Afrikanistische Zeitschriften


(Online; open access) Publishes research in African studies in the so called Westermann’schen Breite (Westermann’s width/latitude) and gains additional historical depth through Egyptian studies. The key aspects of the journal are linguistics, communication, literature as well as cultural and historical studies focusing on Africa and Egypt.

Afrika und Übersee

(Universität Hamburg; 1910–present; open access) Publishes research on African languages and their social and historical contexts. The journal has a broad range of topics that covers the subfields of linguistics and is especially interested in publishing primary linguistic data and the analyses thereof.

Arusha Working Papers in African Linguistics

(Online-only; 2020–present; open access) Forum for discussions about applied and theoretical issues in African linguistics. AWPAL welcomes original contributions on all aspects of African languages and linguistics, in particular those that are data-oriented and descriptive or pedagogical in nature. Nonetheless, manuscripts are accepted across all domains of linguistics. Finally, we especially encourage and welcome contributions from graduate students and junior scholars in Africa.

Frankfurter Afrikanistische Blätter / Frankfurt African Studies Bulletin

(Rüdiger Köppe Verlag) The Frankfurt African Studies Bulletins (FAB) are published annually. They are edited by members of the Institut für Afrikanistik of the Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

Journal of African Languages and Linguistics

(De Gruyter; 1979–present) Publishes original contributions on all aspects of African language studies, synchronic as well as diachronic, theoretical as well as data-oriented; also contains list of recently published books on African languages and linguistics.

Journal of African Languages and Literatures

(UniorPress, University of Naples “L’Orientale”; 2020–present; open access) Publishes data-driven research contributions related to any aspect of African languages. A special focus is given to description, documentation and analysis of undocumented and under-described languages. Also publishes studies on modern and contemporary literatures in African languages with a special focus on texts (both in oral or written form).

Journal of West African Languages

(West African Linguistic Society; 1964–present; open access) The purpose of the Journal of West African Languages is to publish articles of good quality and interest in all aspects of language and linguistics that are relevant to the area of West Africa, which may be defined as Sub-Saharan Africa, extending into Central Africa.

Languages in Africa

(Russian Academy of Sciences; 2019–present; open access) The journal is primarily focused on African linguistics, including ethno- and sociolinguistics, but also on literature, folklore, written and oral traditions.

Language Matters

(Taylor & Francis; 1993–present) Focuses on multilingualism in Africa.  Although the journal contributes to the language debate on all African languages, sub-Saharan Africa and issues related to multilingualism in the southern African context are the journal’s specific domains.

Linguistique et Langues Africaines

(LLACAN Paris; 2015–present; open access) A forum for linguists working on the phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics and semantics of African languages. Aims to enlarge our knowledge and understanding of the enormous linguistic diversity in Africa.

Nomina Africana: Journal of African Onomastics

(NISC Pty Ltd / Names Society of Southern Africa; open access) Publishes original peer reviewed research that makes a contribution to the field of onomastics on the continent. Studies that deal with any aspects of proper names and the naming process and of relevance to any of the languages of the continent will be considered for publication. 

South African Journal of African Languages

(Taylor & Francis; 1981–present) Devoted to the advancement of African (Bantu) and Khoi-San languages and literatures. Papers, book reviews and polemic contributions of a scientific nature in any of the core areas of linguistics, both theoretical (e.g. syntax, phonology, semantics) and applied (e.g. sociolinguistic topics, language teaching, language policy), and literature, based on original research in the context of the African languages, are welcome. The journal is the official mouthpiece of the African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA).

Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

(Taylor & Francis; 2001–present) Publishes articles on a wide range of linguistic topics and acts as a forum for research into ALL the languages of southern Africa. Original contributions are welcomed on any of the core areas of linguistics, applied linguistics, and language practice, particularly regarding matters that are relevant for the (southern) African context. Review articles and short research reports are also welcomed.

Studies in African Linguistics

(University of Florida; 1970–present; open access) Publishes in-depth empirically supported linguistic articles on African languages.

Studies in African Languages and Cultures

(University of Warsaw; 1984–present; open access) Forum for the publication of original works in various fields of African studies. Primarily focusing on African linguistics, including ethno- and sociolinguistics, it also covers African literature, African culture and history of Africa. It promotes research based on sources in African languages.

Zeitschriften mit regelmäßigen Beiträgen zu afrikanischen Sprachen, jedoch nicht darauf beschränkt


(La Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar; 2002–present; open access) Covers all areas of language sciences: syntax, morphology, semantics, phonology, semiotics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, conversational analysis, the analysis of verbal interactions, pragmatics, social communication, etc.

The Mouth

(Universität zu Köln; 2017–present; open access) Devoted to the critical study of language practices and ideologies, cultural concepts and social contexts. It is transdisciplinary and not bound to a single particular form. Contributions can be written texts of varying size and genre, images and videos, in different languages.

Ghana Journal of Linguistics

(Linguistics Association of Ghana; 2012–present; open access) The Editors welcome papers on all aspects of linguistics.