Haitian Studies Association

Journal of Haitian Studies

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Journal of Haitian Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara

The Journal of Haitian Studies is the official publication of the Haitian Studies Association. It is the only refereed scholarly journal dedicated solely to scholarship on Haiti and Haiti’s relations with the international community.

It is published through the Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Journal’s editorial board consists of leading national and international scholars specializing in a wide range of academic fields, including political science, sociology, education, literature, and religion.

The Journal accepts manuscripts in English, French, Haitian Kreyòl, and Spanish.

Guidelines for Contributors:

The Journal of Haitian Studies accepts original articles in English, Kreyòl, French, and Spanish. JOHS is the only refereed journal dedicated to scholarship on Haiti. Interdisciplinary in its essence, it combines the arts, the sciences and the humanities. Contributors should prepare manuscripts in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. APA styles will be accepted for specialized articles.

The complete style guide can be found by clicking the link below:

Journal of Haitian Studies Style Guide


Submissions: Submissions may be sent electronically to relfman@ucsb.edu (preferred) OR mailed in hard copy to

Rose Elfman, Journal of Haitian Studies
Center for Black Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3140

If you are mailing a hard copy of your article, please include a CD or flash drive containing an electronic copy of the document as well as any photos, graphs, maps, or other images.

Abstract: An abstract of approximately 150 words is required.

Length: Articles should be 5,000–10,000 words, double-spaced, including endnotes and bibliography.

References: In addition to endnotes, references and full publication information should be furnished in a bibliography at the end of the article, following the JOHS style guide.

Spelling: The standard for English spelling should be used. For articles, quotations or references in Kreyòl, use standardized Kreyòl orthography, as in the dictionaries published by EDUCA VISION, 7550 NW 47th Avenue, Coconut Creek, FL 33673: Fekyè Vilsen ak Mod Etelou, Diksyonè Kreyòl Vilsen (1994); Diksyonè Kreyòl Anglè (1991); Diksyonè Anglè Kreyòl/English Kreyòl Dictionary (1991).

Quotations: Quotations exceeding five lines should be indented at both margins with a space below and above. Permission from relevant publishers should be sought and an acknowledgment should be made for the reproduction of copyright material in excess of 100 words.

Tables: Tables should be typed on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript with their position clearly marked in the text. If more than one table is submitted, they should be marked with Roman numerals and include a descriptive title.

Illustrations: Authors are responsible for acquiring permission from the copyright holder, and paying any necessary fees, in order to reproduce photos and other images within an article. If original illustrations are submitted, they should be suitable for publication in a finished format with their position in the text clearly marked. All images must be submitted in black and white and at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Review Process: Each article will be reviewed as a blind submission by at least two peer evaluators. The author’s name and any references that would permit identification should appear only on the cover page and should include the author’s name, address (home and institutional affiliation), telephone and fax numbers, and email and web addresses.

Book Reviews: Book reviews should be sent electronically as an attachment by e-mail to the Book Review Editors, Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken (alessandra.benedicty@wereldculturen.nl) and Marie-José Nzengou-Tayo (HSA.BRE.MJNzengou@gmail.com). Please read the complete Book Review Guidelines below, which contain the list of books currently available for review.