CFP: Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography


The editorial team of the Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography (EJAB) is seeking manuscripts for their upcoming issue(s) in 2022.  

EJAB is a refereed, online, open access journal of annotated bibliographies and bibliographic essays. Originally published by the University of Iowa Libraries between 1997 and 2014, the journal is being relaunched in 2022 by Columbia University Libraries with a US-based editorial team composed of African studies librarians from Columbia University, Harvard University, The Library of Congress, Michigan State University, and The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The mission of the journal is to serve the global research community in African and African Diaspora Studies by publishing freely-accessible, online annotated bibliographies and bibliographic essays on any aspect of Africa and the African Diaspora, including its peoples, their homes, cities, towns, districts, states, countries, and regions, and in all subject areas, with a special interest in history, politics, social movements, sustainable development, technology, creative literature, and the arts.

In 2022, the editorial team is particularly keen to publish works which address one of the following topics:

  • cultural, economic, political, and/or social responses to COVID-19 in Africa
  • African youth in the 21st century
  • environmental and human security in the Sahel region
  • identity, conflict, and peace in the Horn of Africa or the African Great Lakes region
  • Islamic revival in Africa in the 21st century
  • democracy and the politics of inequality in South Africa since 1999
  • Africa-China relations in the 21st century
  • human rights movements in Africa since 1990 involving persons with disabilities, women and girls, or LGBTQI+ persons
  • international reparations movement for the descendants of those enslaved in the era of the transatlantic slave trade
  • cultural and political expressions of Black internationalism since 1994
  • the discourse of decolonization and the movement for the repatriation of African cultural heritage


Annotated bibliographies must be written in English or French and contain at least 75 numbered entries, based on the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition).  Each bibliography must have an introduction and/or preface. Bibliographic essays must be written in English or French, as well. Essays should discuss at least 50 titles and be 3,500 to 5,000 words in length.

Bibliographies and essays with citations in Amharic, Fulfulde or Pular, French, German, Hausa, Portuguese, Spanish, Wolof, Yoruba, or any other Romanized script languages must include diacritics and ideally any non-Roman script characters. Bibliographies and essays with citations in Arabic are also accepted.

Other guidelines include:

  • Author(s) must attest that a submission to EJAB has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission file should be in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references must be provided.
  • The text must be single-spaced, use a 12-point font, and employ italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables must be placed within the text at appropriate points, rather than at the end.

If interested in publishing with EJAB, please contact the Managing Editor,  Dr. Yuusuf Caruso, African Studies Librarian, Columbia University, at