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Notes to contributors

The Cahiers d’Études africaines (cea) welcome the submission of manuscripts in English or in French from scholars and postgraduate students. Submitted papers should not have been published elsewhere. Once his/her article has been accepted for publication by the Cahiers, the author shall inform the Cahiers should he/she consider publishing the article in another journal.

Articles should not exceed 60.000 caracteres.

Articles must be sent by floppy by email (,

Authors should pay particular attention to normalising the spelling adopted for terms in vernacular languages. Such terms should be italicised and not put into quotation marks. The diacritic marks should be clearly identifiable (the transcription system used being indicated if need be).

A complete bibliography will be presented at the end of the article. It should contain all published works (books and articles) referred to, listed alphabetically by author’s names, as follows:

Mitchell, J. C.
1956 The Kalela Dance. Aspects of Social Relationships among Urban Africans in Northern Rhodesia (Manchester: Manchester University Press).

Newbury, M. C.
1974 “Deux lignages au Kinyaga”, Cahiers d’Études africaines XIV (1), 53: 26-38.

Wilks, I.
Asante in the Nineteenth Century. The Structure and Evolution of a Political Order (London: Cambridge University Press).
1975b “Dissidence in Asante Politics: Two Tracts from the Late Nineteenth Century”, in I. Abu-Lughod (ed.),
African Themes (Evanton, IL: Northwestern University): 47-63.

Simple references in the text shall be inserted as follows: (David 1957: 153-165, 256; Dylan 1982: 43).

Footnotes will be numbered consecutively throughout the article. Notes concerning Tables should be asterisked and attached to the Table. They are not included in the continuous numbering.

Maps and figures should be presented on a separate page, with a title and number (if they have be drawn on a computer, please register it under pict, or inform us of the software used). Their location should be clearly marked in the margin of the article. If they are not original documents, their origin should be mentioned.

For each article, a summary not exceeding 15 lines (roughly 200 words) and five or six keywords will be provided by the author.

The cea also publishes book reviews. Although reviewers are usually directly solicited by the CEA editors, submissions are also welcome. In general book reviews should not exceed 2,000 words (