(i) be around 4,000-5,000 words long;
(ii) address an issue of particular methodological or ethical importance to African studies;
(iii) consider recent developments within the field in addition to the author’s own personal experience; and,
(iv) make a contribution to our understanding of how Africa can be studied, and the pros and cons of different approaches.
With the exception of the word length, the formatting and style requirements for Research Notes are the same as for standard African Affairs articles, and authors should follow the style guide here.
Research Notes should be submitted to email@example.com but authors are advised to contact the editors in advance to ensure that a Research Note on a similar topic has not already been submitted.
Introduction to African Affairs Research Notes
Notes on Researching Africa
Nic Cheeseman, Carl Death and Lindsay Whitfield
Research Notes already online:
Film as Research Method in African Politics and International Relations: Reading and Writing HIV/AIDS in Tanzania
Sophie Harman (September 2016)
Exploring survey data for historical and anthropological research: Muslim–Christian relations in south-west Nigeria
Insa Nolte, Rebecca Jones, Khadijeh Taiyari, and Giovanni Occhiali (July 2016)
Africa by Numbers: Reviewing the Database Approach to Studying African Economies
Morten Jerven (March 2016)
Mistakes, crises, and research independence: The perils of fieldwork as a form of evidence
Christopher Cramer, Deborah Johnston, Carlos Oya, and John Sender (January 2016)