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Author Guidelines

To submit your research article or African e-lit works, please visit our online submission portal at Follow the instructions provided to create an account, upload your manuscript, and enter the necessary details. You will receive a confirmation email upon successful submission.

MADSEJ accepts only papers written and cited in MLA Latest Edition guidelines except for French Papers which be the latest APA:

  1. All in-line text citation for website and social media articles cites the Author’s Last Name without the page number thus: (Ajah) whereas the paginated works maintain the normal parenthetical citation, author’s last name, and page number without comma as follows (Waliya 29).
  2. Citing articles on the Website
    Cite a specific page on a website in MLA format for MADSEJ in this formatting structure:
    Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of the Web Page." Title of the Website, Publisher, Date Published, URL.
    Example of work cited:
    Ajah, Richard. "The Smartest Scholar of all Times in the Universe" Guinness Book of Record, 3 Oct. 2023,
    Please it’s not necessary to include “http://" or "https://" from the URL (Website address) unless you want to hyperlink it. Additionally, if a DOI is available, include it with "https://" before the DOI.
  3.  Citing text on social media:
    Last Name, First Name (or Twitter handle). "Text of the Tweet." Twitter, Date, URL.
    For instance:
    Ope-Davies, Tunde. "CEDHUL is the DH Centre in Africa" Twitter, 21 Apr. 2023,
    Last Name, First Name (or Facebook username). "Text of the Post." Facebook, Date, URL.
    Example of Work cited:
    Ajimase, Angela. "We must fight for the girlchild education everywhere." Facebook, 11 Jan. 2023,
    Last Name, First Name (or Instagram username). "Caption of the Post." Instagram, Date, URL.
    Example of work cited:
    Akinyola, James [@akinyolajames]. "Stunning shot by Boys’ Brigade @bb for @church_magazine." Instagram, 25 June 2023,
    An example of the Reading for Children in the Night can be found on TikTok (Emeka Augustine).
    Example of Work Cited
    Emeka Augustine [@emekaaugustine]. “Reading for literature for kids in the night #readingstories.” TikTok, 2023,
    Yohanna Waliya’s posts Videos of reading stories for kids on TikTok.
    Example of Work Cited
    Waliya, Yohanna. “Videos.” TikTok, 2023,
  4. Citing Books
    Book by One Author
    Bassey, Faith. Pure Water Storytelling. Picador, 2010.
    Book by an Unknown Author
    Beowulf. Translated by Alan Sullivan and Timothy Murphy, edited by Sarah Anderson, Pearson, 2004.
    An Edited Book
    Sánchez Prado, Ignacio M., editor. Mexican Literature in Theory. Bloomsbury, 2018.
    Book on a website
    Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Masque of the Red Death.” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by James A. Harrison, vol. 4, Thomas Y. Crowell, 1902, pp. 250-58. HathiTrust Digital Library,
    E-Books (EPUB, PDF, Kindle editions, MOBI, etc.):
    MLA Handbook. 9th ed., e-book ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2021.
  5. Journal Article in a Database                                                                                                         Goldman, Anne. “Questions of Transport: Reading Primo Levi Reading Dante.” The Georgia Review, vol. 64, no. 1, spring 2010, pp. 69-88. JSTOR,
  6. Songs, Recordings, and Performances
    •  Song from an Album: Snail Mail. “Thinning.” Habit, Sister Polygon Records, 2016. Vinyl EP.
    • Song on a website:  Snail Mail. “Thinning.” Bandcamp,
    • Concert Attended in Person: Burna Boy. The “The Great Naija” World Tour. 14 May 2016, Banana Island, Lagos.
  7.  Movies, Videos, and Television Shows
    • A Movie Viewed in Person: Opening Night. Directed by John Cassavetes, Faces Distribution, 1977.
    • A Movie Viewed Online: Richardson, Tony, director. Sanctuary. Screenplay by James Poe, Twentieth Century Fox, 1961. YouTube, uploaded by LostCinemaChannel, 17 July 2014,
    • A Television Show Viewed on Physical Media
      “Hush.” 1999. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fourth Season, created by Joss Whedon, episode 10, Mutant Enemy / Twentieth Century Fox, 2003, disc 3. DVD.
  8.  Image
    • A Photograph Viewed in Person: Ishaya, Otu. Mary Slessor. 1894, Marina Slave M: seum, Calabar.
    • A Painting Viewed Online
      Bearden, Romare. The Train. 1975. MOMA,
    • An Untitled Image from a Print Magazine
      Ahmed, Abdullahi. Cartoon. The Guardian, 14 Apr. 2023, p. 49.
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Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • 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.


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