A Research Note addresses an important methodological or ethical issue or set of problems that scholars face when conducting research in African studies. Research notes may focus on novel primary sources, evidence or datasets, archival research, fieldwork practices, or ethical dilemmas that would be of broad interest to researchers in African studies. The author should provide some context in terms of what has been done previously in the field in addition to presenting their own personal approach or experiences. The research note should include a critical reflection on the advantages and/or disadvantages of the approach being presented. The piece may be focused on a particular issue or set of problems that is more common in a specific discipline but should be written in language that is accessible and engaging to Africanist scholars from other disciplines.

Generally, manuscripts should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words including abstracts, figures, reference notes, citations, and appendices. Research notes undergo internal peer review by the Africa Today editors in order to expedite timely publication. They do not require cover pages or removal of references to the author. For all other matters of formatting and style, please refer to the author guidelines.