Manuscript Preparation Guideline

Authors are advised to take the following into consideration while preparing their manuscripts.

Paper Layout, Size, Margins, Spacing Font Type and Size

  1. The manuscript must not exceed 24 double-spaced pages that include references, tables, figures and other appendices.
  2. The required paper size is A4 (21.0 X 29.7).
  3. Page orientation required is portrait.
  4. The required top and bottom margins are 1cm and 1cm respectively. While left and right margins are 1.3cm and respectively.
  5. Page number should be inserted at the bottom right corner of the page using numbers 1-24.
  6. We require that the manuscript should be prepared as a word document using MS Word with a font size of 12 points Times New Roman.  
  7. Diagrams, photographs, maps, drawings, and other illustrative materials should be labelled as Figures with a brief title placed immediately below it.
  8. A maximum of two tables or two figures could be placed on a page. For tables, there should be a number and brief title description above the table while for figures, the number and title description should be below the figure. Both tables and figures should be respectively and consecutively numbered throughout the manuscript in the order which they are referred to.
  9. APA referencing format should be adhered to.
  10. Footnotes where it is necessary should be placed at the end of the manuscript. They should be single-spaced and numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript
  11. Spellings should comply with Oxford English Dictionary standards.  
  12. Abstract should be provided and must contain not more than 150 words with five key words of the study.

Other requirements:

  • IJSI accepts only soft copy of manuscripts.
  • Submission is only online and through the webpage (

Other considerations

  1. To reduce time spent on processing, every manuscript submitted must:
  2. have a title that should be clear, concise and showing type and location of study.
  3. have five key words that would be used for indexing. Such keywords should be placed immediately after abstract and arranged alphabetically.  
  4. have authors’ names starting with first name, middle name and surname(s) as the last, address and corresponding author’s name should be clearly identified with a superscript asterisk on the last name or initials.
  5. have the phone number and email of the corresponding author which should be indicated as a footnote.
  6. have a short version of the title be provided below the abstract to serve as a running title. It should be organized into Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Discussion of Key Findings, Acknowledgements and References.
  7. have an Abstract should be brief and clear containing study objective, methodology, findings conclusions and recommendations.   
  8. have the Introduction which should contain relevant literature that are current and should give vital study background information, objectives of the study and current developments in the study area/subject matter. All references should be properly cited.
    • Material and methods should be clearly explained to enhance readers’ comprehension of the research findings and conclusions.
    • Authors should avoid repetition when presenting and/or discussing results and findings should be related to existing literature.
    • Implications of the findings is important and should be explained.