Author Guide

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Introduction

The African Journal of Animal and Biomedical Sciences (AJABS) is an internationally refereed journal publishing original articles on research on all aspects of Animal science, Wildlife, Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Animal Production, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Epidemiology, Environmental Toxicology, Aquaculture and Biomedical Technology.

Articles on Molecular Biology and new techniques that might promote experimental progress in the aforementioned fields are also welcome. In addition to full length reports of original research, AJABS publishes short communications and interesting case reports, together with literature reviews.

When submitting a Review, authors are requested to consult with the Editor in advance. Letters to the editor on topics of interest to readers are also published.

Submitting a Manuscript

  1. Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically in MS Word to the Editor, AJABS, Makerere University,College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala. E-mail: ajabs@covab.mak.ac.ug.
  2. Receipt of all articles will be acknowledged. All contributions must be submitted in English. The editor will inform authors of the decision and of any action to be taken on the manuscript as soon as possible. Authors are encouraged to submit an electronic version together with their manuscript. The electronic version of the manuscripts can be best submitted in a soft copy (MS Word) (It can also be e-mailed as an attachment (MS-word) to: ajabs@covab.mak.ac.ug
  3. Articles must be concise, clear and fluent. The entire manuscript must be single spaced. For manuscripts to qualify for peer review they must be prepared by strictly following the format and style of the journal as mentioned below, that it is written in good English, and that it is complete. Manuscripts that have not fulfilled these requirements will not be accepted.
  4. Contributions are accepted on the understanding that the authors have obtained the necessary authority for publication. Submission of multi-authored manuscripts implies the consent of each of the authors. The publishers will assume that the senior or corresponding author has specifically obtained the approval of all other co-authors to submit the article to this journal. Submission of an article is understood to imply that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and that the author(s) permission to publish his/her article in this journal implies the exclusive authorization to the publisher to deal with all issues concerning copyright therein.
  5. It is expected from the authors that they submit only data that have arisen from animal experimentation carried out in an ethically proper way by following guidelines as set by the World Health Organization. The editor will not accept manuscripts which violate these principles.
  6. Checklist for authors:
    • Original single spaced article (electronic); not more than 12 pages.
    • Covering/submission letter
    • Corresponding authors name, complete address, qualifications, Institution, title and e-mail.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Length of manuscripts

Full-length articles should not exceed 4,500 words and have a maximum of six tables or figures. Short reports should be less than 1,800 words with a maximum of two tables or figures. Letters to the Editor and reviews should not be more that 1,500 words.

Formatting

Manuscripts should be neatly typed, single spaced throughout, including tables, on pages of uniform size (A-4 paper) with 3cm margins on all sides. Footnotes in text are not permitted.

Full papers should be subdivided into the following sections, each on a fresh paper: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments and References.

The title page should contain a brief informative title, the first name, initial and last name of each author. The page should also include the name of institution(s) and departments to which the work should be attributed, and the name, address, e-mail, fax, and telephone number of the author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript. The abstract must not exceed 300 words. The section on materials and methods should include concise details on the methodology adopted, sufficient to repeat the experiment. Methods for which adequate references can be cited should not be described.

Figures must be numbered and cited in the text. Photographs should be black and white glossy prints and as rich in contrast as possible. Magnifications should be indicated by means of a ruled line on the photograph where appropriate.

Acknowledgments should be on a separate page and not exceeding ten printed lines

References

Only papers clearly related to the author’s work should be referred to; exhaustive lists should be avoided. The references should be single-spaced and referred to by numbers in bracket [1] in the text and be listed according to the chronological (not alphabetical) numbering at the end of the paper. Only papers and books that have been published or are in press may be cited; unpublished manuscripts or those submitted to a journal but which have not been accepted may not be cited. Journal references should include, in order: Author’s last name and then initials, Year, Title of the paper, Name of the journal (abbreviated according to style used in index Medicus and arranged by, volume Number, first and last page numbers). Book references should bear authors last name, initials, Year, title, edition number if other than first, town and publisher. Authors are asked to check the accuracy and completeness of their references.

Examples
The following examples for the reference list should serve as a guide. The punctuations given must be followed exactly.

Nasinyama G, Ssekawojwa E, Opuda J, Grimaud P, Etter E, Bellinguez A (2014):  Brucella sero-prevalence and modifiable risk factors among predisposed cattle keepers and consumers of un-pasteurized milk in Mbarara and Kampala districts, Uganda. African Health Sciences. 14(4):790-796

Nasinyama G.W., Cole C.D., Lee-Smith D. (2010): Health Impact Assessment of Urban Agriculture in Kampala. In: African Urban Harvest: Agriculture in the Cities of Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda (Prain, Karanja and Lee-Smith, Eds). Springer. Ottawa.  pp 167-192.

Grace, D., Omore, A., Randolph, T., Kangethe, E., Nasinyama, G.W. and Mohammed, T.  (2008) Risk assessment for E. coli O157:H7 in marketed raw and fermented milk in selected African countries.  Journal of Food Protection 27(2): 257-263

Correspondence

Associate Professor George Nasinyama, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala – Uganda; Tel: +256 772 492 865; e-mail: ajabs@covab.mak.ac.ugnasinyama@covab.mak.ac.ug