It is our pleasure to share the second Call for Contributions for the Journal of Nation-building and Policy Studies, Volume 2 Number 1 (July 2018). The Journal is a bi-annual peer-reviewed academic and policy-oriented periodical of the ROGAN Leadership Foundation (RLF). The Journal is designed to deepen critical thinking and publish quality academic and policy-oriented work with depth of research across disciplines relating to the crucial issues on nation-building and public policy, with particular focus on Nigeria. We also welcome comparative studies that provide insight into nation-building and successful policy that strengthen the process.
There have been significant events in the continent that raise questions and bring to our consciousness certain underlying cleavages of nation building. In West Africa there is a build up to election fever as Sierra Leone’s recently concluded elections led to changes in power, and also stands as a case for use in the use of block-chain voting system. Nigeria is preparing for elections in 2019, it is time to consider how the country can move away from the rhetoric of ethnic-religious-party biases in its campaigns; discuss questions about how to prevent and manage election-related violence, and enhance inclusiveness of all citizens in the electoral process. This topic raises interesting questions about how Nigerians decide what is best for them as citizens and as a nation.
This call therefore has a thematic focus on democratisation, particularly democratic values, electoral processes and systems in African countries. Specific focus areas to serve as a guide includes:
i. Conceptual and theoretical discussions on nation-building
ii. Democratisation in Africa and nation-building
iii. Governance, political leadership and nation-building
iv. Elections, conflict and nation-building
v. Voting systems and nation-building
vi. Use of IT and other electronic tools for voting and nation-building
vii. International Institutions in election monitoring and nation-building
viii. Comparative studies on elections and nation-building
ix. Constitutional development and nation-building
x. Democratic values and nation-building
xi. Democratic consolidation, development and nation-building
xii. Civil society, election monitoring and nation-building
In this call we particularly welcome policy papers from practitioners and academics within the thematic areas. Please see the submission guidelines for details of the requirements and format. We would be obliged if you would consider making a submission and/or disseminate this to your respective networks.
Deadline: 23rd June 2018
Word count for articles: 4,000-6,000 words
Word count for policy papers: 2,500 – 3,500 words
Referencing style: Harvard Style, see Submission guidelines
For submission please send completed papers to:
There are no submission or publication fees.
Authors are required to submit original papers, that is, papers submitted should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a double blind process.
You may send an electronic copy of your paper (MS Word file attached to an e-mail)
The Reviewing Process
The editor reviews each paper, if it is judged suitable for this journal, it is then sent to two referees for double blind peer review. Based on their recommendations, the editor then decides whether the paper should be accepted as it is, revised or rejected. In order to facilitate processing of submissions, please make sure that you:
The following examples illustrate the style of referencing used in the journal:
Surname, initials and year of publication, title, publisher, place of publication, e.g. Kuada, J. (1994), Managerial Behaviour in Ghana and Kenya – A Cultural Perspective, Aalborg University Press, Aalborg. Please, note that the title of books must be in italics.
(b) Chapter in edited book:
surname, initials and year, “title”, editor’s surname, initials, title, publisher, place, pages, e.g. Whitley, R. (2001), “Developing Capitalism: The Comparative Analysis of Emerging Business Systems” in Jacobsen, G. and Torp, J.E. (Eds.) Understanding Business Systems in Developing Countries, Sage New Delhi. pp: 25-41. Please, note that the title of the book must be in italics.
Surname, initials, year “title”, journal, volume, number, pages, e.g. Kuada, J. (2002), “Collaboration between developed and developing country-based firms: Danish-Ghanaian experience” Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing Vol. 17 No. 6 pp: 538-557. Please, note that the title of the journal must be in italics. If there is more than one author to a paper, please list all authors with their surnames followed by initials.
GUIDE TO WRITING AND SUBMITTING A POLICY PAPER
A policy paper is a research piece focusing on a specific policy issue that provides clear recommendations for policy makers. It is separated from a theory-relevant research paper by its use of present or future vice past tenses and the practicality of its “bottom line”. A policy paper must be thoroughly researched and for the purpose of publication in the journal, be accompanied by references. The scholarly requirements for attribution and documentation on a policy paper are the same as for a research paper. Policy briefs are the preferred form of communication favoured by policy actors. 79% of policy actors from both developing and developed countries rated policy briefs as a ‘key tool’.
A policy paper is written to address a research question, which can then feed into the making of new policy, repealing of or the modification of an existing one. A policy paper is written for a particular audience – the policy-makers. The paper might be addressed, therefore, to governmental institutions (federal, state and local government for instance), a development international organisation (the World Bank), an NGO (local, national or international).
A good policy paper will have the following parts
Occasionally, the policy paper format is used more loosely than shown above.
JOURNAL OF NATION-BUILDING AND POLICY STUDIES (JoNPS) PUBLISHING ETHICS STATEMENT
1.1 Submission Policy: Submission of an article implies that it has not been previously published (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis); is not under consideration for publication elsewhere (i.e. multiple submissions); its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out; and, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, without the written consent of the copyright-holder. To verify originality, your article may be checked by the originality detection service CrossCheck or alternative tools.
1.2 Journal Publishing Agreement and Copyrights: Upon acceptance of a manuscript, authors will be asked to complete a return a signed Journal Publishing Agreement. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with the attached Journal Publishing Agreement. Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the Publisher is required for any distribution outside the institution, including compilations and translations. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article.
1.3 Declaration of interest: All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organisations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in a retraction (see section 2).
The journal applies a 1-year waiting period from the date of publication when the article may not be shared for free on open access forums, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, and so on. For further clarifications, please contact the journal Editor.
 Various sources including: Laura Ffrench-Constant “How to plan, write and communicate an effective policy brief: three steps to success” https://www.researchtoaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/PBWeekLauraFCfinal.pdf; Ali G. Scotten (2011), “Writing effective policy papers: translating academic knowledge into policy solutions” https://cmes.arizona.edu/sites/cmes.arizona.edu/files/Effective%20Policy%20Paper%20Writing.pdf ‘ Warwick University, PaIS MA Students guide (2007) “How to write a policy paper and what not to do”; Adapted from Joseph J. Collins, October 1993.
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