Published quarterly by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal African Society, African Affairs is the world’s top ranked journal in African Studies. Our journal is also within the top 20 out of 169 Political Science journals worldwide.


African Affairs is an inter-disciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal, with a focus on the politics and international relations of Africa. It also includes sociology, anthropology, economics, history, literature, art, music and other studies that will inform debates on contemporary African affairs. Each issue of African Affairs contains new original research articles, as well as briefings on contemporary issues, and research notes on ethical and methodological challenges. There is also a substantial section of book reviews, with occasional review articles.


The journal Co-Editors – Lindsay Whitfield, Peace A. Medie and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira – welcome submissions from all over the world, in particular from Africa, and accept articles from authors in a variety of occupations, not just from professional academics. African Affairs also grants a number of distinguished prizes and awards each year to recognise outstanding authors and published articles in a diverse range of research areas. 


African Affairs aims to appeal to a wide audience and is widely read by academics, policy-makers, business leaders and interested members of the public who want a deeper insight into developments on the continent. The journal enjoys a global readership, supported by Oxford University Press’s Developing Countries scheme – a philanthropic initiative that offers online access to journal content to over 5,500 non-profit research institutions in over 100 countries, including 38 African countries.


A key benefit of the Royal African Society’s memberships, all members get a complimentary subscription to African Affairs – worth £578 or £86 a year for corporations and individuals respectively. 


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