Author Guidelines

Submit a manuscript for publication at Online Submissions


Contributors should submit their manuscripts through the online system. If you are a new user of the Journal, please follow these steps to register as a user before you can submit a manuscript.

1. Register with the AJOL site

2. Once logged into the AJOL site, click journals at the top menu bar and/or browse site for African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science

3. Click on online submissions on the Journal Home page or About this Journal

4. Register as an author for the Journal - this step requires a different user email address. If you wish to retain the previous username and email, please send an email to Prof OB Onyancha ( to enrol you as a user of the journal

5. You are now ready to submit the manuscript online


The title, author’s name, position and place of work should be carefully captured in the online system. Please note that the journal uses a double blind review system and as such, the author's name(s) should not feature anywhere in the manuscript unless in such places as may not reveal the person responsible for the authorship of the manuscript (e.g. references). The full text manuscript, not more than 15 pages, should include an informative abstract of not more than 150 words with keywords of between three and five words. The text's margins should be fully justified and single-line spaced. The font size and type should be Times New Roman and 12pts respectively. The checklist to aid contributors to prepare for manuscript submission should strictly be adhered to. Any contribution that does not meet all the items on the Submission Preparation Checklist will be returned to the author without undergoing peer-review

In text citations should follow the Harvard style of referencing, e.g. Abrahams (2015) or (Abrahams, 2015) depending on the narrative of the text.

The list of references should be ordered in an alphabetical order, by the surname of the first author and, then, chronologically by year of publication, at the end of the text. The following formatting style should be strictly followed:

(a) Journal articles: References to journal articles are to be in the following order: author(s), date, title, journal’s name in italics, volume number, issue number and inclusive pagination e.g. Sooryamoorthy, R. (2017). Do types of collaboration change citation? A scientometric analysis of social science publications in South Africa. Scientometrics, 111(1), 379-400.

For an electronic/online source, provide the URL and the date the journal article was accessed. e.g. Rafique, G.M. (2017). Personal information sharing behavior of university students via online social networks. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-Journal), article no. 1454. [Online]. [Accessed 7 March 2017].

(b) Books: References to books should be in the following order: author(s), date, title in italics, place publication, name of publisher, pagination e.g. Creswell, J.W. (2014). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. 4th ed.Los Angeles: Sage.

If it is an electronic/online source provide the URL and the date the book/monograph was accessed (follow the example of the e-journal article above).

(c) Contributions in collected works: References to contributions in collected works should be in the following order: author(s), date, title of contribution, name of the editor, title of the collected works in italics, place publication, name of publisher and inclusive pagination e.g. Ngulube, P. and Onyancha, O. B. (2017). Conceptualizing the knowledge of traditional and indigenous communities using informetrics approaches. In: Ngulube, P. (Ed.). Handbook of research on theoretical perspectives on indigenous knowledge systems in developing countries. Harshey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 198 - 224.

If it is an electronic/online source provide the URL and the date the book/monograph was accessed (follow the example of the e-journal article above). Where applicable, provide the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), e.g. Dione, B. and Diouf, D. 2010. Senegal: Libraries, archives and museums. In: Bates, M. J. and Maack, M. N. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of library and information sciences, 3rd ed., Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, pp. 4687-4695.


Any editorial queries should simultaneously be directed to the Editor-in-Chief, Omwoyo Bosire Onyancha (, University of South Africa, and the Publishing Editor, Professor Iyabo Mabawonku, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (

Book review

Items submitted to this section are not peer reviewed

General contributions

Items of conceptual nature that do not report research findings (empirical findings) may be submitted as general contributions

Short communication

This section accepts articles or general contributions that do not exceed 2000 words.

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Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 0795-4778