Editorial Guideline - Journal of Nation-building & Policy studies
Aims and Scope
The Journal of Nation-building and Policy Studies (JoNPS) is a bi-annual academic and policy oriented periodical dedicated to the study of issues of nation-building and policy processes in Nigeria. 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. It provides a platform for academics and policy makers to interrogate the nation-building processes in Nigeria, the challenges to nation-building in the country and the way forward. The journal aims to advance both theoretical and empirical research on themes and dynamics that inform policies and practices in Nigeria. The journal accepts papers that focus on nation-building. Articles not dealing with Africa, but whose themes could be of relevance to African scholarship, are also welcome.
The Journal of Nation-building and Policy Studies is indexed by SABINET, EBSCO, and ProQuest.
Authors are required to submit original papers, that is, papers submitted should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a double blind process. When submitting papers for evaluation, authors are strongly encouraged to attach reports from a similarity (anti-plagiarism) test. Without prejudice to this, every paper accepted for publication will also have to pass our similarity check with iThenticate.
You may send an electronic copy of your paper (MS Word file attached to an e-mail) to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Refer to all illustrations and charts as Figures within the text. They should, however, be presented in a similar way as Tables above, that is in separate pages at the end of the manuscript, with consecutive numbers and brief descriptive titles.
7. Keep notes at a minimum.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Authors will receive a PDF copy of the issue in which their article appears.
11. 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).
12. Authors should also insert all Tables and Figures within the next text to where they are cited.
The annual subscription Price for Journal of Nation-building & Policy Studies is GBP80 for institutions and GBP70 for individuals.
For loose copy sale (excluding postage and packaging), the price is GBP45.