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Author Guidelines

Information for Authors

All manuscript are peer-reviewed and accepted with the understanding that the work has not been published or being considered for publication elsewhere. Indeed, the authors would be requested to sign a copyright form transferring the ownership of the paper to the African Journal of Tropical Medicine and Biomedical Research. All articles must include the correct names and addresses of author(s) including e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Articles will be subjected to a thorough peer review process before any decision is made to publish or not. Authors should note that the African Journal of Tropical Medicine and Biomedical Research is not under any obligation to publish articles submitted, as decision to publish will be based on recommendations of reviewers and the editorial advisory board.


Articles submitted for publication should be typed double-spaced with 2.5cm margins with accompanying CD-ROM in Microsoft Word format for easy and quick peer review and typesetting. Each of the following sections should begin in a new page: title page, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgment (s), references, tables, legends to figures and illustrations. The manuscript should include:

Title Page

The title page should include the following information: 1. the title and sub-title; 2. the name(s) of the author(s); 3. the affiliation(s) of the author(s); 4. name and address of the corresponding author and 5. three to six key words for indexing and retrieval purposes.


The abstract should be structured and not more than 250 words. It should carry the following headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Conclusion.

Original Research - The journal welcomes articles reporting on original research, including both quantitative and qualitative studies. Full- length articles should generally not exceed 3000 words, excluding abstract, tables, figures, and references. The subject matter should be organised under appropriate headings and sub- headings as itemized above.

Review Articles - Comprehensive review articles on all aspects of tropical medicine and biomedical sciences will also be considered for publication in the journal. Reviews should provide a thorough overview of the topic and should incorporate the most current research. The length of review articles must not exceed 3,000 words and the organisational headings and sub-headings used are at the author's discretion.

Short Reports - Brief descriptions of preliminary research findings or interesting case studies will be considered for publication as short reports. The length of the abstract and article should be restricted to 150 and 2,000 words respectively and organisation of short reports are left to the author's discretion.

Commentaries or Editorials - Commentaries or editorials on any aspect of tropical medicine and biomedical sciences in Africa will be considered for publication in the journal. Opinion pieces need not reference previous research, but rather reflect the opinions of the author(s). The length should not exceed 2,000 words.

Tables and Figures

All tables and figures should be submitted on separate sheets of paper and should be clearly labelled. Coloured tables and figures may be reprinted in black and white. Authors should especially take care that all tables are clear and understandable by themselves, independent of the text. A reader should be able to read only the tables and easily grasp all information without the text.


Acknowledgments should be included on a separate sheet of paper and should not exceed 100words. Funding sources should be noted here.


References should be in the Vancouver style and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus style. Authors must cross-check and make sure that all information provided in the reference list is complete and correctly written. Reference numbers should be inserted above the line on each occasion a reference is cited in the text, e.g., ... as 1-3 reported in other studies. Numbered references should appear at the end of the article and should include the names and initials of all authors. The format of references should be as published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in the British Medical Journal 1988, volume 296, pages 401-405. The following are sample references for an article published in a journal and for a book: Ahmed Y, Mwaba P, Chintu C, Grange JM, Ustianowski A, Zumla A. A study of maternal mortality at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia: the emergence of tuberculosis as a major non-obstetric cause of maternal death. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 1999; 3: 675-680. Whitby LG, Smith AF, Beckett GJ. Enzyme Tests in Diagnosis. In: Lecture Notes on Clinical Chemistry. Whitby LG, Smith AF & Beckett GJth (eds). 4 editions. Blackwell Scientific Publications. 1988. 103-127.

Units of Measurement

All measurements should be expressed in SI (Systeme International) Units.

Galley proofs

Corrections of galley proofs should be strictly restricted to Printer's error only. Orders for offprints should be made when the corrected proofs are being returned by the authors. Articles accepted for publication remain the property of the journal and can only be reproduced elsewhere in line with section 5 of the copyright agreement.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • 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, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-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.


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