Editorial Guideline - African Journal of Business and Economic Research (AJBER)
Aims and Scope
African Journal of Business and Economic Research (AJBER) is a quarterly, high quality journal published consistently since 2006. The journal aims to advance both theoretical and empirical research on business, economic and management sciences and allied fields.
It is ‘two double-blind reviewed’ - meaning that each article has two reviewers, and that reviewer and author identities, in each case, are concealed from each other throughout the Review Process.
The journal accepts papers that may have a continental, regional or country focus. It is also envisaged that occasional special issues of AJBER will be devoted to thematic topics or to sub-regions or countries. Articles not dealing with Africa, but whose themes could be of relevance to African scholarship, are also welcome. AJBER is indexed by SCOPUS, UGC CARE List, IBSS, EBSCO, COPERNICUS, ProQuest, ABDC, , SAJE, CABELL and J-Gate.
Instructions to Authors
Ethics in publishing: Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Falsification of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author's own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is a serious offence, will not be accepted. Since July 1 2019, all papers accepted for publication in this journal are passed through the anti-plagiarism software, iThenticate. The journal’s threshold is 20% excluding references and in-text citations.
ONE copy of the manuscript with a separate cover page showing full author names, institutional affiliation, contact number and email address should be sent to the editor, through email@example.com. Your submission will be acknowledged electronically within 24 hours provided it is received on a working day.
In order to facilitate processing of submissions, please make sure that you:
1. Attach a cover page with title of the manuscript, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), including email address.
2. Include only the title page on the first page of the manuscript in order to maintain anonymity.
3. Include an abstract of not more than 150 words.
4. Produce the manuscript—including abstract, quotations, tabular material, notes, and references - in a double-spaced format, allowing a one-inch margin on all sides.
5. Type all tables, using a standard word processing programme and number them consecutively in the necessary pages.
6. Keep notes at a minimum.
7. Use three descending levels of headings consistently throughout the paper. They should be descriptive but brief. Numbers may be used to identify levels of headings.
8. References to other publications should be complete and should contain full bibliographical details. For multiple citations in the same year use a, b, c immediately following the year of publication. References should be shown within the text by giving the author's last name followed by a comma and year of publication all in round brackets, e.g. (Kuada, 1994).
The following examples illustrate the style of referencing used in the journal:
(a) Books: Surname, initials and year of publication, title, publisher, place of publication, e.g. Kuada, J. (1994), Managerial Behaviour in Ghana and Kenya – A Cultural Perspective, Aalborg University Press, Aalborg. Please, note that the title of books must be in italics.
(b) Chapter in edited book: surname, initials and year, "title", editor's surname, initials, title, publisher, place, pages, e.g. Whitley, R. (2001), “Developing Capitalism: The Comparative Analysis of Emerging Business Systems” in Jacobsen, G. and Torp, J.E. (Eds.) Understanding Business Systems in Developing Countries, Sage New Delhi. pp: 25-41. Please, note that the title of the book must be in italics.
(c) Articles: Surname, initials, year "title", journal, volume, number, pages, e.g. Kuada, J. (2002), “Collaboration between developed and developing country-based firms: Danish-Ghanaian experience” Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing Vol. 17 No. 6 pp: 538-557. Please, note that the title of the journal must be in italics. If there is more than one author to a paper, please list all authors with their surnames followed by initials.
9. Authors will receive a PDF copy of the issue in which their article appears.
10. Authors should submit ONLY ONE copy of their manuscripts with all Author Details and affiliations in a cover page within the manuscript (i.e. FIRST PAGE).
11. Authors should also insert all Tables and Figures within the next text to where they are cited.
African Journal of Business and Economic Research charges a publication fee of £250 for all accepted manuscripts. As part of the publication fee, a print copy of the journal will be sent by ordinary post to the author or to the lead author in cases of multi-authored articles. Authors who want additional print copies will have to pay for the courier cost.
We started journal publishing in 2004 and are happy that none of our journals has ever gone under since then. All our journals are published consistently, quite often without missing the deadlines. Until 2018, we never charged publication fees. On the contrary, we gave free complimentary print copies to contributors – in addition to the free soft copy of their articles in the journal. However with the increasing cost of publishing amid a declining subscriber base, it became imperative that to sustain quality publishing (both print and online versions) some form of publication fees will have to be introduced. In 2018 therefore we introduced modest publication charges for our accredited journals.
To ensure that the publication fees do not discourage authors from publishing in our journals, we offered 50% discount to all authors paying the publication fees from their pockets. From September 2020, we are further increasing the discount on the publication fees to 70%. Additionally, authors from countries under-represented in our journals can be offered further discounts on the publication fees - or even have the publication fees completely waived for them – depending on the quality of the work as advised by the journal’s editor.
All manuscripts must be spell and grammar checked by a professional English language editor. Authors are encouraged to attach evidence of professional proofreading/editing when submitting their papers. The journal reserves the right to refuse to publish an article if it deems the paper poorly proofread for language and grammar. Should authors want the journal to do the proofreading for them; this will be at an additional cost of £100.
The annual subscription Price for African Journal of Business & Economic Research (AJBER) is GBP250 for institutions and GBP200 for individuals (for print and online access by password).
For loose copy sale (excluding postage and packaging), the price is GBP45.
Special Issues and Supplements
Inquiries by conference organisers on publishing special issues or supplements in the journal shall be directed to the journal’s editor Prof. Phocenah Nyatanga through firstname.lastname@example.org, who will evaluate and determine whether the articles will fit well into the objectives and scope of the journal.
Where the editor decides that the papers from such a conference will fit into the aims, objectives and scope of the journal, the editor shall be in the editorial board that selects the final papers – to ensure that the journal’s standards are upheld.
Publication of special issues is subject to the terms and conditions agreed between the journal and the requesting institution. The price for Special Issue is GBP80 per print copy.