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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 adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


African Pharmaceutical Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access journal focusing on pharmaceutical-related sciences. The editors welcome the submissions of original research articles, reviews, and editorials.

Article types

The journal publishes articles in the following categories: (Original research, Editorial, Short Communication, Review, and Case Report)

Original Research Articles: The journal welcomes original full-length research articles that have not been published previously, except in a preliminary form. Original research articles should not exceed 3,000 words in length (excluding the abstract, references, tables, and captions).

Editorials: Editorials are commissioned for publication by the Editors. Authors who wish to contribute an Editorial to the journal should contact the Editorial Office (apj@uofg.edu.sd) prior to writing and submitting the Editorial.

Review Articles: APJ welcomes review articles only if they are providing comprehensive, unbiased critical review of the previously published work.  Review articles should not exceed 5,000 words in length (excluding the abstract, references, tables, and captions) and should contain an abstract and conclusions. Authors are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief first regarding the review topic suitability.

Short Communications: Short communications reporting important new results that fall within the scope of the journal are welcomed. Short communications should not exceed 1,000 words in length and should follow the structure of the original research article.

Case Reports: APJ invites well-described case reports that are relevant to the journal’s scope.  Case reports should not include an abstract and text words should be limited to no more than 1,500 words.

Ethical considerations

Articles reporting experiments on human subjects or animals must indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the Ethics Committee (country or institution). Articles reporting experiments on human subjects should include a statement confirming that an informed consent was obtained from each subject.

Conflicts of Interest

All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work.


Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal copyright Agreement'. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement.


All authors are expected to have contributed substantially to the work. Authorship contributions may include: Study conception or design; acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; software development; draft writing or substantial draft revision. All authors must approve the submitted version (and any substantially modified version that involves the author's contribution to the study).

Corresponding authors are responsible for ensuring that all listed authors have approved the manuscript before submission, including the names and order of authors, and that all authors receive the submission and all substantive correspondence with editors, as well as the full reviews, verifying that all data, figures, materials (including reagents), and code, even those developed or provided by other authors, comply with the transparency and reproducibility standards of both the field and journal.


  • Submission Process:

Submission to this journal proceeds totally online through the (online submission system) and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files (click here).

Note: please upload first: a copy of the complete manuscript, without author's names and affiliation second the first pages of manuscript with authors’ names and affiliations.

  • Plagiarism check:

 Only manuscripts with plagiarism 25% or less for research articles or 30% for review articles will be accepted by APJ.

  • Cover Letter

With each new manuscript submission, authors should include a cover letter describing the significance of the work, its uniqueness, and any similar work the authors reported previously. Moreover, authors should report the number of Figures and Tables in the manuscript.  Cover letters should be addressed to APJ journal’s Editor-in-Chief (apj@uofg.edu.sd).

Style and format

Divide your article into clearly defined sections. Each subsection is given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line. 

Title Page: Include

Title: Title should be concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations where possible.

Author names and affiliations: Please clearly indicate the name, affiliation, address, and email of each author. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address, and if available, the e-mail address of each author. Indicate the corresponding author with a (*) symbol after the name and before the correspondence details (Corresponding author’s address, email and contact phone number). Indicate equal authors contribution to the work with a (+) symbol.

Running title of 65 characters or fewer (including spaces).


Author should provide an unstructured abstract of no more than 300 words.  Abstract should include: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion.


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords.


Introduction should provide an adequate background, state the rationale and objectives of the work. Avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Materials and methods

Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described. Describe clearly statistical methods used for each analysis.


Results should be clear, concise and in a logical sequence.


Discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work but not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is accepted. Avoid extensive discussion of published literature.


The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section.


Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be stated, once is applicable.

Disclosure statement

Authors should clearly disclose any competing interests. If there are no interests to declare then please state this: “Declarations of interest: none”. 


Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but maybe mentioned in the text. Should be double spaced type and should be in the uniform requirements style (the Vancouver style).


If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc. Similarly for tables and figures.

Supplementary materials:

Supplementary materials such as applications, images and sound clips, can be published with your article to enhance it. Submitted supplementary items are published exactly as they are received (Excel or PowerPoint files will appear as such online). Please submit your material/s together with the article and supply a concise, descriptive caption for each supplementary file.

Figures, Schemes and Tables:


Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables -Using Arabic numerals- consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place table title above the table body and any table notes below the table body.


Figure captions

Ensure that each illustration has a caption located below the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Number figures consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text.

 Accepted format


All manuscripts must be submitted in English and with high-quality standards. Writing should be clear and concise with the correct use of grammar and spelling.

Font and spacing:

Double space all pages and use a common font such as Arial or Times fonts at 12-point size.

Page number:

Include page numbers in the manuscript. Page number should be positioned at the middle bottom of the page.


Avoid excessive use of abbreviations, Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.


Provide equations in editable form, using Math Type or Equation Editor or Microsoft’s Insert Equation function.