Afreximbank Moves Journal of African Trade to Atlantis Press

February 14th, 2019

Atlantis Press reached an agreement with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) earlier this week to provide publishing services for the Journal of African Trade. The journal transfers from its current publisher Elsevier and will be the first trade journal in the Atlantis Press journal portfolio.

The African Export-Import Bank founded the Journal of African Trade (JAT) in 2014 with the aim to publish articles that test, advance and develop models, frameworks and concepts in the broad areas of international trade and trade finance, economic growth and development, and international finance, and to facilitate a greater understanding of the role of trade and trade-related issues in the process of economic development in Africa. Since its launch the journal has been published by Elsevier with the first 5 volumes appearing on ScienceDirect. Atlantis Press will be the new publisher starting from Volume 6, while the complete archive of the journal will also be published on the Atlantis Press platform.

Remco de Boer, CEO of Atlantis Press journals publishing services subsidiary Atlantis Press International, is happy to see that the company's journal portfolio continues to grow across different disciplines: “I am delighted that Afreximbank has chosen to move their journal to Atlantis Press. The Journal of African Trade is devoted to research on African trade and trade finance and to matters relating to the socio-economic development of Africa. These are areas of growing interest globally. As such, the journal fills an important gap in the availability of information and statistics on African trade and trade finance and on trade-related issues of interest to entities promoting and financing African trade. It is also an important win for Atlantis Press as we welcome our first economics journal to the portfolio.

JAT will remain a fully open access journal which is scheduled to appear semi-annually. Publication in the journal will be free of charge for Authors as all open access publication fees are subsidized by Afreximbank. The first 2019 issue is expected to appear in June and the online system for new submissions is expected to open shortly.

Atlantis Press ( is a global open access publisher of scientific, technical and medical (STM) content which was founded in Paris in 2006 and which currently has offices in Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Beijing. The company’s mission is to support the advancement of scientific, technical and medical research by contributing to a more efficient and effective dissemination and exchange of knowledge both for the research community and society at large. The Atlantis Press content platform currently contains more than 95,000 published articles which are all open access and hence freely accessible.

The African Export-Import Bank ( is a pan-African multilateral financial institution which was established in Nigeria in 1993 for the purpose of financing, promoting and expanding intra- and extra-African trade. Currently headquartered in Cairo, Egypt, the bank aims to stimulate a consistent expansion, diversification and development of African trade while operating as a first class, profit-oriented, socially responsible financial institution and a centre of excellence in African trade matters. Afreximbank currently holds 12 billion USD in total assets with capital funds in excess of 2.3 billion USD, and generated a net income of 220.5 million USD in 2017 at a cost-to-income ratio of 18%.