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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Editorial correspondence

Details             concerning      the       preparation      and      submission      of manuscripts can be found on the inside of the journal.

Article types

The journal will consider the following article types:

Research Articles

Research articles should present the results of an original research study. These manuscripts should describe how the research project was conducted and provide a thorough analysis of the results of the project. Systematic reviews may be submitted as research articles.


A review article provides an overview of the published literature in a particular subject area.

Notes for contributors

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts between 5000 and 8000 words, should be sent to the editors. The manuscripts should be in electronic format (as a Word document) and be sent by email. The manuscript must be double-spaced, with ample margins and contain the title of the contribution. The manuscripts must be numbered. Footnotes to the manuscript must be kept to a minimum.

Terms of submission

Manuscripts must be submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are only being considered by this Journal. The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that publication of the article has been approved by all the other co-authors. It is also the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the article has attained all the requisite approvals.

Contributors must keep in mind the fact that they are addressing a variety of audiences of academics, policymakers, ageing experts, and practitioners. Where possible, jargons should be avoided whilst the choices of terms must be defined.

Title and Authorship Information

A separate document should contain the names of the authors, the title of the contribution including the addresses where the research was carried out. The following information should be included:

  • Manuscript title
  • Full author names
  • Full (institutional) mailing addresses
  • Email addresses

Full postal addresses and email addresses of the corresponding authors must be provided. The corresponding author will if accepted, check proofs and receive correspondence. Each article should be accompanied by a brief note of biographical details of authors.


The manuscript should contain an abstract. Each article should have an abstract/summary of 250 words. The abstract should be citation-free.



This section should be succinct, with or without subheadings.

Materials and Methods

The methods’ section should provide enough detail for others to be able to replicate the study. If you have more than one method, use subsections with relevant headings, e.g., different models, in vitro and in vivo studies, statistics, materials, and reagents, etc.

If a method or techniques is introduced in the study, including software, questionnaire s, and scales, the license, available under any requirement for permission for use should be stated. If an existing method or tool is used in the research, the authors are responsible for checking the license and obtaining any necessary permission. If permission is required, a statement confirming permission that was granted should be included in the Materials and Methods section.


This section may be divided into subsections or may be combined.

Tables, figures,           and      captions          to         illustrations should be completely understandable, independent of the text. Tables and figures must be on separate pages and their exact positions should be indicated in the manuscript. Tables must be numbered by Roman numerals and figures by Arabic numerals. Please provide clear copies of figures that cannot be transmitted electronically, in a format suitable for reproduction.


This section may also be divided into subsections or may be combined. Further, this section should intersperse the findings with existing empirical evidence.

Main Text (Review only)

This section may be divided into subsections or may be combined.


This should clearly explain the main conclusions of the article, highlighting its importance and relevance.


Spellings in English (United States version) language is preferred.

Conflicts of Interest

Authors must declare all relevant interests that could be perceived as conflicting. Authors should explain why each interest may represent a conflict. If no conflicts exist, the authors should state this. Submitting authors are responsible for co-authors declaring their interests.

Funding Statement

Authors must state how the research and publication of their article was funded where applicable, by naming financially supporting body(s) (written out in full) followed by associated grant number(s) in square brackets (if applicable), for example: The European Research Council supported this work [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy].


All acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the very end of the manuscript before the references. Anyone who contributed to the research or manuscript, but who is not a listed author, should be acknowledged (with their permission).


References in-text in the manuscript should be indicated as follows: e.g., Akandoh (2020) or (Akandoh, 2020) as appropriate. If several publications with the same name are cited, a, b, c, d, etc. should be put after the year of publication. In addition, all references should be listed in full at the end of the paper in the following standard form of the APA manual of Style 7th Edition.

For books:

Nukunya, G. K. (2016). Tradition and change in Ghana: An introduction to sociology. Ghana Universities Press.

For book chapters:

Malone, M.R., & Lepper, M.R. (1987). Making learning fun: A taxonomy of intrinsic motivations for learning. In R. E. Snow & M. J. Farr (Eds.), Aptitude, learning, and instruction, vol. 4: Conative and affective process analyses (pp. 223–253). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

For reports:

World Health Organisation (2018). WHO releases new international classification of diseases (ICD 11). https://www.who.int/ news/item/18-06-2018-who-releases-new-internationalclassification-of-diseases-(icd-11).


Papers accepted become the copyright of the Journal, unless otherwise specifically agreed.


If a paper is accepted for publication, proofs will be sent to the authors and/or corresponding author(s). They should be corrected and returned to the editors within five (5) working days of receipt. At this point, major alterations cannot be accepted.

The African Journal of Ageing Studies invites original contributions in the areas of mental health. Submissions may include results of empirical research, case studies, short reports, commentaries, correspondence, and literature reviews.

Papers with typographical and /or grammatical errors WILL NOT be reviewed.

Manuscripts including references must be doubled spaced and follow APA guidelines.

Tables, Figures, and other illustrations must be doubled spaced and follow APA format. Manuscripts that do not comply with these guidelines will not be considered for review. An electronic copy (at least Word file1997-2003 version) should be submitted to the following address:


Centre for Ageing Studies,

College of Humanities,

University of Ghana

University of Ghana P.O. Box LG 84 Legon, Ghana

Email: ajas@ug.edu.gh


Phone: 0596024441


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