Ife Journal of Science: Submissions

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Author Guidelines

The official language of the journal is English. It is expected that prior to submission, the manuscript will have been carefully reviewed for correctness and clarity of expression. Manuscripts should be typewritten with double spacing and wide margins. 

There are two options for submission of manuscripts: 
1. Electronic submission: The submission of articles in electronic form is highly recommended. They should be e-mailed directly to the Editor-in-Chief. Authors should submit the complete manuscript in Microsoft document format. Please include details in the submittal information of whom the correspondence should be directed as well as the e-mail of this corresponding author. Soft copies written on recordable CD is also acceptable. 

2. Postal submission: The complete manuscript should be sent in triplicate to the Editor-in-Chief. Following the acceptance of a manuscript, an electronic version of the final manuscript is needed for production. Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order: title page, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion of results, acknowledgements, references, tables, and figures. To avoid delay in publication of the accepted papers, the following rules must be observed during the preparation of the manuscript. 

Title: A separate title page should contain the following information: a concise title, the name(s) of the author(s), their institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses. In case of more than one author, please indicate to whom the correspondence should be addressed. 
Abstract: An abstract of not more than 300 words should be supplied on a separate page following the title page. Authors should provide 4 to 6 keywords. 

Units: Use of the S.I. unit is obligatory. 

Numbers: As a rule, numerals are not used to start sentences; words are preferred. In addition, words should be used for all numbers less than 10 and numerals for those greater than 10. If a number is followed immediately by a unit of measurement, use the numeral, e.g., 5 g, 200 m. 

Latin Names: Authorities for Latin names must be indicated the first time such names are used but not subsequently. Latin words used to identify biological structures or entities are always italicized; similarly phrases like in situ, in vivo, versus, per se, et al. On the other hand, commonly used abbreviations such as etc., viz, and e.g. do not require. 

Tables: Tables must be typed on separate sheets. They should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and each should bear a short descriptive title. Whenever possible, tables should be submitted in a form ready for reproduction. 

Figures/Illustrations: Figures/illustrations should be submitted on separate pages, clearly captioned and numbered according to sequence below each figure. Line drawings must be done in black ink on white paper. Photographs (good, glossy black and white) should not be mounted or folded. They should be labeled on the back with authors' names in soft pencil. Figures may not be used to duplicate data already presented in tables or text or vice versa. Photographs and illustrations are considered as figures and should be referred to as such. Captions should not be written on the illustrations but should be listed on a separate sheet. 

References: In the text, citations should be made by the author's name and year of publication, e.g., "according to Smith and Banke (1975)", or "as shown by an earlier study (Smith and Banke, 1975)". Two or more papers by the same author in the same year should be distinguished by a suffix (a,b, etc.) to the year of publication. References should be given at the end of the paper in alphabetical and chronological order without numbering noting the following example strictly: 

Andreas, E.L. and Cash, B.A. 1999. Convective heat transfer over wintertime leads and polynyas. J. Geophys. Res. 
              104, 25721-25734. 
Businger, J.A. 1982. Equations and concepts. In: Atmospheric Turbulence and Air Pollution Modeling, F.T.M. 
              Nieuwstadt, H. van Dop (editors), 21-25 September 1981. The Hague, Netherlands. D. Reidel Publ. Co., 
              Dordrecht, pp. 1-36. 
Sorbjan, Z. 1989. Structure of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer. Prentice-Hall, New York, 317pp. 

Peer review: All submitted manuscripts are subject to a peer-review process. 
Proofs: Unless otherwise requested, galley proofs will be sent to the first author of joint publications. 
Page Charges and Reprints: Page charges will be indicated in the letter of provisional acceptance to the authors. Authors will receive PDF copy of the journal. 
Copyright: Papers are accepted for publication with the explicit understanding that they are not being considered for publication elsewhere and as such implying that copyright is transferred automatically to the Ife Journal of Science.


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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