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Presentation and supports

Afriques is an historical journal about African worlds. It focuses primarily on periods prior to the twentieth century, in dialogue with other disciplines, including archaeology, philology, anthropology, history of art and linguistics.

Published by the Institut des Mondes Africains (IMAF), Afriques is an electronic journal with free access to the full text available on the OpenEdition Journals platform (

It contains articles written by young scholars and specialists.

We welcome contributions in French and English.

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Article selection procedure

The articles are sent to the editorial committee which realizes a first evaluation of the interest of the article, its congruence with the editorial policy of the review and its scientific quality. If the committee considers the article to be interesting, it designates two anonymous reviewers who can be members of the scientific committee or other non-member researchers. In the case of dossiers, the scientific directors of the dossier receive the article submissions and designate the anonymous reviewers who will evaluate the articles, in agreement with the editorial committee. The articles of the dossier, after a pre-selection by the directors of the dossier based on outside evaluations, are presented to the editorial committee who must accept the publication.

Publication ethics and malpractice statement

We are strongly committed to promote the highest ethical publication practices and expects all submitting authors to uphold the high standards of publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE). Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

Publication and authorship

Author(s) need to ensure that the submitted article is the work of the submitting author(s) and is not plagiarized, wholly or in part. They must also make sure that the submitted article is original, is not wholly or in part re-publication of the author’s earlier work, and contains no fraudulent data.

It is also their responsibility to check that all copyrighted material within the article has permission for publication and that material the author does not personally hold copyright in is not reproduced without permission.

Finally, authors should ensure that the submitted article has a funding acknowledgement, where relevant. Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled ‘Funding’.

Peer review and responsibility for the reviewers

Both the Referee and the Author remain anonymous throughout the “double blind” review process. Referees are selected according to their expertise in their particular fieldworks. Submitted papers are reviewed by at least two independent Referees and by our editorial staff.

Referees are requested to evaluate whether the manuscript has already been published in another journal, is methodologically sound, contains results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions, contains an appropriate bibliography and makes a significant contribution to the social sciences. Referees judge each paper based on the following scale: Accepted with no revision; Accepted with partial revision; Accepted with major revision; Flat rejection. A decision is sent to the corresponding Author, along with recommendations made by the Referees. The Editors are responsible for the final decision to accept/reject the manuscript.

Authors are entitled to expect that Referees or other individuals privy to the work an Author submits to a journal will not steal their research ideas or plagiarize their work. Further, Referees hold responsibility to be objective in their judgments; have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, with respect to the authors and/or with respect to the research funders; point out relevant published work which is not yet cited by the author(s); and treat the reviewed articles confidentially.

Publishing ethics issues

Members of the Editorial Board ensure the monitoring and safeguarding of the publishing ethics. This comprises the strict policy on plagiarism and fraudulent data, the strong commitment to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed, and the strict preclusion of business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.

Whenever it is recognized that a published paper contains a significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distorted report, it will be corrected promptly. If, after an appropriate investigation, an item proves to be fraudulent, it will be retracted. The retraction will be clearly identifiable to readers and indexing systems.

Copyright and Open archives

Afriques is an open access journal; the author retains full copyright while giving permission to the journal to publish his article. See Request online broadcasting license, Attachment down the page “Recommandations aux auteurs” (

The author has the opportunity to file its pre-print or accepted paper and/or published in pdf in open archives, provided, however, indicate the url of publication of the original article.

Organisation of the journal

The journal is composed of two main sections:

/ Thematic issues

This section includes issues published on an annual basis.

/ Eclectics

This section comprises three sub-sections, contributions may be published throughout the year.

- Varia

- Debates and readings
Afriques wants to promote scientific debate by publishing:

methodological statements

reprinted articles accompanied by new commentaries

crossed viewpoints, notes inspired by personal reflections on readings

- Sources
Afriques wishes to make available research materials, by editing, translating and commenting on the original documents: maps, manuscripts, visual sources, literary, audio...

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