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Author Guidelines


Submission of a manuscript for EJSS will be taken to imply that it is unpublished and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Evidence of plagiarism (amounting to 20% of the text or beyond) will lead to the automatic rejection of the manuscript.

If the manuscript does not meet the requirements and/or the thematic scope of EJSS the editors reserve the right to reject it.

For any help and support on your submission please feel free to contact us via email:

Format and Style

Texts should include the following specifications: Times New Roman font, 1.5-spaced throughout, 12-point font size and margins of 2.5 cm on the left and right. All notes are to be set as footnotes. Footnotes, however, should be reduced to a minimum and authors have to follow in-text citation with (a slightly modified) APA style.

Contributors should seek clarity, brevity, and simplicity of expression and avoid long sentences and unduly lengthy or short paragraphs. Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editors and any reviewers.

Only standard abbreviations and acronyms should be used and explained in the footnotes at the first appearance.

Spelling (in English) may follow either British or American convention but must be consistent. The use of diacritical marks is not recommended although in specific cases, e.g. for articles in philology or linguistics, the use of diacritical marks will be accepted. Diacritical marks should be those supported by the Unicode system (see

For further information on how to prepare your manuscript see

Citation Style and References

References, citations, and the general style of manuscripts is to be prepared in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual; with two modifications. First, concerning Ethiopian and Eritrean names, see below, and second, complete names of all authors should be provide in the reference list instead of abbreviating the first name. Citations and references in the text should be done by (author, year, p. and page number), e.g. (Abebaw, 2018, p. 35). In the case of Ethiopian or Eritrean names, the in-text citation should include the personal name and the reference list should both the personal and the father’s name in that order. In the case of non-Ethiopian and non-Eritrean names, the in-text citation should include the family name and the reference list should both the personal and the family name in that order. For books published in Ethiopia and that follow the Ethiopian year, this has to be indicated by placing A.M. after the year, e.g.: Tesfaye Tafesse (2001 A.M., p. 129).

A complete list of references is to be provided at the end of the article as shown in the following examples:
a) Journal
Goodwill, Joseph. (2017). Wonders and marvels: Research in the wonderlands. Wondalands Quarterly, 33 (2), 78-103.
b) Book
Tesfanesh Getachew. (2016). Social and cultural understandings of the Ethiopian South: Key concepts. London: Routledge.
c) Edited Book
Gibbons, Tiara. (Ed.). (2018). Children of the revolution. Cairo: Red Sea Press.
d) Essay or chapter in edited books
Hana Desalegn. (2018). Ethiopian student movements then and now. In Tiara Gibbons (Eds.), Children of the revolution (pp. 39–61). Cairo: Red Sea Press.
e) Internet source
Abebe Demewoz, Samson Seid and Tessema Gebre. (2016). Indigenous conflict resolution mechanisms among the Kembata society. In American Journal of Educational Research 3 (2), 225-242. DOI: 10.12691/education-3-2-17. Ünsal, Nadiye. (2015). Challenging ‘refugees’ and ‘supporters’. Intersectional power structures in the refugee movement in Berlin. In Movements. Journal für kritische Migrations- und Grenzregimeforschung 1 (2). Retrieved 12 December 2014, from

Tables, Figures and Photos

All tabular materials, flow charts, etc. can be typed in the main file or on separate pages of the same size and fonts as the text. In case they are typed on separate pages they should be intelligible without reference to the text. All tables and figures must include an accompanying caption, including title of the caption and sources.

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 Figure 3. The author should indicate where in the text the tables and figures should be placed, e.g.:

. Legends for tables and figures should be placed just above and below the image, respectively.

Graphs, diagrams, drawings and photographs are considered as figures. The original drawings should not be 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. Avoid any unnecessary use of colors. Photographs should be saved at 300 dpi and sent as .tiff, .jpg or .png files.

In tables and figures the author(s) and year should be indicated. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not hold copyright and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.


At the end of the manuscript the author should acknowledge briefly: (a) contributions that need acknowledging but do not justify authorship; (b) acknowledgements of technical help received by the author; (c) acknowledgements of financial and material support received by the author, specifying the nature of support; and (d) study subjects and others who contributed in the design, data collection, and analysis of the study.

Abstract and Author’s Affiliation

The author is required to submit the article with an abstract of 140 to 200 words as well as 4 to 8 keywords.

The author is asked to attach a blurb including his/her academic career, affiliation, highest degree, mailing and e-mail addresses as well as any desired acknowledgement of research support or other credit.

Informants and Expert Interviews

The authors of manuscripts including informants and expert interviews should be able, upon request, to produce documentation of prior informed consent about the interview to the EJSS editors. Authors are expected to provide all relevant information on the experts or informants (name, position, date and place of the interview and other relevant information). Exceptions to this rule (i.e. anonymous) will have to be justified before the editors.

Informants and participants in surveys and focus group discussions are generally coded and anonymized. Authors shall submit empirical evidence thereof upon request by EJSS editors.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. Articles are to be written either in English or, in cases when the topic requires it, in Amharic. The file format should be supported by Microsoft Word and OpenOffice and files should be submitted in .doc/.docx, or alternatively also in .rtf or .opd, formats. Contributions may not exceed 25 typed pages, or 8,000 words, including tables, footnotes and references.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) after publication in EJSS.


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