The objective of these guidelines is to enable authors to easily prepare and submit articles to be proposed for publication to "Rwanda Journal of Engineering, Science, Technology and Environment"
The manuscript preparation:
1. General: The manuscript must be type written in a concise form in double spaced format, with a font size of 12 pt.
2. Title: a concise title in connection with the contents of the document. Names of the author, the address of the institution (s) where research was carried out, the postal address, telephone number and the electronic address of the principal author/investigator.
3.Abstract / Résumé: The manuscript must absolutely include an English summary (abstract) not exceeding a page for both languages. The French summary/abstract is optional. This summary gives the most important points of the document. It should be followed by six key words (at most).
4. Introduction: The introduction must clearly present the problems and the objectives of the article and justify its relevance. It refers to the former work most suitable (in connection with the subject) without making a review of the literature or to be a detailed history of the question.
5. Material and methods: The material and methods are presented in a sufficiently detailed way. The repetition of the methods and well-known techniques could be avoided by referring to the works describing them in detail.
6. Results: The results can be presented in text, tables or figures when necessary. The author must avoid repeating in text the information presented in the tables. For objects (graphs, charts and diagrams), all characters, lines, arrows, borders and figures should be big enough to permit reproduction when the object is minimized to a size suitable for inclusion in the journal.
7. Discussion: The discussion must focus on the implications and the practical significance of the findings, their link with the problem of research and their possible limits. It must show the contribution of the publication compared to the former studies on the research problem. The discussion should not be a repetition of the results.
8. Conclusions (and recommendations): The conclusions must be given in a concise way. They must prove the verification of hypothesis, criticize the methodology and if possible give an orientation to further areas of research. The recommendations, if any, will have to be presented in a similar manner to the conclusions.
9. References: Publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. In the text, refer to the author’s name and year of publication (e.g: Smith (1993); for two authors: Smith and Brown (1993); more than two authors: Smith et al.(1993). Reference should be given in alphabetical order (A to Z) at the end of the article.
Basic Rules, APA style for formatting references
- All lines after the first line of each entry in your reference list should be indented one-half inch from the left margin. This is called hanging indentation.
- Authors' names are inverted (last name first); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work for up to and including seven authors. If the work has more than seven authors, list the first six authors and then use ellipses after the sixth author's name. After the ellipses, list the last author's name of the work.
- Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
- For multiple articles by the same author, or authors listed in the same order, list the entries in chronological order, from earliest to most recent.
- Present the journal title in full.
- Maintain the punctuation and capitalization that is used by the journal in its title.
- For example: ReCALL not RECALL or Knowledge Management Research & Practice not Knowledge Management Research and Practice.
- Capitalize all major words in journal titles.
- When referring to books, chapters, articles, or Web pages, capitalize only the first letter of the first word of a title and subtitle, the first word after a colon or a dash in the title, and proper nouns. Do not capitalize the first letter of the second word in a hyphenated compound word.
- Italicize titles of longer works such as books and journals.
- Do not italicize, underline, or put quotes around the titles of shorter works such as journal articles or essays in edited collections.
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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is double-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.
- If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.