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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.

  • 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).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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 placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format, or a valid url has been provided to the submission.

Submissions are peer-reviewed by members of our Editorial Board, as well as other affiliated scholars.

Originality: Submissions should make an original contribution to the literature.
Themes: Each Moja issue is generally organized around a concept or theme, e.g.: a chronological period, a geographical region, a political event. However, Moja always welcomes and will publish submissions on any topic that falls within the parameters of the journal's interest.


Written Submissions
Length: Articles published in Moja generally are a minimum of 2,500 words in length, but not longer than 8,500 words, excluding endnotes and scholarly references.
CMS: All articles should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. Scholarly references and citations usually should not be embedded in the text of the article, but arranged as endnotes in CMS form.
Clarity: Moja favors clearly written articles with a coherent structure and thesis. Pieces with excessive academic jargon, obtuse language and an excessive reliance on the passive voice will be promptly returned to their authors.
Critical: Moja aspires to produce scholarship representing a critical black studies. Moja is an intellectual intervention that seeks to inform and transform black life and history.

Alternate modalities
(Artwork, video, and other electronic forms of communication - all submissions must contain attachments listed in the Submissions paragraph.):
Images, videos, and audio recordings: To submit Web-ready images, sounds, or video clips, you may include a link in your online submission. You may also prepare your document and all accompanying media files on your own local web server or file hosting service (e.g. Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive) and supply us with the URL to your site via your email submission.

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.