African Studies Quarterly


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African Studies Quarterly; The Electronic Journal of the Center for
African Studies at the University of Florida

African Studies Quarterly is an interdisciplinary, fully-refereed,
publication. While there are many other publishing outlets which focus
entirely on scholarly writings concerning Africa, what distinguishes ASQ
is its distribution method and its content. It is an ELECTRONIC journal.

o First, it is the first journal of its kind in the US and just the second
internationally (after the University of Bradford, UK, International
Journal of African Studies).

o Second, it is accessible to a growing number of scholars and
institutions around the world with World Wide Web access. Many scholars
and institutions cannot afford the exorbitant subscription rates of most
journals. Third, the electronic format allows for a very rapid turnaround.
ASQ intends only a three month lag from submission, to review, to
publication. This means that the journal can carry scholarly writing of a
time-sensitive nature. In this way, it is likely to become somewhat of a
hybrid between serial commentaries and scholarly publications. As a bonus,
there is a certain satisfaction to be had by the authors in seeing an
article "go to print" so rapidly.

o Finally, the electronic format means that access is unlimited, and it
will cultivate an Africa-based audience. Readership need not be bound by
distribution counts or limits. What's more, the readers themselves need
not be African Studies scholars.

An electronic journal may be read by any global citizen with a computer
just because her interest was piqued by seeing starving refugees in Zaire,
a picture of the late Jean-Bedel Bokassa on his golden throne or an
inspiring speech by Nelson Mandela or Bishop Desmond Tutu. This sort of
popular involvement is perhaps the single most important communication
goal we ought to seek as students and scholars of African Studies.

The inaugural issue of the journal will be published on the World Wide Web
May 1, 1997. The address for the journal will be

For more information write or email:

Editorial Committee
African Studies Quarterly
Center for African Studies
427 Grinter Hall
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

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