Nokoko Vision and Mission

(updated February 2019)

We are committed to a world where people are free from all forms of oppression and exploitation, where respect for individuals’ varied differences is maintained, and where everyone can realise their full potentials. A critical step in creating such a world requires us to analyze, reflect on, and debate the world as it is, as it might, could, or should be.

Nokoko aims to be a site for such important conversations related to Africa, the African diaspora, and the continent’s relationship with the rest of the world. Nokoko is a platform for public intellectuals, academics, social movements and organizations that share our vision. The journal is open access, with no fees to submit, publish or read.

Hosted by the Institute of African Studies, at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), the journal Nokoko offers a space for emerging and established scholars to publish and engage in discussions about their work on Africa and the African diaspora. Published annually, articles and contributions to the journal are peer-reviewed. Submissions should be robust, clearly written and accessible to academic and non-academic readership alike (see below for author guidelines).

Nokoko’ is a Ga word that means something new, novel, surprising and interesting.

Nokoko is currently published once a year.

Nokoko is referenced by ProQuest’s “Black Studies Center” ( and is recognized as a refereed journal by Ulrich.

Nokoko publishes high quality papers on Africa and the pan-African Diaspora, and encourages high-quality submissions from new and old scholars.

Nokoko accepts only one submission per author per issue. Previously published work is not eligible for publication.

Nokoko welcomes papers written in English or French.

Nokoko encourages submissions from any academic discipline, including the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. If you have questions about your submission, please e-mail the journal with a brief description of the work.

Open Access Statement

This journal provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.  Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles in this journal, and to use them for any other lawful purpose.

Review Process

Nokoko publishes once a year, and papers are accepted throughout the year. Submission deadlines will be published in the Call for Papers. Submissions received after the deadline will be considered for the following issue.

The editorial board will determine a paper’s suitability for publication. All manuscripts considered appropriate for publication in Nokoko journal are subjected to at least two blind peer reviews. To preserve anonymity, authors and referees should avoid self-identifying references. Submission of a manuscript to Nokoko implies the author’s intention to publish in the Journal and that the author has not submitted the same article simultaneously to any other Journal. Nokoko cannot accept any article while it is under review by another journal.

Paper Format

Articles should be submitted in as an electronic file in as a Word Document or a Rich Text Document. Adobe PDFs are not accepted.

Submissions should be in 12-point Times New Roman, left aligned, double-spaced, titled, and have numbered pages. Tables of data should be sent as Excel spreadsheets. Images (graphics, pictures, figures, equations, etc.) should be sent as .jpg or .tif files.

Submissions should not be more than 8,000 words, and may include references, endnotes, biographical statements, and tables.

Authors are encouraged to use a clear, accessible style, free from specialized jargon in order to reach the widest possible readership.

The first page should include: the author’s name, the article title, an abstract of not more than 300 words, a brief biographical note.

Please ensure that permission has been received if you plan to reproduce materials that are subject to copyright laws.

Citation Style

Footnotes should be limited to content notes and appear in the footer of the appropriate page. All references should conform to APA parenthetical citation (see, e.g., here) and APA referencing style (see, e.g., here). A list of references should accompany the manuscript, showing only those works actually cited in the paper.


Papers to be considered for publication should be sent to:

The Chief Editor,
Nokoko: Journal of Pan-African Wisdom
Institute of African Studies
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K2A 0W4

Email: with Subject heading saying “Submission to Nokoko”