Call for Papers for Publication in the JGSA

The journal accepts original papers, reviews and short communications on all scientific and technological subjects from Ghana and other countries. It is published at least two times in a year.


Guidelines for Authors for Publication of Articles in the Journal of the Ghana Science Association (JGSA)

The editorial office requires a soft copy of a paper, preferably in a Microsoft Word format, previously unpublished, complete with title, Name(s) and address(es) of author(s) and abstract of not more than 250 words in English. Manuscripts should be typed (using Times New Roman font, size 12) double-spaced on white A4 paper on one side only. Pages must be numbered, beginning from the Title Page. Unless otherwise stated, the first named author of a joint publication will be taken as the corresponding author. Please provide phone and fax numbers and e-mail, if available. Manuscripts should be sent to: Email: 

Text Preparation
The structure of the main text should be in the following order: Abstract, 1. Introduction, 2. Method, 3. Results, 4. Discussion, and 5. Conclusion. These headings should be typed in lowercase but boldface (left aligned) and numbered 1, 2, 3, etc. Subsections of these (except conclusion) should be numbered, e.g., 1.1 (heading typed normal) and 1.1.1 (heading typed in italics), etc. for further subsections. The above order should be followed by Acknowledgements and References.

The abstract should be typed in block, i.e., without paragraphs or subdivisions; and it should give a comprehensive summary of the paper, stating the major result or conclusion. It should be able to stand by itself, but it should not contain any reference. Keywords are not required.

References should be given in the text by indicating author(s) and year of publication. When a reference is part of a sentence it should be cited as: Menyeh and O’Reilly, (1991); Menyeh et al. (1997), but when it is inserted within a sentence it should be: (Menyeh and O’Reilly, 1991); (Menyeh et al., 1997), etc. Only references cited in the text should be listed in alphabetical order (with names of all contributors, not, for example, Menyeh et al…) at the end of the paper. In other words, references which are not cited in the text cannot be listed.
The following are examples:
Book Reference: [In the following order: Name of author(s), year of publication, title of book, publisher, place of publication and the numbers for the referenced pages, e.g., “O’Reilly, W. (1984). Rock and Mineral Magnetism, Blackie, Glasgow, pp. 120-125”].

Journal Reference: [e.g., Menyeh, A. and O’Reilly, W. (1991). The magnetization process in monoclinic pyrrhotite particles containing few domains, Geophysical Journal International, 104, 387-399]. Names of periodicals should be abbreviated according to the World List of Scientific Periodicals. However, if in doubt, the full name of the journal should be given. The above journal, for example, should be abbreviated as: Geophys. J. Int.

Conference Proceedings: [e.g. Ofosu-Asiedu, A. (1997). “The Wood Industry and the Environment”. In: A. Menyeh, S. Osafo Acquaah and W. O. Ellis (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th Biennial Conference, Kumasi, 4th August, 1997, pp.19-34].

Reference from a book edited by one or more persons [e.g., Kullerud, G. (1971). “Experimental techniques in dry sulfide research”. In: G. C. Ulmer (Ed.), Research techniques” for high pressure and high temperature, Springer-Verlag, New York, pp.288-315].

The maximum size for a Table is 150 mm x 200 mm and it should be without an outside border as well as lines for row and column entries. However, only headings for the columns should be enclosed between top and bottom borders: Tables should be numbered consecutively and referred to in the text [e.g., (Table 1)]. The titles should be typed on top in Boldface [e.g., Table 1. Variation of Temperature with…]. Indicate in pencil in the right-hand margin, the desired location of Tables.

The maximum size allowed for an illustration is 150 x 200 mm. Originals of illustrations should be prepared using black drawing ink on a good quality tracing paper or white paper. However, Laser and Inkjet quality prints of diagrams are acceptable. All maps, field sketches, etc. should include a metric bar scale. Letters or numerals should not be less than 1 mm in height after reproduction.

Figures should be numbered consecutively and referred to in the text [e.g. (Fig. 1)]. However, separate parts of a single Figure should be labeled (a), (b), etc. and be referred to as Fig. 1(a), Fig. 1(b) etc. in the text. Author’s name and Figure numbers should be written lightly in pencil on the reverse side [e.g. Fig. 1. Menyeh et al.]. Captions of Figures should be typed, double spaced on separate sheets. Indicate in pencil in the right-hand margin, the desired location of Figures. Photographs should be sharp, glossy prints (preferable, in black and white). A scale should be given using some item of stated dimensions or by adding a metric bar scale.

S.I. units should be used throughout the text. Use negative indices instead of / and leave a space between numbers and symbols [e.g. 1.5 m s-1, not 1.5 ms-1 or 1.5 m/s]

Equations should be typed in Math. Mode [i.e. z = ax + by]. If there are more than one equations, they should be numbered consecutively [e.g. z = ax + by … (1)]. For clarity, indicate in words, in the right-hand margin, the name of any Greek symbol the first time it is used in the text.

Each manuscript will be refereed by at least two reviewers.

Proofs will be sent to auditors. They must be returned quickly to a high speed for publication.

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