Journal and Press


Founded in 2015, Sub-Saharan Africa University press (SSAUP) is a publishing house of Sub-Saharan Africa University “Universite de l’Afrique Sub-Saharienne). SSAUP is based in Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Central to SSAUP is to promote African scholarship and encourage the culture of knowledge production and sharing among African scholars. SSAUP encourages and promotes publication in African indigenous languages. The languages of publication are English, French, and Kiswahili. SSAUP hopes to expand publication in other African indigenous knowledge.


Chief Editors

Geoff Harris (Chief Editor & Chairman of Editorial Board)

Professor of Peace Building; Director, Centre of Nonviolence, Durban University of Technology (South Africa)


Kazimoto Paluku

Associate Professor, Sub-Saharan Africa University (Democratic Republic of Congo)


Makasi………………………………………………………………………..Editorial assistant

Lecturer, Sub-Saharan Africa University Press (Democratic Republic of Congo).


Associate Editors

Professor Evangelos Mantzaris

Researcher and Extraordinary Professor at the Anti –Corruption Centre for Education and Research of Stellenbosch University (South Africa).


Dr Jonathan Madu

Senior Lecturer at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (Nigeria)


Dr Jean Bosco Binenwa Nsengiyumva

Kampala University (Uganda)


Advisory board

Prof Kasai Ndahiriwe

Associate Professor, Kigali Independent University (Rwanda)


Prof Nzabandora Joseph

Professor, University of Goma (Democratic Republic of Congo)


Dr Celestin Kasereka

Sub-Saharan Africa University (Democratic Republic of Congo)


Professor Chelete Monyane

Independent researcher (South Africa)




Year 2017

  • Inside the mind of the oppressed: A reflection on lived experience of colonialism and apartheid in Africa
  • Elections and governance in Africa
  • Africa’s regional integration: A myth or reality?
  • Understanding Africa from different perspectives.
  • Prospects and Challenges in Contemporary Africa: Second edition

Year 2016

  • People’s resilience and adaptation to drought: South African perspective.
  • Thinking and re-thinking Development: Is there an alternative to Africa’s development?

Review Process

On receipt of author’s manuscripts, the editor sends copies of author’s work to two referees who are experts in the field.

These referees each in return an evaluation of the work to the editor, highlighting weaknesses or problems along with suggestions for improvement. The editor, familiar with the field of the manuscript, although not in as much depth as the referees who are specialists, then he/she evaluates the referees’ comments and uses his/her discretion by taking into account the level of book and readership, before passing a decision back to the author(s), usually with the referees’ comments.

Referees’ evaluations usually include an explicit recommendation of what to do with the manuscript. Most recommendations are along the lines of the following:

  • To unconditionally accept the manuscript,
  • To accept it in the event that its author (s) improve it in certain ways;
  • To reject it, but encourage revision and invite resubmission,
  • To reject it outright.

In situations where two referees disagree substantially about the quality of a work, for instance when the editor receives very positive and very negative reviews for the same manuscript, the editor will often solicit one additional review as a tiebreaker. Another strategy, the editor may invite the author to reply to a referee’s criticisms and permit a compelling rebuttal to break the tie.

Instructions to the authors

Manuscripts Presentation & Referencing Guidelines

1. Structure, Presentation and Lay-Out of Manuscripts

All papers should have a uniform structure and format. Times New Roman (font 12) 1.5 spacing. The entire chapter should not exceed 25 pages inclusive of references and appendices, figures where possible.

All Figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots, and photographic images) and Tables should be of high quality, legible and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. These should be accompanied by full citations.

The contents are expected to have the following: background including a theoretical context and objectives, methodology covering the way the study was designed and conducted, findings and discussions, implications, conclusions, and recommendations.

All Manuscripts shall be subjected to blind review to uphold the high standards of the book.

2. Referencing Guidelines

References to other publications must be in Harvard style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency.

You should cite publications in the text: (Adams, 2017) using the first named author's name or (Adams and Brown, 2016) citing both names of two, or (Adams et al., 2017), when there are three or more authors, and (Adams, 2017:17), when presenting citations with page numbers.

At the end of the paper a comprehensive reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied as per the following guidelines:

Surname(s) of author(s) or editor(s), Initials. Year of publication. Title of book. Edition (only when the edition is other than the 1st). Use abbreviation ed. City (for publication): Name of publisher.

e.g. Samuelson, P. and Nordhaus, W.D. 1987. Economics. 12th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

For Books

Surname(s) of author(s) or editor(s), Initials. Year of publication. Title of book. Edition (only when edition is other than the 1st). Use abbreviation ed. City (of publication): Name of publisher.

e.g. Samuelson, P. and Nordhaus, W.D. 1987. Economics. 12th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

For Book Chapters

Surname, Initials (year), "Chapter title", Editor's Surname, Initials, Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication, pages.

e.g. Dugard, J. 1994. International human rights. In: Van Wyk, D. ed. Rights and constitutionalism: the new South African legal order. Kenwyn: Juta, 33-54.

Published Conference Papers

Full title, date and place of the conference. pages.

e.g. Nass, C. 2001. Why researchers treat on-line journals like real people. In: Katashev, S.P. and Katashev, S. eds. Annual meeting of the Council of Science Education. San Antonio, Tex. 6-9 May 2000. San Antonio: Council of Science Education, 122 -134.

Unpublished Conference Papers

Author, date and title details, information about the occasion at which the paper, speech, poster was presented.

e.g. Hoskins, R. 2007. ICTs as an information and library management tool. Keynote address delivered at the 5th ELITS KZN [Education Library Information Technology Services KwaZulu-Natal] Provincial Conference held in Port Shepstone, 08 -10 August.

For Journals

Surname(s), initial(s) of author/s. Year. Title of article. Title of the Periodical volume number (issue or part number): inclusive page numbers. If there is no author, start with the title.

e.g. Buiter, W.H. 2002. Fiscal theory of the price level: a critique. Economic Journal, 112 (4), 459-480.

Unpublished Thesis or Dissertations

Surname(s), initial(s) of the author. Year. Title of the item. Type of item and degree. Institution, Name of Department, Division, Centre, Unit, etc.

e.g. Subban, C.R. 2011. A gender analysis of music videos on MTV Base Africa. Unpublished thesis (M.A.). University of KwaZulu-Natal. School of Applied Social Studies.

Authored Newspaper articles

Surname, Initials (year), Article title, Newspaper, date, pages.

e.g. Sparks, A. 2012. The danger of Obama’s rightist challengers. The Mercury, 18 January, 2.

Non-Authored Newspaper articles

Article title, (year) date, Newspaper, date, pages.

e.g. Cruise liner fuel leak fears. 2012. Daily News, 17 January, 3, col 1.

Electronic Sources

Citation. Full URL, date that the resource was accessed.

e.g. Martin, B. (2017), Democracy and Governance in Africa. Available at: [Accessed 12 June 2017].


Surname(s), initial(s) and status of person interviewed. Year. Details of time, place and interviewer.

e.g. Ackerman, R.D. Chairman of Pick' n Pay Holdings Ltd. 1990. Interviewed by the author in Pietermaritzburg, 7th April.

Government Publications

Katz, M.M. 1994. Commission of Inquiry into certain aspects of the tax structure of South Africa: interim report. Pretoria: Government Printer.

e.g. South Africa. Department of Justice. 2002. Annual report. Pretoria: Government Printer.

Statutes and Acts of Parliament

Name of country. Name of act Number of act, Year.

e.g. South Africa. Companies Act 61,1973.

Policy Documents

Name of country. Ministry/Department. Year. Title of Policy Document. City of Publication. Ministry/Department.

e.g. South Africa. Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. 1996. White-paper: the development and promotion of tourism in South Africa. Pretoria: Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

Law Report

Party v Party Year (Volume number) Abbreviation of country’s Law reports page number (Court division).

e.g. Smith v Hughes 1996 (4) SA 340 (O).