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Editorial Guideline - Journal of African Union Studies (JoAUS)

Submitting Papers 
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. You may send an electronic copy of your paper (MS Word file attached to an e-mail) to: lucky4real14@gmail.com


A paper should be no longer than 4,000 to 5,000 words, with an Abstract of about 150 words. Remove author details, any acknow­ledgements and other author identifiers, and put them into a separate file when you submit.


You can use any standard of English (e.g., UK or US) provided you are consistent in your choice. If you use acronyms, you should explain them separately in a list below the Abstract or in the text. All Tables and Figures should be numbered 1, 2, 3, etc. (respectively) and mentioned in the text.

Notes and References

End Notes should be used sparingly to highlight, elaborate or explain some points in the text, and also to give reference to anonymous articles from websites. References in the text should be done thus: ‘Jones (2006) argued that …’ or ‘According to a survey (Jones, 2006a) …’ or ‘Jones et al (2001: 23) found that...’. Anonymous newspaper articles should be shown thus: ‘
( The Guardian, 20 May 2007)’.

List full citations at the end under ‘References’ using the guidance below:
Allen, D. and Levine, V. (1986), Nurturing advanced technology enterprises: emerging issues in state and local economic development policy, New York: Praeger Publishers.
Edited Book:
Edquist, C. (ed.) (1997), Systems of Innovation: Technologies, Institutions and Organisations, London: Pinter.
Chapter in an Edited Book:
Baskaran, A. and Muchie, M. (2003), ‘Towards African National System of Innovation: Sharing with the Experiences of Indian National System of Innovation’, in Muchie, M., Gammeltoft, P. and Lundvall, B.-Å. (eds.), Putting Africa First: The Making of African Innovation Systems, Aalborg, Denmark: Aalborg University Press.
Journal Article:
Chan, K.F. and Lau, T. (2005), ‘Assessing technology incubator programmes in the science park: the good, the bad and the ugly’, in Technovation, 25(10): 1215-1228.
Conference papers/ proceedings:
Allen, D. (1985), ‘An entrepreneurial marriage: business incubators and start-ups’, in Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Baskaran, A. and Muchie, M. (2011), ‘Can the Relative Strength of the National Systems of Innovation Mitigate the Severity of the Global Recession on National Economies? – The Case of Selected Developed Economies,’ Paper presented at the DIME Final Conference, 6-8 April, Maastricht, Netherlands.
Working Paper/ Discussion Paper
Mani, S. (2001), ‘Role of Government in Promoting Innovation in the Enterprise Sector: An Analysis of the Indian Experience,’ Discussion Paper, No. 3, United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies, Maastricht, Netherlands. Available at: http://www.intech.unu.edu/publications/discussion-papers/2001-3.pdf
Newspaper Article:
The Financial Times (1996), “Celltech chief could net £6.2m,” 31 January.
Paper/ Report from a Website:
White, S., Gao, J. and Zhang, W. (2002), ‘China’s Venture Capital Industry: Institutional trajectories and system structure,’ Available at: http://www.insme.info/documenti/white.pdf.
Kanamori, T. and Zhao, Z. (2004), Private Sector Development in the People’s Republic of China, Tokyo: ADB Institute. Available at: http://www.adbi.org/book/2004/10/07/602.private.sector.prc/
House of Commons, Select Committee on Science and Technology (1999), Science and Technology--Minutes of Evidence,31 March. Available at: http://www.parliament.thestationary…9899/cmselect/cmsctech/332/9033106.htm (Accessed: 20 June 2010).
Doctoral Thesis:
Mian, S. (1991), ‘An assessment of university-sponsored business incubators in supporting the development of new technology-based firms’, Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, School of Business and Public Management, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Tables, Figures and Diagrams

Avoid colour in Tables, Figures and Diagrams. Avoid graphics or scanned figures from websites: redraw them or get detailed originals. Avoid all shading in Tables and Figures, if possible.

 The Reviewing Process 
The editor reviews each paper and, if it is judged suitable for this journal, it is then sent to two referees for double blind peer review. Based on their recommendations, the editor then decides whether the paper should be accepted as it is, revised or rejected.    
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 than150 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, on separate pages, numbered consecutively, with brief descriptive titles. Place them at the end of the manuscript after the references.  
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.
Editorial Contacts
Email to the editor Dr Lucky Asuelime: 
Journal of African Union Studies (JoAUS)
1. Ethics Policy: The publication of an article in the Journal of African Union Studies (JoAUS) is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and their respective institutional affiliations. Peer-reviewed articles need to meet minimum standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: notably the author(s), journal editor, peer reviewer(s), publisher and the wider society amongst other stakeholders. Manuscripts in breach of these thresholds would be subject to retraction even after publication. Journal of African Union Studies (JoAUS)’s ethical policy follows the guidelines of COPE (Committee of Publication Ethics). We are particular about unethical submission practices on the part of authors (see section 1.1); breach of publishing agreement (section 1.2); and any conflict of interest on the part of both authors and reviewers (section 1.3)
1.1 Submission Policy: Submission of an article implies that it has not been previously published (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis); is not under consideration for publication elsewhere (i.e. multiple submissions); its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out; and, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, without the written consent of the copyright-holder. To verify originality, your article may be checked by the originality detection service CrossCheck or alternative tools.
1.2 Journal Publishing Agreement and Copyrights: Upon acceptance of a manuscript, authors will be asked to complete a return a signed Journal Publishing Agreement ******. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with the attached Journal Publishing Agreement. Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the Publisher is required for any distribution outside the institution, including compilations and translations. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. 
1.3 Declaration of interest: All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in a retraction (see section 2).
2. Retraction/ Correction Policy: Authors are expected to carefully the list and order of author prior to any manuscript submissions, and provide to provide a list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any additions, deletion or rearrangement of authorship should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request any such changes, the Editor must receive, from the corresponding author, clear justifications for: (a) the reason for the change in author list, and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.
3. ARCHIVING POLICY: In the unlikely event that Journal of African Union Studies (JoAUS) ceases publishing, all previous volumes and issues would be archived by Sabinet ‑ see the Official website at: http://journals.co.za/content/journal/aa_afrus

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