Focus and Scope

Governance in Africa (GiA) provides an alternative form of academic journal offering free access to research and expert commentary from leading and emerging authors in the field, and from those who have direct experience of the impacts of governance in Africa today. In this context, ‘governance’ in Africa refers to the local/traditional, the national, the regional and the global.

Good governance is a central preoccupation among policy makers and development practitioners, but in-depth and context specific analysis based on sound and localised evidence is sparse in the literature and dispersed among a variety of loosely associated publications. The objective of GiA is to consolidate knowledge in this field and bring together a substantial evidential base on which to make relevant, constructive and informed policy choices.

As economic growth and investment continue to surge in Africa, governance will become more and more of a burning issue for local populations expecting their share of the benefits.

Editorial policy will avoid commitment to any political viewpoint or ideology. It will aim at a fair examination of controversial issues to promote a deeper understanding of what is happening in Africa today and how governance can be improved for the benefit of local populations.

GiA will provide a rigorous analysis of the politics of governing Africa. It is for Africans and their supporters, and anyone else interested in the equitable and sustainable governance and development of the continent - be they consultants, policymakers, academics, traders, financiers, development agents or aid workers. 

The editors welcome articles from a range of disciplines including political science, economics, development, international relations, sociology, anthropology, environment, law, security and human rights among others. The journal will include a reviews section and books under review will have equal scope in terms of subfields.

Publication Frequency

The journal publishes on a continual basis, with new articles coming online as soon as they have passed peer review and been copyedited and typeset. There are no formal submission deadlines for regular issues.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published in Governance in Africa remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

The journal encourages authors to make their research data openly available via an appropriate repository.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Ubiquity Press journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCOHost, Google Scholar and Journal Click. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If Governance in Africa is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing support@ubiquitypress.com or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Advertisement Policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.

Journal Supporter

Governance in Africa is supported by Research into Governance in Africa (Reiga). The journal remains independent and is governed by its Editorial Board and publishing standards and ethics.

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