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Editor’s Note

 
The current issue — Vol. 2. No.1, of the Contemporary Journal of African Studies (CJAS), is the third in the series under this title, the successor to the Research Review of the Institute of African Studies. It is essential to recall that responding to suggestions from the research fellowship of the Institute of African Studies for a re-branding of the Research Review, which began publication in the early 1960s soon after the establishment of the Institute, the old title has been replaced with this new title — Contemporary Journal of African Studies. It has to be conceded that in this computer age when it is customary to publish online and for readers to search for articles and publications via Google and other search engines, the older title of ‘Research Review’ presented difficulties for speedy online searching, since the keywords in the title are to be found in many journal titles, some of which are not on African Studies. It is hoped that the new title will fare better in this respect, even if it presents its own challenges, such as the possibility that some readers might confuse Contemporary Journal of African Studies (CJAS) with a similar sounding journal title. We have taken this re-branding opportunity to change the appearance of the journal and to make it more appealing in design. It has been re-sized to make it conform to the dimensions of similar journals on the market. In all other respects, however, the CJAS should be seen as a continuation of the Research Review. It continues to be owned by the Institute of African Studies of the University of Ghana and continues to abide by its contractual agreements and obligations. It will continue to be published as a hard edition and will at the same time be available online through SABINET and AJOL. The guidelines to authors remain unchanged. Readers may observe that Prof Jacob U. Gordon, currently occupant of the Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies and Emeritus Professor of History, University of Kansas, joins the Editorial Board of the CJAS. 
 
Finally, the editor would like once again to thank members of the editorial team, and the journal’s advisory board; the editor is forever grateful to the reviewers of papers submitted to the journal. The editorial team is also grateful to Dr. Jonathan A. Brindle who undertook to translate the abstracts into French at no cost to the Journal. On a rather sad note, the CJAS editors would like to pay tribute to the late Prof. John Maxwell Assimeng, emeritus professor of Sociology, University of Ghana, Legon, who for many years had served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Research Review and the Contemporary Journal of African Studies. He passed away in July, 2014. This issue of the CJAS contains a tribute to the memory of Prof. Assimeng written by one of his former students. May his soul find a peaceful repose.
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