Guide to Authors | Isa Kaita Journal of Educational Research
JOURNAL ARTICLE WRITING
Authors and prospective authors should please note that writing an article is not the same as writing a research or a project report. They differ in both form and content. While one may have, in a research report, the pleasure of an innumerable number of pages on which to write on, in article write-ups, that pleasure is explicitly truncated.
The trick to article write-up is precision and summary, although meaning and technical depth cannot and should not be sacrificed on the altar of limited space. Do not play around your point, state it as only a true academic would – direct, blunt, but factual and meaningful. Moreso never allow more than 40% of your write-up to be citations from other authors. If you must cite, (and you cannot afford not to), limit them to the most essential citations to show the authorities on whom you are basing your arguments/premises, followed by your arguments, analysis, and ideas on the point(s).
SCOPE OF THE JOURNAL
The Isa Kaita Journal of Educational Research (IKJER) is a publication of the Isa Kaita College of Education PMB 5007 Dutsinma Katsina State, Nigeria. The Journal is dedicated to publishing original research articles in all areas of Education.
Manuscripts submitted for publication in the journal should be original and must not have been previously published elsewhere. The editorial board considers plagiarism as a serious academic crime, and would not hesitate to sanction proven offenders.
Manuscripts to be submitted must be typed double spaced using size 14 Times New Roman Font on A4-sized papers (210 x 297mm), and must not exceed 15 pages.
Authors must ensure that manuscripts do not exceed a maximum of 25% similarity index from authentic plagiarism checkers (Turnitin, etc). The editorial team of IKJER would assess submitted articles using standard plagiarism checkers and articles that exceed that limit (25% similarity index) would not be accepted for publication.
Manuscripts organization must follow the following format i.e. Title page (which must carry the title of the paper, the author(s) their addresses, emails, their affiliations and identification/designation of the corresponding author); Abstract (maximum of 150 words); Keywords (if any); Introduction; Methodology; Results; Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgement (if any) and References.
Tables, figures and plates, etc. must be prepared on separate attachments (Appendices), and numbered with Arabic numerals e.g. Plate 1, Plate 2; Table 1, Table 2; Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. All diagrams and pictures included in manuscripts are assumed to have been first prepared by the author of the containing manuscript, else their source must be duly acknowledged.
The latest American Psychological Association (APA) referencing format must be followed in all manuscripts submitted for publication. Citation in the body text should be by the author’s name and the year of publication only e.g. Abdullahi (2012) where it forms part of a sentence; or (Abdullahi, 2012) where it appears at the end of a paragraph/sentence.
Where multiple authors are cited together, the order should follow an ascending year chronology followed by an alphabetic chronology of authors if published in the same year e.g. (Garba, 1999; Abubakar, 2000; Babangida, 2001; Bello, 2001 and Yargamji, 2001). The use of et al. the abbreviation for “et alii – and many others” should be restricted to the body text, all authors should however be named in the corresponding reference section (or as may be applicable in the latest APA referencing guide).
Note again that “et al.” must be italicized and the “al.” ended with a period (.), being an abbreviation for the Latin terms ‘alii’ ‘aliae’ or ‘alia’.
Although APA referencing formats change, a reference to a journal, textbook, or the proceedings of a conference should be distinguished as in the following (or in accordance with obtainable APA formats of the period), i.e.:
Abdullahi, Ibrahim M. (2012). Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activity of Moringa oliefera, against human gastrointestinal parasites, Zobe Journal of Sciences, 1(2): 45-53
Yargamji, G. Idris (2011). Phenolic Compounds. In: Mustapha A.F. (Ed). College Organic Chemistry, 3rd Ed. Eddy Printing Press, Dutsinma, Nigeria, pp 321 – 327.
Bawa, Dahiru Mohammed (2000). A New Approach to the Algorithm of Differential Equations. In: Yusuf Abdurrahman and Tsauri, Yahaya Mani (Eds). Proceedings of the National Conference on Improving the Learning of Mathematics. Isa Kaita College of Education PMB 5007 Dutsinma, Katsina State, Nigeria, pp 25 – 31
Citations Sourced from the Internet/Online Resource:
If the citation is from an online journal, newsletter, or document, then it must have an author, a title and for journals and newsletters, a volume and edition number, in which case its referencing is no different from that of a journal, except for adding the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) (– a unique numeric code that uniquely identifies an electronic/online resource location) or, in the alternative, the phrase “Retrieved from [website address] on [so and so date], since online documents and resources can be reviewed, modified or withdrawn without notice e.g.
Ja’afaru, Badamasi (2012). Computer Viruses and Worms: A Hackers Haven. Isa Kaita Journal of Educational Research, Vol 2 No 2: 45-53. DOI:10.23478925447067
Ja’afaru, Badamasi (2012). Computer Viruses and Worms: A Hackers Haven. Isa Kaita Journal of Educational Research, Vol 2 No 2: 45-53. DOI: 10.1741/journal.ikjer.0000028
Ja’afaru, Badamasi (2012). Computer Viruses and Worms: A Hackers Haven. Isa Kaita Journal of Educational Research, Vol 2 No 2: 45-53. Retrieved on 3rd August 2012, from http://www.occupy_hackers.com/docs/virusworms.html
If however, the author/website manager’s name is not identifiable on the resource, then begin the reference with the title of the document, followed by the date of retrieval and the website address e.g.
Intestinal Nematodes of Fowls. Retrieved on 20th November 2012 from http://www.ikcoe/educ/sci_res/researchdocs.html
If the document is a report from a private or public organization website, then the reference should be in the following format e.g.
COEASU IKCOE (30th October 2011). Resuscitating the Quality of Teacher Education in Nigeria: The Missing Link. Retrieved on 15th December 2011 from http://www.coeasu_ikcoe/publication/tea_educ.html
PLEASE NOTE THAT A DOI CODE CAN SUFFICE FOR ITS CORRESPONDING WEBSITE ADDRESS AND RETRIEVAL DATE
All existing protocols for writing scientific names and names of chemical compounds must also be strictly adhered to, in all manuscripts submitted for publication in the IKJER.
Please note that charges for vetting and publication are subject to change without any prior notice. We would however endeavor to reduce these charges to the barest minimum, so as to engender wider patronage and consequently increased research and publication efforts by our colleagues in the academic arena.
Articles approved for publication after vetting, are to be re-submitted to The Managing Editor IKJER, after due corrections, alongside the following:
- The original article vetted
- A clean corrected copy of the article (bearing phone number and email address of the corresponding author)
- A soft copy of the corrected article on a Flash drive/CD Plate (authors must ensure that flash drives or CD plates are virus-free, readable, and not damaged). An advanced copy should be sent to [email protected]
- The specified amount fixed as publication fees as at the time of submission
We wish to also appeal to authors, to PLEASE endeavor to proof-read their articles against typographical and grammatical errors. These errors are not only irritating but tend to disfigure the meaning and message intended to be conveyed by the author of the containing article, as well as delay the early release of IKJER volumes due mainly to the large amount of editing work unwittingly created.
Finally, please note that any article already published in IKJER, but proven to have plagiarized whole or any part thereof of another article published previously elsewhere, would be retracted, and notice to that effect published in the next volume of IKJER, in addition to any other penal measure(s), our editorial board may deem necessary.
Thank you and God Bless