Editorial Team

Ethiopian Journal of Languages and Literature


Editor-in-Chief: Abiye Daniel

Managing Editor: Derib Ado

Associate Editors: 

Abdulaziz Dino

Hayelom Banteyirg

Muna Abebeker

Tewodros Gebre


Prof. Baye Yimam: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Dr. Taye Assefa: Forum for Social Sciences, Ethiopia

Prof. Getachew Haile: St. Johns University, Minnesota, USA

Prof. Alessandro Bausi: Hamburg University, Germany

Prof. Jan Abbink: Leiden University, Netherlands

Editorial Policy

 Focus and Scope

The Ethiopian Journal of Languages and Literature (EJOLL) is a peer reviewed publication providing an outlet for research reports of interest to researchers and practitioners in the broad areas of language, literature, folklore, philology, media and communication studies. Contributions to the Journal may cover empirical research, theoretical work as well as review articles and book reviews. Brief reports of research in progress or field reports may also be submitted. Additionally, the editors encourage the publication of practice oriented reports illustrating the application of theory to practice.

Review Process

As a general rule, EJOLL operates a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name is withheld from the reviewer. Assessors undertake not to reveal their names to the author in their review and authors  must refrain from making attempts to identify / influence the assessor (s), as our standard policy is for both identities to remain concealed and for the assessment to be objective and independent. When a manuscript is submitted, it will be first screened by the editorial board led by the ditor in chief and a decision on whether the paper is suitable for the journal or not is decided based on a well-developed screening criteria. Once the manuscript is found suitable for the journal, the Board assigns reviewers. All manuscripts that have been found to be suitable for the journal will be reviewed by two reviewers. A third reviewer may be contacted in cases of discordant reviews.


EJOLL is published by the College of Humanities, Language Studies, Journalism and Communication (CHLSJC),  Addis Ababa University. Papers accepted for publication by EJOLL become the copyright of the publisher. Authors retain the right to use their own material for purely educational and research purposes. In all subsequent publications, whether in whole or part, the journal must be acknowledged as the original publisher of the article. All other requests for use or re-publication in whole or part should be addressed to the Managing Editor.

Conflict of Interest

Authors are responsible for declaring any conflict of interest related to the submitted work. Reviewers and editors are requested to declare any conflict of interest related to a manuscript they are assigned to review.  If an editorial board member submits a manuscript to be considered for publication in EJOLL, he shall not participate in any of the editorial activities related to the paper he/she has submitted.


EJOLL is committed to ensuring integrity in the peer review process. Accordingly, we expect all peer reviewers to comply with EJOLL Review Guidelines including respecting the confidentiality of peer review and not revealing any details of a manuscript or communications related to it, during or after the peer-review process, beyond those that are released by the journal. This confidentiality obligation extends to the review and all communications regarding the review.

We also require that authors respect the confidentiality of the peer review process.

 Author Declaration

Authors need to fill a declaration form stating that the work has not been submitted to another publisher or has not been published, that the author(s) fulfil authorship criteria, that the funding organization has been acknowledged and proper ethical standards have been followed.


The source of funding for the research work should be acknowledged. People and organizations who have substantial input to the manuscript have to be acknowledged.

 Ethical Issues

EJOLL requires that all works submitted for publication shall be free from plagiarism and all the data presented in the manuscripts shall be genuine. If a manuscript published in the journal is later reported to have plagiarized material or has contained fabricated data, it will be retracted. All manuscripts have to declare that the participants of the study have agreed t participate in the study and were given the right to withdraw from the study at any point.


EJOLL retains the right to retract published articles whenever there is evidence that the published material has plagiarized, has contained fabricated data, has not followed proper ethical standards, has violated a copyright or there was a serious conflict of interest that should have been disclosed before publication.

Submission Requirements

All manuscript contributors should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style and note the following additional points:

  • Full research, theoretical papers and review articles should be maximally 30 single-spaced pages.
  • Articles may be written in either English, Amharic, Afaan Oromo or Tigrinya
  • Book reviews should be limited to no more than 5 pages.
  • The preferred format is Microsoft Word.
  • Manuscripts must be typed in 12 point type using Times New Roman or Power Geez in the case of Amharic.
  • Authors must break up longer articles using section, subsection or other classificatory means as may be necessary such as heads and subheads.
  • All tables and graphics should be integrated in the paper.
  • Where graphics need to be sent separately, authors are requested to indicate the position in the paper for placement of attached figures.
  • An abstract of not more than 200 words should accompany each submission.
  • End notes should be used only where substantive information is conveyed to the reader, numbered with Arabic numerals and presented on a separate page.
  • Authors' names, titles, affiliations, with complete mailing addresses, including e-mail, telephone numbers should appear only on the first page of the paper. A brief biographical note (50 words) for each author should also accompany the paper. All papers submitted for publication should not currently be under consideration by any other publication nor previously published in any other publication.
  • Submissions are to be forwarded in person or sent by mail to the Managing Editor as per the contact information.

Editorial Office

Address all correspondence to: 

The Managing Editor

Ethiopian Journal of Languages and Literature

P.O.Box 1176

Faculty of Language Studies (office number 428) Tel 0111239755/0111240821

Addis Ababa University 

Or email us at ejoll.chlsjc@aau.edu.et