The Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS)

ISSN No: 1447-8420
Online ISSN: 2203-5184
ERA ID: 18727
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Call for Papers

ARAS is constantly seeking articles in the field of African studies and welcomes contributions from all over the world. The following formats will be considered for publication:

  • Scholarly articles: original, research-based articles between 1000-6000 words. Please include all relevant material such as graphs, maps and tables.
  • Generalist articles, opinion pieces or debates between 1000-6000 words, relevant to African studies, African politics, society, economics, religion, literature or other relevant areas of interest to AFSAAP members.
  • Field Notes of 1000-2000 words: any African fieldwork experiences or observations that would make an interesting contribution to the field of African studies. Please submit any photos that might be relevant.
  • Book reviews between 300-1000 words.
  • Review Essays between 1000-2000 words.
  • Short notes / news / comments on reports 300-1000 words


From 2014 ARAS will be using the APA 6th edition citation system (in-text citations).

Please submit 2 copies – one copy with all of your details, and one copy ‘blinded’ (ie. Please remove your name and any identifying features from the article that would suggest the author’s identity). Send to

Book Reviews

The Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS) aims to publish relevant and timely reviews of books  dealing with various African Studies issues. However, in submitting book reviews it is important for reviewers to be aware of not only the journal’s style of citations, but also its style guidelines for the writing of book reviews.

While some journals aim for publishing largely descriptive reviews which serve to inform the reader about the content of the book and its main ideas, ARAS does not. Therefore, what we are looking for is:

  • An intellectual engagement with the text which should be primarily reflective and critical, rather than a wholly descriptive book review, and
  • A critical assessment of the ideas and hypotheses presented in the book

Publishing critical and inquisitive book reviews is an intellectually rewarding endeavour, and more importantly the state of academic inquiry and knowledge in general progresses through the process of discussion and argument, and not regurgitation.

The journal welcomes unsolicited reviews, and for all book review related queries please contact


ARAS is published in June and December each year. Articles can be submitted anytime. Book reviews, news and opinion pieces should be submitted by March 15th or September 15th.

ARAS – Ethical guidelines for authors*

All authors submitting to the Australasian Review of African Studies  are expected to follow these ethical guidelines:

  1. All authors must ensure that their article is their own original work, which does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity, and cannot be construed as plagiarizing any other published work, including their own previously published work.
  1. All authors named on the article are equally held accountable for the content of a submitted manuscript or published article.
  1. All persons who have made significant scientific or literary contributions to the work should be named as co-authors.
  1. Authors must not submit their manuscript to any other journal simultaneously.
  1. Authors should not submit previously published work, nor work which is based in substance on previously published work, either in part or whole.
  1. Authors must appropriately cite all relevant Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, should not be used or reported in the author’s work unless fully cited, and with the permission of that third party.
  1. Authors must make available all necessary formal and documented ethical approval from an appropriate research ethics committee, including evidence of anonymization and informed consent from the research participants studied, if appropriate.
  1. Authors must follow national and international procedures that govern the ethics of experimentation on humans and Research reported in the paper must be conducted in an ethical and responsible manner, in full compliance with all relevant codes of experimentation and legislation.
  1. If required, authors must facilitate access to data sets described in the article.
  2. Authors must avoid making defamatory statements in submitted articles which could be construed as impugning any person’s reputation.
  1. Authors must declare any potential conflict of interest – be it professional or financial – which could be held to arise with respect to the article.
  1. Authors must disclose all sources of funding for the research reported in their article.



*guidelines adapted from Taylor and Francis Group Authorservices