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Editor’s Note 

 
The current issue — Vol. 4. No.1, of the Contemporary Journal of African Studies (CJAS), is the seventh in the series under this title, the successor to the Research Review of the Institute of African Studies. Responding to suggestions from the research fellowship of the Institute of African Studies for re-branding of the Research Review, which began publication in the early 1960s, soon after the establishment of the Institute — one of the oldest institutes of African Studies on the continent, the old title was replaced in 2012 by this new title: Contemporary Journal of African Studies. This current issue is the second to carry a Digital Object Identification (DOI) and the CJAS will henceforth carry a DOI. We are grateful to African Journals Online (AJOL) for the innovation. AJOL also took the trouble to acquire a DOI for the CJAS from CrossRef. Each article of the CJAS now carries its own distinctive DOI which is a URL that facilitates the identification and tracking of the publication. It will be observed that the guidelines to authors have been amended slightly for this and subsequent issues. Among other things, all authors will now be required to suggest between five and ten keywords for their article. Authors are warned again against plagiarism and should in addition desist from double submission of the same article to two or more journals simultaneously. Some contributors seem to try to play safe by this practice. Our policy requires us to produce two issues of the CJAS in a year, and for some authors this may entail a long wait. It is regrettable and efforts are being made to find a way out. Principal authors are also reminded of their ethical obligation to restrict joint authorship to scholars who have contributed meaningfully to the authorship and making of the paper. 
 
The editor would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge with gratitude the support of various stakeholders, including the Directorship of the Institute of African Studies, the Vice-Chancellor, and Pro-Vice-Chancellors of the University of Ghana, the members of the editorial team, and the journal’s advisory board. The editorial team is forever grateful to the assessors and reviewers of papers submitted to the journal. It is no easy task finding suitable and willing reviewers and assessors for the many papers submitted to the CJAS for publication. Editorial policy prevents us from acknowledging individual assessors and reviewers by name. Henceforth their services will be acknowledged by means of a formal letter from the editor to each assessor and reviewer. We record our gratitude to Professor Emerita Mary Esther Dakubu of the Institute of African Studies and Prof Daniel Avorgbedor of the University of Ghana Music Department for their invaluable advice and support at critical moments. The editorial team is grateful yet again to Dr. Jonathan A. Brindle, formerly of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, for translating the abstracts into French at no cost to the Journal. We regret that owing to changed circumstances Dr. Jonathan Brindle may not be able to continue to provide translation services to the CJAS. We wish him the best wherever he may find himself. Mr. William Sunu of Sundel Services, Accra, produces the paper edition of the journal; we are grateful for his commitment to the journal and for his advice on typesetting. Although CJAS does not have a co-editor, Rev. Dr. Stephen Owoahene-Acheampong continues to perform that role in the day-to-day management of the journal. The editor is grateful for his support. Finally, we acknowledge the contributions of our publications assistant: Mr. Emmanuel Ametsi. Many others equally deserve explicit acknowledgement for contributions to the CJAS, but time and space constraints do not make this feasible. The CJAS would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new Director of the Institute of African Studies, Prof Dzodzi Akuyo Tsikata.
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