Information For Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.


Manuscript Preparation and Submission

NJSP receives manuscript submissions through a web-based system and e-mail submission ( . Manuscripts can be uploaded through an easy, step-by-step process.

Compliance with these policies is verified upon submission of manuscripts: 

  • Style: All manuscripts should follow the style guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, 2009. 
  • Length:  Manuscripts must not exceed 10,000 words in length, including the abstract, references, and notes.  The word count must appear on the title page. Rare exceptions to this policy can be requested as part of the submission process (justified by the nature, number, or complexity of studies or methods reported, for example).  Even in such cases, authors should strive to come as close as possible to 10,000 words.
  • Abstract and keywords: The page following the title page must include an abstract of no more than 150 words, and below the abstract, 4-5 keywords.
  • Methods reporting: In addition to the manuscript text, authors are required to submit in a separate file stimulus materials, including the verbatim wording of all independent and dependent variable instructions, manipulations, and measures. [If the research was conducted in a language other than English, the stimulus file can use the original language, as long as the manuscript itself provides sufficient detail for reviewers and readers to evaluate the presented research.]  If the article is published, this appendix will be made available on-line.       
  • Result reporting: Data-based submissions must a)   report effect sizes and 95% confidence intervals for primary findings in each study and b)   address issues of sample size and consequent issues of power in each study or, in the case of multiple-study articles, in the context of evaluating the overall case for the reliability of the primary findings.
  • Ethical Practices verification: Corresponding authors of submitted papers must verify that (a)  the same or substantially similar manuscript has not been simultaneously submitted for consideration by another journal; (b)   the same or substantially similar manuscript has not already been published in whole or part ; (c)  data collection complied with current APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct; and (d)   the raw data and related coding information underlying all findings of empirically-based publications will be available for sharing if need be.
  • Cost of publication: Corresponding authors are expected to pay the sum of N5,000 (Five Thousand naira) for review cost at the point of submission. After review and a paper is successful and accepted for publication, the authors are expected to pay the sum of N30,000 (Thirty Thousand naira). Foreign authors will pay the sum of $30 for review and $200 for publication fee. Details of payment procedure will be provided to the corresponding authors.
  • Referencing:
  • Referencing style should follow latest edition of the APA manual of instructions for authors.

References in running text should be quoted as  follows: (Louw & Mkize, 2012), or (Louw, 2011), or Louw (2000, 2004a, 2004b). All surnames should be cited the first time the reference occurs, e.g., Louw, Mkize, and Naidoo (2009) or (Louw, Mkize, & Naidoo, 2010). Subsequent citations should use et al., e.g. Louw et al. (2004) or (Louw  et al., 2004). Manuscripts submitted but not yet published can be included as references followed by ‘in press’. Examples are below:

Journal articles

  • Adebayo, O., & Ezeanya, I. D. (2010). Effects of job autonomy, task identity and profession on burnout among health workers in Jos, Nigeria. European Journal of social sciences 14 (1-2), 116-124.
  • Nwankwo B.E. (2013). Role of gender, emotional empathy, interpersonal attraction on moral judgement. Ife PsychologIA, 21(2), 264-276.


  • Gore, A. (2006). An inconvenient truth: The planetary emergency of global warming and what we can do about it. Emmaus, PA: Rodale.
  • Edited book
  • K. E. (Ed.). (2004). Global climate change and wildlife in North America. Bethesda, MD: Wildlife Society.
  • Chapter in a book
  • Cook, D. A., & Wiley, C. Y. (2000). Psychotherapy with members of the African American churches and spiritual traditions. In P. S. Richards
    & A. E. Bergin (Ed.), Handbook of psychotherapy and religiosity diversity (pp 369–396). Washington, DC: American Psychological
  • Magazine article
  • Begley, S., & Murr, A. (2007, July 2). Which of these is not causing global warming? A. Sport utility vehicles; B. Rice fields; C. Increased
    solar output. Newsweek, 150 (2), 48–50.
  • Newspaper article (signed)
  • Landler, M. (2007, June 2). Bush’s Greenhouse Gas Plan Throws Europe Off Guard. New York Times, p. A7.
  • Unpublished thesis
  • Appoh, L. (1995). The effects of parental attitudes, beliefs and values on the nutritional status of their children in two communities in Ghana
    (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Trondheim, Norway.
  • Conference paper
  • Sternberg, R. J. (2001, June). Cultural approaches to intellectual and social competencies. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the
    American Psychological Society, Toronto, Canada

Subscription Information

NJSP is sent free of charge to all registered members of NASP who have renewed their yearly dues. NJSP is published QUARTERLY. Information about electronic and print subscriptions to NJSP for both institutions and individuals can be received by sending enquiry mail to the Managing Editor (