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Guidelines for submission


The Mbali Conference organisers will not hold any copyright of an article accepted for publication in the Mbali Conference proceedings. The author of such an article who wishes to publish it in another journal may do so freely. 

Editorial objectives of MBALI Conference
The objectives of the MBALI Conference are to attract papers of broad interest in the Commercial, Administration and Legal fields for presentation.  Papers submitted by international and national conference delegates are encouraged to publish their papers in journals of their choice. Internal submissions by Unizulu staff are also free to publish their articles in SAPSE accredited Journals of their choice, however, the Conference organisers will also negotiate with established SAPSE journals for publication of the best conference papers.

Reviewing process
Papers submitted for presentation will be sent to two peer reviewers through the double blinded approach. Papers conforming to acceptable research norms and standards and are substantially compliant with the prescribed manuscript requirements will be published in the conference proceedings
(i) It is our policy to encourage and support novice and established authors. However, in order to improve on the quality of publications, manuscripts that are unanimously recommended by at least two reviewers for substantive revision or rejection may not be published.
At a later date when we launch our Faculty Journal we will outline the details of the reviewing process.

Manuscript requirements
• Length of Articles
These should comprise 4000-8000 words, including the list of works cited and notes. Shorter essays (500-2000 words) such as book reviews and debates on topics introduced by specific papers may be accepted.
• Format
Papers should be submitted electronically, as email attachments formatted in a recent version of MsWord or Rich Text Format. While each article should include the author’s personal telephone number and email address on the first page before the abstract, the article itself should be stripped of all references to the author’s identity. This is in order to assist the blind review process.
• Style of Articles
The MBALI Conference uses a specific version of Harvard style. Authors should make sure that their papers are already formatted in this style before submission to the journal.

Abstract submission form

An abstract of the paper comprising a single paragraph of no more than 300 words should precede its first paragraph.Numbered subheadings may be used throughout the article, but are not compulsory unless referees request them.
Single quotation marks are used in Harvard style for direct quotations from texts and for ‘mention’ of words and phrases to be discussed or defined. Double quotation marks are used only for a quotation-within-a-quotation. End punctuation is placed after the closing quotation mark. Footnotes should be used very sparingly or not at all. If possible all information should be included in the main text. If footnotes are used, they should not exceed about five in number and should not be used for references, only for parenthetic material not directly relevant to the argument in hand but of use or interest to a researcher in the field. Textual references should be used in preference to notes wherever possible. All textual references should include page numbers, unless the original text does not display page numbers. A reference should accompany almost any mention of a text, not only direct quotations from it. Textual references normally include the author’s surname, the date of publication and the relevant page numbers. They are punctuated thus, with a colon separating date and page number, but no space after the colon: (Thorpe 1999:135-141). The list of Works Cited should include all texts referred to in the article and no other texts. The list should be alphabetized, unnumbered and arranged on the page as indicated in the examples below. Each item in the list should include the following, in the order designated: author’s surname; author’s initials or names (depending on how the author is designated in the text described); date of publication; title and subtitle, separated by a colon (upper-case used only for the first letter of the first word); place of publication and publisher. Please note that the ‘place of publication’ must be a town or city; it may not be a country, province, state or other area. The place of publication must precede the publisher’s name and be separated from it by a colon. A list follows that demonstrates the required punctuation and arrangement. If an author uses a type of text not included in this list, a more comprehensive handbook of Harvard Style should be consulted.
Here is a sample list of works cited (with annotations):

Arom, Simha. 2000. Prolegomena to a biomusicology. In Wallin, Merker & Brown. 27-29. [NOTE WALLIN AND SLATER ENTRIES BELOW – only refer to an edited work in this way if more than one essay is cited. See TAFT below for the citation of one essay only from an edited collection.]
Buthelezi, Mangosuthu. 1990. Personal interview on August 5, 1990. Empangeni.
[Cassette recording in possession of author.] [INTERVIEW]
Davies, R T (ed). 1963. Medieval English lyrics: A critical anthology. London: Faber & Faber.
Gumbi, Rachel Vuyiswa. 2009. Personal communication on January 16, 2009. [INTERVIEW]
Jacobs, D. 2001. A bibliometric study of the publication patterns of scientists in South Africa 1992-96, with special reference to gender difference. In: M. Davis & C.S. Wilson(Eds.). Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, Sydney, 16-20th July 2001, Vol.2, 275-285 [CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS]
Mason, B L. 1994. The psychological effects of violence on children: An explorationof a sample of black primary school children from the Natal Midlands. Unpublished masters thesis. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal. [THESIS]
Oosterlinck, A. nd. Knowledge management in post-secondary education: Universities. Accessed online on September 8, 2008, at: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/46/21/2074921.pdf. [NO DATE]
Schiesari, Juliana. 1992. The gendering of melancholia: Feminism, psychoanalysis, and the symbolics of loss in Renaissance literature. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Sembene, Ousemane. 1976. Xala. Transl. Wake, C. London: Heinemann. [TRANSLATION]
South African Law Commission. 1997. Project 90, discussion paper 74: Customary marriages. Accessed online on August 17, 2007, at: http://www.doj.gov.za/salrc/dpapers/dp74_prj90_cstmar_1998.pdf. [GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT]
Taft, R. 1981. The role and personality of the mediator. In Bochner, S (ed). The mediating person: Bridges between cultures. Cambridge: Schenkman. 53-88.
Taylor, Hollis. 2008. Decoding the song of the pied butcherbird: An initial survey.Transcultural Music Review 12. Accessed online on November 8, 2008, at: http://www.sibetrans.com/trans/trans12/art13.htm.
Thorpe, W H.1958. The learning of song patterns by birds, with especial reference to the song of the chaffinch Fingilla coelebs. The Ibis 100:535-570.
Wallin, Nils L, Merker, Björn, and Brown, Steven (eds). 2000. The origins of music. Cambridge: The MIT Press.


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