About the Journal

Aims and scope

The African Legal Traditions Registry is an open platform dedicated to register, publish and disseminate of African legal heritage, customs, and practices of different communities. This quarterly journal aims also is publish analysis of the evolution and dynamics of African legal traditions.

We welcome original non-solicited contributions that describe any current or historical legal tradition of any part of Africa. Text written by members of indigenous communities are especially welcomed. Although it is not compulsory, we recommend  that the author or one coauthor, at least, has certain background related to human rights, political sciences, or law.


Peer-review process

The Registry publishes four numbers every year. However, articles are published under the first online system, as soon as they are approved and edited. Contributions must be submitted online, any month of the year. The Registry does not accept hard copy submissions.

First, one member of the Editorial Board reviews the contribution submited, checking for completion of all the instructions criteria. All manuscripts must comply with our ethical standards (based on COPE standards) and, at the end of the process, authors must sign a Declaration of originality and authorization. If some criteria are not met, the author(s) will be duly informed.

After the initial revision, the Editorial Committee sends the manuscript to independent-external peer review academics, who evaluate the papers for academic quality. At least one reviewer will fill the reviewer’s form. Neither the author identity nor the other peer review identity is revealed to any of the peers, to fulfil the requirements of the double-blind peer-review procedure. Once reviewers submit their votes, the Editor chooses either to accept with adjustments, to accept fully, or to reject the manuscript.

The Editor notifies the author of its decision after a maximum period of six months from submission. Once the papers are accepted and corrections made, the articles enters the proofread stage.

Neither the submission, the review process, nor the publication generates any cost for the author.


Privacy statement

The names and email addresses entered in this Registry will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this Registry and will not be available for any other purpose or another party. The user may at any time exercise their rights of access, rectification, cancellation, and opposition by contacting the following email address: jcriofrio@strathmore.edu.


Publication frequency

African Legal Traditions Registry is printed annually around August. Articles are published first online on this website before the printed publication.


Open access policy and filling

The Registry is available immediately and at no cost to all customers in its digital edition. We think that free access promotes a greater exchange of knowledge around the globe. Nevertheless, the printed edition has a minimum price to cover its costs.

This Registry utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a file distributed among participating libraries, allowing these libraries to create permanent archives of the Registry for purposes of preservation and restoration. More information...


Exchanges and subscriptions

The Registry is open to exchange its periodic publications with any national or international institution. In order to obtain detailed exchange information, please write to us at the email editor.sup@strathmore.edu.

If you wish to receive a printed edition of African Legal Traditions Registry, please ask that at the above-written email. The total costs of printing and shipping are USD $35 for Kenya, USD$ 55 for Africa and USD $75 around the world.