Call for Papers

Author Guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted latest by 15th July, 2018. Any abstract received after this deadline will not be included in the Abstract Volume. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and only accepted abstracts will be invited either for oral or poster presentation. Please indicate your preference while submitting the abstract. Abstracts of only registered participants will be published in the abstract volume. Each abstract must be limited to 500 words and without any figures or tables. It should be saved as MSWord format, doc. file. Leave 25 mm margin on all sides. Titles should be typed in Times New Roman with 14 pt bold font size in upper and lower cases and left justified. Affiliations must be in upperand lower case, left justified in Times New Roman font 10 pt with numbered superscripts to indicate the affiliation of each contributor and with an E-mail address of the corresponding author in the parenthesis.The main text will be single spaced text in Time New Roman font 10 pt without section headings.

Poster Session

There will be poster sessions at the Conference. The posters should be of A0 size (841 x 1189 mm) and can be in portrait or landscape. Place the title of the paper and name of author/authors and affiliations atthe top of the poster. The text and the figure captions must be at least in a 24-pt. font. Further details willbe provided later.

Full Paper Submission

The regular research article manual script submitted to UNZA- JONAS must be formatted with subsections of the title; Abstract; introduction/background; materials and Methods; results; Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgement; and References as detailed below. All portions of the manuscript must be typed double-spaced and all pages numbered starting from the title page.

The Title Page

The title page should include the following: 1)  the Title that should be a brief phrase describing the contents of the paper , ii) the list of Authors, including their full names, and their respective institutional affiliations (Authors must be restricted only to those who have made material contributions to the research and who contributed to the writing and review of the manuscript), iii) the name, address, telephone number fax number and e-mail address of the author who should be contacted regarding reprint requests or other correspondence received in the Editorial Office regarding the manuscript.

The Manuscript

The Abstract should be informative and completely self- explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the work, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. The abstract should not exceed 500 words in length. Complete sentences, active verbs and the third person should be used and the abstract should be written in the past tense. Standard nomenclature should be used and abbreviations should be avoided. No literature should be cited.

Key Words

Following the abstract, about 3 to 5 key words that will provide indexing references should be listed.


A list of non-standard abbreviations should be added. In general, non-standard abbreviations should be used only when the full term is very long and used often. Each abbreviation should be spelled out and introduced in parentheses the first time it is used in the text. Only recommended SI units should be used. Authors should use the solidus presentation (mg/ml). Standard abbreviations (such as ATP and DNA) need not be defined.

Introduction / Background

The introduction should provide a clear statement of a problem, the relevant literature on the subject, and the proposed approach or solution. It should be understandable to colleagues from a broad range of scientific disciplines.

Material and Methods

Materials and methods should be complete enough to allow experiments to be reproduced. However, only truly new procedures should be described in details; previously published procedures should be cited, and important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. Capitalize trade names and include the manufacturer’s name and address. Subheadings should be used. Methods in general use need not to be described in details.


Results should be presented with clarity and precision. The results should be written in the past tense when describing findings in the author’s experiments. Previously published findings should be written in the present tense. Results should be explained, but largely without referring to the literature. Discussion, speculation and detailed interpretation of data should not be included in the Results but should be put into the Discussion section.


The Discussion should interpret the findings in view of the results obtained in this and in past studies on this topic. The Results and Discussion sections can include subheadings, and when appropriate, both sections can be combined.


The conclusion should summarise the overall findings, preferably in itemized form. State the conclusions in a few sentences at the end of the paper.


The Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc should be brief.


The Harvard system should be used. References in the text should be quoted in the following manner: Alexander (2000) or Simate and Mtonga, 1997) or if there are more than two authors, James et al (1990). References should be collected at the end of the paper in alphabetical order by the first author’s surname. If references to the same author have the year, they must be differentiated by using 1995a and 1995b etc. References should be complete (examples are given below) and verified at source by the author (s). Included of confidential and restricted material or internal reports not really accessible to readers should be avoided wherever possible, as should personal communication.

Examples of references:


Garry p and phiri Z (1950) cost implications of industrial waste discharge. The Zambian Engineer, vol.11 (4), pp. 326-340.

Ng’andu A N and Simukanga s (2001) Stress analysis of mechanical components in mineral separation process plants at extremely high temperatures. Journal of process plants. Samuel and ST Publishing House, Lusaka, pp. 23-30.

Where possible, journal abbreviations should be used. If the abbreviation is not known, the journal title should be given be given in full.


Rollson E C (1949) Metallurgy for Engineers. Second Edition, pp. 62-82, London, Edward Arnold.

Conference proceedings

Nkhuwa D C W (2000) Management of groundwater resources in Lusaka , Zambia , and expectations for the future, in Sililo , O.T.N et al (Eds ); Groundwater – past Achievements and future challenges. Proc. XXX. Conf. of the Ass. of Hydrogeol., pp. 993-998, Balkema,  Rotterdam.


Chama, R.D. (1980) Interfacial structures in nickel –based transition joints after long term service.Report  RD/M/N1131, Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation, Lusaka.

Tables and Figures


Tables should be kept to a minimum and be designed to be as simple as possible. Tables are to be typed double-space throughout, including headings and footnotes. Each table should be on a separate page, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and supplied with a heading and a legend. Tables should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. The details of the methods used in the experiments should preferably be described in the legend instead of in the text. The same data should not be presented in both table and graph form or repeated in the text. Tables should be prepared in Microsoft Word.


Figures and Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of generating high resolution GIF, TIFF, JPEG or PowerPoint before pasting into Microsoft Word manuscript file. Use Arabic numerals to designate figures and upper case letters for their parts (Figure 1).

Figure Legends

Figure Legends should be typed immediately below each respective figure. Begin each legend with a title and include sufficient description so that the figure is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript.

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