The Journal (PALARA)

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The publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association (PALARA), is multi-disciplinary and publishes research and creativity relevant to diaspora studies in the Americas.


Manuscripts should conform to the latest style manual of the individual discipline and may not exceed twenty-five (25) pages (text) in length. The minimum number of text pages is eighteen (18). Two electronic copies must be submitted: one bearing author’s name, institutional affiliation and email address. It is our policy to have all manuscripts anonymously refereed; therefore, please omit any identification of authorship from the second electronic copy. Neither the editors nor the sponsoring universities can be responsible for loss of such manuscripts. Opinions expressed in the journals are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors, staff or financial supporters.

New Publication and Submissions for PALARA

Effective November 1, 2017, all articles for review must be submitted through the open access system at

In order for your manuscript or book review to be considered for publication with PALARA in the fall, then that manuscript or book review must be submitted by July 1 of that same year.

Manuscripts must include an abstract of 100-200 words. The abstract should provide the major objectives, methods used, findings, and conclusions. The abstract should not include references or footnotes.

The minimum number of text pages for a manuscript is 18 and the maximum is 25. In addition, the manuscript should follow publication guidelines of the latest edition of the Modern Language Association (

or Chicago Manual of Style (

Use endnotes and not footnotes. Book reviews should be 1500 words and follow MLA or Chicago style.

All correspondence regarding subscriptions as well as manuscripts for submission should be emailed to


ALARA Membership is open to all those interested in African Diaspora Studies.

Membership Dues and Conference Registration Fees

The conference registration fee is US $350. The conference registration fee for Professors Emeriti is US $250. The confererence registration fee for Puerto Rican locals is $150 and for Puerto Rican locals only, a day pass is available for $50.

For those not attending the conference, the annual membership fee for one-year is US $125.

The Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association (PALARA) is now open access and is located here:


Dr. Dorothy Mosby and Dr. William Luis