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Guide on “Writing in African Studies Journals” (2015 edition)


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Quick overview about writing in African Studies Journals with main requirements, tips on writing and selecting the right journal. This guide puts together some information of two African Studies Journals Round Tables that had been organized at the Sixth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 6) in Paris (8-10 July 2015). The first edition of this blog post was published in 2011 and revised in 2013 in the aftermath of ECAS 4 in Uppsala and ECAS 5 in Lisbon (see credits below). The video of the 2013 panel is available on YouTube.

HandyFotoCollageJournalCoverIMG_20150702_120343Main points of requirements

  • originality = based on original data, fieldwork or offering at least a new view on a country (ask the “so what”-question)
  • clear structure = making one argument
  • significance = relevance of the contribution, engage with broader debates
  • (a research article should be around 8.000 words sticking to the author guidelines of the…

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