Aims and Scope of NOUN Journal of Physical and Life Sciences

NOUN Journal of Physical and Life Sciences (NJPLS) is a joint publication of the Faculties of Agricultural Sciences, Health Sciences, and Sciences of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). It accepts and publishes (in English language) high-quality articles, original research papers, review articles and short communications in all disciplines of Agricultural Science, Health and Behavioral Sciences, Physical, Computational, Biological and Environmental Sciences. It also accepts and publishes articles in cross-disciplinary fields, interfacing with science-based disciplines.

Handling/page charges

The handling and page charges are N5,000.00 and N15,000.00 respectively. International authors on the other hand should pay a total of $150 for both handling and page charges (handling charge: $30, page charges $120). The handling charge will be paid at the point of paper submission for review while the page charge will be paid on final submission of the paper after its acceptance.

All payments should be made on remita at www.remita.net to: Name of MDA: National Open University of Nigeria. Specify name of service / purpose as “Miscellaneous income”. Forward a copy of receipt of payment to the Editor-in-Chief at njpls@noun.edu.ng

Process

All manuscripts are reviewed by two expert reviewers. The reviewers comment determines whether a paper will be accepted or rejected. Decisions will be made as rapidly as possible, as the journal strives to return reviewers’ comments to authors within the shortest possible time. It is the goal of the NJPLS to publish manuscripts in the very next edition of the Journal after final submission.

Copyright: Submission of a manuscript implies: It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that the work descried has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or thesis) or submitted for publication elsewhere.
If and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher.

Instructions for Contributors
Manuscript format and preparation
Manuscripts should be typed in A4 paper, 12 font sizes, Time New Roman, double line spacing, and all pages numbered starting from the title page. The order of appearance of materials in the articles should be: Name and address, Title, Abstract (not more than 300 words), Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Result, Discussion and References (APA format).

The Title should be a brief phrase describing the contents of the paper. Where possible the title should not be longer than 18 words. The Title Page should include the following: authors' full names and affiliations; the name of the corresponding author along with phone number, e-mail information and current address.

The Abstract should concisely indicate the purpose and method of research, the results and the conclusion. The abstract should be written in the past tense. Standard nomenclature should be used and abbreviations should be avoided. No literature should be cited. 3 to 5 keywords should be provided.

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

Materials and methods should be complete enough to allow experiments to be reproduced. However, only truly new procedures should be described in detail; previously published procedures should be cited, and important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. Sub-headings should be used. Methods in general use need not be described in detail.

Results should be presented with clarity and precision. The results should be written in the past tense when describing findings in the authors' experiments. 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. State the conclusions in a few sentences at the end of the paper. The Results and Discussion sections can include subheadings, and when appropriate, both sections can be combined.

Tables should be kept to a minimum and be designed to be as simple as possible. Tables are to be typed single-spaced throughout, including headings. Each table should be fixed in appropriate section within the text.

Figure legends should be typed in numerical order on a separate sheet. Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of generating high resolution GIF, TIFF, JPEG or PowerPoint before posting in the Microsoft Word manuscript file. Tables should be prepared in Microsoft Word. Use Arabic numerals to designate figures and upper case letters for their parts (Figure 1). Begin each legend with a title and include sufficient description so that the figure is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript. Information given in legends should not be repeated in the text.

References: In the text, a reference identified by means of an author‘s name should be followed by the date of the reference in parentheses. When there are more than two authors, only the first author’s name should be mentioned, followed by ‘et al’ in subsequent citation. In the event that an author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be identified by a lower case letter like ‘a’ and ‘b’ after the date to distinguish the works.

Submission of manuscripts should be by electronic means only, as e-mail attachment, to the Editor-in-Chief at njpls@noun.edu.ng. Tables and figures should be embedded in the appropriate section in the text. Ensure also that the file is compatible and thus could be opened across systems.

Three types of manuscripts may be submitted: Research papers: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings, and experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. The length of a full paper should contain about 10 pages; the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly (this excludes wording related to an abstract, a full set of references, tables and diagrams).Papers can either be theoretical or empirical based.

Review articles: Submission of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Reviews should be concise and about 7-8 printed pages. Reviews/opinion manuscripts are also peer-reviewed.

Short Communications: A Short Communication is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus. The style of main sections need not conform to that of full-length papers. Short communications are 4 to 6 printed pages in length.

©NOUN Journal of Physical and Life Sciences
Volume 1(1), June 2017
ISSN: 2645-2480
www.njpls.nouedu.net
e-mail: njpls@noun.edu.ng