The Journal of US-Africa Studies (TJUSAS)



The Journal of US-Africa Studies (TJUSAS)


Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto

FLUP – Via Panorâmica s/n 4150-564 Porto

Director Mourad Aty

Editorial Office Carla Delgado

ISSN 2184-6251

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The Journal of US-Africa Studies  is an international, academic and interdisciplinary journal published in Portugal by the Center of African Studies of the University of Porto (CEAUP). TJUSAS publishes original, peer reviewed and high quality articles which contribute in a novel way to deal with the US-Africa social and political relations. It is meant to address the US policies towards the continent and to advance knowledge of the different geopolitical regions along with many other US-Africa bilateral political, economic, social and cultural relations.

The journal is published twice a year where the editorial project focuses on two major sections in each issue: Politics, Economy, Security and Strategic Interests and Education, Culture and African Societies.


Peer Review and Validation of Submitted Articles

Publishing original articles is a key to addressing important issues and to deliver high quality contents with the highest levels of research and publication ethics. Papers which make outstanding contributions to scholarly knowledge in the field are accepted after being reviewed by the Scientific Board/peer reviewers and being validated by the Editorial Board.

The editorial of each issue is usually published and signed by the Editorial Board or by one of the authors who contributed in that particular issue.

Every manuscript is blindly evaluated by at least two peer-reviewers on the basis of a standard form provided by the Editorial Board.

Submitted manuscripts are confidential documents and no information concerning them is to be disclosed to anyone other than the respective author(s), to the reviewers or to other members of the Editorial Board. Information disclosed in submitted manuscripts cannot be used in anyone else’s work without the express consent of its author(s).

The reviewer’s report is to be blindly given to the author(s) within a maximum period of two months after the submission of the manuscript. It will be accompanied by the final decision regarding publication issued by the Editorial Board.


Open Access Policy

Articles of The Journal of US-Africa Studies will be accessed online for free immediately on publication. Our open access policy will help increasing the visibility, readership and impact of the authors’ published manuscripts.


Electronic Submission and Requirements

In order to facilitate communications among editors, reviewers, and authors, the submission of new articles proceeds via the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Authors are all those who have made significant contributions to the papers submitted. Therefore, if the paper has more than one author, all must be identified as co-authors. Those who have contributed in a smaller degree to articles should also be identified.

All authors are committed to present only original works.  In the case they have used their own previous work and/or works of others, these ones should be appropriately cited or quoted.

No paper will be published if it does not include sufficient references to allow others to validate the provided information.

Information from private or oral sources must not be used or reported without explicit permission from its sources.

Authors are committed to inform the Editorial Board about the mistakes or inappropriate statements included in their proposals so that these can be corrected before publishing or, eventually, in forthcoming issues.


Editorial Guidelines

The journal accepts articles in English, Portuguese and French.

Submitted manuscripts should be structured in the following order:

Title, authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, funding details, abstract, keywords, list of abbreviations, introduction, main text, references and appendices.

Tables, figures and images should include captions


Word Limits

Papers for The Journal of US-Africa Studies should be no more than 8000 words including spaces, references and bibliography (images excluded).

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words of the Latin alphabet in two languages, English plus Portuguese or French.

Abstracts should come with a set of keywords (maximum of five).


Font, Special Characters and Dates

Times New Roman font, size 12 with 1.5 spacing for text. Size 10 with 1 spacing for footnotes. Special characters and foreign words should be in italics. Dates should have the following format dd/mm/yy.

Use bold for the article’s titles, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.



Should be 2.5 cm (1 inch) on all sides.


Tables and figures

Show clearly in the article text where the tables, figures and images should appear. They should be numbered from 01 onwards. The images should have the extension XLS – Excel and/or JPEG, TIFF or EPS. Images should have at least 10x6 cm with 1200x800 pixels (300 dpi).


Revision and Reference Norms

Authors can review their proof-readings.

Authors are asked to send the proofs back within the next 10 days after their reception. In case of unavailability for doing so, they should inform the Editorial Board.

References within the text should follow the norm (author, year: page).

Example: (Rodrigues, 2000: 15)

If there is more than one reference to the same author a minor character should be added to the name.

Example: (Rodrigues, 2000a: 15).

If there is more than one author in the quotation, the reference should be:

Example: (Rodrigues et al., 2000: 15).

A list of Bibliographical References should come at the end of the article and must only quote the books, articles and manuscripts mentioned in the paper. The order of appearance is by ascending chronological order when there is more than one reference of the same author.

The bibliographical list should come as follows:

Books: Rodrigues, Carlos (2001), Os novos poderes em África, Porto: Campo das Letras.

Colective books : Rodrigues, Carlos, Matos, A. e Silva, António, org. (2002), Os novos poderes em África, Porto: Campo das Letras.

Articles in journals : Rodrigues, Carlos (2001), Os novos poderes em África, Africana Studia, vol. 8 , pg. 12-35.

Articles/chapters in collective books: Matos, A. (2002), Os novos políticos africanos, in, Rodrigues, Carlos, Matos, A. e Silva, António, orgs , Os novos poderes em África, Porto: Campo das Letras.

Translated books should include, if possible, the year of the first printing.

Quotations from online databases must always show the site/path, date of publishing and access date.

References to archival sources should come in footnotes and start by the acronym of the institution, followed by the archival units in descending order.

Example: AHU, maço 1665.1 – Government of Angola, SNI, minute nº 136, 02-01-1935


Copyright Options

Copyrights of all published material belong to The Journal of US-Africa Studies.


Conflict of Interest

The Editorial Board of The Journal of US-Africa Studies commit themselves to prevent that any commercial policy has an impact or an influence on the editorial decisions.

For authors who have no interests to declare, they should state that they report no conflict of interest.



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R&D Supported by

R&D Unit integrated in the project number UID/HIS/00495/2019.



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