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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 14, Issue 4:

  • Jogoo La Shambani Haliwiki Mjini: The Village and the Town in the Mũgithi and One Man Guitar Performances in Kenya
  • To Be or Not to Be: Rethinking the Possible Repercussions of Somaliland’s International Statehood Recognition
  • State Power, Land-use Planning, and Local Responses in Northwestern Zimbabwe, 1980s-1990s
  • Improving the Contribution of Cooperatives as Vehicles for Local Economic Development in South Africa

The ASQ also publishes Special Issues that focus on a specific theme, as with 14/3 guest edited by Molly Krueger Enz of South Dakota State University and Devin Bryson of Illinois College and titled, “Fed Up: Creating a New Type of Senegal through the Arts.”

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

For more information, please contact us.