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The scope of Scientia Africana covers all of biological, physical and applied sciences. Three (3) copies of clearly readable, computer processed copies of manuscripts not previously published and also not being considered for publication elsewhere should be submitted for consideration. The language of the journal is English
Page charges
A fee of N1,000.00 (US $10) will be charged per final printed page after the paper has been accepted for publication. A final letter of acceptance is given only after payment. Embossment of photographs will attract additional charges. Page charges may be increased without prior notice to contributors
and subscribers.


Copyright of all published articles belongs to Scientia Africana.
Off Prints
No offprints are given except on request. However, authors are given (at no cost) a copy of the journal in which their article is published.


Proofs will be dispatched to the corresponding author and must be returned through registered mail within one week of receipt.
Authors’ corrections on the proof must be restricted to printer’s errors.
1. Originality
Papers submitted should report results of original research not published in full elsewhere.
2. Preparation of Manuscript
Manuscripts must be in English. A short running title (not exceeding 75 letters and spaces) must be provided in addition to the full title of the manuscript. Manuscripts should be typed,
double-spaced, on one side of A4 or 23 x 21 cm paper, and the length should not exceed 25 pages (tables and figures inclusive) with a 30mm margin on all sides.
Title page: It should be informative and concise [include name(s) of author(s) and addresses].
Abstract: An abstract of a single paragraph not exceeding 250 words should give the purpose, procedure, significant results and conclusions of the research work.
Introduction: The introduction should contain only essential background information and important relevant references. The objectives of the work and its relevance/contribution must be
clearly stated.
Materials and methods: New methods and modification of established ones should be described in detail to enable reproduction by other workers. For the established and published
methods, refer to the relevant publications.
Results: The results should be concise. Although computer drawn diagrams are preferable, those drawn with black ink on
transparency papers are also accepted. Three photographs (3) of good contrast which should be in black and white glossy paper and should be taken together as figures and numbered in
Arabic numerals. The original and two copies of figures should be submitted. Tables (numbered in Arabic numerals) and figures with their captions should be submitted as part of the paper
but numbered consecutively with the author’s names and title of the paper on the back. The numbers, one through nine should be written in words except when they are quantitative
measurements, e.g. 3cm; when they are preceded by a capitalized noun, e.g. Table 5, or when they are in a table.
Discussion: Avoid repetition of methodology and results in your discussion. Relate your work to published works. References should be cited as, eg. Onumanyi (1996), Liverpool and Akueshi
(1998), and Briggs et.al., (2000) if there are
more than two authors.
References: References should be listed alphabetically according to Harvard system and names of journals should be written in full as follows:
Ikeh, E.I., Ajayi, J.A. and Bello, C.S.S.
(1995) Mastomys natalensis and Tatera gambina as probable reservoirs of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Nigeria. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and hygiene 89:25-26. Book and monographs should be cited as follows:
Akpokodje, E.G. (2001) Introduction to Engineering Geology, Port Harcourt. Pam unique Publishers, pp.26-31.
Units and Abbreviations: Only the international system of units (SI) is allowed and must be indicated clearly on figures and tables.
Abbreviations should be written in full at first mention. For mathematical manuscripts, all direction and identification of letters and symbols must be clear. Use only signs and
symbols in common use.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.



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