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Author Guidelines


Africa Environmental Review (AER) is a peer-reviewed international multidisciplinary publication covering all aspects of the environmental sciences. AER aims to publish the best of environmental science articles across its full range, whilst including articles in which a variety of different data is synthesized. Typically, these will be applied to the African region, but their implications will be wider and their approaches could be adopted elsewhere.

Because of its international and multidisciplinary scope, contributors should bear in mind those readers who work in other fields and for whom English is a second language; thus the need to write clearly and simply, avoiding unnecessary technical terminology. AER‟s staff will edit typescripts with a view to brevity and clarity, so contributors should check proofs carefully

All typescripts are acknowledged on receipt and are selected for publication according to editorial assessment of their suitability by independent reviewers.


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.

    1. Manuscripts (in soft copy) and correspondence should be submitted to AER Staff Editors to
    1. Disclaimer: Authenticity of research articles submitted to the AER for publication is the responsibility of the author(s). Authors should seek copyright permissions for reproductions that are already copyrighted. The AER journal absolves itself against any negligence by authors or suit that may arise as a result of copyright violations involving materials submitted to it for publication.
    1. The papers should be a maximum of 15 pages on A-4 size paper. Typescripts should be single spaced, including references, with a 25 mm or 1 inch margin on each side. All pages should be numbered serially. The Abstract should be in block, justified, italicised and in font 10. The rest of the paper should be in two columns. Text, figures and tables should be succinct and half-tone photographs kept to a minimum. Papers should be arranged as follows:
  1. Title must be brief and specific
  2. Name (s) and address(es) should follow immediately            after the title. For corresponding author,          include postal and e-mail address and the subsequent authors should only have e-mail.
  3. Abstract must be intelligible without reference to the paper, should be written in continuous            prose (without paragraphs) and should not exceed 200 words. Four or five keywords should be       provided.
  4. Main body of paper should be subdivided into 1st, 2nd and 3rd order headings.
  5. Acknowledgements (if any) should be a maximum of ten lines as a single paragraph, at the end,      just before the references list.
  6. References should be written out in full following the APA referencing format
  7. Tables and Figures: Figure and table options should be placed inside the paper. Use title case          and number the captions sequentially. Figure captions are to be centred below  the figures. Table       titles are to be centred above the tables
  8. Photographs and similar illustrations                             

    Authors should submit all pictorial and any other images for illustration purposes in scanned format (standard resolution, approx. 200 dpi), already inserted in the manuscript, complete with captions
  9. Offprints

    As soon as the manuscript has been accepted for publication the proofs will be sent online to the corresponding author for final proofing. Please e-mail back any changes to be made promptly.

  10. Enquiries

    All enquiries including requests for further details on preparation of manuscripts for the Journal are available from the Staff Editor at or visit our website at


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