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Research Notes

Research Notes is a new peer-reviewed publication series from African Affairs, designed to encourage debate and analysis of recent methodological and ethical issues in African studies, with a view to enabling researchers to share their experiences and to document and critique cutting-edge developments in the field. In other words, they are papers on research methods for the study of Africa, covering fresh trends, controversies and debates. Each issue of the journal will feature one Research Note. 

The key features of Research Notes are that they should:

(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 african.affairs.editors@gmail.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)

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