Quality management

Swahili Forum started in 1994 as an annual contribution to the quarterly Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere (AAP). Considering the high publishing costs and the growing usage of the World Wide Web, it found a new image in becoming an online publication since 2003. Through the years, the editors have paid special heed to the quality of the contents in order to provide researchers with the latest and most reliable knowledge in Swahili Studies - Swahili language, culture, society, politics, history, religion, philosophy, literature and so forth.
The quality of the publications is controlled through a cooperative process involving the editors (supported by an Editorial Board) and our peer-reviewing experts in the target field. The papers selected are intended to disseminate research findings and stimulate debate on specific topics or issues. The final product is undoubtedly an official record of knowledge and information open to easy consultation through the website. Swahili Forum is today reinforcing its qualitative perspective and aims on various levels.

All our editors, former and current, have a strong academic background and knowledge on the contents published in Swahili Forum and are active in the field, although they reckon the cooperation with our peer-reviewers an essential prerequisite in ensuring the high quality of the journal.

Peer-reviewing Statements
Our peer-reviewing process is based on a double-blind review of the articles submitted by experts active in the field in order to improve the first drafts of the pre-selected papers. These reviewers provide feedback to the authors on the quality and standing of their work. This is an essential and rigorous process helping the authors to improve the quality of their papers and allowing the editors to proceed to the final reviewing stage and an assessment of their suitability for publication. The editors reserve the right for final acceptance (or rejection) of the submitted papers.

Quality Assessment
Since June 2012, the contents of Swahili Forum publications are included in EBSCO information products. All publications which appear in Swahili Forum respond to the quality standards requested and will be searchable through EBSCOhost, delivering a better service to researchers, scholars, instructors and students. Swahili Forum is also a member of DOAJ and can be widely found on all important data bases for open access journals.

ISSN 1614-2373