Balme Library, University of Ghana

About Citing Africa

A podcast series providing practical guidance to young scholars seeking to be published and a critical investigation into the wider context of knowledge production about the African continent

There is no way we can succeed in the eradication of poverty if the developing world is not part of knowledge creation, its dissemination and utilization to promote innovation. Higher education is a critical factor in making this possible and must be part of any development strategy.” 

Mamphela Ramphele, 2000

Citing Africa is edited and mixed by Boikhutso Tsikane.

Statue of Cecil Rhodes at UCT is dismantled
The statue of Cecil Rhodes is dismantled at the University of Cape Town in 2015  Image Credit: Desmond Bowles


Fact: From 1993 to 2013, the proportion of articles written by Africa-based academics in two leading Africa-focussed journals declined from 30 to 15 per cent. Now this was not because scholars were submitting fewer articles (actually submissions had increased). In fact, it was as a result of declining acceptance rates.

How could this happen, you may ask? Well, so did we. And that was how the project, Citing Africa was born.

We decided to talk to as many people as possible to get the bottom of the matter: scholars, funders, journal editors, policy makers. We found so much of it enlightening and we’ll be sharing the best bits in a series of short podcasts.

But we just don’t want to talk about what is going wrong and why, we also want to share advice on how to navigate the academic system better and shine the spotlight on amazing initiatives already out there.

So if you want to be first in the know, join the mailing list for our newsletter. We will only use your email to send you project updates, announcements of podcast releases and associated events, we promise.

If you know of any interesting opportunities for young African researchers not already on our portal, please drop us a line at

Citing Africa is funded by the LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund, the LSE Department of International Development and the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) journal.