Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies (formerly The Journal of Pan African Studies; JPAS), a trans-disciplinary on-line multilingual peer reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the intellectual synthesis of research, scholarship and critical thought on the African experience around the world, is seeking contributions for a special edition focused on the on-going conversations about HIV/AIDS across cultural, national, regional and disciplinary boundaries.

We are seeking submissions focused primarily on two issues: 1) the impact of culture on HIV/AIDs as a construct and a lived reality; and, 2) the fact that being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence.  For this special issue, we are seeking submissions from all disciplinary fields, submissions that are interdisciplinary in nature, as well as contributions from poets, fiction writers, practitioners, HIV/AIDS service providers, and those who are living with HIV/AIDS.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: 1) controversies surrounding human testing, particularly testing using subject of African descent; 2) the impact of culture, race, orientation and belief systems on living with HIV/AIDS; 3) war and HIV; the importance of cultural relevance in teaching, healing and research; and 4) bioethics and HIV/AIDS.


General Information:

Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies (A:JPAS) seeks work that: present original research methods/theory, add to a body of research, announce research findings, guide future research, explore theories, distribute new knowledge, present new ideas, invite discussion, introduce research reviews, and provide new Africology centered concepts and terminology. Hence, submitted articles should have: an introduction, literature review (annotated bibliographies accepted), a methodological construct, results, discussion, conclusions, and suggested steps for further research that can intellectually engage scholars, students and others with interest in African world community studies. In 2011 JPAS received the National Council for Black Studies Fannie Lou Hamer & Kwame Nkrumah Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership and Service in the African World. A:JPAS is in support of the objectives of ‘The Task Force for Measuring Impact in Africology’ to implement an Afrifactor (an article/journal citation tracker that can monitor author contributions and journal ranking and qualitative metrics specific to Africology) for journals and academic units engaged in Africology (for more information on the work of ‘The Task Force for Measuring Impact in Africology’, e-mail the A:JPAS senior editor at:



A:JPAS is published four times a year in March, June, September, and December, with occasional editions to accommodate need and supplemental special editions



A:JPAS is indexed via Academic OneFile, EBSCO, Google Scholar, International Index to Black Periodicals, Literature Resource Center, ProQuest, Social Sciences Full Text (WilsonWeb), Thompson Gale, World History Collection, etc.



A:JPAS seeks to use an affirmative African centered logic and language of liberation, therefore, we have decided not to use the term ‘tribe’ or slaves in reference to the African experience. We ask that all contributors acknowledge this policy before submitting content. Hence, the preferred alternative terms-concepts include ‘ethnic group’ and ‘the enslaved’. Second, in regards to the use of the word black, when it is used to indicate people of African heritage, we recommend that it be capitalized. In regards to describing Africa, the now popular “sub-Saharan Africa” designation is discouraged; thus, our preferred description is “Africa south of the Sahara desert” or simply, “Africa south of the Sahara.”


Publishing Language:

The major publishing language of A:JPAS is English. However, contributions in languages other than English are acceptable when also presented in English.



All contributions must address the guest editor of the special edition ( in a cover letter stating: your name, current public affiliation, location, e-mail address, the title of your contribution, the originality of your contribution, that your contribution is not under consideration anywhere, and that you wish to publish in Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies. Thereafter, contributors must submit their contribution to the guest editor ( in MS word in a Times New Roman typeface via an attachment in an e-mail (etiquette: avoid capitalizing every word in the subject line). The entire work should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages with a concise title, abstract, and current standard citations and references. Within the contribution, do not include page numbers or the title of your contribution on each page; all graphics (charts, tables, photos, etc.) must fit our page measurements; only use endnotes in your contribution (not footnotes), a list of references are needed for each contribution, and in regards to style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), use the style most relevant to your area of study/research. Deadlines: Submit abstracts by on before January 30, 2018; full papers are due on May 15, 2018.



Sheila smith mcKoy, PhD, Guest Editor of Special Edition

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