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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Published online and in print by the European Centre for Research Training and Development of the United Kingdom as one of their many European – American Journals, the open-access International Journal of African Society, Cultures and Traditions (IJASCT) offers original materials relating to African society, cultures and traditions from the African continent. Papers are sought that address theoretical and methodological contexts stressing aspects of African society. The journal site states that it also publishes book reviews related to these contexts, but no book reviews were found in the online issues at the time of this review.
Four issues of the journal are currently available, from June 2014 to March 2015, each containing one to six articles. Papers vary in length; some are extensively researched, others less so. Authors are faculty members from cultural studies, religious studies, sociology, communications, philosophy, and other departments in a variety of universities on the African continent. They cover a wide range of topics, from “The Comparative Study of the Marriage in Islam and Christianity” to “Cultural Norms and Dispute on Women’s Property Relations in Ghana,” “Online Journalism and the Changing Nature of Traditional Media in Nigeria,” and “The Place of Water in Sustainable Development: Readings from Greg Mabajiorgu’s Writings.”
The submission instructions for this title, like those of other European – American Journals, state that “any article sent will be given to the reviewers in that field of study who have years of experience in teaching and research.” There is an EAJ editorial board that reviews the EAJ journals. Authors must pay a publication fee of GPB £120 for any article accepted for publication. The latest issue (March 2015) holds a single paper as compared to earlier issues’ 4 to 6 papers, which makes one wonder if the title will be continuing. Librarians interested in African studies may want to observe how much material is published in upcoming issues.