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The general rules for submitting your articles to African Journal of Ethnobiology© are simple, but they must be followed at all times.


  • The articles that you submit must be your own work - You may not submit articles written by other authors and the content must be unique. No rebranded articles allowed, you must be the sole copyright holder for each article you submit. Articles written by a ghost writer are perfectly acceptable as long as they are being used only by yourself.
  • By submitting your articles to African Journal of Ethnobiology, you grant us the right to publish your articles - We may publish your article anywhere on our website, blog, or syndicate through RSS. We may also change where it appears, including the category, at any time.
  • By submitting your articles to African Journal of Ethnobiology, you grant others the right to publish your articles - Other African Journal of Ethnobiology users have the right to publish your articles on their websites, in their newsletters or ezines, and more as long as the article is left in the original state. This includes the resource box which provides you credit to the author of the article.
  • No affiliate links! - The articles that you submit to African Journal of Ethnobiology should not contain advertisements or affiliate links. It is acceptable, however, to mention the URL's of helpful sites or your own website.
  • Submitting your articles to African Journal of Ethnobiology does not entitle you to financial compensation of any kind - You will not receive compensation from or the users of our directory for articles you submit.
  • Submitting an article in no ways guarantees inclusion in our Journal - We reserve the right to reject an article submission for any reason.
  • Articles must be spellchecked and proof read for grammatical errors prior to submitting - Do not submit articles filled with spelling errors and bad grammar. We do monitor article submissions and we will reject content that doesn't meet these requirements.

These guidelines mirrors universally accepted standard for scientific writing but are under continuous review and revision.

A manuscript should be of a minimum of 11 and maximum of 21 double spaced font 12 articles including original or scanned tables, graphs, diagrams or maps. Reports, comments and reviews should be much shorter than 11 pages.

Each manuscript must have a detachable cover page showing the authors names and title of manuscript, address, institutional affiliation, e-mail and phone numbers. The actual article should contain only the title with no other identifiers.

There should be a 1 1/2 inch left margin and 1 inch on all other sides of an A4 page. Submit 3 hard copies of the manuscript and a soft copy. The soft copy can be by e-mail or on CD.


The author and year format MUST be used for references cited in the text with page numbers where necessary e.g. (O'Malley , 2008:222) or "as observed by Jackson (2008:111)". Newspapers can be cited as follows: (Newsbite, 25.12.2009:20); or the name of the author as appropriate.

Articles of the same year by one author should be differentiated by adding {a}, {b}, and {c} etc.

Issues for elaboration should be numbered throughout the text and placed at the end of the article as "endnotes".

For internet article: cite item, website, date and time. The style varies depending on what kind of source it is; is it a scholarly project, database, online periodical or professional or personal site. It is recommended that for a professional or personal site with no title, a description of the Home page is necessary.

For example; Kivayillu, P. (2009 or n.d.-meaning NO Date). Introduction to Ecological Studies. In African Journal of Ethnobiology. Retrieved May 27, 2009, from


Every manuscript should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 250 words.

Works cited in the text should be organized in alphabetical order using the following format and placed at the end:

For books: Nyamoita, E. {2009}, The Home Gardens Success Story, Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press.

For book articles {Payne, G.O. 2009}, "Wild Nuts" {pp 60 - 111} in W.Munyore {Ed} The Home Gardens Success Story, Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press.

For Journal articles: Ondicho. P. {2009} "Gusii Plant Classifications" In African Journal of Ethnobiology, Vol.1, No. 1:49-59.


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