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African Affairs is published on behalf of the Royal African Society and is the top ranked journal in African Studies. It is an inter-disciplinary journal, with a focus on the politics and international relations of sub-Saharan Africa. It also includes sociology, anthropology, economics, and to the extent that articles inform debates on contemporary Africa, history, literature, art, music and more.

Each issue of African Affairs contains a substantial section of book reviews, with occasional review articles. There is also an invaluable list of recently published books, and a listing of articles on Africa that have appeared in non-Africanist journals.

Abstracting and Indexing Services

African Affairs is covered by the following abstracting and indexing services:

Abstracts in Anthropology Africa-Wide America: History and Life Anthropological Index Online British Humanities Index CAB Abstracts Criminal Justice Abstracts CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Current Contents® /Social and Behavioral Sciences Expanded academic ASAP Geographical Abstracts Global Health Historical Abstracts Humanities Index/Abstracts/Full Text IBSS Infotrac International Bibliography of the Social Sciences International Development Abstracts International Index to Black Periodicals International Political Science Abstracts Journal Citation Reports /Social Sciences Edition Peace Research Abstracts Periodicals Index Online (PIO) PROQUEST DATABASE : Magazines PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest 5000 PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest 5000 International PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Central PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Discovery PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest International Academic Research Library PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest News & Magazines PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Platinum PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Political Science PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Research Library Public Affairs Information Services (PAIS) Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Social Sciences Citation Index® Social Scisearch® Sociological Abstracts Tropical Diseases Bulletin Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition World Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstracts


YearImpact FactorSsi: Area StudiesSsi: Political Science
20151.9041 out of 6923 out of 163
20141.9451 out of 6516 out of 161
20131.5541 out of 6323 out of 156
20121.4742 out of 6527 out of 157
20111.5443 out of 6618 out of 148
20101.4901 out of 6020 out of 139
20091.6602 out of 4410 out of 112
20081.2642 out of 38
20071.0982 out of 37
20060.8523 out of 34

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually by ISI.

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Impact Factor: 1.904

5-Yr impact factor: 1.942


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