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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. It also includes sociology, anthropology, economics, and to the extent that articles inform debates on contemporary Africa, history, literature, art, music and more.

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.


Year Impact Factor Ssi: Area Studies Ssi: Political Science
2015 1.904 1 out of 69 23 out of 163
2014 1.945 1 out of 65 16 out of 161
2013 1.554 1 out of 63 23 out of 156
2012 1.474 2 out of 65 27 out of 157
2011 1.544 3 out of 66 18 out of 148
2010 1.490 1 out of 60 20 out of 139
2009 1.660 2 out of 44 10 out of 112
2008 1.264 2 out of 38
2007 1.098 2 out of 37
2006 0.852 3 out of 34

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually by ISI.

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