Call For Contributions For Springer’s Southern Space Studies Series: Space Fostering African Societies (vol 2)

The African space sector is currently undergoing a phase of rapid and dynamic expansion, with new actors entering the field, and with space applications increasingly used to support the continent’s social, economic, and political development. All across Africa, attention is shifting to space as a fundamental part of the continental development agenda, and the creation of an African space agency is evidence of this. Additionally, while great achievements have been made in recent years in economic and social development, there is still much that needs to be done. To this end, space is already employed in diverse fields of human endeavour to serve Africa’s goals for its future, but there is much room for further incorporation of space systems and data. Accordingly, this book is dedicated to a detailed insight into how space and its applications are and can be, used to support the development of the full range and diversity of African societies, while being driven by African goals, for example as encapsulated in the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

Contributions in this regard are welcome from across the continent and further afield for this second volume of Space Fostering African Societies: Developing the African Continent through Space. Since the first volume was well-received, a follow up is highly anticipated by the space community. The purpose of this publication is thus to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the role space is playing in unlocking Africa’s developmental aspirations, and will be of great interest to both students and professionals alike in fields such as Space Studies, International Relations, Governance, Social and Rural Development, and many others.

Interested authors are invited to explore a broad range of topics in this regard to raise the profile and awareness of space in Africa.

Deadline for full paper: 15th February 2020.
Contact for submissions:

Southern Space Studies Guidelines for Authors

Preparation of Article
– Both Word and PDF have to be submitted (source files are required for pictures, graphs, etc.)
– Following the title, in the next line provide author/s names (first name family name),
affiliations, town/city, email-addresses, ORCID nr etc.
– Name of the corresponding author and its email address is mandatory
– A short bio should be added on the last page of the document.
– Headings and subheadings in the text should be written in Times New Roman, bold, size 12 and include consecutively numbering (1., 1.1., 1.1.1. etc. – Kindly refrain from using “0” when numbering)
– Headings should be capitalised (i.e., nouns, verbs, and all other words except articles,
prepositions and conjunctions should be set with an initial capital)
– Headings should, except for the title, be left aligned
Length of Papers
– The most common types of papers accepted for publication are full papers (10–20+ pages) and short papers (6+ pages), where a page constitutes 300-400 words
Abstract: should be included after the title but before the start of the paper/before the introduction (approx. 800 – 1.200 characters with spaces)
– Times New Roman, size 11 with line spacing 1.0
– Spelling should be consistent throughout the paper
– Abbreviations are spelt out the first time used with the abbreviation in parentheses
– Numbers 0-12: in words not in figures
– Scientific language: instead of “it’s”/”can’t” etc. please use “it is”/”cannot” etc.
– Commas are used to separate thousands and the decimal point to separate decimals
– When a number is used with a unit, the numeral is used and the unit is abbreviated
– The use of underlining and bold to emphasize words is not recommended
Figures and Tables
– Figures are to be numbered and to have a caption which should always be positioned under the figures, in contrast to the caption belonging to a table, which should always appear above the table. Figures and Tables should be cross-referred in the text.
– Tables and figures should have a title and number.
Footnotes (no endnotes)
– The superscript numeral used to refer to a footnote appears in the text either directly after the word to be discussed or – to a phrase or a sentence – following the punctuation mark (comma, semicolon, or period).
– A bibliography is not expected. No footnotes may be included in the abstract.
– Footnotes and cross-references should be created through the Word function to guarantee the right numbering.
– Size 10 with line space 1.0
– At the end of each footnote, there is a full stop.

Quoting: examples
Melanie Brown, “Satellite images about climate change”, CNN, 21 June 2019, https://…. (accessed 5 July 2019).
African Peer Review Mechanism, “About APRM”, 2017, https://…. (accessed 20 June 2018).
Mary Harding, “Earth Observation Service”, 5 July 2018, presentation at the 5th Earth Observation Conference, Alexandria, Egypt.
Anne Rodriguez, “Space benefits”, Space Policy 34, (2018), 443.

[When the journal has no issue number]

Keith Gottschalk, “South Africa’s Space Programme – Past, Present, Future”, Astropolitics 8, no. 1 (2010): 2.

[When the journal has both volume and issue numbers]

Julia Domingo and Paul Sun, “Outer Space for All”, in Handbook on Space, ed. James Harris, (Cham: Springer,2001), 5534.
United Nations, Treaties and Principles on Outer Space, (New York: United Nations, 2002).
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (London: Abacus, 1994), 751.
Additional Information:
If your second reference to a text comes immediately after the first, use “Ibid.” in place of the author’s name and the book title. Include the page number if it is different from that listed in the first reference.
1. Kent Portney, Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003).
2. Ibid., 162.
3. David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry Into the Origins of Cultural Change (New York: Blackwell, 1989), 197.
4. Robert O. Self, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 2003).
5. Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity, 86-87.

Note: The second, third and fifth footnotes above cite direct quotes or material found on one or more specific pages, therefore the page numbers of the source are included.
In the case of references 3 and 5, “Ibid.” cannot be used for the second use of the reference since another reference lies in-between. In this case, repeat the last name of the author and the short-form title (only up to the colon) of the publication in the second reference, ex: Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity, 86-87.
The author should have all rights on the submitted paper, which has not been published or
submitted for publication elsewhere.

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