IJIRAS | Author Guideline

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Author’s Manuscript Guide

1. Originality

Paper submitted should be an original and unpublished work. Any paper submitted which is identical or substantially like research work already published or under review for another publication will not be considered.

2. Submission of Manuscripts

  • Manuscripts should be submitted in MS-Word to the journal website http://www.ijiras.org
  • Once manuscript is received, an acknowledgement email stating the paper ID will be sent to corresponding author for further correspondence.

3. Structure of Manuscript

  • The cover page should be separated from the manuscript text and should contain the title of the manuscript, author(s) names and affiliation, contact addresses (e-mail and telephone numbers). The manuscript text should begin with abstract on a fresh page.
  • Title of manuscript should be concise and informative. Authors are advised to avoid lengthy titles
  • Abstract of not more than 250 words showing the motivation of the study, methods and conclusion is required. The abstract should be simple and concise without any technical econometric or statistical indices.
  • Five (5) Keywords, JEL classifications and paper classification under any of the following (Research paper; view point; conceptual paper; case study; Literature review; general review; Doctoral Dissertation) should be indicated after the abstract
  • The length limit for each manuscript is 20 galley-proof pages including figures, tables and references. A maximum of 25 pages is permitted at extra cost for additional pages.
  • Manuscript should be Times New Roman 12 –point font size at 1.5 line spacing (except table with single space) with 1-inch or 2.54cm margin on all sides.
  • Tables should be typed on separate pages. Number the illustrations according to the sequence of the appearance in the text where they are to be labelled as “ Table1”, “ Table 2”, etc.
  • Table titles should be short and self-explanatory. Each table must have an accompanying explanation and its source below it. Descriptions such as table below or above should be avoided.
  • A brief title should be given above each table and any footnotes below.
  • Manuscript should be written in English (either US or UK spelling is accepted, but not a mixture of both).

4. Organization of the Paper

The manuscript should be divided into five (5) sections;

  • Introduction
  • Literature review and hypotheses development
  • Data and Methods
  • Data Analysis and Discussions of findings
  • Conclusion and Recommendations

5. Illustrations

  • All illustrations should be submitted in a form suitable for reproduction. Number the illustrations according to the sequence of their appearance in the text, where they are to be referred to as “Fig. 1,” “Fig .2”, etc. Each illustration may have a legend if required.
  • Photographs should be glossy prints. The author’s name and figure number should be indicated on the back of each illustration.

6. Headings

  • The following sequence of headings should be used: 1, 1.1 (then 1.2, 1.3,.), 1.1.1 (then 1.1.2, 1.1.3,…)
  • Please refrain from using fourth level sections/headers.

7. Footnotes

  • In the text, footnotes are not permitted. They should be properly included in the context.
  • Use smaller font size for table footnotes

8. Symbols and Abbreviations

  • Please use widely accepted symbols and forms of abbreviation.
  • If there is any doubt in your mind about a symbol or abbreviation given the full expression followed by the abbreviation, when it appears in the text for the first time.

9. Mathematics

  • Mathematical expressions and equations should be properly typewritten, with all symbols aligned as they are to appear in print.
  • All Greek letters and other special symbols must be identified.
  • Vectors will be set in bold face and should be indicated in the manuscript by underlining with a way line.
  • Equations or formulae should be numbered serially on the right-hand side by Arabic numerals in parentheses.
  • Include DOI of the references whenever available
  • Please follow the style below:

10. References

References must follow the current edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th referencing style typed with single line spacing within a reference.

11. Peer Review Policy

IJIRAS adheres strictly to an accelerated and thorough double- blind review policy in which the identity of the reviewer and authors is not revealed to each other. All manuscripts are reviewed as soon as possible, and the editorial decision is reached within 3-4 weeks of submission. There is room for authors to opt for fast track review of 2 weeks, but it attracts additional charges of ₦5,000 or USD10 respectively. Manuscripts that fall under fast track option would be published, if accepted for publication within the specified period. The reviewer recommendation determines whether an article will be
*Accepted subject to minor corrections;
*Accepted subject to resubmission with significant corrections; and

12. Publication Fee

The total publication fee is twenty-five thousand naira only (₦25,000) with equivalent of USD50.00 for international authors. The fee covers peer review charges and publishing fee, as follows;
Peer Review Charge ₦5,000 (equivalent of USD10)
Publishing Charge ₦20,000 (equivalent of USD40)
The peer review charge is paid on submission of the manuscript while the publishing charge is paid on acceptance of the article but before publication. The extra charges for fast track review will be paid on submission of manuscript. Authors in Nigeria can make payment into the understated account (Note: You must be logged in), while International authors can make payment using Paystack.