Aims and scope

The University of Mauritius Research Journal is concerned with the dissemination of applied and pure research work. The Journal is published every year by the University of Mauritius. It is the Journal’s policy not to publish articles that are under consideration by other journals or have been submitted elsewhere.

Articles must be between 4000 and 7000 words. Each article should be accompanied by a cover sheet bearing (a) the name(s) of the author(s) (b) the title of the article (c) a contact data sheet listing an office telephone number, mailing and email addresses.

Script requirements

  • All material should be typed in double-line spacing on one side of consecutively numbered pages.
  • The first page of each manuscript should provide the title of the article, the author’s name(s), author’s affiliations, abstract (less than 200 words), keywords (4-6 words), and a running title (less than 10 words, as header).
  • The author to whom correspondence and reprint orders are to be addressed should be denoted by an asterisk.
  • Headings should be in the following order: abstract, keywords, introduction, materials & methods (or methodology), results, discussion, acknowledgement and references.
  • Tables and Figures (with brief and self-explanatory captions) should be clear, and should be numbered in sequence throughout the manuscript using Arabic numerals.
  • Photographs should be glossy prints with strong contrast in black and white. The magnification should be indicated by an internal scale.


All units should be expressed using the Metric SI System. Unit abbreviations should be unpunctuated (e.g 5ml, 4mg). Derived units should be denoted by the use of either solidus (e.g cm/s) or superscript (cms-1).

Scientific Names

Italics should be used for generic and specific scientific names (e.g Litchi chinensis), but not for higher taxonomic groupings (e.g Litchi chinensis Sonn.,Leguminosae).


The Harvard system (author and date) should be used for citation in the manuscript and in the list of references.

Referencing in manuscript.

Specific examples of style are given below.

  • Alam et al. (1995) and Macking (1998) reported that ...
  • Alam & Poppi (1996) reported that ...
  • This view is considered to be ... (Devendra, 1980; Anon, 1982; Green & Burns, 1995; Brookes et al. 1997).
  • These findings were confirmed ... (Wilson, J.C., pers. comm., 1998)

Reference list.

All cited references should appear in the section headed References, in alphabetical order of the first author. References should appear with full author(s) name(s), paper and Journal titles. The second and subsequent lines of each reference should be indented. Specific examples of layout and style are given below.

For Journal articles

  • BRADSTREET, T.E (1996).Teaching introductory statistics courses so that nonstatisticians experience statistical reasoning. The American Statistician 50 (1), 69-77.
  • UDEN, P. & VAN SOEST, P.J. (1982).The determination of digesta particlesize in some herbivores. Animal Feed Science and Technology 4, 71-82.
  • WAHED, R.A., SMITH, S.E. & WILLIAM, S.E. (1986). Comparison of sheep and goats under stall-feeding conditions : roughage intake and selection. Animal Production 37 (7), 89-95.
  • WALKER, D.M. & FAICHNEY, G.J. (1964 a). Excretion of purines ...
  • WALKER, D.M. & FAICHNEY, G.J. (1964 b). Nucleic acid digestion ...
  • WALKER, D.M. & FAICHNEY, G.J. (1976)……….(In the Press).

For Books / Proceedings

  • BARRO, R.J. & SALA-I-MARTIN X. (1995). Economic Growth. McGraw Hill, New York.
  • EVANS, G.C. (1972). The Quantitative Analysis of Plant Growth. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • SUTTON, J.D. (1980). Digestion and end-product formation in the rumen from production rations. In Digestive Physiology and Metabolism in Ruminants, pp 51-73. (Eds W. HARESIGN, H. SWAN & D. Lewis). Butterworth, London.
  • WILLIAM, R.S. (1992). The utilisation of ……… In Proceedings of the Australian Society of Animal Production 14, 653-658.

For Booklets / Bulletins

  • MAURITIUS CHAMBER OF AGRICULTURE (1991). The Sugar Industry: Situation and Outlook. Technical Bulletin. Mauritius.

For web-based reference materials

  • SULLIVAN, C.J. (Ed.) (1999-2001). Fungi: an evolving electronic resource for the microbiological community. ASM Press. Retrieved 7 September 2001 from {For online-only books}
  • VANDENBOS, G., KNAPP, S. & DOE, J. (2001). Role of reference elements in the selection of resources by psychology undergraduates. Journal of Bibliographic Research 5, 117-123. Retrieved October 13, 2001 from {For internet articles based on a print source}
  • FREDRICKSON, B.L. (2000). Cultivating positive emotions to optimize health and well-being. Prevention & Treatment 3 Article 0001a. Retrieved November 20, 2000 from {For articles in an internet-only journal}
  • CHOU, L., MCCLINTOCK, R., MORETTI, F. & NIX, D.H. (1993). Technology and Education: New wine in new bottles: Choosing pasts and imagining educational futures. Retrieved August 24, 2000 from Columbia University, Institute for Learning Technologies Web site: {For documents available on university program or department Website}
  • U.S. EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) (2004). Integrated Risk Information System. Retrieved October 1, 2004 from {For stand-alone documents}

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1694-0342