The German publisher transcript also has a growing series of open access titles

The Brill-AEGIS Open Access Series

Regristration and access options for the African Books Collective E-Book license in Germany

Scholarly Kitchen guest post Best Practices and Innovative Approaches to Peer Review in Africa as well as other new initiatives in peer review 

New licence for the E-Books of the African Books Collective (ABC).

Open access books on African languages from Language Science Press.

Free access to Taylor & Francis journals for scholars based on the African continent. 

New open access books in African Studies from Routledge in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched.

The Archive of Malian Photography provides access to collections of five important photographers.

Workshop about research data management at the VAD Conference “Africa Challenges” 2021 (in German).

The online German-Namibian exhibtion “Ovizire. Somgu: From Where Do We Speak?”

Information about digital resources on lusophone African countries by the SIS Latin American Studies.

The Database of African Publishers developed by the International African Institute and African Books Collective.

The Social Science Research Council lecture Fieldwork in Violent and Dangerous Places by Morten Bøås.

New electronic journals are available through the South African provider Sabinet.

Here you will find the African Principles for Open Access in Scholarly Communication in and about Africa.

The Corpus de la première littérature francophone de l’Afrique noire is available as a national license for Germany.

Bukavu Series: this online exhibition explores the power dynamics between researchers from the Global North and the Global South.

An overview of organisations working for and in the African cultural and creative industries.

The African Writers Series by Heinemann Publishing via ProQuest is accessible as a national license for Germany.

Projects on mbira music such as the online archive and learning platform Sympathetic Resonances and the Chivanhu Project.

An overview of projects on Kenyan digital heritage.

Apartheid: Global Perspectives, 1946-1996: this Newsbank-Readex database is accessible as a national license for Germany.

Digital Humanities in Africa: includes a map of DH initiatives in and about Africa.

An overview of important initiatives in Africa’s animation scene.

Slave Voyages: a digital memorial to the largest slave trades in history

Bouillagui, A Free Village: web documentary about the history of Bouillagui in Mali where the inhabitants liberated themselves from slavery at the beginning of the 20th century.

Directions and Provocations in African Studies: the publisher Taylor & Francis offer free access to selected publications.

New Books in African Studies: an author-interview podcast channel for African Studies books.

Silsila Webinars: dedicated to material histories of the Islamicate world with particular emphasis on the pre- and early modern periods.

Early books in Yorùbá: Digitised early publications (1843-1879) in Yorùbá at the British Library

An ka taa: Educational media, resources and lessons for Manding

Educating For Black Lives: Readings and resources for anitracist education

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Online resources on the medieval Saharan region

Commemorative Fabrics from Africa: A collection of textiles from various African countries.

Awa: la revue de la femme noire: The digitised version of one of the earliest independent African women’s magazines.

The Specialised Information Service for African Studies has compiled suggestions and assistance for digital research. Suggestions welcome: A.Schumann(at)

Free Resources: Offers from commercial publishers who are providing free access to their resources in the current crisis, as well as genuine Open Access journals specific to African Studies subjects.

Audio Materials: Here you will find African Studies podcasts which are academically or thematically relevant, as well as recordings of lectures, talks or radio broadcasts.

Open Access Search Engines: Special search engines for full text open access academic articles, open access tools, as well as a preprint repository for African Studies.

Blogs: Academic multi-author-blogs (MABs) for African Studies.

Video Materials: Ethnographic Video Online and the DELFT project (Digitization of anthropological film archives).


This is a toolbox for (early career) scholars in the field of African studies on all matters surrounding research:

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Simultaneously, the toolbox tries to cover the broad spectrum of the various disciplines represented in African Studies.

In addition, the toolbox addresses scholars in Germany, as well as those based on the African continent, for example with information on research cooperation or funding opportunities between German and African institutions.

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