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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 PDF 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 Information Pack

Journal Aims and Scope

Journal of Equity in Sciences and Sustainable Development (JESSD) is multidisciplinary international journal for all those concerned with equity in sciences and sustainable development. The journal's contents reveal its integrative approach including original research articles, discussion of research notes, short communications, and critical book/article reviews. Manuscripts to be submitted in the journal are critically relevant to the advancement of theories, body of knowledge/literature. The decision for the submission including accepting, rejecting, or revision is the results of anonymous reviews by at least two referees preferred by the editors.


Academics and researchers, and policymakers.

Editorial Board Editor-In-Chief

Dr. Cherinet Seboka, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia ISSN 2523-1901

Associate Editor

Dr. Sintayehu Aynalem Aseres, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Technical Editors:

Dr. Mengistu Yilma, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Dr. Girma Kebede, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Dr. Kedir Abda, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Mr. Mohammedaman Mama, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Ms. Semira Nasir, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

International and National Advisory Board:

Dr. Ahmed Kelil, President, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Dr. Bezabih Wondemu, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Dr. Hasan Shifa, Vice President for Research, Community Engagement, and Technology Transfer, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Dr. Diriba Wakijira, Vice President for Administration and Student Affairs, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Dr. Leta Bekary, Vice President for Business and Development, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Dr. Adisu Asefa, Director of Graduate Studies, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Dr. Mengistu Ketema, Haramaya University, Ethiopia

Dr. Gemedo Dalle, Ministry of Forest and Environment, Ethiopia

Dr. Belayneh Legessie, Haramaya University, Ethiopia

Dr. Ketema Meskela, Ministry of Education, Ethiopia

Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia

Dr. Habtamu Teka, Madda Walabu University, Ethiopia

Prof. Bogale Worku, Ethiopian Pediatric society, Ethiopia

Prof. Fikadu Beyene, Ministry of Livestock and Fishery Resources, Ethiopia

Prof. Tassew Woldehana, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Dr. Bekele Hundie, International Institutes of Tropical Agriculture, Ghana

Prof. Mammo Muchie, Tshawne University of Technology, South Africa

Prof. Abdi-Khalil Edriss, University of Malawi, Malawi

Dr. Mitiku Tesso, FAO country representative, Italy

Prof. Sisay Asefa, Western Michigan University, Michigan, United States

Guide for Author

Submission checklist

- All required files have been uploaded, with file names and proper description E.g. 1. Manuscript:

- Including Keywords not more than 6 words,

- Figures, (including titles and proper captions)

- Tables (including titles, description, sources or footnotes) 

- Ensure all figure and table citied in the correct section provided in the file

- Specify clearly if color print is required including figures and Tables

E.g. 2. Supplementary materials (where applicable)

- Author names and their affiliations have been provided.

- One author has been designated as corresponding author.

- The manuscript title is short and informative.

- The abstract can be read as stand-alone text and does not exceed 250 words. 

- The manuscript file contains all essential sections (the order can vary): Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Figure Captions, Tables.

- Manuscript has been checked for spelling and grammar.

- All references mentioned in the References list are cited in the text, and vice versa.

Manuscript Organization

JESSD does not have strict manuscript formatting guidelines; however, all manuscript submission must include most important elements required to convey the content in clearly defined sections: including Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions or and implications, Figures and Tables with captions, and any other supplementary material required.


The title should be concise, brief, and informative, and ideally it should contain no more than 20 words. You keep in mind that titles are often used in information-retrieval systems and therefore your choice of titles impact how easily readers can discover your research. The first letter of each word must be capitalized. The title page should also include the authors' full names and affiliations, the name of the corresponding author along with E-mail, Fax, and phone number and P.O.Box address.


The abstract should describe briefly the objectives of the research, the methodology, principal results, major conclusions, and impressive implications. Abstracts should present and read as stand-alone text; therefore, you keep this in mind when writing, and avoid the use of references and abbreviations. The abstract should not be more than 250 words.


The abstract should be followed by 4 to 6 keywords for indexing purpose. They should be left justified and written in alphabetical order.

Abbreviations and Symbols

Please define all abbreviations at first use


The introduction provides adequate background information, provide a clear statement of the problem, state the objectives of your work in light of previous findings, and state the proposed approach or solution; while avoiding a detailed literature review. It should be from a broad range to the topic specific need to be addressed followed by justification the problem and objectives.

Materials and Methods

The Materials and Methods should be complete enough to explain the experiment or the study design and presented in sub headings. However, only truly new procedures should be described in detail; previously published methodology and procedures should be cited, and important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. The procedures, methods or tools used in data collection and statistical analysis should be adequately described.

Results and Discussion

Results should be presented with clarity and precision. The results found by author(s)' in the study should be written in the past tense. However, previously published findings should be written in the present tense. Results should be explained by cross referencing between text, tables and figures, and the statistical significance of the result. The discussion should interpret the findings and implications of the results obtained in comparison with past studies.

Conclusion and Recommendations

The conclusion should come from the finding of the study and state the contribution of the finding to knowledge and indicate future research needs. It should state the contribution of more important findings of the study and the recommendation should indicate future development or policy implication and research needs.


This should be limited to most important contributors. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for all institutions and persons acknowledged in their manuscript.

Conflict of interest

Authors should declare there is no conflict of interest among researchers and ensure that they are responsible for any conflict of interest that may arise.

Tables and Figures Tables:

Tables should be kept to a minimum and be designed to be as simple as possible. Tables are to be typed single-spaced throughout. Each table captions should be numbered in Arabic numerals. Tables should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. The same data should not be presented in both table and graph forms or repeated in the text.

Figures: Figures caption should be typed in numerical order. Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of generating high resolution GIF, TIFF, JPEG or PowerPoint before pasting in the Microsoft Word manuscript file.


In the text, a reference identified by means of an author‘s name should be followed by the by year in parentheses or in the parentheses the name of the author/s followed by comma and the year as indicated in the example below. Last name of the authors should be used. When there are more than two authors, only the first author‘s name should be mentioned, followed by ’et al.‘. The word et al should be followed by period and italicized. 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 of citation in the text: Dorchies (1978) or (Dorchies, 1978), Goff and Horst (1997) Caroline et al. (2004) or (Caroline et al., 2004), Getachew (2008a) or (Getachew, 2008 a), Getachew (2008b) or (Getachew, 2008b). All citations must be referenced in the reference lists. References should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order and should be hanged. 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. Journal names should be abbreviated according to journals abbreviation standard and italicized Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of the references.

Text and Reference Books

- Buol SW, Hole FD and McCracken RJ (1973). Soil Genesis and Classification. The Iowa State University Press, Ames, 360p.

Chapters in book

- Loegering WQ (1984). Genetics of the pathogen-host association. In:W.R. Bushnell and A.P. Roelfs (Eds.) the Cereal Rusts, Vol. 1. pp. 165-192. Academic Press, Orlando, Florida.

Conference/Workshop/Seminar proceedings

Abebe M (1982). An investigation into the cause of wilt in cotton. Pp. 129-139. Proceedings of Symposium on Cotton Production under Irrigation in Ethiopia. Melka Werer, Ethiopia, 21-22 October 1982, Institute of Agricultural Research.


- Dorchies PH (1978). Prevalence of Oestrus ovis in apparently healthy sheep in southern France. Vet. Parasitol., 27(5):54-59.

- Goff JP and Horst RL (1997). Physiological changes at parturition and their relationship to metabolic disorders. J. Dairy Sci., 80:1260-1268. Publication of Organizations

- WHO(1998). Control of tropical diseases. WHO, Geneva,1:1-5

- MoH (2002). Ministry of Health, AIDS in Ethiopia, 4 th edition, Oct 2002.

- CSA (2000). Analytical Report on the 1998/9 Sample Survey and Vital Events Registration, Aug 2000, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Publications from websites

- Thomas M, Diao X and Roy D (2009). Impact of a potential avian flu outbreak in Ethiopia: A multimarket model analysis. Controlling Avian Flu and Protecting People's Livelihoods in Africa and Indonesia http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/hpairb13.pdf.


- Tolemariam A (2010). Impact assessment of input and output market development interventions by IPMS Project: The case of Gomma Woreda, Jimma Zone. MSc Thesis, Haramaya University, 97p


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