Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation
Launching in 2022, Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation brings together essay content from Africa Bibliography, the authoritative guide to works in African studies published under the auspices of the International African Institute annually since 1984, with the former African Research & Documentation, the journal of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) published since 1973.
Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation publishes articles and book reviews on topics relating to research, libraries, archives and publishing in and on Africa, and in African Studies.
Africa Bibliography - The online edition is a fully searchable database of both the current volume and past Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation is provided as part of a subscription to the Africa Bibliography. From 2022, the bibliography will be published as an online database only. The online consolidated database version of the bibliography brings together every record collected since its foundation, producing a rich and interactive resource for all scholars interested in the study of Africa. The database version will from 2022 be published online with some 6,000-8,000 entries added annually.
Compiler: Richard E. Bartholomew
About the compiler: Richard E. Bartholomew has a PhD in the Study of Religion from the SOAS University of London. He works as a book indexer and copyeditor, and he has published on religion and media.
Editor: Terry A. Barringer, abrd(at)internationalafricaninstitute.org
Editorial Committee: Lucy McCann, Barbara Spina
Managing Editor: Stephanie Kitchen
Africa Bibliography - The online edition is a fully searchable database of both the current volume and past volumes. With user-friendly search functionality and links straight to the full text of articles or library catalogues, the online version enables researchers to locate references quickly. Free trials and further information may be found at africabibliography.cambridge.org.
- The Africa Bibliography includes a wide range of material: monographs, chapters in edited volumes, journal articles, and pamphlets. It covers all regions of Africa, including North Africa.
- It lists works published in English as well as a number of other languages: Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Swahili, Spanish and Afrikaans.
- The bibliography categorises by region, country and subject.
- It includes an author index and a detailed thematic index.
- Publications principally in the social and environmental sciences, humanities and arts, and some items from the medical, biological and natural sciences are recorded.
- The bibliography includes materials on Africa published in non-specialist scholarly journals, in addition to specialist Africa publications.
- As an annual publication, it records the previous year's published work in its field, with provision for retrospective inclusion of earlier items.
- Introductory articles: Articles on topics relating to research, libraries, archives and publishing in and on Africa, and in African studies are published with the bibliography. These are openly accessible here.
Publishing and availability
Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation is prepared in association with the International African Institute's journal Africa. Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation is available as part of a subscription to the International African Institute's journal, Africa. It is published for the Institute by Cambridge University Press. For further information see cambridge.org/core/journals/africa-bibliography
Annual volume published yearly
Africa Bibliography Research and Documentation
Vol 1 (2021) onwards
ISSN: 2752-6399 (Print), 2752-6402 (Online)
Read a review published by the Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB).
Conover Porter Award
Africa Bibliography was recognised as the winner of the 2014 Conover Porter prize, which was presented during the 2014 US African Studies Association conference. The Conover-Porter Award is presented every two years by the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association. The award recognises outstanding achievement in Africana bibliography and reference tools among works published in the preceding two years. View further details and a list of previous winners.