Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The African Review of Economics and  Finance (AREF) is a general interest economics and finance journal. The journal welcomes high quality articles in theoretical and empirical economics, be they orthodox, heterodox, or economics as an interdisciplinary social science, with special emphasis on African economies and/or how they relate to other economies in Africa or the rest of the world. There is no limit on the topics of interest. Contributions can be either innovation in economic theory or rigorous new applications of existing theory in areas such as behavioural economics and decision theory, game theory, general equilibrium theory, contract theory, public sector economics, financial economics, industrial organisation, labour economics, political economy of development, urban and regional political economy, and agrarian political economy. 

 At the same time AREF publishes papers of high quality dealing with the confrontation of relevant economic theory with observed data through the use of adequate econometric and transdisciplinary methods. Empirical papers may cover topics such as estimation of established relationships between economic variables, testing of hypotheses derived from economic theory, policy evaluation, simulation, forecasting, econometric methods and measurement.

 AREF emphasizes the replicability of empirical results or transparency of method where papers are qualitative in orientation and may not be replicable. Replication studies of important results in the literature - both with positive or negative results - may be published as short papers in AREF. Authors are expected to make available their data set in case readers, editors or referees should want to replicate results reported in submitted contributions.

 AREF also welcomes book reviews, comments and notes and special issues of international conferences and workshops.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

AREF maintains the highest standards of peer review while increasing the efficiency of the process. All research articles undergo full double blind peer review.

After submission articles are given pre-screening by the editors to determine their suitability for review. This process is necessary in order not to unduly delay manuscripts that are wholly unfit and inadequately written. It also saves a precious commodity such as reviewer time, and a natural step to publish only top quality content.

All publication decisions are made by the journals’ editors on the basis of the reviews provided. Members of the international advisory board lend insight, advice and guidance to the Editors’ generally and to assist decision making on specific submissions.

Managing editors and editorial assistants provide the administrative support that allows AREF to maintain the integrity of peer review while delivering rapid turnaround and maximum efficiency to authors, reviewers and editors alike.


International Advisory Board

Prof. Augustin K. Fosu, ISSER, University of Ghana, http://isser.edu.gh/index.php/senior-members/30-prof-augustin-k-fosu

Prof. Waaseem Mina, United Arab Emirates University

Prof Yaw Debra, Swansea University

Prof. Gavin Keeton, Rhodes University

Prof Kalu Ojah, University of the Witwatersrand

Prof. Felix O. Ayadi, Texas Southern University

Prof. Samuel Laryea, University of the Witwatersrand

Prof. Komla Tsey, James Cook University

Prof. Emeritus John Weeks, SOAS, University of London

Dr. Kenneth Soyeh, University of Wisconsin Whitewater, https://www.uww.edu/cobe/directory/profile?id=soyehk

Dr. Nana Akua Anyidoho, ISSER, University of Ghana

Dr. Alice Nicole Sindzingre, National Centre for Scientific Research, EconomiX

Dr. Theodore Panagiotidis, University of Macedonia

Dr. Hassan A. Ahmad, Loughborough University

Dr. Simeon Coleman, Loughborough University

Dr. Renee Horne, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr. Raymond Talinbe Abdulai, Liverpool John Moores University

Dr. Zeremariam Fre, UCL, University of London

 Dr. Koen Smet,https://www.wu.ac.at/en/vw3/institute/faculty-and-staff/dr-koen-smet/


Editorial Board

Prof. Paul Alagidede, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1571-0227

Dr. Franklin Obeng-Odoom, EDITOR, http://obeng-odoom.com/

Dr. George Adu, ASSOCIATE EDITOR,http://economics.knust.edu.gh/staff/george-adu

Dr. George M. Bob-Milliar, ASSOCIATE EDITOR,http://histpol.knust.edu.gh/directory/academic/gmbob-milliar

Prof. Collins G. Ntim, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1042-4056

Ferdi Botha, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, http://rhodes-za.academia.edu/FerdiBotha