Journal of African American Studies examines topics concerning social transformations that impact the life chances of continental Africans and the African diaspora. It publishes original research on issues of professional and disciplinary concern for the social progress of people of African descent.

The journal features empirical, methodological, and theoretical papers as well as literary criticism. It covers the full spectrum of this interdisciplinary field, containing diverse methods and perspectives that include anthropology, art, economics, law, literature, management science, political science, psychology, sociology, social policy research, and others.

SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SJR) 2017: 0.268

68 out of 128 on the Gender Studies list

537 out of 1103 on the Sociology and Political Science list

189 out of 876 on the Culture Studies list

SJR is a measure of the journal’s relative impact in its field, based on its number of citations and number of articles per publication year.

Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2017: 0.965

The SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. The impact of a single citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa.

CiteScore 2017: 0.22

  • Examines topics on the social transformations of people of African descent
  • Examines the dynamics and conditions that impact the life chances of African descended peoples wherever they may be in the world.
  • Publishes original research on issues that have real life consequences for the social, political and economic progress of African descended peoples.
  • Features empirical, methodological, and theoretical papers as well as literary criticism
  • Covers the full spectrum of this multifaceted discipline

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Main Editor
  • Judson L. Jeffries
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

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169 days
Submission to first decision
106 days
Submission to acceptance
76,490 (2019)

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This journal has 7 open access articles

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    The Journal of African American Studies, a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary research journal published by Springer, is preparing a special issue marking the
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