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Author Guidelines

Papers submitted to the Journal should be original materials in the field of development, not previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

 Please read below the Author Guidelines or click here to download


A short abstract of not more than 250 words should immediately precede the introduction. It should give the synopsis of the title, problem/theme, methods, findings/arguments and conclusion(s).



Authors should also suggest five keywords or descriptors that clearly indicate the subject matter of the article.


Follow this order when typing manuscripts

Title, abstract, keywords, introduction, main text and references.

Headings and subheadings should be in bold print as follows: Level 1-BOLD CAPITALIZE; level 2-Bold Small Case; level 3-Bold Small Case Italics. Do not format.

Manuscripts, in English only must be type written with a font size of 12pt double-space on one side of white A4 paper in Times New Roman. Should not exceed 25 pages. Justification left=1.5 Bottom=1 Right=1 Top=1 justify left only. Do not format.


Figures and Diagrams

All necessary illustrations such as photographs, diagrams and charts should be referred to in the text as figures and given Arabic numerals numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. All figures should appear in the text with titles and sources as follows; Fig 1 School Enrollment 2003, Source: GSS (2000), 1998 Annual Report.



Tables should be kept to the minimum and include only essential details. They should be given Arabic numerals and referred to in the text. All tables should appear in the text with titles and sources as follows; Table 3: School Enrollment 2003, Source: GSS (2000), 1998 Annual Report.



References in text should be quoted as follows: Kaleo & Bawumia (2004) or (Kasise, 2000). Page numbers should be provided for direct quotes (e.g, Kaba, 2000:12). Names of multiple authors should be all listed first use only (Kaleo, Bawumia & Kaba, 2004), subsequent use should appear as Kaleo (2002). A full reference list capturing author name, year of publication, title of work, edition or volume if any, and city and state of publication as well as publisher name in that order should be provided.

Apart from classics, use current date and references. Date and references more than 10 years are considered old and their use discouraged.

All references should appear typed in double space at the end of the paper in alphabetical order, in strict accordance, as follows



 Single author:

Maasole, C. S. (2011). The land factor in the Konkomba-Nanumba crisis. Ghana Journal of Development Studies, 8(1), 33-49.

 Multiple authors:

 •Up to seven authors

Dankwa, H. R., Agyakwah, S.,  Agbogah, K., Abban, E. K., Kolding, J. (2011). Review of catch trends and changes in fish species composition of the Volta Lake during its 45 years of existence. Ghana Journal of Sciences, 51, 43-50.

•More than seven authors

 Nude, P. M., Hanson, J. E. K., Dampare, S. B., Akiti, T. T., Osae, S., Nyarko, E. S., … Enti-Brown, S. ( 2011). Geochemistry of pegmatites associated with the Cape Coast granite complex in the Egyaa and Akim Oda areas of southern Ghana. Ghana Journal of Science, 51, 89-100.



 Nukunya, G. K. (2003). Tradition and change in Ghana: An introduction to Sociology. (2nd ed.). Accra: Ghana Universities Press.

An Edited Book

Haines, A. & Donald, A. (Eds.). (2002). Getting research findings into practice. (2nd ed.). London: BMJ Books.

An Article in a Collection

Hildebrand, M.E. (2002). “Overview: meeting the capacity development  challenge: Lessons for Improving Technical Cooperation.” In S. Browne (Ed.), Developing Capacity through Technical Cooperation: (15 - 36). London: Earthscan Publications.

A Book by a Corporate Author

Ghana Government. (2003). Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy. Accra: National Development Planning Commission.

Internet Citations

Apusigah, A. Atia (2004). Gender mainstreaming the GPRS or Is It? [online]. Available: Accessed: 4th May 2007.


There should be a separate cover page for: title of manuscript, author(s) name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone numbers, institution/departmental affiliation and position (e.g. research fellow, lecturer) and disciplinary area (Agricultural Economics, Adult Education). No such information should appear in any other pages of the manuscripts.


The Journal and the University for Development Studies are not liable in case of any anomalies on the part of authors and/or inaccuracies in published works.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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