Guide for Authors - Queens Africa and Diaspora

Guide for Authors

Title page

The first page must contain (a) the developed title, which do not exceed 25 words and must mention the geographical location of the study. The title must use the font: Arial, size 20.
On this page must also appear for each author, the full name, the professional affiliation, the postal address and the electronic address. It must reveal the identity of the corresponding author.


It must be following the title page (2nd page) with font Arial and size 12. It must be presented in a paragraph not exceeding 300 words, and must be able to read independently of the text, in an intelligible way and without abbreviations or references. It should be concise and informative and highlight the purpose of the study, the main findings, their interpretation and their scope. We recommend that authors pay close attention and care to the selection of the title and the writing of the abstract, keeping in mind that many readers will only read this.


A list of five keywords must accompany the summary in the same page.

Main Body

The main body will of Arial font, and size 12, line space 1. It will be presented in the following order:
-Main body (for scientific article, the main body will consist of ‘Methods, Results, Discussion’),
-List of references,
-Annexes (if necessary),

The tables, figures and photos with their legend must be inserted directly at the desired place in the main body of the text. The maximum number of words excluding figures, tables, reference list and appendices is 12,000 words.


The tables will be made in Word and should not be sent in an image format. They should have a title, be numbered (eg Table 1) and all quoted at least once in the text, in their increasing numerical order of appearance.


The figures must be developed individually in TIF or JPEC format. All figures must have a short title and be quoted in the text, according to a numbering (ex: Figure 1). The symbols and abbreviations used in the figures must be explained. Authors must ensure that permission has been obtained for any reproduction of a figure from another source.


The insertion of photos of very good quality is highly recommended, provided that each photo is informative and the legend related to it is explicit. The recommended number of photos is between 3 and 6. The photos must be compressed in JPEG format with the best possible quality. The photos must be numbered (ex: Photo 1) accompanied by a title and/or a brief description.


This part should be as brief as possible. It is recommended to indicate the origin of the funding that has conducted to the study.


Referral to notes is not accepted.

Scientific names

The complete Latin binomial (genus, species) is provided for each living organism mentioned and appears in italics. The author name should be provided at the first appearance.
Reference Style in the text
One author
Author: Durant (2015) or (Durant, 2015)
Two authors:
Durant and James (2014) or (Durant and James, 2014)
Three or four authors: Durant et al. (2015) or (Durant et al., 2015)
When several references are indicated in the same place, make them appear in chronological order and separate them by a semicolon. (Brown and Iverson, 1992, Chave et al., 2005, Djomo et al., 2010).


The bibliography is provided at the end of the document, after acknowledgement. This list should show all the references in the text, but also possibly those of the sources of the tables and figures. Authors should take all the necessary time to verify the double match between the references cited in the text, the tables and figures, and the final list.
References should be ordered in alphabetical order, then chronologically.

The following guidelines should be used as a guide for the presentation of references in the bibliography:

Book :

Name Author, Initials. (year). Title of the book (edition, volume). [E-book type], City, Country: Publisher.
Djomo, A. J. (2015). Tree planting in tropical Africa. Kingston, CA: IFED Publishing.


Name Author, Initials. (year). Title of the document (Master’s thesis or doctoral thesis). University, Location.
Ouedraogo, P. (2017). Dynamics of growth of forest stands in Burkina Faso (Master’s thesis). University of Ouaga I Professor Joseph Kizerbo. Ouagadougou, BF.


Name Author, Initials. (year). Document title. In Initials. Name Author. City, Country: Publisher.
Djomo, A. J. and Tiago, B. D. (2014). REDD + and sustainable forest management. In A. Belmong, P. A. Edwards and I. Ouattara (eds.), Subtropical Forests (pp. 229-244). Kingston, CA: IFED Publishing.

Scientific article :

Name Author, Initials. (year). Document title. Title of the newspaper, number (volume), pages.
Djomo, A.J., Bayala, T.A. and Tiago, B.D. (2014). Continuous cover forestry. Forestry Journal, 62 (3), 112-117.
If a reference has more than six authors, only the first six names will be shown; they will be followed by a comma and the mention et al.
Dan A. B., Papua, J.B., Ouattara, J.B., Okala B.B., Bayala A.Y., Bibele, J.F., et al. 2017.


The language of publication is English.

Use of copyright material

For the insertion of any item not subject to copyright, obtain written permission from the original rights holder, before providing a copy to the publisher. This applies equally to the making of a new figure or a table from a source protected by copyright.

Publishing rights and copyrights

In order to ensure the integrity, dissemination and protection against copyright infringement, when manuscripts are accepted, authors will be invited to complete and sign an approval for publication, assignment of rights, between publisher and authors (Publication Agreement) prior to publication. This agreement refers to the complete and finalized version of the article, with all of its elements, including text, tables and illustrations. No amendment or addition will be added to this publication approval.