Africa Today

Africa Today publishes peer-reviewed, scholarly articles and book reviews in a broad range of academic disciplines on topics related to contemporary Africa. We seek to be a venue for interdisciplinary approaches, diverse perspectives, and original research in the humanities and social sciences. This includes work on social, cultural, political, historical, and economic subjects. Recent special issues have been on topics such as the future of African artistic practices, the socio-cultural life of bus stations in Africa, and family-based health care in Ghana. Africa Today has been on the forefront of African Studies research since 1954. Please review our submission guidelines and then contact the Managing Editor or any of the editors with any questions you might have about publishing in Africa Today.

Journal Details

  • Frequency: quarterly
  • ISSN: 0001-9887
  • eISSN: 1527-1978
  • Keywords: African Diasporas, African History, African Politics, African Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Geography, History, Literature, Religion, Sociology
  • First Issue: Volume 1, number 1 (1954)

Additional Information

Editorial Details

Editorial Office Contact Information
Africa Today
355 N. Jordan Avenue
SGIS GA 3081
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405 USA

  • John Hanson
  • Tavy De Lacy Aherne
  • Beth Buggenhagen
  • Sergio Fernandez
  • Maria Grosz-Ngaté
  • Lauren M. MacLean
  • Luciana Namorato
Managing Editor
  • Derek F. DiMatteo
Book Review Editors
  • Mireille Djenno
Editorial Advisory Board
  • Olufemi Babarinde, Arizona State University
  • Charles M. Becker, Duke University
  • Catherine Boone, London School of Economics
  • Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University
  • Joanna Grabski, Arizona State University
  • Sean Hanretta, Northwestern University
  • Daniel Hoffman, University of Washington
  • Francis B. Nyamnjoh, University of Cape Town
  • Timothy Shaw, Dalhousie University

Submission Info

Authors may view the journal's style guide and submit manuscripts for consideration via the journal's online submissions portal: Inquiries concerning manuscript submission should be directed to the editorial staff at

Abstract & Index

  • CABI: Abstracts on Hygiene and Communicable Diseases (Online)
  • CABI: Agricultural Economics Database
  • CABI: CAB Abstracts (Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux)
  • CABI: Environmental Impact
  • CABI: Forest Science Database
  • CABI: Forestry Abstracts (Online)
  • CABI: Global Health
  • CABI: InfoTree
  • CABI: Leisure Tourism Database
  • CABI: Nutrition and Food Sciences Database
  • CABI: Plant Genetic Resources Abstracts (Online)
  • CABI: Plant Genetics and Breeding Database
  • CABI: Rural Development Abstracts (Online)
  • CABI: Soil Science Database
  • CABI: Soils and Fertilizers (Online)
  • CABI: TropAg & Rural
  • CABI: Tropical Diseases Bulletin (Online)
  • CABI: World Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstracts (Online)
  • Canada in Context
  • Chadwyck-Healey: International Index to Black Periodicals
  • De Gruyter Saur: Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
  • De Gruyter Saur: IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
  • De Gruyter Saur: Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search Alumni Edition
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search Complete
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search Elite
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search Premier
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search: Main Edition
  • EBSCOhost: Advanced Placement Source
  • EBSCOhost: Biography Index: Past and Present (H.W. Wilson), vol.31, no.1, 1984-vol.56, no.4, 2010
  • EBSCOhost: Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: Current Abstracts
  • EBSCOhost: Historical Abstracts (Online)
  • EBSCOhost: Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: Humanities Source
  • EBSCOhost: Humanities Source Ultimate
  • EBSCOhost: International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center
  • EBSCOhost: MainFile
  • EBSCOhost: MasterFILE Complete
  • EBSCOhost: MasterFILE Elite
  • EBSCOhost: MasterFILE Premier
  • EBSCOhost: Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • EBSCOhost: MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), coverage dropped
  • EBSCOhost: OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: Peace Research Abstracts
  • EBSCOhost: Political Science Complete
  • EBSCOhost: Public Affairs Index
  • EBSCOhost: Social Sciences Abstracts (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: Social Sciences Full Text (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1983 (H.W. Wilson), 1974/01-1982/01
  • EBSCOhost: SocINDEX
  • EBSCOhost: SocINDEX with Full Text
  • EBSCOhost: TOC Premier (Table of Contents)
  • EBSCOhost: Women's Studies International
  • Elsevier BV: GEOBASE
  • Elsevier BV: Scopus
  • Gale: Academic ASAP, 02/1988-04/1998
  • Gale: Academic OneFile, 04/1986-05/2000
  • Gale: Advanced Placement Government and Social Studies
  • Gale: Book Review Index Plus
  • Gale: Criminal Justice Collection
  • Gale: Expanded Academic ASAP
  • Gale: General OneFile
  • Gale: Global Issues in Context, 04/1986-05/2000
  • Gale: InfoTrac Custom
  • Gale: MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), coverage dropped
  • Gale: Student Edition
  • Gale: Student Resources in Context
  • Gale: World History in Context
  • H.W. Wilson: Social Sciences Index
  • National Library of Medicine: PubMed
  • OCLC: ArticleFirst, vol.39, no.3, 1992-vol.58, no.1, 2011
  • OCLC: Electronic Collections Online, vol.9, no.1, 1996-vol.58, no.1, 2011
  • OCLC: Periodical Abstracts, v.33, n.1, 1986-v.46, n.2, 1999
  • OCLC: Sociological Abstracts (Online), Selective
  • Periodica Islamica
  • Plant Science
  • ProQuest: Art, Design & Architecture Collection
  • ProQuest: Arts & Humanities Database
  • ProQuest: Arts Premium Collection
  • ProQuest: Environment Abstracts, Selective
  • ProQuest: Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management, Selective
  • ProQuest: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, Core
  • ProQuest: Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (Online), Selective
  • ProQuest: MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), coverage dropped
  • ProQuest: PAIS Archive, 1957-vol.23, no.1/2, 1976
  • ProQuest: PAIS Index (Public Affairs Information Service), Selective
  • ProQuest: Political Science Database
  • ProQuest: Politics Collection
  • ProQuest: Pollution Abstracts (Online), Selective
  • ProQuest: Professional ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest: ProQuest 5000
  • ProQuest: ProQuest 5000 International
  • ProQuest: ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest: Research Library
  • ProQuest: Social Science Database
  • ProQuest: Social Science Premium Collection
  • ProQuest: Sociological Abstracts (Online), Selective
  • ProQuest: Sociology Collection
  • ProQuest: Sociology Database
  • ProQuest: Sustainability Science Abstracts, Selective
  • ProQuest: Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Selective
  • Sage Publications, Inc.: Abstracts in Anthology (Online)

Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Africa Today (AT) is dedicated to following best practices on ethical matters, errors, and retractions. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. Any kind of unethical behavior is not acceptable, and AT does not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Authors submitting articles to AT affirm that manuscript contents are original.

The following duties outlined for editors, authors, and reviewers are based on the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) guidelines, which are in turn based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct for Journal Editors. Editors, authors, and reviewers will also adhere to the AACE and Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) submission guideline policies and the COPE International Standards for Authors.

Duties of Editor

Publication Decisions: Based on the review report of the editorial review board, the editor can accept, reject, or request modifications to the manuscript.

Review of Manuscripts: Each editor must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality. Following desk review, the manuscript will be sent out for blind peer review, which the editors will use to determine whether to accept, reject, or request revisions for the manuscript.

Fair Review: The editors must ensure that each manuscript received by AT is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors.

Confidentiality: The editors must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: The editors of AT will not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research without written consent of the author.

Duties of Authors

Reporting Standards: Authors should present an accurate account of their original research as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Manuscripts will follow the submission guidelines of the journal.

Originality: Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications: Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal.

Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in the research work.

Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-authors. Authors also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and their inclusion of names as co-authors.

Data Access and Retention: Authors should provide raw data related to their manuscript for editorial review and must retain such data. Fundamental Errors in Published Works: If at any point of time, the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in submitted manuscript, then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the editor.

Duties of Reviewers

Confidentiality: Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors should be kept confidential and be treated as privileged information.

Acknowledgement of Sources: Manuscript reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Any kind of similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or with any other published paper of which reviewer has personal knowledge must be immediately brought to the editor's notice.

Standards of Objectivity: Review of submitted manuscripts must be done objectively and the reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Promptness: In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the editor, so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer.