2019 Africa Policy Journal Deadline: December 10th, 2018

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The Africa Policy Journal (APJ) at the Harvard Kennedy School invites established and emerging scholars, including researchers, journalists, artists and/or policy practitioners, to submit their work to APJ’s 14th Edition publication. APJ will accept research articles, book reviews, commentaries, and artwork for print publication consideration through December 10th, 2018. APJ also accepts Op-Ed/Blogs and artwork for web publication consideration on a rolling basis. All submissions must be the author’s original work and previously unpublished.

Articles and op-eds should explore the relationship between policy-making and economic, social or political change affecting African countries today. Book and film reviews should critically assess a recent work of importance to culture, politics and society in Africa. Artwork should reflect a celebration or critique of African cultures and/or the development of African communities.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style formatting guidelines.

Academic Articles: 2,500 – 7,000 words, and must include an abstract of no more than 100 words;

Op-eds/Commentaries: 750 – 2,000 words, and include references where appropriate;

Book/film reviews: 500 – 1,000 words, and must include the full citation, including publisher/director and year of publication/original release date;

Artwork: Submit high-resolution files (300+dpi, JPEG format). Each submission must include artwork title, artist name, medium, and year of creation;

Blogs: 300 – 800 words

How to Submit

  1. Format all articles/op-ed/book/film reviews as Microsoft Word documents
  2. Format all images as JPEG files
  3. For all citations use Endnotes with a web link for fact-checking
  4. All submissions must include a cover letter with: (1) author’s name; (2) mailing address; (3) e-mail address; (4) phone number; (5) a biography of no more than 300 words; (6) a headshot.

For the 2019 Africa Policy Journal Please upload your submissions here by December 10th, 2018.

Submissions for our website are considered on a rolling basis and can either be uploaded in the link above or emailed to

All submissions received by December 10th, 2018 will be considered for print publication. APJ’s Editorial Board will notify all applicants by January 22, 2019. Selected authors may be asked to perform additional fact-checking or editing before publication; compliance with these procedures is required for publication.

Review Process

The Africa Policy Journal strives to maintain the quality and integrity of our publication through a submission review process that is fair and transparent. To this end, all works will be reviewed and scored along a common rubric by at least two editorial staff.  Submissions are first processed to remove author’s information and are assigned a numerical code. Editorial staff then read submissions and score along the evaluative criteria: relevance, clarity of argument, use of evidence, organization, contribution, and style. The editorial staff discusses top ranked submissions and final decisions are made collaboratively.


The Africa Policy Journal is the only student-run scholarly journal in the United States dedicated to African policy. Our mission is to promote a rigorous, informed and influential policy dialogue that is relevant to current and future issues of governance, economics, politics and society on the African continent. We publish thought-provoking content that provides fresh insights into the most significant opportunities and challenges facing African nations.


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