Transition: The Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora

Transition is an international review of politics, culture, and ethnicity. While other magazines routinely send journalists around the world, Transition invites the world to write back. Three times a year, its writers fill the magazine's pages with unusual dispatches, unforgettable memoirs, unorthodox polemics, unlikely conversations, and unsurpassed original fiction. Transition tells complicated stories with elegant prose and beautiful images.

Journal Details

  • Frequency: triannually
  • ISSN: 0041-1191
  • eISSN: 1527-8042
  • Keywords: African Americans, African Studies, Arts & Culture, Black Nationalism, Gender Studies, Literary Studies, Politics, Race & Ethnicity, Popular Culture, Social Justice
  • First Issue: Number 1 (1961)

Additional Information

Editorial Details

Editorial Office Contact Information
104 Mt. Auburn St., 3R
Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Alejandro de la Fuente
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Managing Editor
  • Sara Bruya
Editorial Board
  • Wole Soyinka, Chairman
  • Elizabeth Alexander
  • Houston A Baker, Jr.
  • Suzanne Preston Blier
  • Laurent Dubois
  • bell hooks
  • Paulin Hountondji
  • Biodun Jeyifo
  • Jamaica Kincaid
  • Toni Morrison
  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • Eve Troutt Powell
  • Cornel West
  • William Julius Wilson
  • Achille Mbembe Mugo

Submission Info

Transition publishes writing by and about Africa and the African diaspora, with an eye towards a global perspective. Submissions are accepted on a year-round rolling basis. View submission guidelines and submit your work here. We look forward to hearing from you!


Abstract & Index

  • Chadwyck-Healey: International Index to Black Periodicals
  • Clarivate Analytics: Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Clarivate Analytics: Web of Science
  • De Gruyter Saur: IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
  • De Gruyter Saur: Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
  • EBSCOhost: Alternative Press Index (Online)
  • EBSCOhost: Literary Reference Center Plus
  • EBSCOhost: MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), coverage dropped
  • EBSCOhost: Peace Research Abstracts
  • EBSCOhost: SocINDEX with Full Text
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  • Gale: Academic OneFile
  • Gale: Book Review Index Plus
  • Gale: InfoTrac Custom
  • Gale: MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), coverage dropped
  • Gale: World History in Context
  • OCLC: ArticleFirst
  • OCLC: Electronic Collections Online
  • ProQuest: MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), coverage dropped
  • ProQuest: Professional ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest: ProQuest 5000
  • ProQuest: ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest: Research Library