We keep an extensive number of journals and newspapers in print and in e-format, mainly on social sciences, politics, development issues and humanities. All focused on Africa.

Our periodical collection starts at the beginning of the 1960s and reflects the political and social development in Africa over the following decades.

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  • Use our search tool AfricaLit Plus, the tab All resources, narrowed down to Articles. Covers journals we subscribe to and selected freely available articles.
  • Select Search beyond NAI Library holdings to expand search to include also material we don't have immediate access to (references only).

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Alphabetical list. Browse titles, click your way to full texts.

Via EBSCOhost
Full text search the greater part of our subscribed journals.

Via AfricaLit Plus
Full text search the greater part of our subscribed journals - with some limitations.

Search/browse titles, click your way to full texts. (Via the SFX interface.)

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Search and access to full texts limited to NAI premises only.

Exception: users outside NAI premises who are signed in to AfricaLit Plus can search most article references - but can not access the full texts.

Search and access to full texts limited to NAI premises only.

Open access journals: free access regardless of your location.

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Lists elsewhere of Africa specific journals

  • Africa Section of the Electronic Journals Library Uni-Regensburg via ilissAfrica.
    Offers access to more than 740 scholarly journals, some open access, some licensed.

More Africa specific journals

  • AJOL - African Journals OnLine
    Search/browse African scholarly journals. Note: full text articles upon ordering only.
  • African e-Journal Project
    Full text archive inlcuding back issues of 11 scholarly journals published in Africa in  social sciences and humanities. Directory of journals about Africa with links to full text articles.
  • African Journal Archive. Sabinet Gateway
    A retrospective digitisation project of full-text journal articles published in Africa, in Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • DISA. Southern African Freedom Struggles, c. 1950 – 1994Full and open user-friendly access in the public domain through an online search facility.
  • EBSCO Information Services Open Science Directory
    Database with 13 000 academic Open access journals  with a focus on developing countries.

Other electronic sources

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    Provides access to quality controlled, scholarly open access journals in full text. The directory aim s to be comprehensive without limitations regarding languages or subject areas.
    Journal articles in full-text from journals covering various subjects. The articles are scanned from the year the journals started and some of them are from the 19th century.
  • Scientific articles @
    Search millions of scientific articles. Links to online access for students at educational institutions. Print ordering service available for Danish citizens.

Print journals

The number of print journals are more than 1,500 titles, some 400 are current.

Browse the alphabetic listing of journal titles (in our old library catalogue):
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Our local library catalogue (part of AfricaLit Plus) includes references to more than 7,000 articles and special issues selected from our most important academic journals, mainly from the years 1990-2000, fewer thereafter.

Due to the unique character of the collection we do not allow (home) loans. You may copy articles while in the library. Distance users may order copies through their local library (part of the interlibrary loan service).

List of our subscribed e-journals

  1. Africa confidential
  2. Africa review
  3. African affairs
  4. African and black diaspora
  5. African arts
  6. African Book Publishing Record
  7. African conflict & peacebuilding review
  8. African identities
  9. African journal of aids research
  10. African Journal of Business and Economic Research
  11. African journal of international and comparative law
  12. African journalism studies (Ecquid novi)
  13. African Renaissance
  14. African security
  15. African studies review
  16. Agenda
  17. Canadian journal of African studies
  18. Critical African studies
  19. Critical arts
  20. Development & change
  21. Development Southern Africa
  22. Development today
  23. EIU country report / Africa (link to top level)
    Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville),
    Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé e Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa,
    Sudan (incl. South Sudan), Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  24. Environment and urbanization
  25. Geographical distribution of financial flows to developing countries
  26. History in Africa
  27. Human Organization
  28. International journal of African renaissance studies
  29. International journal of trade and global markets
  30. Journal for contemporary history = Joernaal vir eietydse geskiedenis
  31. Journal of African business
  32. Journal of African cinemas
  33. Journal of African cultural studies
  34. Journal of African law
  35. Journal of development studies
  36. Journal of Eastern African studies
  37. Journal of international development
  38. Journal of modern African studies
  39. Journal of North African studies
  40. Journal of Peasant studies
  41. Journal of Southern African studies
  42. Journal of the Indian Ocean Region
  43. Journal of the Middle East and Africa
  44. Matatu
  45. Nomadic peoples
  46. Politikon : South African Journal of Political Studies
  47. Review of African Political Economy
  48. SA Crime Quarterly
  49. Social Dynamics
  50. South African Journal of International Affairs
  51. Sustainable Development
  52. Urban Forum
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