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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 Microsoft Word 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

Author Guidelines

  1. Aims and Scope

East African Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (EAJSSH) is the official journal of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Haramaya University. Its purpose is to serve as a forum for intellectual exchange on a wide range of the social, historical, environmental, and political issues that affect humans in multiple ways and are in turn affected by dynamics and processes of humans’ interventions. Contributions are thus welcome from the diverse and interrelating fields of social sciences and humanities such as Sociology, Social Work, Social Anthropology, History, Political Sciences, Human Geography, Gender and Development Studies, Social Psychology, Peace and Development/Conflict Studies, Linguistics, Literature and Folklore, Cultural Studies, Law, Media and Communication Studies, Tourism and Development, Urban Planning (its social aspects), and Education. The journal gives priority to empirical works, but also encourages outstanding contributions that deal with the methodological and theoretical dilemmas spanning the fields of social sciences and humanities. Critical reviews of newly published books and short research communications are also considered.

  1. Journal Style and Format
  • Manuscript should be written in English and consecutively paged.
  • Manuscript should not exceed maximum of 10,000 words.
  • Manuscript should be in A4 size paper a margin of 2.5cm on the left, right and bottom side of each paper.
  • Headings and sub headings should be in title case and numbered.
  • Manuscripts must be report of original research findings and should neither be simultaneously submitted to nor previously published in any other journal. Manuscript submission implies that consents of all authors and the permission of the concerned institutes have been obtained.
  • All correspondences will be made with author whose name appears first unless indicated otherwise.
  • Manuscripts should be forwarded via E-mail to the editorial manager.


      3. Proofs and Reprints

  • Electronic proofs will be sent to the corresponding author as a PDF file. Page proofs are considered to be the final version of the manuscript with the exception of typographical or minor editorial errors. No change will be made in the manuscripts at the proof change. Authors will have free electronic copy to the full text (both HTML and PDF) of the article and can freely download the PDF file from which they can print unlimited copies of their articles.
  • Copyright submission of a manuscript that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of abstract or as a part of published lecture or thesis) that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agreed to automatic transfer of copyrights to the publisher by submitting a manuscript to the editor or publisher you are deemed to have a granted permission to publish the manuscript.


  1. Off Prints

The corresponding author at no cost will be provided with PDF file of the article via e-mail. The PDF file is water marked version of the published article and includes a cover sheet with the journal cover image and disclaimer outlining the terms and conditions of use. Additional hard copies of off prints can be obtained. An order form with price will be sent upon the request from the author.


  1. Research Articles (Full Length Paper)

   5.1. Title Page

The following aspects should be included on the title page:

  • Full title of the manuscript(short but informative)
  • Name(s) of author(s) without degrees or diplomas
  • Institutional affiliations of author(s)
  • Numerical super scripts should be used against affiliations if the authors are more than one.
  • Short (running) title not more than six words


5.2. Text Pages

The text pages include the following sections: Abstract, introduction, research methods, results, discussions, conclusions, acknowledgements and references.


5.2.1. Abstract

  • Full title of the manuscript.
  • Structured abstract between 150 to 250 words. It must convey the essential features of the paper-major objectives, key methods and outstanding findings of the study should be stated clearly in the abstract.
  • Do not put authors’ names and affiliations on the abstract page.


5.2.2. Keywords

Keywords or phrases (up to five, in alphabetical order, separated by semicolon) should be given next to the abstract on a separate line.


5.2.3. Introduction

This section provides a brief background to the subject, statement of the problem, and describes the principal objectives of the investigation.


5.2.4. Research Methods

This section encompasses a brief description of the materials used and procedures followed to obtain results. Moreover, research tools (approach), method of data collection and analysis should be described.


5.2.5. Results

Present and describe the results obtained; if applicable, describe the main statistical significant findings of the results.


5.2.6. Discussion

This section of the manuscript describes interpretations and implications of the result obtained in relation to other findings in similar area or other related studies.


Note: The result and discussion part can be presented either separately or together. The methods, result, and discussions could include sub-headings.


5.2.7. Conclusions and Recommendations

Explain briefly the important contributions of the research work in terms of new findings and methodology and point out the future research needs, if any. It must not contain any references. Recommendations should go in line with the conclusions.


5.2.8. Acknowledgements

Acknowledgement of people and grants should be briefly stated, if required.

5.2.9. References

All materials (literature) referred to must be cited. References must be cited and listed in the following forms. Citing References in the Text

  • Comenetz and Caviedes (2012), or if more than two authors, Sherbinin et al. (2007). N.B. Comenetz, Caviedes, and sherbinin are family names of the authors.
  • For Ethiopian authors, we use either the grandfathers’ or fathers’ names as surnames or family names. For example, Tola Dabala should be cited in text as Dabala (2010) or (Dabala, 2010) while Tesfa Degafa Tekle should be cited as Tekle (2009) or (Tekle, 2009).
  • References should follow their chronological order of publications when references are more than one. For example, Grau et al., 2003; Campbell et al., 2005; Woldamlak and Solomon, 2013.
  • The letters a, b, c, etc., should be used to distinguish citations of different works by the same author(s) in the same year. Example: Desalegn (2008a; b) or Desalegn et al. (2008a; b). Listing References at the end of an article (reference in the list)

References should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of any article and shall have the following form:


  1. A) Journal Articles

Tadesse, Adinew. 2011. Analysis of Action Research Conducted by Student Teachers and its Facilitation by Teacher Educators at Haramaya University, Ethiopia. East African Journal of Sciences, 5 (2): 75-81.


In this example, Tadesse is the surname or family name whereas Adinew is first name. The father names of Ethiopian authors need to be considered as family names if the authors’ names do not include grandfathers’ names.  If an author writes his/her name including his/her grandfather’s name, his/her grandfather’s name need to be considered as his/her surname or family name. For example, Adinew Tadesse Degago should be written in a reference list as Degago, Adinew Tadesse (2011) or simply as Degago, A. T. (2011).


Yu, W., Zang, S., Wu, C., Liu, W. and Na, X.  2010. Analysing and modelling land use land cover change (LUCC) in the Daqing City, China. Applied Geography, 31: 600-608.


  1. B) Books

Creswell, J. W. 2012. Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research, 4th edition. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.

Giddens, Anthony. 2007. Introduction to Sociology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tesfaye, Abera. 2012. A Historical Survey of Land Tenure System in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa: Artistic Printing Press.

(Tesfaye is the name of Abera’s father which is used here as a surname or family name. Abera is the actual author of this book).

Gaddisa, Oda Birbirso. 2016. Culture and Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Or

Gaddisa, O. B. 2016. Culture and Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(Here, Gaddisa is the name of the grandfather of Oda. Oda is the actual author and Birbirso is the name of Oda’s father (middle name)).

  1. C) Contributions in Books (Book Chapters)

Woliyie, Jeylan . 2010. English Supremacy in Ethiopia-auto ethnographic reflections. In Heugh, K. & Skutnabb-Kangas, T. (eds.) Multilingual Education Works: From the Periphery to the Centre. New Delhi: Orinted BlackSwan, PP. 99-150. Here, Woliyie is surname while Jeylan is first name.


  1. D) Contributions in Proceedings

Piguet, F. and Dechassa, Lemessa. 2004. Review of voluntary migration and resettlement programs up to the end of 2001. In: Pankhurst, A and Piguet, F. (eds.). People, Space and the State: Migration, Resettlement and Displacement in Ethiopia. Proceeding of the Workshop held by the Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social workers, and Anthropologists and the United Nations Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia, 28-30 January 2003, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. pp. 133-161.


  1. E) Publications of Organizations

FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization).1986. Highland Reclamation Study, Ethiopia. Final Report. Rome, Italy.

Ministry of Education (MoE).1994. Ethiopian Education and Training Policy. Unpublished Policy Document. Addis Ababa: Ethiopia.


  1. F) Publications from Website

Otsuka, K. 2001. Natural Resource Management in Selected Areas of Africa and Asia. Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development. (https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/157197/adbi-rp16.pdf). (Accessed November 28, 2012).


  1. G) Legislations

Federal Courts Proclamation 1996 Art.8 (1) and 2 Proc No 25/1996 Fed. Neg. Gaz year 2 no 1.

City of La Verne, Community Development Department (1991) Staff report on zoning for social services and health care facilities. La Verne, CA: City of La Verne.


  1. H) Quotations

Quotations of more than forty words should be indented left (for APA) and right (for MZA) without any quotation marks. Quotation marks in the block should appear as they normally do. Quotations of less than forty words should be in quotation marks and not indented from the text. Regarding alternatives in the quotation, use Square bracket “[…]” to note any change in the quoted material, Ellipsis  “..................” to indicate omitted material. “[ sic]” to indicate mistake in the original Quote.



  1. I) Foot Notes

If used, foot notes should be consecutively numbered and be set out at the foot of each page and cross-referred using ibid as appropriate foot note numbers are placed outside of punctuation marks.


  1. J) Reference in Foot Notes

References in Foot notes should generally contain sufficient information about the source material.

  1. K) Treaties

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treatise, 1969, Article 31

Resolutions: Security Council Resolution 1368 (2001)

at http://www.un.org/o/oc/UNDOC/GEN/NDI/533/82/PDF/NDI/53382.PDF’ open Element accessed 10 August 2006.


  1. L) Italicizations

All non-English words must be italicized.


  1. M) Emphasis

To indicate emphasis use italics.


5.3. Tables, Figures and Others

  • Tables should bear Arabic numerical followed by the title and be referred to in the text by their numbers. Foot notes in the tables should be indicated by superscript letters beginning with “a” in each table. Descriptive materials not designated as a foot note may be placed under the table as a NOTE. Tables should have only 3 horizontal lines separating top and bottom of columns. Heading and bottom of a table plus additional line separating mean and /or total values from the main data set in the Table. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns instead extra space should be left between the columns.
  • All illustrations should be given separately not stuck on pages and not folded. They should be numbered as figures in sequence in Arabic numerals.
  • High quality, clear, black and white photographs (100 X 70 mm) can be submitted to the journal; major findings should be marked clearly. Appropriate title to each illustration should be given at the bottom.


  1. Review Articles

Review articles are aimed at giving an overview of a particular subject suitable for a wider audience that includes recent advances in an area in which an author has been actively engaged. Review articles will be considered from prominent thinkers, authorities on invitation by the Editorial Board.


  1. Short Communications

Short communications should report completed work, not preliminary findings. Completed work may be sent as a short communication describing smaller pieces of work. Short communication should not be more than 8 pages, and maximum of two figures/ tables or combination. Important academic conferences may be sent as short communications.


  1. Submission of Manuscripts

A soft copy of manuscripts can be submitted to the Editorial Office, East African Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (EAJSSH), Haramaya University via email address: eajssheditorialoffice@gmail.com. A complete mail, fax, telephone, and e-mail address of the corresponding author is necessary. Once a manuscript is accepted, a soft copy of the revised version should be sent to the editorial office through e-mail. Each figure of the accepted manuscript should be included as Text Image Format (TIF). The editors are not responsible for any loss or damage to manuscript that might happen during submission. Hence, authors are advised to retain original copy of their manuscript.


Note: Maps and figures should be editable and in black and white color with symbols used for legends.


Publication Fee: There is no publication fee.


Subscription Fees: Subscription fees for a volume (one issue), including airmail are as follows:

  • Local and foreign institutions will be charged 100 Birr and 50 US Dollar, respectively.
  • Individuals subscribing from Ethiopia and abroad will be charged 50 Birr and 25 US Dollar, respectively. All business correspondences should be addressed to the EAJSSH Editorial Office (Editorial Manager).


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.

  1. Manuscripts should be written in English and consecutively paged.
  2. The manuscript has not been previously published, nor under consideration for publication in another journal.
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (97- 2013) format.
  4. The text is 1.15 spaced; uses an 11-point font (Times New Roman); should not exceed 10,000 words.
  5. Manuscripts should be in Executive size paper; a margin of 2.5 cm on the left, right, top and bottom side of each page.
  6. Headings and subheadings should be in title case; bold and numbered
  7. Only International System of Units (SI) is acceptable. Symbols and nomenclatures should conform to international recommendations with respect to specific fields of specialization.


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