Manuscript Submission Requirements

 Manuscript submission either in hardcopies or softcopies is acceptable. Online Submission via journal page is preferred.


Hardcopies Submissions

  1.  Manuscript should be written in English and must be original work. The manuscript should not be under review at the same for any other journal nor substantially resemble another manuscript under review at another journal.Authors are strongly advised to carry out check against plagiarism of their manuscript before submission.
  2. The journal accepts Full Articles, Research Notes, Conference Reports, Book Reviews and Viewpoints. The viewpoint section exists for the expressions of opinions and allows authors to submit materials which may not be appropriate for a full article, but which contains ideas worthy of publication. Notices of forthcoming meetings are welcomed. Manuscript may be submitted electronically or in hard copies. In the first submission, the name and address of the author should be on a separate page.
  3. Articles should include the author’s name and affiliation and an address for correspondence. Authors should inform the Editors immediately of any change in address after a manuscript has been submitted. Articles will be subjected to peer reviewing and authors are expected to revise their papers as soon as comments from the reviewers become available.
  4. Authors are responsible both for the views expressed in their articles and for the accuracy of any data quoted.
  5. Broad divisions and section headings should be clearly marked in the text where appropriate. Any quotations should appear in double marks, with longer quotations (exceeding 40 words) appearing indented in the text. Each full paper should have an abstract of no more than 200 words, which should be complete, informative, succinct and understandable without recourse to the text.
  6. Bibliographical references should be carefully checked. In the case of books these should be complete in respect of place and date of publication, and name of publisher, and in the case of journal articles, volume and issue number (where given) and year of publication, and relevant page numbers. References to privately circulated or mimeographed material should also contain the name of the appropriate department or institution concerned. References should appear at the end of each article and should be cited in the author/date system within the text. The Harvard style of formatting is preferred. Citations for articles with 3 or more authors should use ‘et al’. Multiple citations using the same author and date should use ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, etc, after the date to differentiate them. References should be listed alphabetically.
  7. All necessary illustrations should accompany the typescript but should be inserted in the text. All photographs, maps, charts and diagrams should be referred to as ‘Figures’, (not Fig) and should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Brief captions should be provided to make the figures as informative as possible. Where sharing is required in illustrations, line hatching should be used, as tone or dots may not reproduce clearly.                                                                                                                                                            (a)Photographs may be black and white glossy prints digital color images. In the case of print photos, each should have lightly written on the back, the author’s name, the figure number, and an indication of which is the top of the picture. Where lines or lettering are to appear on the photograph, two prints should be supplied, one appropriately marked and the other unmarked. (c) Line diagram should be preferably be submitted n a form suitable for direct reproduction.(c) Figures should have consecutively numbered captions, and the source both at the figure’s bottom. These captions and sources should be typed consecutively on a separate page at the end of the paper.
  8. The publisher will seek to return all original artwork in good condition if required, but cannot guarantee this arrangement. Authors are therefore advised to ensure tha they retain good copies of any illustrative material.
  9. Statistical tables should be submitted on separate sheets. These sheets should be clearly headed with captions beginning with the word ‘Table’ and the reader should be able to understand the meaning of each row or column without hunting in the text for explanations of symbols, etc. Units of measurements, nationality of currencies, base-dates for index numbers, geographical area covered and sources should be clearly stated, at the bottom of the table.
  10. All figures and tables should be referred to directly in the text. Authors may indicate preferred positions in relation to text and, where applicable, these will be adhered to. Tables should have as few lines as possible and all table columns should have an explanatory heading. Footnotes should be indicated in the text by superior Arabic numerals which should be consecutive through the paper. All footnotes, including author’s acknowledgements, etc, should further be submitted on as separate sheet. These will appear at the foot of each relevant page but should be numbered consecutively throughout.
  11. Authors are expected to correct proofs expeditiously and to keep alterations to a minimum. If corrected proofs are not returned within a reasonable time of dispatch, the editors reserve the right to make final checks themselves and to proceed with publication. In general, the author’s original transcripts will be regarded as definitive, except where matters of journal style or necessary correction of syntax, etc, have required editorial intervention. The publisher reserves the right to charge authors for excessive and unreasonable corrections made in proofs.
  12. Because of the heavy pressure on space, the Editors will give preference to articles which deal succinctly with an issue which is both important and clearly defined. In general, articles should not exceed 7,000 words unless there is special justification.
  13. Authors may include a brief acknowledgment after reference on a separate/fresh page.
  14. A copy of the journal in which the author’s article appears is provided free of charge. Further copies may be purchased at a reasonable price if ordered on the form which will accompany the author’s proofs.

Submission via email

 Authors choosing to submit their manuscript via email must remove any identifying marks such as headers, footers and logos from the text and exhibits before submitting the file. Submission must be both in Word and PDF file formats. If submitting online through the Journal Page, authors should follow instructions from the webpage.

 The cover page preferably a separate file should contain all the authors’ names, title and their complete contact information such as mailing address, phone and fax numbers as well as email address and, affiliation such as University/School/Departments.

 All Figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots, and photographic images) may be submitted in electronic form.

All Figures should be of high quality, legible and numbered consecutively with arabic numerals. Graphics may be supplied in colour to facilitate their appearance on the online database.

  • Figures created in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, Illustrator should be supplied in their native formats. Electronic figures created in other applications should be copied from the origination software and pasted into a blank MS Word document or saved and imported into an MS Word document or alternatively create a .pdf file from the origination software.
  • Figures which cannot be supplied in as the above are acceptable in the standard image formats which are: .pdf, .ai, and .eps. If you are unable to supply graphics in these formats then please ensure they are .tif, .jpeg, or .bmp at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide.
  • To prepare web pages/screenshots simultaneously press the "Alt" and "Print screen" keys on the keyboard, open a blank Microsoft Word document and simultaneously press "Ctrl" and "V" to paste the image. (Capture all the contents/windows on the computer screen to paste into MS Word, by simultaneously pressing "Ctrl" and "Print screen".)

Photographic images should be submitted electronically and of high quality. They should be saved as .tif or .jpeg files at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide. Digital camera settings should be set at the highest resolution/quality possible.


Review of Articles

Articles that focus on land administration practice and training within the Eastern Africa are encouraged. Each paper will undergo a double blind peer review for purpose of ensuring quality and illustrating latest research and development in land administration. Based on reviewers’ recommendation, as well as consultation between relevant Editorial Board members the editor then will decide whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected


Articles submitted to the journal should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication with another journal. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. For ease of dissemination and to ensure proper policing of use, papers and contributions become the legal copyright of the publisher unless otherwise agreed.



Address for correspondences

All correspondences, including the submission of manuscripts should be addressed to the:

Chief Editor, the Journal of Land Administration in Eastern Africa,

Ardhi University

P O Box 35176

Dar es Salaam

Tel +255 222 775004

Email: or