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Manuscript Organization

Manuscript Organization

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript include Word (as .doc or .docx) or LaTeX (as .pdf) format. The text should be 1.5 line-spaced; Times New Roman font with standard 12 point.

should be about 4000 words and organized in the following sections: Title page, abstract (not to exceed 350 words), Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments, References (not to exceed 50), Figures, Figure Legends, Tables & captions, Authors’ contributions.

should not exceed a total of 2500 words, including an abstract (not to exceed 250 words), references (not to exceed 20), figures (not more than 2), and tables (not to exceed 2). Subdivisions of sections are encouraged to help orient the reader.

should describe case diagnosis and investigations or treatments which are of exceptional interest, highlighting novel and important findings. Please refer to the short communications section for length and other specifications.

should not exceed a total 1,200 words. References (not to exceed 10), figures and tables together should not be more than 2.  Subdivisions of sections are not needed. Letters to the editor are generally updates on recent trends and research, but may also respond to recent articles published in LAUTECH Journal of Nursing (LJN).

should be related to the scope of LJN which are of broad interest to the target audience of the journal. These are usually invited, but authors identifying a need and wishing to submit a review article are welcome to contact the Editorial Office. Authors are advised to contact the Editorial Office before commencement of writing to ensure that a similar topic has not already been given to another author.

The title should be specific, descriptive, concise, and comprehensible to readers outside the subject field. The title should be centralized in 16 point bold, Times New Roman font, and placed at the top of page 1.  The total character (including spaces) should not exceed 125 characters.

All authors’ full names should be written in this order, first name, middle name (or initials), surname). The authors name should be linked to author affiliations with superscript numbers to the right of authors’ names and to the left in affiliation.  The Corresponding Author should be marked with an asterisk, and their exact contact address, e-mail address and telephone number listed in a separate paragraph.

The abstract should be unstructured but be systematically written to include background, Methodology, Results, and Conclusions. Citations, tables and specialist abbreviations should be avoided. The techniques used must be mentioned without going into methodological detail and the most important findings should be summarized.

Key words: The authors must provide 3 to 6 keywords.

This section should put the focus of the manuscript into a broader context and be written in a way understandable to researchers without specialist/expert knowledge in the area. Relevant controversies or disagreements in the field should be mentioned. The key aspects of the literature should be reviewed with the aim of indicating why the study was necessary and what it would contribute to the field of study. The introduction should conclude with a comment about the overall aims of the study.

This section should include the design of the study, the setting, the type of participants or materials involved, as well as a description of all interventions and comparisons. The authors should also provide a description of the type of statistical analysis used, including a power calculation when appropriate. Well-established methodologies should simply be mentioned and referenced appropriately. For new methods, the protocols for the method should be included with enough detail to enable reproduction of the findings.

The results section should be written in past tense and should provide details of findings that are required to support the conclusions made in the manuscript. To enhance clarity, the section may be divided into subsections, each with a concise subheading. Where appropriate, results of statistical analysis should include analysis of relative/absolute risks and confidence analysis. Large datasets, including raw data, may be submitted as supporting files for publication as supplementary appendices.

The discussion should clearly identify the main conclusions of the study. Authors should provide a clear explanation of the importance and relevance of these conclusions. Speculations on how the conclusions fit in or affect the existing assumptions or models should be explored. Suggestions for further key experiments for future work can be included. Summary illustrations may be included. When appropriate, issues related to resource limitations faced by the researchers during the course of the study, how these were addressed, and suggestions for improvement may also be included.

Those who have made substantial contributions and do not fit the criteria for authorship should be mentioned in this section. It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that those being acknowledged have agreed to being named in such capacity. The source of funding for the study should be stated in this section.

LJN requires authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion eg “This research received support from Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFund) Institutional based Research grant 2015”

Please include a ‘Declaration of Conflict of Interest’ statement at the end of your manuscript, after any Acknowledgements, and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that “The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest.”

The Journal uses the BioMed referencing style. All references, within the text must be numbered consecutively, in square [ ] brackets. Citations should be listed in the order in which they are cited in the text, followed by any in tables or legends. Each reference must have an individual reference number. We recommend the use of Zotero (https://www.zotero.org/) reference management software.

References should be formatted as follows:

Journal article

Snow RW, Guerra CA, Noor AM, Myint HY, Hay SI. The global distribution of clinical episodes of Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Nature. 2005; 434: 214–7.

Salim N, Knopp S, Lweno O, Abdul U, Mohamed A, Schindler T, et al. Distribution and Risk Factors for Plasmodium and Helminth Co-infections: A Cross-Sectional Survey among Children in Bagamoyo District, Coastal Region of Tanzania. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015; 9: e0003660.

Accepted, unpublished papers:

Same as above, but “In press” appears instead of the page numbers.

Book

Author Surname A: Title. City: Publisher; Year Published: Pages Used.

Carlson BM. Human embryology and developmental biology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2009. p. 541

Chapter in Book:

Blaxter PS, Farnsworth TP. Social health and class inequalities. In: Carter C, Peel JR, editors. Equalities and inequalities in health. 2nd ed. London: Academic Press; 1976. p. 165-78.

Figures and tables should not be integrated into the main text. They must be submitted as separate files and never be included in the same manuscript text.  Figures should appear on separate files with all tables saved in one document. They should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals (Figure1, Figure 2, Figure 3, Table 1, Table 2, Table 3, etc.). Results which can be described as short statements within the text should not be presented as figures or tables. Footnotes should be used to explain abbreviations. Citations should be indicated using the style outlined under “References” above. Large tables can be provided as supporting information for publication along with the article.

Submission is free and open to everyone. You have to register on this site, and enroll as Author before submission

The PAJOLS charges twenty five thousand naira (₦25,000) and One hundred dollar ($100) for national and international author’s accepted articles respectively. The corresponding author’s affiliation will be used to determine the appropriate fee.  You may apply for a waiver by sending a detailed letter to the editor, explaining the reasons for your request at the time of submission. Waiver requests after the review has been initiated cannot be considered.