Author Guidelines

(JAAPS) is a bi-annual official publication of African Association of Physiological Sciences. It is aimed at dissemination of information on diverse areas of research in Physiological Sciences.

The journal will consider for publication, Full-length original research articles, short communications as well as review articles. Manuscripts should be written in clear concise English language, and should conform to the specified instructions listed below. Manuscripts which are not adequately prepared will be returned to the authors.


Manuscripts must be submitted online at A copy should also be submitted   by e-mail to the editor-in-chief.

Manuscripts are submitted at the authors’ initiative but some are solicited by the Editor-in-Chief.  All papers submitted are reviewed by an Editorial Committee and at least one referee

Submitted manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that: The work described has not been published (except in abstract form) and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.


The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject papers with linguistic or scientific deficiencies as well as papers that do not strictly comply with the journal’s guidelines. Authors of review articles must seek prior consent of the Editor-in-chief before submission.

Maximum length: 5000 words in main text (i.e., excluding abstract, references, legends, tables and figures), 8 tables/figures maximum, and a structured abstract of 300 words plus up to 45 references.

Title page – This page should state: a) The title of the paper  b) Authors’ names (full names – NO qualifications. Strictly follow this order: First Name, Middle initial (if ever), Last Name. e.g: F. Ofoh, O.I. Ajayi, O.O. Talabi, C.R. Nwokocha and A.B. Ebeigbe

Department of Physiology, School of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria., c) institution(s) of origin, d) Corresponding author plus his/her postal and e-mail addresses.

Abstract - The abstract of the manuscript should not exceed 300 words and must be structured into separate sections: Background: the context and purpose of the study; Methods: how the study was performed and statistical tests used; Results: the main findings; Conclusion: brief summary and potential implications. Please minimize the use of abbreviations and do not cite references in the abstract.

Keywords. Up to eight keywords (suitable for Index Medicus listing) should be provided at the end of the Abstract.

Abbreviations: Define abbreviations the first time they are used in the text and use them thereafter. There must be no abbreviations in the abstract except for very well-known ones.

Introduction The background section should be written from the standpoint of researchers without specialist knowledge in that area and must clearly state - and, if helpful, illustrate - the background to the research and its aims. Reports of clinical research should, where appropriate, include a summary of a search of the literature to indicate why this study was necessary and what it aimed to contribute to the field. The section should end with a very brief statement of what is being reported in the article.

Methods Sufficient information should be given to permit repetition of the experimental work. This should include the design of the study, the setting, the type of participants or materials involved, a clear description of all interventions and comparisons, and the type of analysis used, including a power calculation if appropriate.

Results - The Results should be stated concisely without discussion and should not normally contain any references. The same data should not be presented in figures and tables. Do not repeat all the data that are set out in the tables or figures in the text; emphasise or summarise only important observations.

Discussion - The Discussion should deal with the interpretation of the results and not recapitulate them. We encourage authors to write their Discussion in a structured way, as follows: a) statement of principal findings; b) strengths and weaknesses of the study; c) strengths and weaknesses in relation to other studies; d) discussion of important differences in results; e) meaning of the study; f) unanswered questions and future research.

Conclusion - The conclusion should provide a brief summarize of the key findings, potential implications and the way forward.

Acknowledgements - Please acknowledge anyone who contributed towards the study by making substantial contributions to conception, design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, or who was involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content, but who does not meet the criteria for authorship. Please also include their source(s) of funding. Please also acknowledge anyone who contributed materials essential for the study. The role of a medical writer must be included in the acknowledgements section, including their source(s) of funding. Authors should obtain permission to acknowledge from all those mentioned in the Acknowledgements. Please list the source(s) of funding for the study, for each author, and for the manuscript preparation in the acknowledgements section. Authors must describe the role of the funding body, if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; and in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

References - Please use Harvard style references for in-text citation. You can find the details in the following website


Ethical Issues:

Authors should state clearly the ethical principles involved in the study. Manuscripts related to human subjects should provide information on Informed consent as well as permission from appropriate Institutional Ethics Committee. In manuscripts involving children more than 7 years, information related to “Assent” should also be mentioned. In the case of animal experiments, relevant national and international guidelines should be mentioned. Method of sacrificing the animals should also be stated in the manuscript.


Production Charges

 Upon acceptance of a paper for publication, members of African Physiological Societies affiliated to African Association of Physiological Sciences will becharged  $150per article. Non-member authors will pay a charge of $230.


Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors would be required to sign a form (to be supplied by the Editor) transferring copyright to African Association of Physiological Sciences (AAPS), before the manuscript can be finally accepted for publication

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Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2449-108X
print ISSN: 2315-9987