Guide for Contributors

Nature of Articles: The African Journal of Sustainable Development (AJSD) (ISSN: 2315-6317) is an academic journal that publishes articles covering a diverse range of topics which are connected to sustainable development. These include subjects in the pillars of sustainable development practice: arts and humanities, the social sciences, management sciences, natural sciences, medical and health sciences, applied sciences, engineering and technology, education, among others. Manuscripts should reflect the originality of research, either theoretical or empirical Manuscripts should be written in English.

Eligibility to Contribute: Contribution of articles to AJSD is open to all members of the African Sustainable Development Network and anyone engaged in sustainable development practice in Africa and the world at large. Relevant papers from other authorities and related disciplines are also accepted.

Length of Manuscript: Manuscripts should be of reasonable length and should not exceed 10,000 words.

Preparation of Manuscript: Manuscripts should be typed with 1.5 spacing on A4 size paper with all pages numbered. Ample margins of at least 1.5 inches should be allowed at the top, bottom and left-hand side of each page of the text. Capital letters should be used only for proper nouns and certain words derived from them, scientific names of genera, families, species, order etc, and the initial letters of all important words in the title of the paper. Main centre headings of an important section of the article like abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, and conclusion, should be in title case. The italics type, usually designated by underlining the words to be italicized with single straight lines, should be used for scientific names (genera and species), algebraic symbol, legends to tables and figures, the title of book and periodicals. Names of chemicals should not be designated with chemical formulae. Only SI units would be acceptable. For words with two or more accepted spellings (e.g. organisation and organization), the version used in the concise Oxford Dictionary will be preferred.

There should be no numbering of the side headings. Side headings up to the third level only would be accepted in the body of the text. All the primary side headings should be title case and the subsequent levels should be in lower case.

Title: The title of the manuscript should be free-flowing in title case with not more than 23 words.

Abstract Each article must be accompanied by a one-paragraph non-segmented abstract of not more than 500 words. The abstract should contain simple, factual and informative statements on the study, procedure/methodology, results and conclusion.

Keywords: A maximum of five keywords relevant to the subject of the paper would be accepted and this should come at the foot of the abstract.

Tables and Figures: Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and they should be able to fit into the pages of the journal. Each table should be inserted after the page or where reference to it was first made. Figures include graphs, photographs or any other type of illustration. The number of figures, especially photographs, should be kept to a minimum and no figure should be used to represent what has been presented in a table. Graphs should be drawn on an unruled paper or on squared paper with blue lines, except where the coordinate ruling is required to appear in print, in which case papers ruled in black or red may be used. Photographs should be of high quality

and printed in glossy black or white papers. It is best to use photographs which are reproducible in their original size or reduced in the process. All figures should be numbered consecutively in Roman numerals.

References: References cited should be current (preferably not more than 10 years) and should be relevant. A list of references should be presented in alphabetical order with the author’s surname and initial(s) followed by the year of publication (in bracket); the title of the paper with only the initial letter of the first word capitalized; the name of the journal in italics and abbreviation according to the World List of Scientific Periodicals; volume number in bold Arabic numerals; and the relevant pages of the journal. For example:

Bryant C.L. and J. Proctor (1970). Rainfall distribution of a growth indicator for Pterocarpus angolensis in Tanzania. Commonwealth Forestry Review 46,180-184.

For book citations, the author’s surname and initial(s) followed by the year of publication in the bracket, the title of publication, number of pages; the title of book italicized, publishers; and place of publication. For example:

Olawoye J.E. (2003). Sustainable rural development: Challenges, opportunities and lessons from Nigeria, pp 25-64 in Popoola L. and O. Olorunnisola (Eds), Contemporary issues in sustainable development: Lessons for and challenges to Nigeria. Volume III. The Postgraduate School, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Where an author has published more than one article (in the same year) to which references are made, letters of the alphabet should be added to each year to distinguish between them. For example, Olawoye, 2003a; Olawoye, 2003b, etc.

Proofs: Only one proof is sent to authors and it is desirable that alterations should be kept to a minimum to avoid the extra cost of resetting which may be charged to the author. Where more words or phrases are added, letters or words of equal length should be removed so as not to undo the setting.

Publication Fees: Authors of a manuscript accepted for publication will be expected to pay a sum of USD100 only as publication fee per manuscript. Authors will receive a copy of the journal containing their article(s). Additional copies may be purchased at the prevailing price from the Publishers.

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted via email attachment to or

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