On 19 July 2016, Sylvie Ayimpam, APAD Deputy General Secretary, held a meeting on APAD at the University of Lubumbashi. The association is very little known in this university located in south-eastern Congo, in the mining region of Katanga. Thirty people, teachers and students, attended and followed the presentation focused on “APAD, 25 years after”. The following discussion was very lively. A dozen colleagues became APAD members at the end of the meeting, and an APAD group has been created in this university. It is led by Professor Gilbert Malemba, assisted by Professor Olivier Kahola.
How does an editorial board work in an international journal of social sciences? What are the criteria for judging the submitted papers? Why African researchers have so much trouble to publish in these journals?
Following the 12th APAD Conference, held in November 2015 on the issue of “the fabrication of public action”, APAD and LADYD have organized in Cotonou (Benin) a workshop on scientific writing in social sciences (26 to 29 September 2016), in collaboration with the Journal Afrique Contemporaine. 15 young researchers and PhD students, from Benin, Senegal and Burkina Faso, having proposed a communication to the APAD conference participated at the workshop. We had four days of intensive exchange and discussion of their papers.
Between ignorance of the rules of academic publication, and lack of writing training, young Afrian researchers are particularly un-prepared to publish in international academic journals. Participants were able to understand the sources of the difficulties or even the failures they encountered and regained confidence in their ability to give value to their field work and to publish their results. We bet that the new version of their text will be greatly improved!