African Disability Rights Yearbook 2024: Call for Papers

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The African Disability Rights Yearbook (ADRY) is calling for papers for consideration for publication in Section A of the ADRY in 2024. The ADRY publishes once a year with a focus on disability rights issues and developments of contemporary concern to persons with disabilities on the African continent.

The ADRY is published by the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) as a peer-reviewed open-access journal that is accredited by South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

The ADRY comprises four sections – Section A containing doctrinal articles and for which we are calling for papers; Section B containing country-focused overviews of developments in disability rights in selected African countries; and Section C containing brief overviews of developments at the African regional and sub-regional levels. The fourth section is a book review section.

Articles for Section A of the ADRY - the subject of this Call - should be original and not under consideration for publication by another journal. An article should not exceed 10 000 words, including footnote references. The introduction to the article should be preceded by a summary of not more than 250 words. When preparing articles for submission, contributors are advised to follow the guidelines which are available on the ADRY website under ‘Submissions’.

Kindly note that where an article is based on empirical research involving human subjects conducted by the author, it is the policy of the ADRY to require submission of the article to be accompanied by documentary proof of independent ethics review approval.

As the ADRY is currently migrating over to the Online Journal System (OJS), authors are required to make their submissions using the following website:

You will be required to create a profile before making your submission. All queries relating to OJS and submission procedures may be sent to:

  Ms Sabeeha Majid  
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The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2024. Queries regarding the content of articles for Section A may be directed to

  Prof Charles Ngwena
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  Dr Nkatha Murungi
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Contributor's Guide

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The editors will consider only material that complies with the following requirements:

  • The submission must be original.
  • The submission should not already have been published or submitted elsewhere.
  • Articles that do not conform to the African Disability Rights Yearbook style guidelines will be rejected out of hand.
  • The African Disability Rights Yearbook utilises plagiarism detection software. Please ensure that submissions do not infringe other persons’ intellectual property rights.
  • Papers should average between 5 000 and 10 000 words (including footnotes) in length.
  • If the manuscript is not sent by e-mail, it should be submitted as hard copy and in electronic format (MS Word).
  • The manuscript should be typed in Arial, 12 point (footnotes 10 point), 1½ spacing.
  • Authors of contributions are to supply their university degrees, professional qualifications and professional or academic status.
  • Authors should supply a summary of their contributions of not more than 300 words.
  • Footnotes must be numbered consecutively. Footnote numbers should be in superscript without any surrounding brackets. The
    manuscript will be submitted to a referee for evaluation. The editors reserve the right to change manuscripts to make them
    conform with the house style, to improve accuracy, to eliminate mistakes and ambiguity, and to bring the manuscript in line with
    the tenets of plain legal language.

The following general style pointers should be followed:

  • First reference to books: eg UO Umozurike The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (1997) 21.
  • First reference to journal articles: eg C Anyangwe ‘Obligations of states parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ (1998) 10 African Journal of International and Comparative Law 625.
  • Subsequent references to footnote in which first reference was made: eg Patel & Walters (n 34 above) 243.
  • Use UK English.
  • Proper nouns used in the body of the article are written out in full the first time they are used, but abbreviated the next time, eg the United Nations (UN).
  • Words such as ‘article’ and ‘section’ are written out in full in the text.
  • Where possible, abbreviations should be used in footnotes, eg ch; para; paras; art; arts; sec; sees. No full stops should be used. Words
    in a foreign language should be italicised. Numbering should be done as follows:
  • Smart single quotes should be used; if something is quoted within a quotation, double quotation marks should be used for that section.
  • Quotations longer than 30 words should be indented and in 10 point, in which case no quotation marks are necessary.
  • The names of authors should be written as follows: FH Anant.
  • Where more than one author are involved, use ‘&’: eg FH Anant & SCH Mahlangu.
  • Dates should be written as follows (in text and footnotes): 28 November 2001.
  • Numbers up to ten are written out in full; from 11 use numerals.
  • Capitals are not used for generic terms ‘constitution’, but when a specific country’s constitution is referred to, capitals are used ‘Constitution’ .
  • Official titles are capitalised: eg ‘the President of the Constitutional Court’ .