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Manuscript Submission

Preamble
          The Journal shall consider manuscripts for publication in JAMELSS based on the general criteria of topicality, relevance, significance, research distinction and novelty. The editorial office can be reached at jamelss.absu@yahoo.com OR info@absujamelss.com

Mode of Submission
Even when the preferred mode of submission is electronic, we still require four hard copies to be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, JAMELSS, through The Dean, MJC Echeruo Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Abia State University, P.M.B 2000, Uturu, Nigeria. In the manuscripts that require tables and figures, prospective contributors are expected to record all the illustrations in a single document using Microsoft Word File (Times New Roman: 12), and in consonance with the following guideline:
(a)     Cover Letter
This should show the desire of the author(s) of the manuscript to have their paper considered for publication in JAMELSS. The letter should contain information relating to the authors’ institutional affiliation, email addresses and phone numbers. The prospective contributor(s) should also indicate in the same letter that the manuscript is not being considered for publication in another Journal. The researcher should also certify that he/she is submitting an original research as the Journal shall not be liable for any misrepresentation or enter into any legal tussle because of this.

CATEGORIES OF MANUSCRIPTS FOR SUBMISSION
a.       Full Length Research Essays: These should feature well-researched papers that focus on areas that are of disciplinary interest to the Journal. It should not exceed 25 pages presented on 12 point Times New Roman and double-spaced on A-4 paper size.
b.       Book Reviews: The Journal welcomes book reviews on current areas of research in the contributor’s discipline. It should not exceed 5 pages on 12 point Times New Roman and double-spaced on A-4 paper size.
c.       Short Comments: These may range across letters to the Editor, Rejoinders, Queries and Suggestions on what some contributors have published. None of these should exceed 5 pages.

FORMAT FOR PREPARING/SUBMITTING MANUSCRIPT

a.       Page Numbering: Every other page but the title page should be numbered.
b.       Title Page: This should contain the following information and in this order: Title of the paper, the author’s (or authors’) name(s) including academic profile such as Mr., Mrs., Dr. or Professor as applicable; institutional affiliation(s); phone/fax numbers and e-mail address.
c.       Abstract: The abstracts should represent a summary of what the author/authors has/have done and accomplished in the research being submitted to the Journal. It should not exceed 200 words in length and should maintain a degree of clarity of expression that would be appreciable to prospective readers. Absolutely unnecessary quotations and abbreviations should be avoided.
d.       Keywords:  Concepts that underlie the key words used or discussed should be listed after the abstract. They should not be more than 8 in number.
e.       Introduction: Information presented here should provide the author’s understanding of the research problem being investigated and the context of its discussion. Beyond highlighting the preferred research or theoretical position adopted, it is expected that the introduction should also include statements about the literature available on the topic of discussion. Granted the inter-disciplinary range of the readership of the Journal, the introduction (and the rest of the paper) should avoid exclusive professional jargon, and embrace a diction that would appeal to the spectrum of disciplines addressed by the Journal.
f.       Data Presentation and Analysis:  For the researchers presenting data sourced from field work, it is important that an acceptable format of presentation and analysis should be adopted. Even where the peculiarity of one’s discipline can enhance the acceptability of the data presented and analyzed, contributors are encouraged to settle for formats that have an inter-disciplinary appeal.
g.       Discussion: The discussion should furnish the author’s interaction with his/her data, theoretical framework and how available literature has impacted on his/her interpretation. It is expected that the findings of the research should be drawn from the manner of presentation given in the course of the discussion.
h.       Tables and Graphs: Where tables and graphs occur, they should have headings and keys to interpret the concepts used therein. As much as possible, the tables and graphs should not be made to alienate or confuse the readership. Numbers should be provided where there is more than one table or graph. Ideally, each table or graph should appear on a separate page, and be presented on Microsoft Word (Times New Roman: 12) format. The data presented in the tables should be on a double-spaced format.
i.        Graphics: Where graphics are needed to add to the information being presented, they should be prepared with a format that can guarantee proper recording (e.g. JPEG, Power Point, etc) before being pasted in the Microsoft Word manuscript file.
j.       References:  Arising from the inter-disciplinary focus and range of the Journal, it is recommended that beyond the normal alphabetical arrangement of sources consulted and cited at the end of an article, the contributors should adopt any of the reference patterns (MLA, APA and Harvard) that they are familiar with. They should acquaint themselves with the most recent versions of the style and documentation manuals approved by any of these reference patterns.
Paper titles being referred to should be presented in quotation marks, while journal and book titles should be rendered in italics. It is advised that within the body of a paper being submitted, that the references made to sources be such that should include quoted extracts and specific page numbers of the works consulted.

EDITORIAL INPUT AND REVISION OF DRAFTS
          Once the assessors have made their suggestions and queries known, it is incumbent on the contributors to rework their drafts in line with what the assessors and the Editorial Team have recommended. Except compliance is followed accordingly and promptly, the editors are not obliged to publish such papers.

COPYRIGHT
          Once a manuscript is submitted for consideration by the Journal, it is assumed that the contributor has transferred his/her copyright to JAMELSS. However, if for any reason the work is not published by the Journal, the author automatically regains his/her copyright.  

 

 

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER
Every effort was made by the publishers and the Editorial Board to see that no inaccurate or misleading date, opinion or statement appear in this journal. However, they wish to make it clear that the data, opinions and statements appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. Therefore the Publishers, the editorial Board, the Editor-in-chief and the consulting/Associate Editors and their respective employees, officers and agents accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences and any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement.