The Wilberforce Island Historical Review (WIHR) is published annually by the Department of History and Diplomacy, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Original and well-researched papers are invited (on an on-going basis) from interested scholars for publication in the next edition of the journal. Every paper sent undergoes a process of double-blind assessment.
Its maiden volume was recently published. The volume’s contents are: Obaro Ikime, “Discourse on the Niger Delta: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, Olutayo C. Adesina, “Friendship with the ‘Dragon’: Mapping Contemporary China-Nigeria Interactions in the Global Marketplace”, Chabovie M. Sorgwe, “A Splash of Ethiopianism: The Impact of Mojola Agbebi’s Cultural Nationalism in the Niger Delta, 1898-1917”, Adetunji O. Ogunyemi, “Deconstructing Corruption in the Public Service: Historicizing the Legal Framework for Fiscal Accountability in Post-Colonial Nigeria”, Richard A. Olaniyan, “The Reluctant Imperialist: The United States and the Berlin West Africa Conference, 1884-1885”, Olukoya Ogen, “The Bakassi Peninsula: Theorising and Appraising the Methodological Challenges of Borderland Research”, Ehimika A. Ifidon, “Uncertain Friendship? The Context of United States Policy toward the Nigerian Civil War”, and Michael M. Ogbeidi, “The Middle East and the Search for Sustainable Peace: A Historical Analysis”.
Papers submitted for consideration must meet the following requirements:
1. Manuscripts should be submitted in English with an abstract of about 200 words.
2. Each article must be an original work of the author, and make a distinct contribution to knowledge.
3. The article should not be under simultaneous consideration for publication elsewhere.
4. Manuscripts, which should not be more than 8000 words, should be typed double-spaced on A4 paper, Times New Roman, 12 points font size.
5. The full name (surname last, and no initials), institutional affiliation and address, and email of the author(s) should only appear on the title page.
6. References should be documented in the Chicago Manual of Style (Humanities Style), 15th edition, highlights of which are:
a. all references and notes to be numbered consecutively and arranged at the end of the work and titled ‘Endnotes’;
b. reference to a book should take the format (for first reference): Janet M. Ruane, Essentials of Research Methods: A Guide to Social Science Research (Maiden, MA: Blackwell, 2005), 35. For subsequent references, Ibid., 180, if immediate, and Ruane, Essentials of Research Methods, 185, after other references;
c. reference to a chapter in an edited book should follow this format: 1st reference: P.A. Igbafe, “The Pre-Colonial Economic Foundations of the Benin Kingdom”, in Topics on Nigerian Economic and Social History, ed. I.A. Akinjogbin and S. Osoba (Ile-Ife: University of Ife Press, 1980), 22. Subsequent references: Ibid., 28-29, if immediate, and Igbafe, “Pre-Colonial Economic Foundations of the Benin Kingdom”, 30, after other references.
d. Journal article: 1st reference: Morton G. White, “The Attack on the Historical Method”, The Journal of Philosophy, 42(12), 1945, 316. Subsequent references (immediate): Ibid., 320.
After other references: White, “Attack on the Historical Method”, 318.
e. Archival source: 1st reference: Papers Relating to the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity, 1948, Ben Prof BP/2647, National Archives, Ibadan, hereafter NAI, 15. Subsequent references
(immediate): Ibid., 16. After other references: Papers Relating to the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity, 17.
7. Articles should be submitted electronically, as email attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Decisions on submitted articles are normally communicated to authors not later than ten weeks after initial acknowledgement.
Wilberforce Island Historical Review
Department of History and Diplomacy
Niger Delta University
Nigeria Email: email@example.com
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