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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

Information for Authors

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed and accepted with the understanding that the work has not been published or being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors would be requested to sign a copyright form transferring the ownership of the paper to the Journal of Reproduction and Sexual Health. All articles must include the correct names and addresses of author(s) including e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Articles will be subjected to a thorough peer review process before any decision is made to publish or not. Authors should be aware that the Journal of Reproduction and Sexual Health is not under any obligation to publish articles submitted, as decision to publish will be based on the recommendations of reviewers and the editorial board.

Manuscripts Articles submitted for publication should be typed double-spaced with 2.5cm margins. Each of the following sections should begin on a new page: title page, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgment(s), references, tables, legends to figures and illustrations. The manuscript should include:

Title Page

The title page should include the following information:

1. The title and sub-title;

2. The name(s) of the author(s);

3. The affiliation(s) of the author(s);

4. Name and address of the corresponding author and

5. Three to six key words for indexing and retrieval purposes.

Abstract

The abstract should be structured and not more than 250 words. It should carry the following headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Conclusion.

Original Research Articles

The journal welcomes articles reporting on original research, including both quantitative and qualitative studies. Full-length articles should generally not exceed 3000 words, excluding abstract, tables, figures and references. The subject matter should be organized under appropriate headings and subheadings as enunciated above.

Review Articles

Comprehensive review articles on all aspects of Human Reproduction and Sexual Health will also be considered for publication in the journal. Reviews should provide a thorough overview of the topic and should incorporate the most current research. The length of review articles must not exceed 3,000 words and the organizational headings and sub-headings are as enunciated forth: there must be a structured abstract (background, methodology, results, conclusion), and the main body of the text should include Background, methodology (contents: 1. A synopsis of the articles used for this review paper in terms of (a). Duration that the articles that were searched out spanned (b). The total number of articles searched out, and their distribution by type of studies and quality. The number that were eventually deplored for the review article (c). The inclusion and exclusion criteria 2. The type of search process used to retrieve the articles i.e. a. Manual search b. Electronic search mention the specific data bases from the electronic search was done 3. The key words used for the electronic search), Discussion, Conclusion and Recommendations.

Short Reports

Brief descriptions of preliminary research findings or interesting case studies will be considered for publication as short reports. The length of the abstract and article should be restricted to 150 and 2,000 words respectively. Organization of short reports is left to the author's discretion.

Commentaries and Editorials

Commentaries or editorials on any aspect of Human Reproduction and Sexual Health in Africa will be considered for publication in the journal. Opinion pieces need not reference previous research but rather reflect the opinions of the author(s). The length should not exceed 2,000 words.

Tables and Figures

All tables and figures should be submitted on separate sheets of paper and should be clearly labelled. Colored tables and figures may be reprinted in black and white. Authors should especially take care that all tables are clear and understandable by themselves, independent of the text. A reader should be able to read only the tables and easily grasp all information without recourse to the text.

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements should be included on a separate sheet of paper and should not exceed 100 words. Funding sources should be noted here.

References

References should be in the Vancouver style and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus style. Authors must cross-check and make sure that all information provided in the reference list is complete and correctly written. Reference numbers should be inserted in square brackets above the line on each occasion a reference is cited in the text, e.g., ….. as [1-3] reported in other studies . Numbered references should appear at the end of the article and should include the names and initials of all authors. The format of references should be as published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in the British Medical Journal 1988, volume 296, pages 401-405.

The following are sample references for an article published in a journal and for a book:

 Okonofua FE, Ako-Nai KA, Dighitoghi MD. Lower genital tract infections in infertile Nigerian women compared with controls. Genitourin Med 1995; 71:163-168.

 Moore DE, Cates W. Sexually transmitted disease and infertility. In: Holmes KK, Mardh PA, Sparling PF, Wiesner PJ (eds). Sexually Transmitted Diseases. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1990; 763-771.

Units of Measurement

All measurements should be expressed in SI (Systeme International) Units.

Galley proofs Corrections of galley proofs should be strictly restricted to Printer's error only. Orders for offprints should be made when the corrected proofs are being returned by the authors. Articles accepted for publication remain the property of the journal and can only be reproduced elsewhere in line with section 5 of the copyright agreement.


Sections

  1. Review Articles

    It is expected that individuals who have done substantial work on the subject or are considered experts in the field would write these articles. A short summary of the work done by the contributor(s) in the field of review should accompany the manuscript.

    The prescribed word count is up to 3000 words excluding tables, references and abstract. The manuscript may have about 90 references. The manuscript should have an unstructured Abstract (250 words) representing an accurate summary of the article. The section titles would depend upon the topic reviewed. Authors submitting review article should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizing data. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract.

    The Journal expects the contributors to give post-publication updates on the subject of review. The update should be brief, covering the advances in the field after the publication of the article and should be sent as a letter to editor, as and when major development occurs in the field.

  2. Case reports

    New, interesting and rare cases can be reported. They should be unique, describing a great diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and providing a learning point for the readers. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. These communications could be of up to 1000 words (excluding Abstract and references) and should have the following headings: Abstract (unstructured), Key-words, Introduction, Case report, Discussion, Reference, tables and legends in that order with up to 10 references. Case reports could be authored by up to four authors.

  3. Letter to the Editor

    These should be short and decisive observations. They should preferably be related to articles previously published in the Journal or views expressed in the Journal. They should not be preliminary observations that need a later paper for validation. The letter could have up to 500 words and 5 references and not more than four authors may generally author it.



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