African Journal Of Traditional,
and Alternative Medicines
Online submission at onlineSubmissions
ABOUT THE JOURNAL
The African Journal of
Traditional, Complementary and Alternative medicines (AJTCAM),
a new broad-based journal, is founded on two key tenets:
To publish exciting research in all areas of applied medicinal
plants, Traditional medicines, Complementary Alternative Medicines,
food and agricultural technologies, and promotion of healthy use of
medicinal products. Secondly, to provide the most rapid turn-around
time possible for reviewing and publishing, and to disseminate the
articles freely for teaching and reference purposes. All articles
published in AJTCAM are peer-reviewed.
Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative
medicines will be published thrice year, and will be online.
is published by http://www.africanethnomedicines.net/, an independent network committed
to ensuring peer-reviewed ethnomedicinal works and is
permanently available online without charge or any other
The African Journal
of of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative medicines
is published thrice a year, and is online.
Types of paper
These should describe new and carefully researched findings
that have arisen from experimental procedures. The articles should
be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. Authors
should submit data that have arisen from animal and human studies in
an ethically proper way by following guidelines as set by the World
Health Organization. Papers that violate these principles will not
Communications: A Short Communication is suitable for
recording the results of complete small investigations or giving
details of new models or hypotheses, chemical isolation and
identification, innovative methods, techniques, clinical trials and
Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of
current interest are welcome and encouraged. reviews are also
Instructions for Authors
The African Journal of Traditional,
Alternative medicines (AJTCAM) provides rapid publication of
papers on ethnomedicines and veterinary ethnomedicines. The Journal
welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general
criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will
be published approximately two to three months after acceptance.
Electronic submission of
manuscripts is strongly encouraged, provided that the text, tables,
and figures are included in a single Microsoft Word file. DIRECT UPLOADING of papers IS NOW STRONGLY ENCOURAGED by registering as author and following the uploading instructions step by step at: http://www.africanethnomedicines.net/ojs2/index.php/ajtcam/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions. You may also submit manuscripts as e-mail attachment to the Editorial Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. A manuscript number will be
mailed to the corresponding author same day or within three
The cover letter should include the corresponding
author's full address and telephone/fax numbers and should be in an
e-mail message sent to the Editor, with the file, whose name should
begin with the first author's surname, as an
The African Journal of Traditional,
Complementary and Alternative medicines will accept
manuscripts submitted as e-mail attachments. For all other correspondence that cannot be
sent by e-mail, please contact the editorial office at: The
Editor-in-Chief, Drug Research & Production Unit, Faculty of
Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,
Type: Three types of manuscripts may be submitted.
Regular articles: These should
describe new and carefully researched findings that have arisen from
experimental procedures. The articles should be given in sufficient
detail for others to verify the work. Authors should submit data
that have arisen from animal and human studies in an ethically
proper way by following guidelines as set by the World Health
Organization. Authors submitting papers are advised to read online
WIPO and WHO guidelines on these subjects (http://www.wipo.int/tk/en/consultations/draft_provisions/draft_provisions.html
Papers that violate these principles will not be
Short Communications: : A Short
Communication is suitable for recording the results of complete
small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses,
chemical isolation and identification, innovative methods,
techniques, clinical trials and epidemiological studies.
Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current
interest are welcome and encouraged. reviews are also peer-reviewed.
All manuscripts are reviewed by an editor and members of the
Editorial Board or qualified outside reviewers. Decisions will be
made as rapidly as possible, and the journal strives to return
reviewers’ comments to authors within 2 weeks. It is the goal of the
AJTCAM to publish papers within 12 weeks after
articles: All portions of the manuscript must be typed
double-spaced and all pages numbered starting from the title
The Title should be
as brief as possible describing the contents of the paper. The Title
Page should include the authors' full names and affiliations, the
name of the corresponding author along with phone, fax and E-mail
information. Present addresses of authors should appear as a
The Abstract which
should be included at the beginning of the manuscript should be
informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the
topic, state the scope of the experiments, indicate significant
data, and point out major findings and conclusions. The Abstract
should not be more than 250 words
in length.. Complete sentences, active verbs, and the third
person should be used, and the abstract should be written in the
past tense. Following the abstract, about 3 to 6 key words that will provide
indexing references to should be listed.
A list of non-standard Abbreviations should be added. In
general, non-standard abbreviations should be used only when the
full term is very long and used often. Each abbreviation should be
spelled out and introduced in parentheses the first time it is used
in the text. Only recommended SI units should be used.
The Introduction should provide a clear statement of the
problem, the relevant literature on the subject, and the proposed
approach or solution. It should be understandable to colleagues from
a broad range of scientific disciplines.
methods should be complete enough to allow experiments to
be reproduced. However, only truly new procedures should be
described in detail; previously published procedures should be
cited, and important modifications of published procedures should be
mentioned briefly. Capitalize trade names and include the
manufacturer's name and address. Subheadings should be used. Methods
in general use need not be described in detail.
Results should be
presented with clarity and precision. The results should be written
in the past tense when describing findings in the authors'
experiments. Previously published findings should be written in the
present tense. Results should be explained, but largely without
referring to the literature. Discussion, speculation and detailed
interpretation of data should not be included in the Results but
should be put into the Discussion section.
Discussion should interpret the findings in view of
the results obtained in this and in past studies on this topic.
State the conclusions in a few sentences at the end of the paper.
The Results and Discussion sections can include subheadings, and
when appropriate, both sections can be combined.
of people, grants, funds, etc
should be brief.
Tables should be simple and kept to a
minimum. Tables should be typed double-spaced throughout, including
headings and footnotes. Each table should be on a separate page,
numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and supplied with a
heading and a legend. Tables should be self-explanatory without
reference to the text.
legends should be typed in numerical order on a separate
sheet. Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of
generating high resolution GIF, TIFF, JPEG or Powerpoint before
pasting in the Microsoft Word manuscript file. Tables should be
prepared in Microsoft Word. Use Arabic numerals to designate figures
and upper case letters for their parts (Fig 1). Begin each legend
with a title and include sufficient description so that the figure
is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript.
Information given in legends should not be repeated in the
the text, a reference identified by means of an author‘s name should
be followed by the date of the reference in parentheses. When there
are more than two authors, only the first author‘s name should be
mentioned, followed by ’et al‘. In the event that an author cited
has had two or more works published during the same year, the
reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be
identified by a lower case letter like ’a‘ and ’b‘ after the date to
distinguish the works.
Examples: Ojewole (2000), Adewunmi et al.
(2003), (Kelebeni, 1983), (Addy, 1992), (Chege, 1998; Elujoba,
1987a,b; Tijani, 1993,1995), (Gamaniel et al., 2001) References
should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order.
Articles in preparation or articles submitted for publication,
unpublished observations, personal communications, etc. should not
be included in the reference list but should only be mentioned in
the article text (e.g., A. Elujoba, Obafemi Awolowo University,
personal communication). Journal names are
abbreviated according to Chemical Abstracts. Authors are fully
responsible for the accuracy of the references.
Communications: Short Communications are
limited to a maximum of two figures and one table. They should
present a complete study that is more limited in scope than is found
in full-length papers. The items of manuscript preparation listed
above apply to Short Communications with the following differences:
(1) Abstracts are limited to 150 words and (2) Results and Discussion
should be combined into a single section.
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Book reviews: Books for review should be
sent to the Editors.
Conference announcements and news: These
should be sent to the Editors.
Proofs and Reprints: Electronic proofs
will be sent (e-mail attachment) 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 clerical errors, no changes will be made in the manuscript at
the proof stage. Because AJTCAM will be published freely
online only for the first year (to attract a wide audience), authors
will have free electronic access to the full text (in both HTML and
PDF) of the article. Authors can freely download the PDF file from
which they can print unlimited copies of their articles.
Copyright: Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not
been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part
of a published lecture, or thesis) that it is not under
consideration for publication elsewhere; that if and when the
manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to
automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher.
Charges: Original research articles will
attract a nominal fee of $100.00USD. From January 2006,
articles of authors which have been accepted without payment will
not be processed further without this fee.
Subscription: Annual subscription for
printed copies is $150.00, single copy is $50.00; Institutions and
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Notice: No responsibility is assumed by
the publisher for any use of operation of any methods, products,
instructions or ideas contained in the material herein. All
advertising material is expected to conform to ethical medical
standards, their inclusion in this publication does not constitute
an endorsement of the quality or value of such product by the
Plagiarism: Permission from the copyright
owner(s) of reproduced tables and illustrations must be obtained and
a copy of the permission letter submitted to AJTCAM. The source must
be clearly acknowledged under the table or the illustration. Copying
text, photographs, tables or graphics from any source and using it
as ones own is considered plagiarism whether or not a reference to
the copied portion is given.