Thinker contibutors

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What we publish

Major articles for The Thinker should be between 2 500 - 4 000 words. 

We also publish shorter ‘comment’ and reflective pieces and contributions to the ‘Readers’ Forum’. There is a section entitled ‘Through a Creative Lens’ which provides space for contributions in the form of poetry, images and short stories.

The deadlines for submission are as follows:
First quarter:          1 December
Second quarter:    1 March
Third quarter:        1 June
Fourth quarter:     1 September

Our growing audience

The Thinker fills a gap which we identified, between academic publications and very superficial newspaper journalism, where people can be given a chance to discuss issues in greater depth but perhaps in simpler language.  Our target market includes the following categories:
•    Intellectuals, students and staff, in the world of academia
•    Political party leaders and activists
•    Trade union leaders and activists
•    Business leaders
•    Senior and middle management in the public and private sector
•    Communicators in arts, culture and other media.

Since we published our first issue in March 2009, with a ground breaking interview with President Zuma and former President Thabo Mbeki, we have established a firm niche market. The Thinker is recognised and accepted as a journal promoting critical socio-political, socio-economic and international analysis and information. From the beginning it has had some well-known analysts and intellectuals contributing.  No contributor gets paid.
From the outset we have sought to encourage young Africans to write and be active participants in public discourse, debate and exchange of ideas. We believe that we provide a vital space for people to express their views. Over the first four years we included contributions from about 60 young black writers, some of whom had never previously had their work published. This excludes the contributions to our ‘Readers’ Forum’, as well as the ‘Creative Lens’, which are also receiving increasing support. Poetry from forty different writers was published in the first four years.


We are not an academic journal. We try to limit the number of notes – most of our published articles have no footnotes, references or bibliography.

If you feel it is important to back up your argument with notes, rather integrate the information into the text where possible. Otherwise keep any notes brief.

We do not include bibliographies.

References: If you wish to add full references, please reference a source in the text, for example (Awoonor, 2006), or (Awoonor, 2006:215) if you wish to note the page number. At the end of the article we shall include full references to sources if you supply them. Please limit such references to an absolute maximum of ten per article.  

Please use a consistent approach to references.  There are many acceptable conventions, but you must choose one and stick to it. For example: Author or editor (surname, initial): Title of book/journal , publisher, place, date.

Here are some examples:
Awoonor, K: The African Predicament, Sub-Sahara Publishers, Accra, 2006
Roberts, C; “Building the New World Order, BRIC by BRIC.” The European Financial Review, February 17, 2011
Constitution of South Africa: Act 108 of 1996

Images: When supplying images to accompany your article, please ensure that you have high resolution images available. If they are too big to email, please send them via or via Dropbox. Please do not send us images placed in the Word document you supply as a final text, because it reduces the quality of your images..
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