ISSN 0259-0190 printed version
ISSN 2309-9585 online version



Scope and policy

Scope of the journal:

Kronos is an accredited South African-based journal that aims to promote and publicise high quality historical research on southern Africa. The journal also encourages comparative studies and the work of scholars in allied disciplines, as well as seeking to break new ground in its dynamic integration of visuals and text.

Editorial policy:

The editorial board of the journal encourages:

  • Original research which is ongoing or very recently completed.
  • High quality writing.
  • In-depth archival research.
  • The work of new young scholars.
  • Articles which feature critical analysis of visual source materials (photographs, etc.)

Specifications of the publication & types of articles required:

  • Manuscript articles are due on 31 May each year for the November issue
  • 8,500 words recommended (flexible policy)
  • Footnotes
  • 150-300 word abstract

The journal's peer review process:

  • Two reviewers per article


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Manuscript format and layout:

Style guide for authors

References should appear in the form of sequentially numbered footnotes in the text. Books, chapters in books, journal articles, theses and archival references are should be footnoted in the same format as the examples that follow.

Books: R.J. Gordon, Picturing Bushmen: The Denver African Expedition of 1925(Athens, Ohio, Cape Town and Windhoek: Ohio University Press, David Philip and Namibia Scientific Society, 1997), 30-44.

Book chapters: N.J. Jacobs, 'The Colonial Ecological Revolution in South Africa: The Case of Kuruman' in S. Dovers, R. Edgecombe and B. Guest, eds., South Africa's Environmental History: Cases and Comparisons (Cape Town and Athens, Ohio: David Philip and Ohio University Press, 2002), 19-33.

Journal articles: G. Pirie, 'British Air Shows in South Africa, 1932/33: "Airmindedness", Ambition and Anxiety', Kronos: Southern African Histories, 35 (Nov. 2005), 48-70.

Theses: L. Wotshela, 'Homeland Consolidation, Resettlement and Local Politics in the Border and the Ciskei Region of the Eastern Cape, South Africa, 1960-1996' (D.Phil. thesis, Oxford University, 2001), 267-322.

Archival documents: Manuscripts and Archives Department, UCT Libraries, BC750 Kirby Collection, D.F. Bleek to P.R. Kirby, 4 May 1936.

Interviews: Give the name of interviewer and interviewee, place and date of interview.

Quotation marks: Single quotation marks should be used in the text. Any quotations of more than four lines should be indented and typed without quotation marks.

Journal administrator:
Lameez Lalkhen, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape (UWC)

The journal's postal address is:
c/o Lameez Lalkhen, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535, Cape Town, South Africa
Phone: +27 21 9592616


Manuscripts submission


Manuscript submission method:

All manuscript articles to be submitted as e–mail attachments to any of the following four Editors:

All visual materials to be submitted separately on CDs in 300dpi quality and to be posted to the Editor at: Department of History, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.

No fees are charged for authors submitting manuscripts or publishing them.

All reviews and review articles to be submitted to Review Editor: Ross Truscott,


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