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Impact Factor
5 year Impact Factor

Lindsay Whitfield
Carl Death

About the journal

African Affairs is published on behalf of the Royal African Society and is the top ranked journal in African Studies. It is an inter-disciplinary journal, with a focus on the politics and international relations of sub-Saharan Africa …

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Virtual Issues

Virtual issues provide informed and critical analysis of a particular topic or country. They include significant articles previously published in the journal, as well as new and exclusive content. All virtual issues are freely available. 

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Ranked #1 in area studies

The 2015 impact factors were released, and African Affairs’ achieved an Impact Factor of 1.904. The journal continues to be ranked number 1 in Area Studies (out of 69 journals) and is now ranked 23 out of 163 titles in Political Science.

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Research Notes

A new peer-reviewed publication series from African Affairs, Research Notes are papers on research methods for the study of Africa, covering fresh trends, controversies and debates.

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African Arguments

African Arguments publishes high quality analysis of African current affairs and politics from inside the continent and through our global network of writers.

Prizes and Awards

African Affairs is proud to award a number of distinguished prizes.


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