n Institute of African Studies Research Review - Publishing African Studies in Africa : reflections and considerations

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



In December 2010 I retired after 12 years of being Editor of this journal, the , although I continue to be involved as a member of the editorial committee. Even before 1999 however I was involved in editing it from time to time. Apart from the , I have also been editor or co-editor of a number of other publications, mainly in the field of linguistics. Publishing these days world-wide is generally considered to be in a crisis of sorts, brought about by the challenges of the internet, of electronic publishing, and the exponential increase in the amount of information and its availability that has happened over the past 20 years, with no sign of abating. It seems like a good time to reflect on what it has been like to edit a journal of African Studies in Africa, and contemplate the future. In the remarks to follow, I draw upon my experience in academic editing and publishing in the University of Ghana over the past 45 years. It is therefore relevant to recount that experience.

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