The AJPS is published by the African Association of Political Science (AAPS), with the aim of providing a platform for African perspectives on issues of politics, economy and society in Africa. It is published 2 times a year - in June and December, and targeted at the social science community, policy-makers, and university students. Contributions are in either English or French. With effect from the year 2000, it will be published in Arabic by the Institute of African Research and Studies, Cairo University, Egypt.
Omertaa, journal for Applied Anthropology, was launched in January, 2007. It is an international peer reviewed journal, with an academic board, publishing on issues which belong to the broader field of Applied Anthropology and related issues. The offices are located in Leuven (Belgium), which is also the residence of the supporting organisation: Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology. The concept 'Omertà' is commonly known in the meaning given to it through popular movies and literature in the late 30's as a code of silence practised by the Mafia; a refusal to give evidence to the police about criminal activities. The 'Omertà' as it is seen in the perspective of this journal traces the concept back to its underlying cultural form. It is a widely known and applied social system of peasant cultures of which we can find the basics in every culture: the conspiracy of silence. The etymology of the word is often traced back to its presumed Spanish roots where it refers to 'manliness' (hombredad). We however prefer the Latin roots: a dialectal alteration of umiltà (humility, modesty, from Latin humilitās). The goals of the Omertaa journal are: - To be a forum for anthropologists working in- and outside universities. - To encourage a bridge between practice inside and outside the university. - To explore the use of anthropology in policy research and implementation. - To serve as a forum for inquiry into the present state and future of anthropology in general.