Nigerian Journal of Polymer Science & Technology
Information to Contributors
Scope of the Journal
The Journal is devoted to publishing original research and short communications in all aspects of Polymer Science and Technology (Engineering). Articles in the related discipline of materials science technology and application will also be considered for publication.
Preparation of Manuscript
Manuscript should be written in the third person in an objective, formal and impersonal style. The SI system should be used for all scientific and laboratory data. The full stop should not be included in abbreviations, e.g. m (not m.) ppm (p.p.m.). All mathematical expression should be included in the manuscript. Care should be taken to distinguish between capital and lowercase letters, between zero (0) and letter (O), between the numeral (1) and letter (I), etc. Mathematical expressions should fit into a single column when set in type. Fractional powers are preferred to root signs and should always be used in more elaborate formulas. The solids (/) should be used instead of the horizontal lines for fractions whenever possible. Numbers that identify mathematical expressions should be enclosed in parentheses. Refer to equations in the text as “Eq. (1)”, etc., or “Equation (1)”, etc., at the beginning of a sentence.
All pages must be numbered consecutively. A manuscript would normally include a title, abstract, keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusions and references.
- Title page. A short title which should be concise but informative must be provided. This should be followed by the names and full addresses of all authors. Telephone number and e-mail addresses of the corresponding authors must be included.
- The abstract should not be more than 220 words. It should give concise factual information about the objectives of the work, the methods used, the results obtained and the conclusions reached.
- Contributors should list below the abstract keywords for information retrieval purposes. The keywords should identify with main point in the paper.
- Abbreviations and Notations. Nomenclature must be listed at the beginning of the paper and should conform to the system of standard SI units. Acronyms and abbreviations should be spelt out in full at their first occurrence in the text.
- Papers should be typed single column, with double line spacing on one side of the paper only with ample margins on all sides. The text should be divided into sections each with a separate heading, numbered consecutively. The section heading be typed on a separate line and should be underlined.
- Conclusions and Recommendations. The conclusions should summarise the findings, clearly stating the contributions and their relevance. Recommendations for implementation or for areas of further work on the subject matter should be made.
- These should be brief and relevant. The names of funding organizations should be written in full. Dedications are not permitted.
- References to publish work should be indicated at the appropriate place in the text, according to the Harvard system (i.e. using author(s)’ name(s) and date), with a reference list in alphabetical order, at the end of the paper. All references in this list should be indicated at some point in the text and vice versa. Papers by more than two authors but with same first author should be listed by year sequence and alphabetically within each year.
Examples of layout of reference are given below.
Onyeyili, I.O. (2003) Analysis of Statistically Determine Structures. El’ Demak Publishers, Enugu.
Ihueze, C.C. (2005) Optimum Buckling Response Model of GRP Composites. PhD Thesis, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Umerie, S.C., Ogbuagu, A.S., Ogbuagu, J.O. (2004) Stabilisation of palm oils by using Ficus exasprata leaves in local processing methods. Bioresource Technology, 94: 307-310.
Menkiti, M.C., Ugodulunwa, F.X.O., Onukwuli, O.D. (2007) Studies on the coagulation and flocculation of coal washery effluent. Proceedings of the 37th annual conference of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Enugu, 22-24 November, pp169-184.
- Illustrations. All figures whether line drawings, graphs or photographs should be given a figure number be Arabic numeral in ascending order as reference is first made to them in the text (e.g. Fig. 3). Tables are to be similarly numbered. Captions of figures should be below the respective figures while captions of table should be above the respective tables. The measured quantity with the units, usually in brackets, and the numerical scale should be given alongside the ordinate and abscissa of every graph. All illustrations including chemical structures should be placed in the appropriate places within the text.
- Mode of Payment: A processing fee of NGN3,000.00 (Three Thousand Naira) is charged per manuscript. Make payment to PIN National Account, Polymer Institute of Nigerian Account Number 0006664735 at Union Bank Plc. A publication fee for accepted manuscript of NGN10,000.00 (Ten Thousand Naira) is charged and should be remitted to Polymer Institute of Nigerian Account Number 0006664735 at Union Bank Plc.
- Submission of Manuscript: Manuscript should be uploaded (Click to Upload Manuscript) or forwarded as attachment to e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Papers are considered for acceptance on the understanding that the work described is original and has not been published elsewhere and that the author has obtained necessary authorization for publication of the material submitted. Submission of a multi-authored manuscript implies the consent of all the participating authors.
- Copyright: By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the copyright for the article is transferred to the Polymer Institute of Nigeria, if and when the article is accepted for publication.
- Disposal of Material: Once published, all copies of the manuscript, and correspondence will be held for three months before disposal. Authors must contact the Technical Secretary if they wish to have any material returned.