African Affairs is the most influential and top-ranked African studies journal in the world. The journal publishes scholarly articles on recent political, social and economic developments in sub-Saharan countries. Also included are historical studies that illuminate current events in the continent.
African Affairs is the top-ranked African studies journal as measured by impact factor, which is a ratio of citations to articles published. African Affairs' Impact Factor is 2.577 according to the 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017), placing it first within Area Studies above all other African studies journals. African Affairs is also ranked in the field of political science, with a ranking of 18 out of 161 journals.
The journal is published quarterly by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal African Society. It is widely read by academics, diplomats, policy-makers, and others with a serious interest in the continent, as well as lay readers who want a deeper insight into developments on the continent.
An annual subscription to African Affairs is free when you join the Royal African Society.