Focus and Scope

Africa Today publishes peer-reviewed, scholarly articles and book reviews in a broad range of academic disciplines on topics related to contemporary Africa. It encourages interdisciplinary research and seeks to be a venue for diverse perspectives on a broad range of topics. Africa Today has been on the forefront of African Studies research for more than 45 years. The editors accept submissions based on original research in any humanities and social science discipline. Recent issues include works focusing on social, cultural, political, historical and economic issues, as well as special issues focusing on complex topics from multiple perspectives. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions and then contact the Managing Editor or any of the editors with additional questions you might have about publishing in Africa Today.    

Peer Review Process

Africa Today is a peer-reviewed journal. Typically, after the journal undergoes the internal review process, a decision is made by the editorial board, if not rejected, the article is sent out to external reviewers.

Internal reviewers have a turn-around period of two weeks, after which the manuscript is sent out to external reviewers who have four weeks to evaluate it and return it to the editorial board for further decision.

A minimum of two and a maximum of three external reviewers return their reviews after evaluating the scholarly merit of the article in terms of timeliness and interest of topic, rigor of research, contribution to theoretical debates, and clarity in writing and organization. External reviewers are chosen based on their area and region of expertise. Additionally, their reputation in academia is taken into consideration in selecting them to be a part of the review process.

Journal History

Africa Today publishes peer-reviewed, scholarly articles and book reviews in a broad range of academic disciplines on topics related to contemporary Africa. It encourages interdisciplinary research and seeks to be a venue for diverse perspectives on a broad range of topics. Africa Today has been on the forefront of African Studies research for more than 45 years. The editors accept submissions based on original research in any humanities and social science discipline. Recent issues include works focusing on social, cultural, political, historical and economic issues, as well as special issues focusing on complex topics from multiple perspectives. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions and then contact the Managing Editor or any of the editors with additional questions you might have about publishing in Africa Today.