The African Cities Journal is the first peer-reviewed journal that promotes a multi- and trans-disciplinary approach to urban planning in Africa in two languages (English and French) and through a broad palette of communication formats. The Journal seeks to translate scientific evidence into practical recommendations to address the societal and spatial complexities of African cities. We welcome contributions from different disciplinary perspectives (e.g., geography, public health, or information technologies), as long as they address urban planning challenges faced in the African continent, and advance evidence-based recommendations.

The Journal’s research interests and scope include, but are not limited to, the following topics in the context of African cities:

  • Applications of emerging technologies to urban challenges  
  • Urban youth and socio-economic challenges 
  • Urban mobility and transportation 
  • Environmental determinants of health and well-being in cities

The Journal accepts different manuscript types (original research, reviews, commentaries, project presentation, and letters to the editor) fitting the research scope described above. Moreover, the journal proposes a manuscript type specifically aimed at young researchers who want to learn more about scientific writing and publishing (see all manuscript types in Author Guidelines).

We particularly encourage the submission of studies on applications of information and communication technologies of all types (high- and low-tech) to tackle relevant data gaps and better inform decision-making processes. Also, we encourage the submission of studies on the role of the youth and their growing access to digital technologies in tackling pressing sustainability challenges in African cities. 

Of note, the Journal is supported by the African Cities Labs project, an e-learning platform that allows all stakeholders involved in the construction, development and operation in urban areas to access quality education on equitable urbanization to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Agenda 2063.