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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • 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.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point Arial 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,...
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines:
Submissions are invited for both Research papers and Research notices.

Research papers:
These are intended to be the substantive element of the journal and research papers should:

  • Be based on the results of a specific research project or research programmed, which can be of a theoretical or empirical nature;
  • Outline the issues addressed in the research and the relevance of the topic to Africa;
  • Provide full details of the methodology used, including details of data sources;
  • Present the results of the work in a clear and accessible fashion;
  • Outline the implications and consequences of the results, and present recommendations as appropriate.
    Research papers would generally be in the range of 5 000 - 8 000 words in length.

Research notices:
Research notices are intended to provide an update on ongoing and planned research programmes. They should:

  • Indicate the status of the work (ongoing, planned etc);
  • Outline the rationale behind the research and the perceived need for the research; and
  • Indicate any areas where assistance would be of value.
    Research notices would generally be in the range of 1 000 - 2 000 words in length.

Submission Guidelines:
All submissions must be written in English. The cover page, which will be removed before the manuscript is sent to a reviewer, should contain: the title, all authors and their affiliations (mailing addresses), phone and fax numbers, and email addresses. Except for the cover page, all pages should be numbered consecutively. Submitted manuscripts should be original research, and the names appearing on the manuscript should be that of the individuals who conducted the research. The manuscript should not be under review simultaneously at another journal nor substantially resemble a manuscript that is under review at another journal.

Article submissions and correspondence should be addressed:
Name, address, email and phone numbers

Style guidelines:
Papers should adopt the following style guidelines:

All titles should be written in uppercase and in bold. The title should be brief (preferably no longer than 20 words) but should contain enough information for reliable information retrieval.

An abstract of not more than 300 words, summarising the research purpose, method and findings, is required. In order to assist in the indexing of the journal, a maximum of 5 keywords should be provided beneath the abstract.

Primary headings must be written in uppercase. Primary, secondary and tertiary heading should be indicated by numbering or in outline fashion (I.e., I, II, A, B, l, ii, etc.). Such outlining/numbering is for editorial purpose only and will not appear in print.

Each manuscript should include at the end of the text, a non-technical summary statement of the main conclusions.

Illustrations must be titled and numbered consecutively exhibits with Arabic numbers. Please check that the text contains a reference to each exhibit and every exhibit must include a brief, descriptive caption. Verify that all numerical amounts add up to totals shown in the tables and that significant digits are rounded to no more than two or three numbers, all figures need to be sharp and clear. Black and white photographs can be included but colour photographs cannot be accepted. All graphics must be submitted as a JPEG, separately to the manuscript.

Mathematical proofs and equations:
Lengthy mathematical proofs and extensively detailed mathematical tables should be placed in an appendix (or omitted entirely) and every effort should be made to explain the proofs. Equations should be placed on a separate line, centred and numbered consecutively at the right margin.

Endnotes in the text must be cited consecutively. They should be double­spaced and appear on a separate page. Avoid numerous and lengthy endnotes.

The Harvard system should be used. References in the text should be quoted in the following manner: Jones (1999) or (Edge and Mood , 2001) or, if there are more than two authors... Thomas et al. (2002). If there is a citation of a page number or numbers, the format should, as appropriate, be Smith (1999, 20), Smith (1999, 20-5), (Smith, 1999,20) or (Smith, 1999, 20-6). References should be collected at the end of the paper in alphabetical order by the first author's surname. If references to the same author have the same year, they should be differentiated by using 1998a, 1998b and so on. The style should follow the examples below:
Brown, G.R. and Matysiak, G.A. (2000) Real Estate Investment - a capital markets approach, Financial limes Prentice Hall, Harlow.
Chau, K.W., MacGregor, B.D. and Schwann,G. (2001) Price discovery In the Hong Kong real estate market, Journal of Property Research, 18(3), 187-216.

If no person is named as the author the body or organisation should be used, for example:
Un-Habitat. (2016). Planning sustainable cities: global report on human settlements 2009. Routledge.

Authors may include a brief acknowledgment. It should appear after the references. This should include reference, where appropriate, to any external funding of the research upon which the paper is based and other research staff or other persons who were involved in the research.

Research Notice

Research notices are intended to provide an update on ongoing and planned research programmes. They should:

  • Indicate the status of the work (ongoing, planned etc.);
  • Outline the rationale behind the research and the perceived need for the research; and
  • Indicate any areas where assistance would be of value.

Research Articles

This section of the journal is the substantive element of the journal and is open to any author. This section is indexed and all articles undergo a blind peer review process with a minimum of two reviewers and a maximum of four. Submitted manuscripts must align with the key scope of the journal (see about). Papers should be a minimum of 4,000 words and a maximum of 8,000 words. Under exceptional circumstances we will accept papers that exceed the word limit. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final.

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