African Health Sciences: Submissions

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Author Guidelines

This journal does not accept author submission via the AJOL website. Please follow the author guidelines below

Instructions to authors
African Health Sciences is an internationally refereed, free access, journal publishing original articles on research, clinical practice, public health, policy, planning, implementation and evaluation, in the health and related sciences relevant to Africa and the tropics. It is published 4 times a year in March, June, September and December. African Health Sciences is indexed in MEDLINE/PUBMED.
The manuscript should be submitted online on Manuscript Central on the following website:

Any enquiries should be sent by email to:
The Editor,
African Health Sciences,
Makerere University School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences
P. O. Box 7072, Kampala, Uganda.
Fax: +256-41-530022,

Tel +256-41-530020/1; +256 772 494120

We accept a manuscript on the understanding that it is reporting unpublished work and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. We generally accept manuscripts in the following categories: reports of original research, case reports, special articles, letters to the editor and reviews.

African Health Sciences fully endorses the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ICMJE, details of which can be accessed on:
Length of manuscripts:
• Full-length articles should not exceed 3000 words and have a maximum of six tables (or figures). Short reports should be less than 1500 words with a maximum of two tables (or figures).
• Letters to the Editor and Book reviews should be less than 1500 words and do not need an abstract.

• Manuscripts should be written in English and typed to fit on single-sided A4size pages, double-spaced with margins of at least 25mm.
• Research articles should include the following, each beginning on a fresh page: title, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, acknowledgements, tables and figures.
Title page
This should contain an informative title, the first name, initial and last name of each author. The page should also include the name of institution(s) and departments to which the work should be attributed, and the name, address, email, fax, and telephone numbers (s) of the author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript. We also require the email addresses of ALL authors.
The abstract must not exceed 250 words and must be structured as follows: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.
This should be on a separate page and not be more than ten printed lines (about 500 bytes).
Figures and Tables and scientific measurements
• Figures and tables should be of reproducible quality, include comprehensive captions and not duplicate material presented in the text. All illustrations (tables and figures) must be cited consecutively in the text. Avoid internal vertical or horizontal lines in tables.
• Any figures should be professionally designed and submitted as original copies. • All scientific measurements except blood pressure (mm Hg) should be expressed in SI units. REFERENCES: (Vancouver style).
• References should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text and listed in order in the reference list (Vancouver style).
• The references must be in the following form: author (s), title of journal article, full name or Index Medicus or Medline abbreviation of journal, year of publication, volume number, and page numbers in full.
When there are six or fewer authors, list all of them. If there are seven or more, then list the first six followed by et al. Examples of references:
Journal reference:
Oyedeji GA. Delayed sexual maturation in sickle cell anaemia patients-observations in one practice. Annals of Tropical Paediatrics 1995; 15 (3): 197-201
Book reference:
Campbell JM, Machin D. Medical Statistics: a common sense approach. 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1993 References to personal communication, unpublished material or manuscripts in preparation or submitted, but not yet accepted, are discouraged.
Permission to reproduce borrowed material: Written permission to reproduce borrowed material (Illustrations, tables and figures) must be obtained from the original publishers and authors, and submitted with the manuscript. Borrowed material should be acknowledged in captions
Conflict of interest disclosure
Authors: African Health Sciences requires all authors to disclose conflict of

interest. According to the ICMJE (, this includes “all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work”. The authors have to say “whether potential conflict does or does not exist.” African Health Sciences expects authors to declare presence or absence conflict of interest in the manuscript. This must be written on a separate page, giving detail where applicable, of the conflict of interest if it exists.
Conflict of interest in peer review:
African Health Sciences would like peer-reviewers to disclose all potential situations which might be viewed as conflicts of interest. To avoid any doubt, all reviewers have to state if conflict exists or not. We expect reviewers not to use the work they are reviewing for other purposes.

Before submitting your manuscript please make sure you have the following:
1. Covering (submission) letter
2. Corresponding author’s name, complete address, degrees, institution, title, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail.
3. Complete address, degrees, institution, title, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail f each author
4. Manuscript in Microsoft Word
5. Conflict of interest disclosure
6. Proposed list of potential reviewers

7. Submit your manuscripts on :
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Copyright Notice


While African Health Sciences has been freely accessible online there have been questions on whether it is Open Access or not. We wish to clearly state that indeed African Health Sciences is Open Access. There are key issues regarding Open Access needing clarification for avoidance of doubt:

  1. 1.      Henceforth, papers in African Health Sciences will be published under the CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution License) 4.0 International. See details on
  2. 2.      The copyright owners or the authors grant the 3rd party (perpetually and in advance) the right to disseminate, reproduce, or use the research papers in part or in full, format/medium as long as:
  • No substantive errors are introduced in the process
  • Attribution of authorship and correct citation details are given
  • The referencing details are not changed.

Should the papers be reproduced in part, this must be clearly stated.

  1. 3.      The papers will be freely and universally accessible online in an easily readable format such as XML in at least one widely recognized open access repository such as PUBMED CENTRAL.


I submitted my manuscript to African Health Sciences and would like to affirm that:

1.0  I am authorized by my co-authors to enter into these arrangements.

2.0 I guarantee, on behalf of self and co-authors:

  • That the paper is original, and has not been published in any other peer-reviewed journal; nor is it under consideration by other journal (s). It does not infringe existing copyright or any other person’s rights


  • That we are/I am the sole author(s) of the paper and with authority to enter into this agreement. My granting rights to African Health Sciences is not in breach of any other obligation


  • That the paper contains nothing unlawful, or libelous. Nor anything that would constitute a breach of contract, confidence or commitment given to secrecy, if published


  • That I/we have taken care to ensure the integrity of the article.

3.0  I and all co-authors, agree that the paper, if accepted for publication, shall be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. (see


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