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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

Instructions for authors
Manuscript Submission: All submissions should be sent by email to
The Chief-in- Editor,
Ife Social Sciences Review
Faculty of Social Sciences,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

File to be Submitted: A single MSWord document consisting of cover page and main manuscript
Cover page (1st page of the Manuscript):The cover page should include the following information:
1. Title of paper
2. Full name, current full postal address, and e-mail address for each author. Give the English
name of institutional addresses. Give also the institutional address where the work was carried out if it differs from the current address
3. Abstract, in one paragraph, maximum 300 words, including the objective(s), methods,
results (i.e. main findings), and conclusions.
4. 3–5 keywords or keyword phrases.

Main Manuscript:

1. No automatic formatting in the text.
2. No numbering
3. Title of the Paper, abstract and keywords ( No author(s) names )
4. Body texts in 12 pt Time New Romance, double-spaced, justified. No bold font or
5. Main texts, Figures, Tables, and Appendixes submitted in a paginated MS WORD file.
6. Main texts contain cross-references to all Figures, Tables, and Appendixes.
7. British, American, or other version of English should not be mixed.
8. Section headings (up to 3 levels): Level 1, 14 pt; Level 2, 12 pt, italic; Level 3, 12 pt, italic, followed by a full stop or colon and run on into the text.
9. References formatted in accordance with the guidelines.
10. Figures prepared in accordance with relevant instructions.

References: The journal’s references style is as follow:

References cited in the text
1. All published works cited in the text should be included in References list.
2. Single author: Author (2016); co-authors: Author & Author (2016); multiple authors: Author et al. (2016).
3. Multiple references cited in parentheses should be listed in date order, separated by a semi-colon: (Author 2005; Author & Author 2006; Author et al. 2007). Do not use any commas except before page numbers of direct quotes.
4. Multiple works by the same author and published in the same year should be styled: (Author 2008a; 2008b; 2008c) and so forth.
5. Style references with page numbers as follows: (Author 2013, 1–3; Author 2014, 61).
6. Papers accepted for publication may be referred to as ‘in press’: (Author in press).
7. Unpublished works and papers in preparation should be described in endnotes. Style: (A. Author, unpublished data).

Reference list examples

Adejuyigbe, J. O. 1975. Boundary problems in Western Nigeria- A geographical analysis. University Ife Press Limited, Ile-Ife. Nigeria.

Articles in journals
Akinlo, A.E. 2008. Energy consumption and economic growth: Evidence from 11 Sub-Sahara African countries. Energy Economics 30, 2391–2400
Ekanade, O., Adesina, F.A. & Egbe, N.E. 1991. Sustaining tree crop production under intensive land use: an investigation into soil quality differentiation under varying cropping patterns in western Nigeria. Journal of Environmental Management, 32, 105-113
Togonu-Bickersteth, F. Akinnawo, E.O. 1989. Knowledge about aging and perception of the old by Nigerian nurses. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 9(2), 137-146

Ogunbameru, O.A. 1978. A Sociological Analysis of the Levirate Custom in Ilutitun-Oroso-Okitipupa. Ph.D thesis: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Published conference proceedings
Aina, O.I. 2003. The mediating effects of social networks on household health among poor urban households in Nigeria. Proceedings of the International Conference on Urban and Health in Sub-Saharan African, held at Grand Regency Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, April 14-15, 2003.


  1. Figures must be sharp (at least 300 dpi).
  2. All maps, diagrams, and graphs should be surrounded by a thin frame line.
  3. Aim for a balanced overall appearance with no large blocks of very dark shading.
  4. All maps should have a scale (with ‘km’ or other abbreviation at the right-hand end), a simple north point, and geographical coordinates or other information to fix the geographical position (e.g. paired Northing and Easting marks, Arctic Circle) (see recent issues for style).  Use ‘Legend’ not ‘Key’
  5. All place names mentioned in the text should be shown on a Figure
  6. Figure captions should provide sufficient information to allow the figure to be understood without referring to the text. Where relevant, indicate the date of the information. Provide secondary sources if used.
  7. Scientific names in italic
  8. All measurements in metric units.
  9. Values in local currency accompanied by a USD equivalent in parentheses (i.e. equivalent at the time referred to in the text).

1. Each table should be numbered in sequence using Arabic numerals (i.e. Table 1, 2, 3 etc).
2. Tables should also have a title that summarizes the whole table, maximum 10 words.
3. Tables should be included one after the other in the main text of the submitted manuscript.


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