa. It was therefore no surprise to me when, early in 1820, he announced his intention of visiting our colony Freetown, on that part of the West African coast known as Sierra Leone.
We had only been married one year at that time, and as yet had produced no offspring, so I expressed a desire to accompany him. At first Mr. Andover was adamant in his refusal, saying he would not expose his wife to the hazards of a place known as the 'white man's grave.' However, I was determined not to be excluded from such an adventure and I whittled down his resistance in all the ways at the disposal of a resourceful woman.  In the end he relented, albeit reluctantly,  and we sailed that October. (3)


Works Cited

Archibald, Steven and Paul Richards. “Converts to Human Rights: Popular Debates about War and Justice in Rural Central Sierra Leone.” Africa: Journal of the International African Institute 72.3 (2002): 339-367.Print.

Binns, J.A. “Agricultural Change in Sierra Leone.” Geography 67.2 (April 1982):113-125. Print.

“Blood Diamonds and War.” The Daily People [Freetown] 18 Dec.  2002:12. Print.

Fyfe, Christopher. A Short History of Sierra Leone. New Ed.  London: Longman, 1979.Print.

Fyle, C. Magbaily. Historical Dictionary of Sierra Leone. Scarecrow Press: Lanham, Maryland U.S.A.,2006. Print. Historical Dictionaries  of Africa 99.

---. The History of Sierra Leone: A Concise Introduction. London: Evans Brothers,1981. Print.

Jones, W.S. Marcus. Legal Development and Constitutional Change in Sierra Leone (1787-1971). Elms Court, UK: Arthur. Stockwell, 1981. Print.

Palmer, Eustace. Of War and Women, Oppression and Optimism:  New Essays on the African Novel. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press,  2008. Print.

Probyn, Fiona. “J.M. Coetzee: Writing With/Out Authority.” Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies 7.1 (2002). 23 Mar. 2003. Web  (and date downloaded <>.  Web (and date downloaded).

Schabas, William A. “The Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” In Transitional Justice in the  Twenty-First Century: Beyond Truth and Justice. Ed. Naomi Roht-Arriaza and Javier Mariezcurrena. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2006. 21-42. Print.

World Bank. Decentralization, Democracy and Development: Recent Experience from Sierra Leone. Ed. Youngmei Zhou (World Bank  Study) Country Studies. Washington D.C., 2009. Print.



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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published; it is not in the public domain; nor is it before another journal or publisher for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). Moreover, the submission should not be sent to any other publication for consideration while it is in our review process.

  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.

  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (for example, Articles), has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.

  7. If the contribution includes any materials (e.g., quotations that exceed fair use, illustrations, charts, other graphics) that have been taken from another source, the author must obtain written permission to reproduce them. Weave adheres strictly to the preservation of academic integrity and disavows all forms of plagiarism, intentional and/or unintentional. Contributors, and not Weave and its Editors, assume full responsibility for the originality of materials published in the journal.

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Research in Sierra Leone Studies (RISLS): Weave:ISSN: 2167-9835