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.
The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
Where available, URLs for the references have been provided (and date of last access).
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.
The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are listed below
If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
The Title of the Paper Goes Here, in Title Case and Title Style
Lead Author, Co-author One, Co-Author Two Institute Leadauthoremail firstname.lastname@example.org Co-authoroneemail Co-authortwoemail
Abstract: This page contains information about the formatting requirements for the proceedings of the OWPS. Please read this page carefully. Your paper may be longer than 5000 words (but we will discuss longer items with you: sometimes they can be shortened). References should be in the Harvard style (see reference list below).
Keywords: Please include up to 6 keywords.
Papers accepted are published in the working paper series. We ask all authors to follow these guidelines in order to maintain a high standard of consistency. These guidelines are designed to reduce the work involved in supplying a suitably formatted submission. The style, used for the body of your work, should be 'Normal'.
2. Page Size
The proceedings are formatted on standard A4. The page margins are 3cm all round. Margins should be full justified for main text, but Left Aligned for titles and headings.
3. Typeset Text
Please use normal capitalisation during the text and do not use bold face for emphasis. Italics are acceptable. All headings should use initial capitals only, excepting for use of Acronyms, for example, OWPS.
3.1 Title and Authors (Style heading 2)
Your paper's title should be in Title style. Initial letters of all words of 4 or more letters should be capitalised. Authors names should be in author style. Please give first and last name, in that order. Please do not use all caps.
Multiple authors from the same institution should appear as detailed at the start of this document. Multiple authors from different institutions should appear as :
Andrew Nonymous1, Second Author2 and Third Author1
1The department, faculty and name of institute.
2The department, faculty and name of institute.
Email addresses should be given beneath, one per line and in the same order as the authors are listed.
All author details will be removed before the review process.
3.1.1 Sub-sections (Style heading 3)
You may use up to three levels of heading, please apply the headings as set out in these guidelines.
Please do not use any further levels of heading. It is helpful if you number your headings.
4. Figures and Tables
You are invited to use figures and tables in your paper wherever they will help to illustrate your text. Black and white illustrations are preferred.
Figures should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper and not numbered according to the section in which they appear. Figure captions should appear below the figure. Please use the word Figure in full, rather than Fig or F.
Due to the conversion process, some images can cause larger than necessary PDF files. If you have complicated images, please provide these as separate image files (edited to 300dpi) in either .gif or .jpg format as appropriate. Please do not ‘PDF' the document prior to sending.
Tables should be created using the table option of your word processing package, not using tabs and spaces. Text in the table should be formatted using Table text style. See the table below.
Table 1: A sample table (Style Fig ref)
Sample table for illustration purposes
Tables should be set as 'Auto fit to contents' and centred on the page. If your table runs over two pages, please ensure that headings are also carried over. Do not allow rows to split across pages.
5. Language, Style and Content
The jounra languages are French and English. With regards to spelling and dialect, we prefer you to use British English, but Canadian or U.S. English are acceptable provided they are used consistently. Hyphenation is preferred. To ensure suitability for an varied audience, please pay attention to the following:
Write in a straightforward style
Try to avoid long or complex sentence structures
Briefly explain all technical terms that may be unfamiliar to some readers
Explain all acronyms at first use, i.e. Occasional Working Paper Series (OWPS)
Explain all local references (e.g. not everyone is familiar with city names in a country)
Use Bullets style to format bulleted lists (as above)
5.1 Page Numbers, Headers and Footers
Please do not insert headers, footers or page numbers. Do not refer to page numbers in your text as these will be changed.
If you wish to make acknowledgements in your paper, these should appear immediately before the references at the end of the paper.
6. In Conclusion
It is important that you write for a general audience. It is also important that your work is presented in a professional fashion. These guidelines should help to acheive that goal. By adhering to these guidelines, you help the editors tremendously in ensuring a professional presentation of your paper and we thank you for your co-operation.
References (Harvard System including pagination of book chapters)
References in the text should be in the format (Smith, 1999) and should then be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order as per the following examples:
ABWA, D., TEMGOUA, A.-P., FOMIN, E. S. D. & DZE-NGWA, W. (eds.) Boundaries and History in Africa. Issues in Conventional Boundaries and Ideological Frontiers (Essays in Honour of Verkijika Fanso). Mankon, Bamenda: Langaa Press.
ADAMA, H. 2009a. Pèlerinage musulman et stratégies d’accumulation au Cameroun. Afrique contemporaine, 3, 119-138.
ADAMA, H. 2009b. Les associations islamiques au Cameroun: entre l’Oumma et l’État. pp. 435-458 In: OTAYEK, R. & SOARES, B. (eds.) Islam, État et société en Afrique. Paris: Karthala.
ZEITLYN, D. 2001. Reading in the Modern World: Anthropological Perspectives on Writing and the Virtual World, [online],
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