Journal of Modern African Studies

The Journal of Modern African Studies is a quarterly academic journal covering developments in modern African politics and society. Its main emphasis is on current issues in African politics, economies, societies, and international relations. It publishes approximately 25 articles and 30 book reviews a year.

Journal of Modern African Studies
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DisciplineAfrican studies
Edited byChristopher Clapham
Publication details
Cambridge University Press (United Kingdom)
0.692 (ISI, Area Studies) (2014)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4J. Mod. Afr. Stud.
ISSN0022-278X (print)
1469-7777 (web)
OCLC no.48535892

The journal is published by Cambridge University Press and as of 2018 its editors will be Ian Taylor [St. Andrews University] and Ebenezer Obadare [University of Kansas]. It was edited by Leonardo A. Villalón [University of Florida] and Paul Nugent [University of Edinburgh] from 2012-2017, and by Christopher Clapham from the University of Cambridge from 1997 to 2012. David Kimble from the National University of Lesotho served as its founding editor from 1963 to 1997.

Abstracting and indexingEdit

According to the 2008 Journal Citation Reports, the journal has an impact factor of 1.041, ranking it 4th out of 38 in the category "Area Studies". The journal is currently abstracted and indexed in:

Notable articlesEdit

  • "Explaining the 1994 genocide in Rwanda" - Helen M. Hintjens, Jun 1999 37:2, pp 241-286
  • "China's engagement in Africa: scope, significance and consequences" - Denis M. Tull, Sep 2006 44:3, pp 459-479
  • "Business environment and entrepreneurial activity in Nigeria: implications for industrial development" - Mary Agboli and Chikwendu Christian Ukaegbu, Mar 2006 44:1, pp 1-30
  • "Diamonds or development? A structural assessment of Botswana's forty years of success" - Ellen Hillbom, Jun 2008 46:2, pp 191-214


  1. ^ Elisabeth Gayon (1985). "Guide documentaire de l'étudiant et du chercheur en science politique". In Madeleine Grawitz; Jean Leca (eds.). Traité de science politique (in French). Presses Universitaires de France. p. 306. ISBN 2-13-038858-2.