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More information about journals published in Africa, their contents and full text services can be found at: 

AfricaBib: Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database
The 'Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database' was begun in 1974 and compiled by David Bullwinkle. This database indexes over 47,500 articles from over 396 English language or multi-lingual journals, which specialize in African Studies or consistently include African content. Journals are published in North America, Europe, Asia as well as Africa. Each title is indexed from the first day of publication to the present (or to the date it ceased). Almost 1800 full-text articles are indexed from the following journals:

AAPS Internet Journal of Politics

  • Accord: An International Review of Peace Initiatives
  • Africa Development
  • Africa Economic Analysis
  • Africa Today
  • Africa Update
  • African Journal in Conflict Resolution
  • African Journal of Environmental Assessment and Management.
  • African Population Studies
  • African Security Review
  • African Societies
  • African Studies Quarterly
  • African Symposium: An On-Line African Educational Research Journal.
  • Centre for Research Into Economics and Finance in Southern
  • Africa-Quarterly Review
  • Clarion Call
  • Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
  • Conflict Trends
  • Critical Arts
  • Cultural Survival Quarterly
  • Current Anthropology.
  • Development.
  • Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography
  • Eritrean Studies Review
  • Global Review of Ethnopolitics.
  • IJELE: Art eJournal of the African World.
  • Inhlabamkhosi (Clarion Call)
  • International Journal of African Historical Studies.
  • Internet Journal of African Studies
  • Irinkerindo: A Journal of African Migration.
  • Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies.
  • Journal of Humanitarian Assistance
  • Journal of International Women's Studies
  • Journal of Language and Popular Culture in Africa.
  • Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa.
  • Jouvert.
  • Mots Pluriels
  • Peace, Conflict and Development.
  • Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies
  • SOAS Literary Review
  • Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
  • West Africa Review

In the last nine months we have added the following 38 journals to the Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database:

  • Africana Marburgensia
  • African Administrative Studies
  • African Archaeological Review
  • African Symposium: An On-Line African Educational Research Journal (Full-Text)
  • Africanus
  • Afrika Spectrum
  • Arab Studies Quarterly
  • Centre for Research Into Economics and Finance in Southern
  • Africa--Quarterly Review--(Full Text)
  • Democracy and Development
  • Democracy and Development: Journal of West African Affairs
  • Eastern Africa Journal of Historical and Social Sciences Research
  • Environment and History
  • Environment and Urbanization
  • Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • Forum for Development Studies
  • International Development Planning Review
  • Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies
  • Irinkerindo: A Journal of African Migration
  • Itinerario: European Journal of Overseas History
  • Journal of African Elections
  • Journal of African Marxists
  • Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
  • Journal of Oriental and African Studies
  • Netherlands Review of Development Studies
  • Paideuma
  • Professional Geographer
  • St. Petersburg Journal of African Studies.
  • Senri Ethnological Studies
  • Social Dynamics
  • Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika
  • Studies in Comparative International Development
  • Studies in Third World Societies
  • Third World Planning Review
  • Transactions of the Gold Coast and Togoland Historical Society
  • Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  • TransAfrica Forum
  • World Bank Economic Review
  • World Development

The `Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa 1763-2003: A Comprehensive English Language Bibliography' identifies over 1650 books, articles, theses and papers by, for and about women who have traveled and written about their experiences in Africa. 

African e-journals Project (AEJP) is an initiative of Michigan State University, with the collaboration of AAU, ASA and CODESRIA. It works with the publishers of selected journals in Africa to increase the number of African scholarly journals that are fully available online. 

Bioline International (BI) is a not-for-profit electronic publishing service committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries. With peer-reviewed journals from Brazil, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and more to come, BI provides a unique service by making bioscience information generated in these countries available to the international research community world-wide.

Bioline International operates on an not-for-profit basis, focused on improving the distribution of scientific information despite borders and barriers. All articles are posted on the website in streamlined, easy-to-access HTML format. Every attempt has been made to ensure that each article will be accessible, regardless of computer limitations or internet connection speed.

DISA Anti-Apartheid journals
A selection of anti-apartheid periodicals published during the period 1960 to 1994 have been digitised by DISA (Digital Imaging of South Africa Project funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation). The digitised journals have been indexed and are available on the web for research purposes.

Started in 1997, ExtraMed is a CD-ROM service containing abstracts and full text of more than 300 health and biomedical journals, published in developing countries. About 50 titles from 15 African countries are included. 10 CD-ROMs are published each year. Each CD-ROM is fully searchable.

From 2002, contents will be made available free online through BioMed Central, which is now a full partner in ExtraMed.

E-mail: [email protected] 

ISAP Online
The Index to South African Periodicals (ISAP) is a database containing abstracts and bibliographic information about articles in more than 680 South African periodicals and journals. Topics range from highly specialized and scientific to general popular articles and are specifically selected for their research and use value. Subscribers pay an annual subscription. Non-subscribers may search, but cannot see full bibliographic details. Full text may be ordered from the National Library of South Africa Document Delivery Services. 

H-Net (Humanities-Online)
The H-Net (Humanities-Online) family of electronic networks is located at Michigan State University. The site includes a Table of Contents Service for over 100 African/African studies journals in the humanities and social sciences. Of these some 25 are published in Africa, with a concentration on South Africa. Recent issues (often superseded) and some back files (usually incomplete) are included. The service is free.  

Ingenta is currently adding a number of African published journals to its full text services, through INASP's African Journals Online Pilot Project. This project, started in 2000, works with journal publishers to support them to publish full text electronically, using a mainstream journal access site. Access to TOCs and Abstracts is free. The full text of articles is available through Pay per View or subscription. The following journals, from 2002 issues onwards, are or will soon become available:

  • African Crop Science Journal (Uganda)
  • African Journal of Reproductive Health (Nigeria)
  • Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia
  • Sinet: Ethiopian Journal of Science
  • Zimbabwe Veterinary Journal

NISC offers a Biblioline Internet service and the same material is also available on CD-ROM. Both services are updated quarterly. Access to the databases requires registration and payment. Products include: 

  • Index to South African Periodicals (ISAP), 1987 to date (part of South African Studies). Contains 250,000 records covering more than 440 South African journals. Topics include scientific and technical articles, law, education, agriculture and municipal affairs. Published by the South African National Library. 
  • African Periodicals Exhibit Catalogue (part of African Studies). The 1997 edition contains details of 135 journals published in Africa. This exhibit took place annually at the Zimbabwe Book Fair until 1999. 

NISC South Africa also publishes the following journals. Table of contents and abstracts are accessible on the NISC SA site, and full-text articles are available from Ingenta (

  • African Journal of Range and Forage Science

  • SA Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

  • African Journal of AIDS Research

  • African Journal of Aquatic Science

  • South African Journal of Botany

  • Quaestiones Mathematicae

  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

  • Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology


SABINET offers access, with one interface and search system, to a collection of South African journals published online through its SA ePublications portal. Over 100 titles are included. This service is by paid subscription.

Stanford University Libraries Website provides a number of pages containing informational sources on sub-Saharan Africa. These include:

  • journals, mainly in the humanities and social sciences. These include a number published in Africa and link to tables of contents; 
  • journals published in South Africa, linking to tables of contents and, if available, abstracts. 

Quarterly Index to Periodical Literature
In 1991, the Library of Congress, Nairobi Office, began publishing the Quarterly Index to Periodical Literature, Eastern and Southern Africa. Over 300 periodicals, predominantly scholarly, from 24 Eastern and Southern African countries are indexed. More recently a West Africa supplement has been added. 

The Quarterly Index to African Periodical Literature (QIAPL) is now back on
the Web at:

A print version of the Quarterly Index is available, on application to LOC, Nairobi. 

Yenza offers a listing of South African-based journals, in all disciplines, which have some online presence. Under each title the nature of the online presence is given (whether a brief description, contents, abstracts or full text) and a link is provided to the Web site. 

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