Getting Published

Interested in getting published? Here are some major African journals and workshops available and how to access them.

Major African Journals

There is a number of journals that specialise in the study of Africa that are interested in increasing the share of publications from African-based authors. Below is a list of some of the most prestigious of these journals.


Africa is the premier journal devoted to the study of African societies and culture. Editorial policy encourages an interdisciplinary approach, involving humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences. Africa aims to give increased attention to African production of knowledge, highlighting the work of local African thinkers and writers, emerging social and cultural trends 'on the ground', and links between local and national levels of society. At the same time, it maintains its commitment to the theoretically informed analysis of the realities of Africa's own cultural categories. Find out more here.

African Affairs

African Affairs is published on behalf of the African Royal Society and is the top ranked journal in African Studies. It is an inter-disciplinary journal, with a focus on the politics and international relations of sub-Saharan Africa. It also includes sociology, anthropology, economics, and to the extent that articles inform debates on contemporary Africa, history, literature, art, music and more. Find out more here.

African Journal of Political Sciences

The African Journal of Political Sciences (AJPS) is published by the African Association of Political Science (AAPS), with the aim of providing a platform for African perspectives on issues of politics, economy and society in Africa. It is published 2 times a year - in June and December, and targeted at the social science community, policy-makers, and university students. Contributions are in either English or French. Find out more here.

African Studies

African Studies is an international interdisciplinary journal which aims to publish high quality conceptual and empirical writing relevant to Africa. Significant disciplines include but are not limited to: anthropology, critical race, gender and sexuality studies, geography, history, literary, cultural and media studies, sociology, and politics. Find out more here.

Critical African Studies

Critical African Studies seeks to return Africanist scholarship to the heart of theoretical innovation within each of its constituent disciplines, including Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, History, Law and Economics. Find out more here.

The Journal of African History

The Journal of African History (JAH) publishes articles and book reviews ranging widely over the African past, from ancient times to the present. Historical approaches to all time periods arewelcome. The thematic range is equally broad, covering social, economic, political, cultural, and intellectual history. Recent articles have explored diverse themes including: labour and class, gender and sexuality, health and medicine, ethnicity and race, migration and diaspora, nationalism and state politics, religion and ritual, and technology and the environment. Find out more here.

Journal of East African Studies

Journal of Eastern African Studies is the international publication of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, published four times each year. It aims to promote fresh scholarly enquiry on the region from within the humanities and the social sciences, and to encourage work that communicates across disciplinary boundaries. It seeks to foster inter-disciplinary analysis, strong comparative perspectives, and research employing the most significant theoretical or methodological approaches for the region. Find out more here.

Journal of Modern African Studies

The Journal of Modern African Studies offers a quarterly survey of developments in modern African politics and society. Its main emphasis is on current issues in African politics, economies, societies and international relations. It is intended not only for students and academic specialists, but also for general readers and practitioners with a concern for modern Africa, living and working both inside and outside the continent. Editorial policy avoids commitment to any political viewpoint or ideology but aims at a fair examination of controversial issues in order to promote a deeper understanding of what is happening in Africa today. Find out more here.

Journal of Southern African Studies

Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) is an international publication for work of high academic quality on issues of interest and concern in the region of Southern Africa. It aims to generate fresh scholarly research in the fields of history, economics, sociology, demography, social anthropology, geography, development studies, administration, law, political science, political economy, international relations, literature, cultural studies, and the natural sciences in so far as they relate to the human condition. Find out more here.

Review of African Political Economy

Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) provides radical analyses of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. ROAPE is committed to encouraging high quality research and fostering excellence in the understanding of African political economy. Its contributions are based on politically engaged scholarship and it is not generally looking for econometric analyses. It pays particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation, oppression, and to struggles against them, whether driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race, community and gender. Find out more here.


Writing Workshops

ASAUK Writing Workshops ASAUK Writing Workshops

ASAUK Writing Workshops ASAUK Writing Workshops have been in existence since 2009. The motivation behind the workshops is to offer mentoring, in particular to early career scholars in the humanities and social sciences, who are based at African institutions. This initiative was in part a response to the Nairobi process, an ongoing series of discussions, facilitated by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the British Academy, around Africa-UK research collaboration and the provision of researcher support in African higher education. The writing workshops also aim to contribute to wider initiatives that have as their aim the decolonization of knowledge production. Find out more here.

The Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) Workshops

ROAPE is organizing a series of three workshop on radical political economy. The first was held in Accra, 13-14 November, 2017. The second is in Dar es Salaam in April and the final meeting will be in Johannesburg in September 2018. The workshops link analysis and activism in contemporary Africa from the perspective of radical political economy. Find out more here.


Accessing Academic Journals

African researchers often lack access to foreign journals as the vast majority of the universities’ libraries cannot afford to buy these journals and offer access to its students and staff. However, a number of schemes and programs exist which make academic journals from the major publishers free to researchers in African universities. Below is a list of some of these schemes:

Star Program by Taylor and Francis

The STAR program provides a one-month free access to around 1700 scientific journals published by Taylor and Francis. Upon registering to STAR, the researcher or student receives a voucher thatcan be activated when needed. Coverage spans Arts and Humanities, Social and BehavioralSciences, Biological and Physical Sciences. To be eligible for the STAR voucher theresearcher must reside in a developing country. Find out more here.

Research for Life

Research for life consists of a series of programmes that provide developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. The programme is designed to reduce the knowledge gap between developed and developing countries. 

Below are the four schemes of Research for life: 

  • HINARI- Health
  • AGORA- Agriculture
  • OARE- Environment
  • ARDI- technology & innovation

Find out more here.

The African Access Initiative by JSTOR

The African Access Initiative waves archival journal fees on JSTOR across all of Africa. Not-for-profit institutions in Africa are eligible to participate, including colleges, universities, secondary schools, government and non-profit organizations, and museums. Eligible institutions receive unlimited free access to all archival journal content on JSTOR. Find out more here


Through central negotiation with publishers, EIFL negotiates highly discounted prices and fair terms of use to increase access to scholarly material which is essential for research and education. Find out more here

African Journals Online

African Journals Online (AJOL) hosts several hundred African-published peer-reviewed academic journals, including many in the humanities and social sciences.The aim of AJOL is to promote access to African research. Find out more here.



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