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Author Guidelines

Please be detailed in following these instructions as they make the Editor’s job easier and facilitate a quick review process. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

All documents should be submitted in Word (.doc, .docx) format.

Cover Page:

Each submission should include a cover page which includes:

1.  The full name of the contributor(s), exactly as you wish them to appear on the published article;

2.  Affiliation(s) of each author (department, university, city, and country);

3.  Contact details;

4. A short biography of the contributor(s), no more than 100 words.

Length: Decolonization normally solicits articles between 7000-9000 words.


Abstract & Key Words: Included on the first page of the paper should be an abstract of no more than 200 words, as well as 4-6 key words to help readers find your article.


Titles & Headings: Use bold for your article title, with an initial capital letter for proper nouns. Section headings are highly encouraged. First-level headings (e.g. Introduction, Conclusion) should be in bold, while second-level headings should be in italics.

Blind Review: Please ensure that your name or any reference to the author(s) is only on the cover sheet. For assistance in ensuring that this is a blind review, please see here.

Images and Tables: Indicate exactly in the text where the tables and figures should appear by inserting, for example,[Table 1 here]. The actual tables and figures should be supplied, either at the end of the text or in a separate file and should be properly labelled to match the in text labels. Ensure that you have permission to use any figures you are reproducing from another source.

Spelling: Either British/Canadian or American spellings are accepted as long as one is consistently used throughout the submission. Please run your article through spell check before submitting it.


Indigenous: In recognition of the communities of identity connected by the term, we strongly recommend all submissions capitalize the term ‘Indigenous’ in all contexts. Decolonization believes that the term "Indigenous" is a deeply politicized one; it evokes shared historical memory, cultural meanings, and particular political interests. By spelling "indigenous" with a lower case "i" we un/knowingly reproduce dominant writing traditions that seek to minimize and subjugate Indigenous knowledges and people. All authors are encouraged to explore the politics of their language choices, both in submitted texts and broader conversation.


Language: Decolonization recognizes the inherent value of all languages and recommends that authors, when using words from a language that is not English, refrain from italicizing these words as it only serves to set them apart as exotic, deviant or as part of a particular colonizing anthropological project.


Referencing: Decolonization follows the APA style guide for referencing and in text citation, which is common throughout the social sciences. Examples can be found at the University of Toronto Writing Centre or through any reference guide.

A full Reference page must be given.  Examples are given of proper APA citation:

Journal Articles:

Abu-Lughod, L. (1990). The romance of resistance: Tracing transformations of power through Bedouin women. American Ethnologist, 17(1), 41-55.


Battiste, M. & Henderson, J.Y. (2000). Protecting Indigenous knowledge and heritage: A global challenge. Saskatoon: Purich Pub.

Chapters in books:

Howard, P.S.S. (2006). On silence and dominant accountability: A critical anticolonial investigation of the antiracism classroom. In G. Dei & A. Kempf (Eds.), Anti-colonialism and education: The politics of resistance (pp. 43-63). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

More examples can be found at

Please ensure that you have checked that all in text citations are recorded in the References page and that all citations in the Reference page have been used in the text.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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 noted within the text at the appropriate points and provided in a seperate file or at the end of the document.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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    1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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