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Review Process and publishing

Review process

Africae is steered by an Editorial Board and an Advisory Board. The Editorial Board, which brings together members of the staff of the partner institutes as well as the managing editor, has a leading role in initiating publication projects, a decision-making role and a role in liaising with book projects’ authors. It is assisted in decision-making by an Advisory Board composed of professors or researchers, specialists in the geographical area and experienced.

Each book proposal receives at least one double-blind peer review in addition to the review by the editors.

Africae Studies

Africae’s edited volumes (“Africae Studies” series) result in most cases from a research project or a conference. They are edited by one, two or more academic editors who are part of the UMIFRE network, and may be French, African or international professors or researchers. The chapters submitted to the volume’s editors go through a double peer-review process: an internal peer-review (by the editors themselves) and an external peer-review (by experts—based upon their competences with regard to the theme addressed—selected by the Editorial Board or by the Advisory Board). After receiving the peer-review report, the authors revise their text by taking into consideration the comments made to them. The volume’s editors are responsible for the final selection of texts, the general introduction (revised and edited by the Editorial Board if required) and the overall consistency of the book.

Africae Monographs

The monographs (“Africae Monographs” series) may be written by French, African or international, junior or senior lecturers or researchers. The peer-review process for these books is conducted in two phases. The first step is taken in charge by the Editorial Board and the Advisory Board. They assess the quality of the manuscript based upon several elements: the relevance of the theme, the target readership, recommendations by researchers working on related themes, the quality of writing and the text structure, the length of the manuscript, and the appropriate use of scientific references as required in academic publications. If these criteria are not properly met, the manuscript may be refused, or the author may be asked to rework it. If all the criteria are met, the manuscript goes through an external peer-review process made by an expert from the UMIFRE network or even an external expert, based on their competence to assess the suitability of the book with regards to scientific criteria—both empirical and theoretical. The expert’s peer-review report is used by Africae’s Editorial Board and Advisory Board to decide whether or not to publish the book.


The final edition of the books, after acceptance (correction, upgrading to bibliographic and ortho-typographic standards), and their production are integrated within the Africae component institutes.

The digital books are made available via this website ( and third-party distributors. Every digital book is available in 3 formats (HTML, PDF, ePub).

The works are published under Creative Commons licences, allowing the best dissemination of research works.

Co-publishing policy

Africae promotes co-publishing agreements with European and African publishers for the dissemination of the printed versions, with a specific view to ensuring that the book is available at affordable prices for African audiences. The agreements take into account the primacy of open access.

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