The Center for African Studies founded the African Studies Quarterly (ASQ) to promote research on Africa beyond that undertaken by University of Florida faculty and graduate students. It is an interdisciplinary, fully refereed, online open access journal dedicated to publishing the finest scholarship relating to the African continent.

ASQ invites the submission of original manuscripts on a full range of topics related to Africa in all areas. To qualify for consideration, submissions must meet the scholarships standards within the appropriate discipline and be of interest to an interdisciplinary readership. As an electronic journal, we welcome submissions that are of a time-sensitive nature.

The ASQ undertakes two kinds of publications. Most issues contain articles from a wide range of authors on diverse topics, as in Volume 13, Issue 2:

  • Becoming Local Citizens: Senegalese Female Migrants and Agrarian Clientelism in The Gambia
  • Hip Hop as Social Commentary in Accra and Dar es Salaam
  • The Nation State, Resource Conflict, and the Challenge of “Former-Sovereignties” in Nigeria

The ASQ also publishes Special Issues that focus on a specific theme, as with 11/2&3 guest edited by Ilda Lindell of Stockholm University and titled, “Between Exit and Voice: Informality and the Spaces of Popular Agency.”

Review Process

An editorial committee composed of graduate students in African Studies who hail from Africa, the U.S. as well as other countries and from a wide range of disciplines conducts the internal review of submitted manuscripts. Those accepted for consideration are then sent to two external reviewers. ASQ expects all manuscripts to be original and not to have been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. Final publication depends on the quality of the manuscript and the associated peer review process. The journal will attempt to publish manuscripts no later than six months after submission.

Submission Guidelines

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