Ghana Journal of Development Studies: Submissions

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Author Guidelines

Submission of manuscripts should be in electronic (MS word) form as attachments. Address
all inquiries and other communications to the address below:

The Editor

Ghana Journal of Development Studies
University for Development Studies
P. O. Box 520
Wa Campus, GHANA
Phone: 233 (0) 24 68 18 407
Email ID: or or
Available online: African journals online or

A short abstract of not more than 200 words should immediately precede the introduction. It should give the synopsis of the title, problem/theme, methods, findings/arguments and conclusion(s).

Key Words/Descriptors

Authors should also suggest 5 keywords or descriptors that clearly indicate the subject matter of the article.

All necessary illustrations such as photographs, diagrams and charts should be referred to as figures and given Arabic numerals numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. All figures should appear in the text each a numbered title beneath it. E.g. Fig 1: Student statistics by sex and school. Source of figure should also be provided.

Tables should be kept to the minimum and include only essential detail. All tables should be numbered followed by the title e.g. Table 1: Student statistics by sex and school. They should appear at the top of the table but outside the table. No gridlines within the table. The table should be referenced in the text and appear in appropriate section within the text. Sources of tables should be provided and should appear at the bottom of the table 

References in text should be quoted as follows: Kaleo and Bawumia (2004) or (Kasise, 2000) or (Dery & Agana, 2012). Page numbers should be provided for direct quotes, for example (Kaba, 2000: 12). Names of multiple authors should be all listed first use only (Kaleo, Bawumia & Kaba 2004), subsequent use should appear as Kaleo et al. (2002). A full reference list capturing author name, year of publication, title of work, edition or volume is any, and city and state of publication as well as publisher name, in that order. This should be typed in double space at the end of the paper in alphabetical order as follows:

Journal Article
Chawla, L. (2002). Insight, creativity and thoughts on the environment: Integrating children and youth into human settlement development. Environment and Urbanization, 14 (12), pp. 11-14.

Nukunya, G.K. (2003). Tradition and change in Ghana: An introduction to sociology. (2nd ed.). Accra: Ghana Universities Press, pp.50-54.

An Edited Book
Haines, A. and Donald, A. (Eds.) (2002). Getting research findings into practice (2nd ed.). London: BMJ Books, pp. 86-93.

An Article in a Collection
Hilderbrand, M.E. (2002). Overview: Meeting the capacity development challenge: Lessons for improving technical cooperation. In S. Browne (Ed.), Developing capacity through technical cooperation, pp. 15 – 36. London: Earthscan Publications.

A Book by a Corporate Author
University for Development Studies (2003). Strategic plan (2003-2008). Tamale, Ghana: University for Development Studies.

Ghana Government (2003).Ghana poverty reduction strategy: An Agenda for growth and development. Accra, Ghana: National Development Planning Commission.

Internet Source:
Third World Network (2008).The aid architecture (online). Available at: Accessed 23rd October, 2009.

Issuing Frequency
Twice a year: May and October.

Order of presenting various components of a paper
Follow this order: Title, abstract, key words/descriptors, introduction, main text and references.

Headings and subheadings should be in bold print and numbered as follows: Level 1-BOLD UPPER CASE; Level 2 – Bold Lower Case; Level 3 – Bold Lower Case Italics etc. Do NOT format.

Fonts, Formats, Size
Manuscripts, in English only, must be typewritten with a font size of 12pt double-spaced on one side of white A4 paper in Times New Romanand Should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words. Justification: Left= 1.5” Bottom= 1” Right=1” Top=1.” Justify LEFT only. NO FORMATTING REQUIRED 


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