Association pour l’anthropologie du changement social et du développement
Association for the anthropology of social change and development
Anthropologie & développement is a peer-reviewed journal. Anthropologie & développement publishes two issues per year, alternating between special thematic issues and varia issues. Thematic issues are dedicated to a specific theme to draw attention to a specific domain or field of development or social change. Suggestions for special thematic issues are welcome. The special theme issues can consist of a single double or triple volume. Varia issues are composed of articles of up to 50,000 characters, submitted by authors.

Anthropologie & développement also publishes book reviews and review essays, as well as dissertation summaries. These contributions may be requested by the editorial board, but they may also be submitted by authors. Book reviews and review essays must contain no more than 2,000 words. Specific instructions for dissertation summaries are available in the author guidelines.

Since APAD’s creation in 1991, the APAD Bulletin, an academic journal recognised by french AERES since 2007, has become a reference in the social anthropology of development. In 36 issues, it contributed to the development of new themes, opened its pages to young researchers and helped to bridge the gap in reflection between social science researchers and practitioners of development. Its articles were widely used in educational and training settings, both in Africa and in Europe.

In 2013, Bulletin de l’APAD became Anthropologie & développement, APAD Journal. It’s a bilingual peer-reviewed journal, registred at ERIH PLUS, and JournalBase (CNRS) (French HCERES does not anymore publish list of Journals). It has a focus on Subaharan Africa but papers on development policies and practices form every cultural area are welcome.

Anthropologie & développement is disseminated to members; single issues can be purchased on this website. All papers published in the journal are available in open access six months after publication on, one of the OpenEdition plateforms dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences. You will find them here :

In 2017, on OpenEdition, Bulletin de l’APAD and Anthropologie & développement received at all 174 000 unique visitors, 240 000 visits with 409 000 seen pages. For its first year online, Anthropologie & developpement alone had around 30 000 unique visitors. See Statistiques de consultation de la revue sur open.

Contact :

Sylvie Ayimpam
(IMAF, Aix-en-Provence, France)
Thomas Bierschenk
(Université Mainz, Allemagne)
Giorgio Blundo
(EHESS, Marseille, France)
Jacky Bouju
(AMU, CEMAF, Aix-en-Provence, France)
Laurence Boutinot
(CIRAD, Montpellier, France)
Mirjam de Bruijn
(ASC, Leiden, Pays-Bas)
Ann Cassiman
(Faculty of Social Sciences, Leuven, Belgique)
Jean-Pierre Chauveau
(IRD, Montpellier, France)
Jean Copans
(Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France)
Abdou Salam Fall
(IFAN, Université Cheick-Anta Diop, Dakar, Sénégal)
Marion Fresia
(Institut d’ethnologie, Neuchâtel, Suisse)
Sten Hagberg
(Université d’Uppsala, Uppsala, Suède)
Oumarou Hamani
(LASDEL, Niamey, Niger)
Jean-Pierre Jacob
(IHEID, Genève, Suisse)
Ludovic Kibora
(CNRST, INSS, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
Eric Komlavi Hahonou
(Roskilde University, Danemark)
Pierre Joseph Laurent
(UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique)
Philippe Lavigne Delville
(IRD, UMR GRED, Montpellier, France)
Pierre-Yves Le Meur
(IRD, UMR GRED, Montpellier, France)
David Lewis
(London School of Economics, Londres, Grande-Bretagne)
Christian Lund
(Copenhagen University, Danemark)
Pascale Moity-Maïzi
(SUPAGRO, Montpellier, France)
Roch Mongbo
(Université Abomey-Calavi & LADYD, Bénin)
Tania Murray Li
(University of Toronto, Canada)
Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan
(LASDEL, Niamey, Niger)
Fatoumata Ouattara
(IRD, UMR LPED, Marseille, France)
Maud Saint Lary
(IMAF, Paris, France)
Mahaman Tidjani Alou
(LASDEL, Niamey, Niger)

Sophie Andreetta

Sylvie Ayimpam

Thomas Bierschenk

Jacky Bouju

Magali Chelpi-den Hamer

Nehara Feldman

Sarah Fichtner

Pauline Jarroux

Eric Komlavi Hahonou

Cristiano Lanzano

Jacinthe Mazzocchetti

Anneke Newman

Emmanuelle Piccoli

Jessica Pourraz

Alexis Roy

Last call for contribution

Capitalism, Entrepreneurs and Business Associations at Work: New Ethnographies of Private Sector Dynamics in Africa

Call for papers for a thematic issue of the journal ‘Anthropology and Development’,  To be coordinated by Thomas Bierschenk and José María Muñoz,  to be published in 2021 This issue aims to explore ethnographically and analytically the links between emergent...
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The porposals should be sent to: Article submissions are received by the editorial board, which determines whether the article is pertinent with regards to the field of interest of the journal. Board members carry out a first evaluation of its quality before deciding to forward it for review or to refuse it.

Articles are submitted anonymously to two reviewers, chosen with regards to the subject matter of the article and to its geographic field. At least one of the reviewers is a member of the scientific committee. The reviewers communicate their opinion on the interest and quality of the article, and on the possibility of it being published in the journal.

Proposals for special (thematic) issues are to be submitted to the editorial board. Following acceptance and inclusion into the timetable of upcoming issues, a call for papers is published by APAD and by the guest editors. The abstracts are jointly selected. The articles are then submitted to an anonymous peer review.  The reviewers (2) are chosen by the guest editors and the editorial board, based on the subject matter of the article and the geographic area. One of the reviewers is a member of the scientific committee.

The review of articles can result in four responses:

  • Accepted
  • Accepted with revisions
  • Proposal of significant modifications without guarantee of publication
  • Rejected

The author will receive a response regarding the evaluation of the manuscript in the three months following its submission to Anthropologie & développement. In case that the article is publishable with certain revisions, or rejected, the synthesis of the evaluation is send to the author. These comments are forwarded anonymously to the author. The revised version is evaluated by reviewers before finally being accepted.

Authors note PDF

APAD is particularly vigilant concerning ethics and the prevention of plagiarism. The association adheres to the code of conduct of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) available for download here.

Plagiarism involves copying or strongly drawing on the writings of an author without quoting. Plagiarism is a moral offence and a serious professional misconduct. In France, the plagiarist can be condemned by the justice system and be severely punished by the institution to which he/she belongs. In the case that plagiarism is discovered in a submitted article, APAD reserves the right to reject the article and to inform the institution that the author belongs to.

Original papers

The manuscript should be written in Word or Open document and should not exceed 50,000 characters (with spaces, and including footnotes and bibliography). The manuscript should be in the simplest possible style, entered in continuous text (« au kilomètre ») without tabulations and style formatting (feuille de style), using Times New Roman 12 point.

The text should be written with single line spacing, the space before and after should be 6 points (there should be no paragraph breaks between paragraphs). The final version must be formatted according to the style of the review (this will be sent to the authors following the acceptance of their text).

The author is responsible for ensuring the quality of the language in which the text is written and should if necessary seek assistance from a professional translator/proofreader.

The manuscript should include:

  • a title and possibly a sub-title
  • the name of the author, the institutional/academic affiliation and email address should appear at the end of the article
  • an abstract in French and in English (200 words)
  • 5 keywords
  • footnotes numbered from 1 to 20 (maximum)
  • quotations should be in the running text (if longer than 2 lines the quotation should be set off from the text with an extra line of space above and below)
  • figures, graphs and maps should be supplied separately (not embedded in the text)
  • there should be a maximum of two levels of headings in the text
  • titles, subtitles, headings and sub-headings should be short and clear
  • a bibliography including all of the authors cited in the text

Bibliographic references should be inserted in the body of the text and not in footnotes which are reserved for comments.The bibliographic reference should be given in parenthesis in the following form: (Dupont, 1960 : 20) ; (Dupont and Dupond, 2000 ; Durand, 2014). The name of the authors should be written in lowercase letters. The works of the same author published in the same year should be distinguished by lowercase letters (1977a, 1977b).

The bibliography should be at the end of the text. All works cited in the text should be listed alphabetically (by the author’s surname):

For published books and reports:

KOUROUMA A., 1968, Les soleils des indépendances, Paris, Éditions du Seuil.
WHITFIELD L.and MAIPOSE G., 2008, Gérer la dépendance : les causes de la faible “appropriation” dans les pays africains et les stratégies pour en sortir, Global Economic Governance Programme, note d’analyse n°34, Oxford, Oxford University, 8 p.

For published  scholarly articles:

ALTHABE G., 1990, « Ethnologie du contemporain et enquête de terrain », Terrain, 14 : 126-131.

For master thesises, Phd dissertations and reports:

BLANCHET X., 1999, « La sensibilité des catégories affectives chez les pygmées », thèse de doctorat nouveau régime sous la direction de Jean Dupont, EHESS, Marseille, 452 pp.
DUPONT X, 2014, « Evaluation ex-post du projet d’appui aux acteurs locaux », Cotonou, Ministère de la santé publique/Cabinet Experts associés, 39 p.

For articles or chapters published in an edited volume:

BENEDUCE R., SALAMANTA O. and FIORE B., 1990, « L’épilepsie en pays dogon. Une perspective anthropologique et médicale », in COPPO P. and KEITA A. (eds.), Médecine traditionnelle. Acteurs, itinéraires thérapeutiques, Trieste, Edizioni E : 195-238.
BONTE P., 1991, « Valeur » in BONTE P. and IZARD M. (eds.), Dictionnaire de l’ethnologie et de l’anthropologie, Paris, PUF : 733‑735.

For non published texts : author, year, title, place of publishing, institution/organisation:

SCHWARTZ A., (january) 1993, « L’adhésion des paysans à la culture du coton au Burkina Faso. Des comportements contrastés », Bondy, ORSTOM, 57 p.
CHERON G., 1948, « Quatre épisodes de l’histoire de la Haute-Volta : le siège de Bama, le royaume tiéfo, la prise de Bobo-Dioulasso, l’activité politique de la princesse Guimbi », Paris.

Instructions for thesis presentations

References to the thesis should be indicated as follows: first name author, last name, date, title. Sub-title, doctoral school (if any), institution, number of pages, key-words (maximum 5), e-mail adress, URL (in case the thesis is accessible through internet).

By thesis presentation, we mean a critical abstract which presents the content of the thesis, its main arguments, its theoretical position within the field. To publish a review of his thesis, the author has two possibilities:
– he/she asks one member of his (her) jury to give such a review ;
– he/she does the work himself.

The length of this review should be between one and two pages (between 2000 and 5000 words). Short abstracts are not admitted. The redaction committee reserves the right to publish or to reject a review. Text should be typed without margins, without tabulation or style sheet in Time New Roman Font 12.