Journal of Language, Literature and Communication


The Journal of Language, Literature and Communication is a leading peer reviewed journal of human interaction in Africa that publishes scholarly articles from across the world. It also includes reviews, announcements and forums. The journal, which comes out once a year, is published by the School of Languages, Literature and Communication in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere University.

The deadline for submission of articles for the regular issue is 15th November, every year. In case of a special issue, the deadline will be communicated by the issue editor.

Aims and Scope

Language: The Journal welcomes any research involving cross-linguistic approaches that combine two or more academic disciplines. Within this framework, the journal aims to explore traditional and current theories, innovative approaches towards language research unfolding in the African context as well as discourse analysis and pragmatics, translation, language and the new media, documentation and description of indigenous languages, bilingualism and multilingualism, language policy and planning, corpus linguistics, language learning and teaching, language testing, communication practices in development contexts, and language. The Journal will also publish articles of good quality on languages and linguistics focusing on the core areas of theoretical and applied linguistics, including language and new media, documentation and description of indigenous languages, computational linguistics, communication practices in development contexts within the context of East Africa.

Literature: The journal will publish articles focusing on orature, literary theory and criticism, various genres including poetry, fiction/prose, drama, film and popular literature. It will also offer critical debates on literary prizes, literature festivals, literary social media platforms and issues on literary methodology and research. In general, the journal will show keen interest in articles that will discuss a broad array of histories, genres and literary traditions from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Communication: Communication /journalism studies articles can (among other things) deal with concepts of i) communication structure (regulatory framework, policy, communication/media types- i.e., commercial, alternative and ownership, etc.), ii) communication form (technologies that enable and disable our fields both old and new), and iii) communication content (media text). The above concepts can be explored theoretically, by asserting/challenging existing approaches (social behavioural, critical-cultural, meaning production, Afrocentric/post-colonial, and others – all under the effects paradigm) or suggesting new dimensions for the discipline, and yet, practically, focus can be directed towards distinctive fields created by different types of communication, for example: intrapersonal, interpersonal, group and mass communication.

Instructions for Authors

Manuscripts should be between 7000 – 9000 words in length (including the abstract and references, tables, figures, appendices and endnotes. Prepare manuscripts in strict accordance with the APA Style. 

  • Page one should include a title, an abstract of 150 words and 4 keywords
  • Page two starts with main text
  • Font information (Times New Roman, 12 points, 1.5 spaced)
  • Ensure that all references to chapters in books have the chapter pages.
  • Remove all information that may identify the author/authors for blind peer-reviewing
  • Submit ONE main document in WORD format, not PDF files.
  • All submissions should include a separate bio data file (100 words) of the author: full name, affiliation, areas of research interests, and contact address, and corresponding author. 
  • Papers should be original and should not have been submitted simultaneously to another journal/publisher for the same purpose.

Figures, Photos, Illustrations

Figures, photos, illustrations, etc. should be: of reproducible quality and attached in JPG format. They should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, integrated in the submitted text at the appropriate place, accompanied by a clear legend or key, if necessary, captioned below the figures, cited in the text as e.g., Figure 1: (For the languages and linguistics submissions that entail glossing, authors should follow the recent Leipzig Glossing Rules).

Please email your manuscript/film or book review to the following address: and copy in  and





Dr. Brian Semujju                  


Department of Journalism and Communication

Makerere University


Associate Editors


Dr. Susan Kiguli

Dr. Levis Mugumya

Associate Professor


Department of Literature

Dept. of Linguistics, English

Makerere University

Language Studies & Communication Skills

Makerere University



Book Review Editor

Film Review Editor                 

Dr. Enoch Sebuyungo

Dr. Sr. Dominic Dipio



Department of European and Oriental Languages

Department of Literature

Makerere University

Makerere University



1. Prof. Goretti Nassanga (Makerere University)

2. Dr. Hannah Gibson (University of Essex)

3. Prof. Alena Witzlack (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

4. Prof. John Jenks (Dominican University)

5. Dr. Saudah Namyalo (Makerere University)

6. Prof. Bebwa Isingoma (Gulu University)

7. Justus Makokha (Kenyatta University)

8. Dr. Aisha Sembatya Nakiwala (Makerere University)

9. Jane Plastow (University of Leeds)

10. Prof. Abasi Kiyimba (Makerere University)

11. Dr. William Tayeebwa (Makerere University)