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 90% 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 (since 2010, vols. 13–)

Scientific Editorial Board

Ulrich Braukämper (2006–2018, vols. 9–21)
Ludwig Gerhardt (since 2005, vols. 8–)
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 Scientific Editorial Board

David Appleyard (since 2006, vols. 9–)
Alessandro Bausi (2006–2009, vols. 9–12)
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)
Getatchew Haile (1998–2000, vols. 1–3)
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–)
Andrea Manzo (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

Susanne Hummel (since 2014, vols. 17–)
Francesca Panini (since 2017, vols. 20–)
Thomas Rave (1998–2016, vols. 1–19)
Angela M. Müller (2011–2014, vols. 14–17)
Maija Priess (2001–2010, vols. 4–13)

Peer Review Process

The rigorous double-blind peer review process serves to ensure the high academic standards of ‘Aethiopica’. All contributions will be evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the editorial board as to their suitability within the scope of the journal and to the adherence to the Author Guidelines. If a contribution does not pass the initial scrutiny process, either it will be rejected immediately or advice regarding a revision of the manuscript will be offered.

Upon recommendation by the editorial board, the submitted papers are sent for review to one up to three independent reviewers who are specialists in the same research area as the author(s). As the review process is a double-blind procedure, only a review version of the manuscript with all identifying information removed will be sent to the reviewers as a secure pdf-file.

Whilst the editorial office will make every effort to deal with submissions as quickly as possible, it should be remembered that all reviewers work on a voluntary basis. We recommend that the peer reviewers respond within two months but this cannot always be taken for granted. Each reviewer is expected to provide an assessment of the paper and to send a review report with a clear recommendation. The editorial team will then take care of summarising the feedback and send it in an anonymous form to the author(s). Apart from purely formal aspects, the manuscript can be evaluated either as (a) accepted as it is, (b) accepted with minor revisions, (c) to be resubmitted with major revisions, or (d) rejected.

All authors are asked to retain a copy of the manuscript in the exact format submitted, since editorial comments sometimes refer to specific pages and lines in the original.

Information for Peer-reviewers

The peer review process is a rigorous, unbiased and constructive process of blind expert evaluation of manuscripts. Reviewers should not seek to identify the authors they are reviewing nor should they identify themselves. If the invited reviewer perceives to have a potential conflict of interest, they should immediately notify the editors. It may be useful for reviewers to consult the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) “Cope Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers” (September 2017,


Open Access Policy and Copyright Notice

This journal provides open access to its content and is based on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors contributing to ‘Aethiopica’ agree to publish under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

This license allows:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
for any purpose, even commercially.



Opinions expressed in articles and reviews in ‘Aethiopica’ are the views of the authors, and not those of the editors, the publishers or the editorial board.