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The African Journal of Health Sciences provide a forum for communication of research results and policy issues in the health sciences and related disciplines. The Journal is dedicated to serving primarily scientists in Africa who desire to publish their research findings, and those outside the continent wishing to contribute to global health. The Editorial Board will therefore give priority to articles that make significant contribution to the development and promotion of health in Africa.

Frequency of puplication:Quarterly.

Content format:Each issue will contain essentially the following sections, with variants where necessary:

  1. A short editorial statement on policy issues-not more than two thousand words, placed not necessarily on the first page.
  2. A short review(not more than five thousand words) titled 'Perspective' on the current topical in the health sciences.
  3. One or two review articles by invitation or on application.
  4. Peer reviewed articles by invitation or on application
  5. Letters to the editor.
  6. News-about, and on, African health and related matters.

Research papers should be composed of the following in that order, clearly typed in double space:

  1. Title, which should be short and specific.
  2. Full names of all the authors, qualifications and affiliations of each, and full address of each author.(Qualifications of authors are only required for purposes of Editor's use and for puplication).
  3. Name and address of the corresponding author and his/her phone/fax numbers(home and office).
  4. Sources of financial support, if any.
  5. Summary of not more than 200 words.
  6. Introduction.
  7. Materials and Methods.
  8. Results.
  9. Discussion.
  10. Conclusion.
  11. Acknowledgements-placed immediately after the text, and before the references.
  12. Citations and references will be arranged according to the Vancouver Style:
  1. Citation of Periodicals
    Kofi-Tsekpo WM and Karekezi CW.Detectability and measurability of amoscanate in plasma by TLC and HPLC.Drugs under Experimental and Clinical Research.1988;14:31-37. Watkins WM, Howells RE, Branding-Bennet AD and Koech DK.In tro susceptibility of Plasmodium falciparumisolatea from Jilore, Kenya to antimalaria drugs.American Journal of tropical Medicine and Hygine.1987;37:445-451.
  2. Citation of books
    Ole Fijerskov, Firoze Manji and Vibeke Baellum, eds. Dental - Handbook for health workers. Copenhagen:Munksqaard, 1988.
  3. Citation of Chapters in books:Same as (B) above.
  4. References in the body of text should be in chronological order and identified by romans numerals in square brackets: e.g. Specific point mutation......naturally resistant laboratory isolates of P.falciparum[4,5].
  5. Figures,figure legends and tables should be professionally done, and glossy print photographs in black and white prepared from them(the original art work is not required).The prints should be 75*100mm(minimum) and 125*175mm(maximum).
  6. Short Communications
    This should posses all the elements of scientific communication as research papers, but without abstracts and subheadins and with not more than 500 words and 5 references.
  7. Submission of paper to the Journal
  8. Anyone who submits a paper for publication must provide the following:

    1. Three clear copies of the complete manuscript created using a word-processing program in PC format.
    2. A letter of submission.
    3. Written permission from authors whose copyright material has been used in the manuscript.
    4. Informed consent from patients whose photographs have been used.
    5. Copyright statement as follows:
    6. I/we..................The undersigned, who is/are the author(s) of the manuscript to the African Journal of Health Sciences, in the event that the manuscript is published in the journal.I/we give quarantee that the content of the manuscript is original, and is not currently being considered for publication by another Journal.

  9. Submission fee
  10. The author will be required to pay a submission fee of Ksh.4,000($46)once the manuscript is accepted for publication. Submission fee for students is Ksh.2,000($23)