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Author Guidelines

Submission of articles and permission to review and edit

  • Authors are expected to submit articles, which are already cross-checked by a language editor. The editors reserve the right to reject an article if the language does not have a sufficient level and therefore would need too much time for editing.
  • With the submission, authors agree that their articles will go through a process of language check and editing by professional copy editors.
  • With the submission authors agree that their articles will go through a process of peer reviewing, including content check and basic academic editing by professional editors close to the respective disciplines.
  • After content check and basic academic editing, the article will be re-submitted to the author for first approval, together with questions arising from the reviewing process to be addressed.
  • Authors keep their freedom to decide on any matter of content and do not need to follow every recommendation if they have good reasons. At the same time, the editors also reserve their right to reject an article or postpone its publication to a later issue if editors conclude that after re-editing the article still does not meet the requirements.
  • If there are many changes, the article will be re-submitted to the reviewers for approval, further recommendations, or rejection. Articles will be re-submitted to the author for approval and if need be for further editing by the author.
  • Editors will then re-submit the article to language editors. Authors will be informed if this final language editing may affect content, while editors reserve the right to correct evident mistakes such as typos, grammar mistakes, etc. still during the final printing process. Any other language questions arising will be checked directly with the author even during this last phase (language based on a specific academic jargon, or the specific style of an author will remain untouched).

Formalities regarding fonts, transliteration, and special signs

  • Authors are expected to use all necessary special signs or letters that are needed to respect the academic quality criteria of their discipline.
  • If an article deals with languages that use special signs or letters not part of the common fonts of computers (e.g. Meroitic), the author is expected to submit the needed fonts.
  • Authors should transliterate words/names from languages with a script different from English based on academic principles (e.g. different phonemes to be represented by different signs); they keep the right to choose their system.
  • The recommended transliteration system for Geez letters by ITYOPIS should be followed if the author does not have another preference.
  • Authors are welcome to document passages or single words in non-Latin scripts if there is a reason for it (e.g., for the documentation of an original text in a philological article). Still, in this case, this text should also be transliterated into Latin, using an academic translation system.
  • If an author chooses to use a simplified system of transliteration, the editors may decide to correct it to ensure the exact representation of words/names in the other language.
  • If the content of the article does not need many references to names/words in languages using non-Latin scripts, the editors may decide to allow simplifications. However, generally, transliterations should preferably be exact, as simplifications usually follow an English speaker’s accent and thus do not honor the given and often important differences of sounds in the respective language – respect for the original language and for the spelling in the non-Latin script to which one refers to is the guiding principle.
  • Authors are expected to use 12 font size, New Times Roman font type, and 1.5 line spacing, italics for abstract, 8000-word count including the reference.
  • Authors should submit files in a Word document.

Figures and tables

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  1. Formalities regarding graphs and illustrations
  • Authors are allowed to illustrate their articles with graphs, photographs, and other images if they contribute to the content of the article.
  • All graphs and illustrations should be numbered.
  • All graphs and illustrations should have a caption shortly naming or describing it and containing information on the copyright holder; in case of photographs the photographer should be named and/or the archive or collection in which it is found.
  • As the article itself graphs and illustrations are submitted for reviewing and if applicable language editing and shall be corrected if the editors demand it; all the principles described above under paragraphs I and II apply.
  • All graphs and illustrations should be printable in black and white; only in a small number of exceptional cases, they can be printed in color.
  • With the submission, the author assures that he/she has checked the copyright of the material submitted and has the necessary formal permissions from any concerned copyright holders. Legal obligations resulting out of these permissions are solely those of the author, if there is no other formal agreement.
  • With the submission, the author agrees that the final decision on where and in which size the graphs and illustrations will be placed in the article will be with the editors. However, the author is expected to provide indications of where to place them.

Style and language

ITYOPIS – Northeast African Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (NEAJ) accepts manuscript submissions in English, Tigrigna, and Amharic. Spelling could be either American or British English. Yet, there is a need to strictly be consistent throughout the manuscript.

Format of an article

When submitting articles, authors are expected to see the manuscript preparation guidelines stated below:

Title page

Article titles should include keywords and precisely describe the research. Besides, the title page should consist of the author’s full name and affiliations.


The abstract of an article should concisely and clearly describe the problem, objectives, methods, results, and conclusions of the research, with no more than 250 words.


This part should include not more than 6 keywords that researchers in the field can easily recognize through search engines.  

Main text

The main text of your article, that is, the body of the research article should contain the components: background, methods, results (analysis and interpretation of data), discussion, conclusions, and (recommendations).


The acknowledgments section includes people who contribute to the process of the research undertaking and manuscript preparation.


Journal articles should consistently use version 6 APA style of referencing.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • This submission meets the requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • This submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • All references have been checked for accuracy and completeness.
  • All tables and figures have been numbered and labeled.
  • Permission has been obtained to publish all photos, datasets and other material provided with this submission.


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