About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies is an internationally refereed academic journal, edited at the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies and at the Department of African and Ethiopian Studies of the Asien-Afrika-Institut at Hamburg Universität. It is annually published in a printed version by Harrassowitz, and provides immediate open access since 2016.

All abstracts and more than 95% of all contributions are Open Access, without subscription barriers to access. A very few articles (published between 1998 and 2009) are not available online due to copyright restrictions.

The journal focuses on philology, linguistics, archaeology, history, cultural anthropology, religion, philosophy, literature, and manuscript studies with a regional emphasis on Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa, and related areas.

The editors welcome contributions on relevant academic topics as well as on recent research in the respective field. Each issue of Aethiopica contains reviews of books which form a substantial section of the journal. For further information, please check our Author Guidelines.

Aethiopica is published mainly in English. Articles in French, German and Italian are also accepted for publication. An English abstract for all articles and miscellaneous in any language is provided.

A series of Supplements to Aethiopica of monographic character or occasional character is also published.

Journal History

Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies was established in 1998 (as International Journal of Ethiopian Studies) and since then annually published in print.

Beside the printed version, the journal is also available online, free and in full-text since 2012, providing open access to all the previous volumes as well.

The history of Aethiopica began in 1998 with the aim of combining topics traditional in Ethiopian Studies with other fields of study and research. The journal has built up a reputation as one of the top ranked international academic journals in its field.


Siegbert Uhlig (1998–2009, vols. 1–12)
Alessandro Bausi (2010–2023, vols. 13–26)
Aaron Butts (since 2024, since vol. 27)

Scientific Editorial Board

Ulrich Braukämper (2006–2018, vols 9–21)
Ludwig Gerhardt (since 2005, vols 8–)
Susanne Hummel (since 2020, vols 23–)
Alexander Meckelburg (since 2020, vols 23–)
Hilke Meyer-Bahlburg (1998–2020, vols 1–23)
Veronika Six (1998–2002, vols 1–5)
Bairu Tafla (1998-2003, vols. 1–6; since 2007, vols 10–)
Siegbert Uhlig (since 2010, vols 13–)
Stefan Weninger (2004–2008, vols 7–11)

International Advisory Board

David Appleyard (since 2006, vols 9–)
Alessandro Bausi (2006–2009, vols 9–12; since 2024, vols 27–)
Ulrich Braukämper (1998–2005, vols 1–8)
Sevir Chernetsov (1998–2004, vols 1–8)
Gérard Colin (1998–2000, vols 1–3)
Emeri J. van Donzel (1998–2000, vols 1–3)
Rodolfo Fattovich (1998–2018, vols 1–20)
Christina Gabbert (since 2020, vols 23–)
Getatchew Haile (1998–2000, vols 1–3)
Jacopo Gnisci (since 2020, vols 23–)
Gideon Goldenberg (1998–2000, vols 1–3)
Alessandro Gori (since 2014, vols 17–)
Marilyn E. Heldman (1998–2018, vols 1–21)
Arthur Irvine (1998–2005, vols 1–8)
Olga Kapeliuk (since 2001, vols 4–)
Samantha Kelly (since 2020, vols 23–)
Andrea Manzo (since 2019, vols 22–)
Paolo Marrassini (1998–2000, vols 1–3)
Meaza Haile Révol-Tissot (1998–2000, vols 1–3)
Richard Pankhurst (1998–2017, vols 1–19)
Alain Rouaud (since 2001, vols 4–)
Shiferaw Bekele (since 1998, vols 1–)
Rainer Voigt (since 1998, vols 1–)

Editorial Team

Karin Ghion-Hamadu (since 2023, vols. 26–)
Sophia Dege-Müller (since 2021, vols 24–)
Francesca Panini (2017-2023, vols 20–25)
Susanne Hummel (2014–2021, vols 17–24)
Thomas Rave (1998–2016, vols 1–19)
Angela M. Müller (2011–2014, vols 14–17)
Maija Priess (2001–2010, vols 4–13)