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Aims and Scope

Global Africa is a pan-African, international journal, dedicated to the expression, dissemination and promotion of excellent research in the humanities and social sciences on the African continent and its diaspora. It welcomes reflections on global issues and their challenges apprehended from Africa and its diasporas to show how the transformations of the world are played out from the continent.


Led by the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis (UGB) through its Laboratory for the Analysis of Societies and Powers/Africa-Diaspora (LASPAD) in partnership with a consortium of thirteen pan-African, African and European research institutions, the journal aims to contribute to contemporary debates both within and beyond the academic sphere, in which African issues intersect with global issues. It is particularly interested in current and future transitions, whether economic, energy, demographic, digital, health, ecological, technological, urban, based on multi/interdisciplinary approaches.


Global Africa proposes to keep an intellectual agenda centered around the current events and the future of the continent, that is to say to think of a continent caught up in globalization, a space grasped in its relationship to the world. It therefore intends to provide a demanding and innovative platform for the voices of African researchers to describe and think about the trajectories, the tensions that can be found in the entanglement of local, national, community and transnational issues.

Global Africa aims to be the echo of the new voices of African research of excellence in the humanities and social sciences. Its objective is to significantly increase the African contribution to global scientific creation, and to arouse critical reflexivity to strengthen the epistemological, theoretical, methodological and ethical foundations of research in the humanities and social sciences (HSS). To do so, the journal supports young researchers in particular through various mechanisms: the dissemination of their research in the four most spoken languages of the continent (French, English, Arabic, Swahili), co-publication, an editorial process committed to including more than excluding, while maintaining the quality of productions, training and capacity building actions.

In November 2023, Global Africa signed the Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication, initiated by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, the Committee for Public Information, the Finnish Association for Scholarly Publishing, Universities Norway and the European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Launched in 2019, this initiative aims to promote the importance of multilingualism in research and its dissemination, in a context of internationalization. It is based on three main recommendations: 

1- Support the dissemination of research results for the interest of society. 

2- Protect national infrastructures for the publication of locally relevant research.

3- Promote linguistic diversity in research evaluation and funding systems.

Helsinki has now been signed by hundreds of institutions and researchers around the world. The signing of Helsinki is in line with Global Africa's desire to strengthen its commitment to the defense of bibliodiversity.

Journal Business Model


The program is funded until 2025. The primary financial support comes from the French Development Agency (56%). UGB contributes 12% and provide human resources as well as the headquarters for Global Africa. IRD contributes 11% and covers the editorial secretary position. As for the other members of the consortium, they directly contribute 4% to the program's funding and provide their infrastructures and teams, particularly in the context of the Junior Researchers Institutes.The remaining funding relies predominantly on revenue generated by the online certification courses and a fundraising strategy. The model has been designed to sustain the initiative beyond the initial four years of operation.

Community and Contacts

Global Africa is a community and we are convinced that we will grow in quality and usefulness by listening to your needs, your remarks, criticisms, suggestions.

We will also be happy to relay news from your research institutions and your conferences, especially if they deal with issues dear to Global Africa and to scientific publishing. We are open to suggestions for institutional partnership and individual collaboration.

The editorial staff is committed to responding to letters and remarks sent by authors and readers. To contact the editorial team:

Manuscripts should be submitted on the online submission platform. For more information, consult our general guide for manuscript preparation and submission.

If you still need technical support (for registration or online submission), you can reach us via Signal or Whatsapp on this number: +221 77 890 88 88



Global Africa

Gaston Berger University

BP 234

Saint Louis, Senegal

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