African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review

ACPR: African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review is an interdisciplinary forum for creative and rigorous studies of conflict and peace in Africa, and for discussions among scholars, practitioners, and public intellectuals in Africa, the United States, and other parts of the world. ACPR provides a wide range of theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives on the causes of conflicts and peace processes including, among others, cultural practices relating to conflict resolution and peacebuilding, legal and political preventative measures, and the intersection of international, regional, and local interests and conceptions with conflict and peace.

Journal Details

  • Frequency: semiannually
  • ISSN: 2156-695X
  • eISSN: 2156-7263
  • Keywords: African Diaspora, African Studies, Ethics, Human Rights, Humanitarianism, International Cooperation, International Studies, Military Operations, Peacemaking, Political Science
  • First Issue: Volume 1, number 1 (2011)

Additional Information

Editorial Details

Editorial Office Contact Information
Abu Bakarr Bah
Department of Sociology
Northern Illinois University
Department of Sociology
DeKalb, IL 60115, USA

Founding Editors
  • Abu Bakarr Bah
  • Mark Davidheiser
  • Tricia Redeker Hepner
  • Niklas Hultin
  • Jennifer Yanco
  • Abu Bakarr Bah, Northern Illinois University
  • Niklas Hultin, George Mason University
Managing Editor
  • David Hurlbut, Boston University, Boston
Contact Addresses
  • Niklas Hultin
    Global Affairs Program
    George Mason University
    4400 University Drive MSN 6B4
    Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
    Email: Phone: 703-993-5778 Fax: 703-993-1244
  • Caroline Johnson
    Director, West African Research Association (WARA)
    African Studies Center, Boston University
    232 Bay State Road
    Boston, MA 02215
    Email: Phone: 617-353-8902
International Editorial Board
  • Wale Adebanwi, Oxford University
  • Eugenie Aw-Ndiaye, West African Research Center, Dakar, Senegal
  • Sandra Barnes, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham
  • Poorvi Chitalkar, Global Centre for Pluralism
  • Rosalind I. J. Hackett, University of Tennessee
  • Tricia Redeker Hepner, University of Tennessee
  • Timothy Longman, Boston University
  • Daniel Rezene Mekonnen, Tilburg University
  • Stephen Ndegwa, World Bank
  • Ebenezer Obadare, University of Kansas
  • Brett O'Bannon, DePauw University
  • Cyril Obi, Social Science Research Council, New York
  • Kenneth Omeje, United States International University, Nairobi
  • Ismail Rashid, Vassar College
  • Jean-Jacques Sene, Chatham University
  • Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, Northumbria University
  • Ian Spears, University of Guelph
  • Mats Utas, The Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden
  • Leonardo Villalón, University of Florida
  • I. William Zartman, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Submission Info

Manuscripts for consideration should be submitted to the journal's online submission system.

ACPR accepts submissions for the following kinds of works: i) Scholarly Research Articles, ii) Briefings, iii) Photo Essays (i.e. photos plus text); iv) Multimedia (i.e. audio and/or video plus text), and v) Book and Film Reviews.

Manuscripts submitted to ACPR should not have been previously published in a journal or by a press. Multimedia submissions should not be under the copyright of another organization. Works submitted to ACPR should also not be currently under review elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for all copyrighted materials reproduced in their submission. Authors are expected to adhere to the standards for intellectual property rights and plagiarism, and authors assume full responsibility for the content of their submissions.

Submissions should be in English. All submissions are double blind peer reviewed. The names and affiliations of authors must be removed from the main document/file. Author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s) must be on a separate cover page. The cover page should include contact information, title of the paper, and a total word count (or size of the file for audios/videos/images). Authors should submit a short biography (100 words).

All manuscripts must be formatted according to the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines. Also see the ACPR style guidelines here.

Manuscripts must be double-spaced with one inch margin on all sides. They should use a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) in a size of at least 10 pts. They should be submitted in a MS Word compatible format such as .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF.

Manuscripts submitted for publication as Scholarly Research Articles should be 8,000 to 10,000 words (including all notes and references), plus an abstract (100 to 150 words). Manuscripts must meet the academic research standards of works published in scholarly journals.

Manuscripts submitted for publication as Briefings should be 4,000 to 5,000 words (including all notes and references), plus an abstract (50 to 100 words). They should offer something of potential value to scholars, policymakers, or practitioners in our field or related ones (e.g., useful reflections, findings, best practices, etc.). The Briefings series offers some flexibility to authors and the editors, but it is anticipated that submissions will fall under the following categories:

i) critical and/or analytical commentaries on current or recent events, policy issues, current or pending legislation, legal cases or treaties, or anything topically relevant

ii) analytical reports on conferences/workshops/conventions/symposia/meetings (NB: While some straightforward descriptions are acceptable, Briefings are not to be mere summaries of events. Authors should emphasize details/findings/lessons/material that others may find useful.)

iii) analytical reports from participants or directors of training events or projects. ACPR blends theory and practice to advance both scholarship and applied work. Findings or lessons learned from training sessions or actual practice (e.g., peacebuilding projects, encounter groups, etc.) are therefore very welcome, and such submissions should be encouraged, particularly since most people will not realize that they may submit such material.

iv) research papers or archival analyses that are shorter or less robust than standard research articles

v) participant reflections from trainings based on research.

Briefings do not require original research data, but they should have some innovative or fresh component, such as a unique or original perspective or set of ideas. They are typically shorter than the scholarly research papers, do not include as many citations, and should be written in a clear and straightforward style.

Photo essays and multimedia works will be included in the print and/or on electronic version of the journal. Photo essays and multimedia submissions can be descriptive or analytical discussions and/or illustration of events, themes, and issues. They should be intellectually stimulating, aesthetically engaging, and, ideally, suitable for teaching. Please contact Niklas Hultin, and cc to for detail on file format and size.

All general questions about ACPR and timelines should be sent to the managing editors: or


Book and film reviews should be 1,000 to 1,500 words (including all notes and references). Please include all bibliographical information about the book or film at the head of the review. If you would like to review a book or film, please contact Niklas Hultin, and cc to

Publishers and producers interested in having their works (books and films) reviewed in ACPR should mail a copy of the book or film to:

Dr. Niklas Hultin
Assistant Professor
Global Affairs Program
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, 6B4
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-5778

Abstract & Index

Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement (October 22, 2018)

African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review is committed to standard scholarly best practices regarding all ethical matters, including the review process, errors, and retractions. Preventing publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. Any kind of unethical behavior is not acceptable.

The following ethics statement is based on common editorial practices as outlined in the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.

Duties of Editors

Review Process: The editors must review each manuscript individually for originality, intellectual merit, and broader interest to the scholarly or policy community. The editors may reject an article at this stage for failing to meet these criteria. Articles for further consideration must be sent out for blind peer review (at least two reviewers for research articles, and one reviewer for briefings), which the editors will use to determine whether to accept, reject, or request revisions.

Fair and Confidential Review: The editors must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted, including the identity of the authors, is kept confidential. The identity of reviewers must also be kept confidential. The editors must manage the review process without regard to the sex, gender, ethnicity, religion, citizenship, professional affiliation, or other status of the author or reviewers.

Conflict of Interest and Disclosure: The editors must not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own scholarship without written consent of the author.

Duties of Authors

Reporting Standards: Authors should present an accurate account of their research and its significance.

Originality, Multiple Submissions, and Redundancy: Authors must ensure that they have written an entirely original work. Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. Authors must ensure that a submission does not substantially replicate the research, argument, and conclusions in his or her previously published work.

Acknowledgment of Sources: Authors must cite all data sources used in their research and all publications that have informed their manuscript, following standard scholarly convention (authors are referred to the journal’s style guide). Sources that are not relevant to the manuscript should not be included and self-citing should be used sparingly.

Duties of Reviewers

Confidentiality of Review Process: Reviewers must hold the review process in confidence, including the identity of the author if the reviewer is able to ascertain who it is.

Conflict of Interests and Objectivity: The review process must be carried out objectively. Reviewers should clearly support their comments on the manuscript and not let political, religious, or similar views affect their assessment of the manuscript. If a reviewer is unable to review a manuscript because of a conflict of interest, the reviewers must notify the editors immediately and withdraw from the process. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: being in the same department/program as the author; having a familial connection to the author (e.g. spouse, sibling); having collaborated with the author on an article, grant proposal, or other piece of scholarship in the preceding 24 months; having served on the author’s PhD or equivalent committee in the previous five years.

Promptness: In the event that a reviewer is unable to complete his/her review within the agreed upon time frame, he or she must notify the editor immediately so that the manuscript can be sent to another reviewer.