Journal of Oromo Studies
The Journal of Oromo Studies (JOS), is a leading scholarly publication of the Oromo Studies Association (OSA). Issued twice a year, the journal publishes articles pertaining to all areas of Oromo Studies past, present and future, including topics related to the Oromo Diaspora worldwide. Its interdisciplinary scope and visionary approach offers readers a critical view of the socioeconomic, political and cultural achievements of the Oromo people in their interactions with the people of the Horn of Africa.
Reflecting the diverse interests of OSA members, the journal emphasizes multidisciplinary and embraces variety by publishing articles that allow both the specialist and the general reader gain far-reaching insights and a thorough understanding of the Oromo people and the Horn of Africa region.
Editor in Chief
Journal of Oromo Studies Editor
Dr. Harwood D. Schaffer
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
niversity of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
310 Morgan Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996-4519
Editorial Advisory Board
Seifudein Adem, Binghamton University
Mario Aguilar, University of St. Andrews, UK
Baissa Lemmu, SUNY Institute of Technology, USA
Paul Baxter, University of Manchester, UK
Mekuria Bulcha, Malardlen University, Sweden
Bichaka Faysissa, Middle Tennessee State University, USA
Bonnie Holcomb, George Washington University, USA
Jan Hultin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Tesema Ta’a, Addis Ababa Univeristy, USA
Getahun Benti, Southern Illinois University
Taddesse Beriso, Addis Ababa University
Asfaw Beyene, San Diego State University
Bahru Duguma, USAID, USA
Demissew Ejera, University of New Haven, USA
Mohammed Hassen, Georgia State University, USA
Asafa Jalata. University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA
The Journal of Oromo Studies accepts articles that examine aspects of the Oromo language, history, literature, politics, philosophy, folklore, culture, economy, and the role of the Oromo in the broader Horn of Africa region. It also includes studies on interactions, interdependence, and influence of the Oromo with other societies and forces and vice versa.
At least two scholars who are experts in the field of the submitted article evaluate all submissions to the Journal of Oromo Studies. The editorial team of the journal is committed to communicating the reports or extracts of reports of evaluators to the author within a reasonable period.
All manuscripts submitted for publication consideration must be original work that have not been published previously and is currently not being considered by any other publication outlet.
Articles must be written in English, though occasionally permissions are granted to those written in Afaan Oromo. Authors are encouraged to avoid jargons and complexities in favor of clarity, brevity, and simplicity of expression.
Format and Style
Manuscripts should be typed on one side of the paper, double-spaced, with ample margins and bear the title of the contribution and the name(s) of the author(s) on a separate sheet of paper. The full postal address/phone/fax/email details of author(s) should also be included. All pages should be numbered.
The journal uses the both versions of the Chicago Manual of Style 15th Edition. The Author-Date style of citation is recommended for submissions on social sciences subjects and the Notes-Bibliography style for the humanities, including history. In either case, authors must be consistent. and do not give footnotes. Reference list items are listed alphabetically at the end of the research paper for authors following Style II. Authors using the author-date style do not need to submit bibliographic references.
Tables should be typed on separate sheets and their position indicated by a marginal note in the text. All tables should indicate their source(s) typed below the tables.
Diagrams and photographs or 'Figures' as they are known generally, should be referred to as such in the manuscript and numbered consecutively.
The Review Process
Upon receipt of a manuscript, the editorial team will send an acknowledgment to the author (s). The Editor reads the essay and decides either to go forward with a peer review or to decline further consideration if the submission does not meet the OSA mission or JOS standards.
If the manuscript is to be reviewed, the editorial team assigns two reviewers whose expertise matches the content of the manuscript. Under normal circumstances, reviewers are given 45 days to return their reports.
Based on the reviewer’s report, the editor decides on whether to accept, decline, or request revision of the manuscript for resubmission.
The editor informs the decision, and in all cases, sends the reviewers' comments to the author(s) upon request.
For those manuscripts that are accepted, the Associate Editor(s) checks the consistency and concordance of citations and references, and improves expression, and copy edits the manuscript for publication. The JOS does not send the copyedited text for final approval to the authors.
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