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Ethiopian Renaissance Journal of Social Sciences and the Humanities
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Instruction to Contributors (Authors)

The Ethiopian Renaissance Journal of Social Sciences and the Humanities seeks to publish scholarly articles in the fields of social sciences and the humanities (and related areas). It publishes original empirical studies, literature reviews, theoretical articles, methodological articles, book reviews, dissertation and thesis abstracts, synopses of major research (and other relevant issues). Articles will be written either in English or, in specific cases, in Amharic. Manuscripts to be published in this Journal are required to satisfy all quality standards common to reputable academic journals. Material submitted to this Journal must be original and not published or submitted for publication elsewhere. (This rule applies to materials submitted elsewhere for publication). In case of any doubt, authors should seek advice from the editors handling their manuscript.

The editorial team of ERJSSH is comprised of:
Dr. Yemataw Wondie – Editor in Chief;
Dr. Dirk Bustorf – Managing editor;
Dr. Dr Kurma Satyanarayana– associate editor;
Dr. Mesafint Muche- associate editor;
Mr. Kasahun Tegegn – associate editor;

In all cases authors have to submit their manuscript electronically on line on the website of University of Gondar and in case they want to contact the editors for any kind of enquiry, they can contact to the e-mail address of the Ethiopian Renaissance Journal of Social Sciences and the Humanities: All correspondence is done via internet and telephone.

The submission includes:
(a) The manuscript in Word AND in PDF-form with two different cover sheets
(b) The filled and signed submission form (to be attached by the editors of the journal).
(c) A statement that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.
The editorial office will send a letter/e-mail of confirmation of the submission together with information about the procedures to follow as soon as the submission is received.
 Cover page

Authors are required to submit a cover page with the manuscript, indicating only the article title (this is used for the anonymous review process). A second cover page in a separate document should include title of the article, the name(s) of the author(s), academic affiliation etc.

Manuscript Length
Manuscripts of normal articles should be 15-20 typed pages in length, including endnotes and references (but not cover pages). Manuscripts should be written in Times New Roman (1.5-spaced, 12-point font size). Margins at the left and right should be 2.5 cm wide. In the case of other contributions (e.g., short communications, reviews) the length will be below this length(see below)

The author should submit with the article an abstract of 140 to 150 words.  He/she is asked to attach a brief note with his/her academic degrees, professional titles, affiliations, mailing and e-mail addresses, and any desired acknowledgement of research support or other credit to the author’s name under the title of the article.

Keywords: below the abstract, 3 to 5 key words or short phrases that describe the content of the text should be provided.

Introduction: The introduction should reflect back ground information of the study, statement of the problem, literature review, justification of the study, the purpose, scope and its relation to other work in the same field. Sub-headings are not required while writing issues related to the statement of the problem, literature review and justification of the study.

Methods: This section should clearly describe the study design, study subjects, selection of the study subjects, apparatus (names and addresses of manufacturers in parenthesis), and procedures; references to established methods; references and brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not well-known. It must describe how data quality was maintained. When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institution or the country.

Results: Present results of your study in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all data in the tables or illustrations, or both: emphasize or summarize only important observations.

Discussion: Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and conclusions that follow from them. Highlight the important/major findings first, then highlight the less-important findings. Do not repeat in detail data or other material given in the Introduction section or the Results section. Include in the Discussion section the implications of the findings and their limitations, including implications for future research. Relate the observations to other relevant studies. Link the conclusions with the objective(s) of the study, but avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not supported by your data. Finally, recommendations shall be forwarded on the bases of the findings of the study.

Brief communications: papers in brief form will be printed in short/Brief communications. They should not exceed ten double spaced pages including figures and tables.
Reviews: The Review is intended for review articles dealing with current as well as historical progress made in research and policy making in social sciences and humanities.
Case report/series: specific case observations will be considered and published as case report/series.

Acknowledgements: One or more statement(s) should specify: (a) contributions that need acknowledging but do not justify authorship, such as general support by a departmental chairman; (b) acknowledgements of technical help; (c) acknowledgements of financial and material support, specifying the nature of support, and (d) study subjects and others who contributed in the design, data collection, and analysis phases of the study.

Tables and figures: All tabular materials, flow charts, etc. should be typed on separate pages of the same size as the text and should be intelligible without reference to the text. Headings should be concise, and clearly present the subject matter. Footnotes to the tables should be placed below the table and designated by superscripts or 1, 2, 3. Graphs, diagrams, drawings and photographs are considered figures. The original drawings should be no larger than 16×12 cm. All drawings must be made with black drawing ink on tracing paper suitable for direct photocopy. Either the original or glossy prints are acceptable. Photographs should be sharp glossy prints with high contrast, and three sets of such prints should be submitted.

Tables and figures should be numbered with Arabic numbers in the order of appearance in the text. They should be cited in the manuscript, for example, Table 3 or Fig. 3.

Abbreviations and symbols: Only standard abbreviations should be used. Abbreviation of biological terms, such as culture media, reagents, or laboratory methods should not be used unless they are well established or they are of advantage to the reader. Such abbreviations should be defined of their first appearance in the text.

All notes have to be set as endnotes.

References, citations, and the general style of manuscripts should be prepared (with a modification concerning names, see below) in accordance with the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.). Citations and references in the text should be done by author, date AND page number (John, 1983: 13). In the case of Ethiopian names, personal name and father’s name are to be given. A complete bibliographical list – with full names (name + family names, name + father’s name) – is to be provided at the end of the article as shown in the following examples:

Journal: Firestone, William A. (Oct. 1987). Meaning and Method: the Rhetoric of Quantitative and Qualitative Research. Educational Researcher, 16 (7), 16-21.

Book: Rapport, Nigel & Joanna Overing (2000). Social and Cultural Anthropology: The Key Concepts. London & New York: Routledge (Special Indian Edition)

Contribution to a Book: Ospina, Sonia (2002). Qualitative Research. In: George Goethals, Georgia Sorensen, James MacGregor (Eds.), Encycloedia of Leadership (pp. 239–252). London & New Dehli: SAGE Publications.

Ethiopian authors: According to international standard of Ethiopian Studies the personal name comes first, then the father’s name, not separated by a comma. Example:

Yared Amare (1999). Household Resources, Strategies and Food Security in Ethiopia: a Study ofAmhara Households in Wogda, Northern Shewa. Addis Ababa: The Department of Sociology and Social Administration & The Addis Ababa University Press (Monograph Series in Sociology and Anthropology 1).