African Journal of Infectious Diseases: Submissions

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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines
Electronic Submission
DIRECT UPLOADING of papers IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED by registering as author and following the uploading instructions step by step at: You may also submit manuscripts as e-mail attachment to the Editorial Office at: or
A manuscript number will be mailed to the corresponding author same day or within three days. The cover letter should include the corresponding author's full address and telephone/fax numbers and should be in an e-mail message sent to the Editor, with the file, whose name should begin with the first author's surname, as an attachment.

The African Journal of Infectious Diseases (AJID) will accept manuscripts submitted as e-mail attachments. For all other correspondence that cannot be sent by e-mail, please contact the editorial office at: The Editor-in-Chief, Drug Research & Production Unit, Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Regular articles: These should describe new and carefully researched findings that have arisen from experimental procedures. The articles should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. Authors should submit data that have arisen from animal and human studies in an ethically proper way by following guidelines as set by the World Health Organization. Authors submitting papers are advised to read online WHO guidelines on these subjects (http:/ Papers that violate these principles will not be accepted.

Short Communications: : A Short Communication is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, identification, innovative methods, techniques, clinical trials and epidemiological studies.

Reviews: Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Reviews are also peer-reviewed.

Review Process: All manuscripts are reviewed by an editor and members of the Editorial Board or qualified outside reviewers. Decisions will be made as rapidly as possible, and the journal strives to return reviewers’ comments to authors within 2 weeks. It is the goal of the AJID to publish papers within 12 weeks after submission.

Regular articles: All portions of the manuscript must be typed double-spaced and all pages numbered starting from the title page.

The Title should be as brief as possible describing the contents of the paper. The Title Page should include the authors' full names and affiliations, the name of the corresponding author along with phone, fax and E-mail information. Present addresses of authors should appear as a footnote.

The Abstract which should be included at the beginning of the manuscript should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the experiments, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. The Abstract should not be more than 250 words in length.. Complete sentences, active verbs, and the third person should be used, and the abstract should be written in the past tense. Following the abstract, about 3 to 6 key words that will provide indexing references should be listed.

A list of non-standard Abbreviations should be added. In general, non-standard abbreviations should be used only when the full term is very long and used often. Each abbreviation should be spelled out and introduced in parentheses the first time it is used in the text. Only recommended SI units should be used.

The Introduction should provide a clear statement of the problem, the relevant literature on the subject, and the proposed approach or solution. It should be understandable to colleagues from a broad range of scientific disciplines.

Materials and methods should be complete enough to allow experiments to be reproduced. However, only truly new procedures should be described in detail; previously published procedures should be cited, and important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. Capitalize trade names and include the manufacturer's name and address. Subheadings should be used. Methods in general use need not be described in detail.

Results should be presented with clarity and precision. The results should be written in the past tense when describing findings in the authors' experiments. Previously published findings should be written in the present tense. Results should be explained, but largely without referring to the literature. Discussion, speculation and detailed interpretation of data should not be included in the Results but should be put into the Discussion section.

The Discussion should interpret the findings in view of the results obtained in this and in past studies on this topic. State the conclusions in a few sentences at the end of the paper. The Results and Discussion sections can include subheadings, and when appropriate, both sections can be combined.

The Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc should be brief.

Tables should be simple and kept to a minimum. Tables should be typed double-spaced throughout, including headings and footnotes. Each table should be on a separate page, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and supplied with a heading and a legend. Tables should be self-explanatory without reference to the text.

Figure legends should be typed in numerical order on a separate sheet. Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of generating high resolution GIF, TIFF, JPEG or Powerpoint before pasting in the Microsoft Word manuscript file. Tables should be prepared in Microsoft Word. Use Arabic numerals to designate figures and upper case letters for their parts (Fig 1). Begin each legend with a title and include sufficient description so that the figure is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript. Information given in legends should not be repeated in the text.

References: In the text, a reference identified by means of an author‘s name should be followed by the date of the reference in parentheses. When there are more than two authors, only the first author‘s name should be mentioned, followed by ’et al‘. In the event that an author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be identified by a lower case letter like ’a‘ and ’b‘ after the date to distinguish the works. Examples: Ojewole (2000), Adewunmi et al. (2003), (Kelebeni, 1983), (Addy, 1992), (Chege, 1998; Elujoba, 1987a,b; Tijani, 1993,1995), (Gamaniel et al., 2001)

References should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order. Articles in preparation or articles submitted for publication, unpublished observations, personal communications, etc. should not be included in the reference list but should only be mentioned in the article text (e.g., A. Elujoba, Obafemi Awolowo University, personal communication). Journal names are abbreviated according to Chemical Abstracts. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of the references.

1. Kamanzi Atindehou, K., Koné , M., Terreaux , C. , Traore , D., Hostettmann, K. and Dosso , M. (2002). Evaluation of the antimicrobial potential of medicinal plants from the Ivory Coast . Phytother. Res. , 16: 497 – 502.
2. Vinegar, R.; Truax, J.F., Selph, J. L. and Voelker, F. A. (1982). Pathway of onset, development and decay of carrageenan pleurisy in the rat. Fed. Proc. 41: 2588- 2595.

Short Communications: Short Communications are limited to a maximum of two figures and one table. They should present a complete study that is more limited in scope than is found in full-length papers. The items of manuscript preparation listed above apply to Short Communications with the following differences: (1) Abstracts are limited to 150 words and (2) Results and Discussion should be combined into a single section.

Book reviews: Books for review should be sent to the Editors.

Conference announcements and news: These should be sent to the Editors.

Proofs and Reprints: Electronic proofs will be sent (e-mail attachment) to the corresponding author as a PDF file. Page proofs are considered to be the final version of the manuscript. With the exception of typographical or minor clerical errors, no changes will be made in the manuscript at the proof stage. Because AJTCAM will be published freely online only for the first year (to attract a wide audience), authors will have free electronic access to the full text (in both HTML and PDF) of the article. Authors can freely download the PDF file from which they can print unlimited copies of their articles.

Copyright: Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, or thesis) that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher.

Fees and Charges: Original research articles not exceeding seven journal pages will attract a nominal fee of $100.00. However, each additional page will attract a fee of $25.0USD. Articles of authors which have been accepted without payment will not be processed further without this fee.

Subscription: Annual subscription for printed copies is $150.00, single copy is $50.00; Institutions and libraries $500.00.

Advertisements: Advertsing rates: Back cover full colour $750.00USD; Inside covers $625.00USD; Full page colour $510.00USD; Half page $320.00USD; Half page black and white $260.00USD One quarter page $195.00USD. For details contact the Editors-in-Chief

Notice: No responsibility is assumed by the publisher for any use of operation of any methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in the material herein. All advertising material is expected to conform to ethical medical standards, their inclusion in this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the quality or value of such product by the manufacturer.

Plagiarism: Permission from the copyright owner(s) of reproduced tables and illustrations must be obtained and a copy of the permission letter submitted to AJID. The source must be clearly acknowledged under the table or the illustration. Copying text, photographs, tables or graphics from any source and using it as ones own is considered plagiarism whether or not a reference to the copied portion is given.

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.

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).
The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
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.
The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (e.g., Articles), has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.

Copyright Notice
Articles can be used for educational and non-comercial purposes. The copyrights of articles are retained by the authors with publication rights granted to AJID.


Copyright Notice

Articles can be used for educational and non-comercial purposes. The copyrights of articles are retained by the authors with publication rights granted to AJID.


ISSN: 2006-0165
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