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Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences
Physiological Society of Nigeria
ISSN: 0794-859X

Author Guidelines

The Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences (Nig. J. Physiol. Sci.) is the official organ of the Physiological Society of Nigeria, aimed at dissemination of information on diverse areas of research in Physiological Sciences. Two issues, making up one volume, are published each year.

Full-length original research articles, short communications as well as review articles will be considered for publication. Submitted manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that: The work described has not been published (except in abstract form) and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The original and two clear copies, with three sets of figures and tables together with a handling fee of five hundred naira only (N500.00) only in postal order or cheque raised in favour of Prof. E. E. Osim should be sent to:

Professor E. E. Osim
Department of Physiology, College of Medical Sciences
University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
Tel: +234 803 552 4412

Manuscripts should be written in clear concise English language, and should conform to the specified instructions listed below. Manuscripts which are not adequately prepared will be returned to the authors.


(a) Each manuscript must be typed on one side of A4 sized paper in double-line spacing with wide margins.
(b) The title page should include only the title, author’s names and institutions, and the name and address for correspondence.
(c) The page following the title page should contain a brief summary and up to six key words. A short running title should also be provided.
(d) Introduction: This should be as concise as possible and contain a clear statement of the aims of the research. Detailed historical introductions must be avoided.
(e) Methods: Sufficient detail must be provided to enable repetition of the work.
(f) Results: Should include experimental data and avoid discussion of significance.
(g) Discussion: Should be related to the results presented. Excessive speculations must be avoided.
(h) Acknowledgement: Should be brief.
(i) References: References in text should be cited by names of authors and year of publication. For papers written by three or more authors, use et al. At the end of the paper, references should be listed alphabetically. Papers by three or more authors should be listed chronologically. Opening and closing page numbers, full title of papers and names of all co-authors must be given. For example:
Reid, H. L. and Obi, G. O. (1982). A study of erythrocyte deformability in sickle cell disease. Trop. Geogr. Med.34: 43 - 46.
Jennett, W. B. (1968). Blood flow techniques in clinical neurosurgery. In: Bain, W. H. and Harper, A. M. (eds). Blood flow through organs and tissues. E. S. Livingston Ltd., Edinburg, pp 349 - 354.

If more than one paper by the same author or team of authors was published in the same year, the letters a, b, and c etc, should follow the year - e.g. Adigun (1987a) in both the text and the references list.

(j) Figures and Tables: This should be kept to the minimum necessary to convey essential data. References to tables and figures should be in Arabic numerals. Their desired positions should be indicated on the left-hand margin of the manuscript. Good quality glossy prints of photographs and line drawings should be supplied in the desired final size. Letterings on line drawings should be at least 2mm high for clarity. Previously published figures are not acceptable, except if accompanied by written permission of the editors. The figure numbers, author's names and "Top" should be indicated on the back of each illustration. Figure legends should be typed on separate sheets. Tables should be typed (also double-spaced) on separate sheets and numbered in sequence in Arabic numerals. A heading must be supplied with each table.


These should have a maximum 4,000 words (about 8 double-spaced typewritten pages) with a maximum of 2 figures. The format for regular papers should be followed; however references must be kept to a maximum of 10.

SUBMISSION ON DISK: Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to submit their final versions on diskette. 3.5" IBM-formatted diskettes are required. Authors should also indicate the word processing software used (Word perfect, Microsoft Words are preferred) and file names. Figures and illustrations in Microsoft Excel are preferred. ONLY TEXT FILES (without formats) should be submitted. One hard copy (including originals of all illustrations) must accompany the disk.

REPRINTS: Twenty-five copies of reprints of each article will be sent along with copies of the journal to the corresponding author for distribution to co-authors.

Submission Preparation Checklist (All items required)

  • 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.

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