Aims and Scope

The  Journal of Namibian Studies - History Politics Culture (ISSN print 1863-5954; ISSN online 2197-5523) aims to make available to an academic audience around the world scholarly work and original research of high standards in English. JNS is inter- and transdisciplinary and the only academic journal focussing on the humanities, medical and the social sciences which is devoted exclusively to Namibian Studies. Papers submitted to be considered for publication will be thoroughly and anonymously peer-reviewed. There are two issues per year, containing research articles, reports and analysis, primary sources and book reviews. JNS also serves as a forum for scholarly debates. 


Peer Review Process

The journal operates in an anonymous peer-review mode. Once a contribution has been received, it will be anonymised and thereafter dispatched to at least two independently chosen reviewers, who also will remain anonymous throughout the process. Final acceptance of submitted articles will be decided following consideration of the reviewers’ feedback and rests solely with the editors of JNS /publishers Otjivanda Presse.


Books for Review

If you are interested in reviewing a titel for JNS, please do not hesitate to contact us as we might be of assistance in getting a review copy from the publisher. 


Author Self-Archiving Policy

Authors are entitled to deposit a PDF of the version of record, i.e. the definitive published version of the article that appears in the journal, on their own personal website and/or that of their employer, following an embargo period of 24 months, provided that the Journal of Namibian Studies is attributed as the original place of publication and that correct citation details are given. Authors should also deposit the URL of their published article, in addition to the PDF version.


Open Access Policy

The Journal of Namibian Studies - History Politics Culture is openly accessible online.


Abstracting & Indexing

Articles that appear in the Journal of Namibian Studies are currently indexed in the following abstracting and indexing services:

African Studies Abstracts Online
BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
EBSCO: Humanities Source
ERIH PLUS: European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences
IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sociences (Proquest) 
IBR: International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature
IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature

JNS is also abstracted and indexed by the library of the African Studies Centre in Leiden, The Netherlands. Please visit:

JNS is acknowledged by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)