Author Guidelines

Manuscript Preparation

Authors should adhere to the following guidelines in preparing their manuscript before submission.

First Page of the Manuscript: this page should contain the title, abstract and keywords of the manuscript. The title should be written in bold font, centered and font size 14. The manuscript abstract should come next to the title. It should not be more than 250 words, and it should be italicized with font size 11. The abstract should be followed by a list of keywords that are capable of conveying the content of the manuscript. All texts should be written in Times New Roman.

The Main Part of the Manuscript: depending on the type of the research, this part of the manuscript should contain the background, problem statement, objectives, design, significance, scope, literature review, theoretical framework, results and discussion, conclusion and recommendation part of the study. It should also incorporate the references of materials that are cited in the manuscript. Book reviews and short communications should have their own unique outline and organization.   

Topics in this part of the manuscript should be written in bold with Times New Roman font style; main topics should have a font size 12. Sub-topics should be written with a lesser font size with the intent of showing a hierarchical relationship with the main topic. The text lines should be single spaced; however, there should be paragraph spacing whenever new topics are resumed. Extracts that are direct quotations of more than 40 words should be indented 0.5" from both sides of the margin. The first paragraph of a topic in the manuscript should be aligned left whereas the remaining paragraphs of the topic should be indented 0.3".

N.B. The page limit for research articles has to be a minimum of 15 pages and a maximum of 20 pages excluding references. But for contributions like book reviews and short communications, a maximum of 7 pages is the limit.

Diagrams and Tables: they should be numbered consecutively in the order of their appearance in the manuscript. Each table and figure should also have a caption. The caption should be placed below in the case of figures and above in the case of tables. It is preferred to place them within the text at appropriate points rather than at the end. The source for tables and figures should be duly acknowledged. 


Submission of Manuscript

Contributions can be handed over in three different ways.

A) They can be sent to the email address of the Editor-in-chief (

and/or the Managing Editor (


B) They can be sent to the following postal address of the Journal:

Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities (EJOSSAH)

College of Social Sciences

P.O. Box: 1176

Addis Ababa University


C)  They can be handed in person to NCR Bldg., Office No. 282 (College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University)


Citations and References

EJOSSAH adopts Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Style). Therefore, when authors cite references in the manuscript text, they should follow the appropriate APA style. References should also agree with the APA style and they should be listed alphabetically by author’s last name at the end of the manuscript. However, Ethiopian authors should be referred by their first name. Please note some examples below.


Journal Article with DOI

Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and
the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225-229. doi:10.1 037/0278-6133.24.2.225

Journal Article with without DOI

Light, M.A., & Light, I. H. (2008). The geographic expansion of Mexican immigration in the United States and its implications for local law enforcement. Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal, 8(1), 73-82.

Entire book, print version

Shotton, M.A. (1989). Computer addiction? A study of computer dependency. London, England: Taylor & Francis.

Electronic version of print book

Shotton, M. A. (1989). Computer addiction? A study of computer dependency! [DX Reader version]. Retrieved from


» Ethical Considerations

Authors should disclose any conflict of interest related to the manuscript. These interests can be rooted in economic, political, personal or any other nature. Contributors also must confirm that submissions are unpublished and not under review elsewhere. Plagiarism cannot be accepted and will not be tolerated. Authors should remove their personal information (name, affiliation, address, telephone and e-mail address) and self-identifying information (including acknowledgments) from the article file. Instead, they are required to attach a separate cover page giving the title of the manuscript and all of their identifying information. Editors should ensure whether information revealing the identity of the authors is erased from the manuscript before sending it for a review. Reviewers have an ethical obligation to be open and fair in assessing a manuscript without bias. They should provide their detailed suggestions to editors on the review form of the Journal. They are expected to make their explicit recommendation by using one of the following categories: Acceptance/ Minor Modification/ Major Modification/ Rejection. Reviewers also have an obligation to maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript and they are not allowed to use the material from the manuscript to advance their own or others’ work.

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Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2520-582X
print ISSN: 1810-4487