Contributors Guide

Papers submitted to the GHANA JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES should re/present original materials in the field of development studies, not previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Mode of Submission

The Editorial Office (Attn: Dr Raymond Aabeyir)

Ghana Journal of Development Studies

P. O. Box 520

Wa Campus, Ghana

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Phone: +233 024 68 407

Submission should be in electronic (MS word) form as attachments. Address all inquiries and other communications to the above address.


A short abstract of not more than 200 words should immediately precede the introduction.  It should give the synopsis of the title, problem/theme, methods, findings/arguments and conclusion(s).

Word Limit for a Paper

The maximum word limit for a manuscript is 8000 words. Address all inquiries and other communications to the address Editorlal Secretary.

Key Words/Descriptors

Authors should also suggest 5 keywords or descriptors that clearly indicate the subject matter of the article.


All necessary illustrations such as photographs, diagrams and charts should be referred to as figures and given Arabic numerals numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. All figures should appear in the text each a numbered title beneath it. E.g. Fig 1: Student Statistics by Sex and School. Source of figure should also be provided.


Tables should be kept to the minimum and include only essential detail.  All tables should be numbered followed by the title e.g. Table 1: Student Statistics by Sex and School. They should appear at the top of the table but outside the table. No gridlines within the table. The table should be referenced in the text and appear in appropriate section within the text. Sources of tables should be provided and should appear at the bottom of the table


References in text should be quoted as follows: Kaleo and Bawumia (2004) or (Kasise, 2000) or ( Dery & Agana, 2012) .  Page numbers should be provided for direct quotes, for example (Kaba, 2000: 12). Names of multiple authors should be all listed first use only (Kaleo, Bawumia & Kaba 2004), subsequent use should appear as Kaleo et. al. (2002).  A full reference list capturing author name, year of publication, title of work, edition or volume is any, and city and state of publication as well as publisher name, in that order. This should be typed in double space at the end of the paper in alphabetical order as follows:

Journal Article

Chawla, L. (2002, October).  Insight, creativity and thoughts on the environment: Integrating children and youth into human settlement development.  Environment and Urbanization, 14 (12), pp. 11-14.


Nukunya, G.K. (2003).  Tradition and change in Ghana: An introduction to sociology. (2nd ed.). Accra: Ghana Universities Press, pp.50-54.

An Edited Book

Haines, A & Donald, A.(Eds.) (2002). Getting research findings into practice (2nd ed). London: BMJ Books, pp. 86-93.

An Article in a Collection

Hilderbrand, M.E. (2002).  Overview: Meeting the capacity development challenge: Lessons for improving technical cooperation.  In S. Browne (Ed.), Developing capacity through technical cooperation: (15 - 36). London: Earthscan Publications.

A Book by a Corporate Author

University for Development Studies (2003).   Strategic  Plan (2003-2008). Tamale, Ghana: University for Development Studies.

Ghana Government (2003).Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy: An Agenda for Growth and Development. Accra, Ghana: National Development Planning Commission.

Internet Source: 

Third World Network (2008).The Aid Architecture (online). Available: Date Accessed: 23rd October 2009.

Issuing Frequency

Twice a year: May and October.

Order of presenting various components of a paper

Follow this order: Title, abstract, key words/descriptors, introduction, main text and references. 


Headings and subheadings should be in bold print and numbered as follows: Level 1-BOLD UPPER CASE; Level 2- Bold Lower Case; Level 3- Bold Lower Case Italics etc . Do NOT format.

Fonts, Formats, Size

Manuscripts, in English only, must be typewritten with a font size of 12pt double-spaced on one side of white A4 paper in Times New Roman. Should not exceed 25 pages. Justification: Left= 1.5" Bottom= 1" Right=1" Top=1." Justify LEFT only. NO FORMATTING REQUIRED


Only footnotes are accepted. Footnotes must be as brief as possible and appear on the same page as the reference. Endnotes are NOT accepted.

Submission Format

There should be a separate cover page for: title of manuscript, author’s name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone numbers, institutional/departmental affiliation and position (e.g. research fellow, lecturer) and disciplinary area (Agric Economics, Adult Education).  No such information should appear on any other page of the manuscript. The main topic (paper) should bear the title of the paper only.


A non-refundable fee of GHC100.00 or USD50.00 must accompany each initial submission. When accepted for publication, authors will be required to pay a processing fee of GHC200.00 or USD100.00.  A PDF copy of an issue will be supplied free of charge to the principal author of each article. One PDF Copy of an issue will be supplied free of charge to the principal author of each article. Open access to Ghana Journal of Development Studies is available at the website of the African Journals Online -

Cash or check payments to the order of GJDS accepted for local submissions only. Rates are subject to periodic review without prior notice. Bank or Western Union transfers accepted for foreign submissions:

Mode of payment for foreign authors:

Account Name: Ghana Journal of Development Studies 

Account No: 1004685

Bank: Barclay Bank of Ghana 

P.O BOX 1624, Accra

Currency: USD (US Dollar)


Local payment (in Ghana) can be effected through: 

Ghana Commercial Bank, Tamale Main 

Account Name: Ghana Journal of Development Studies

Account Number: (8011010297227).


As publisher of the GJDS, the Faculty of Integrated Development Studies is copyright owner of the journal. See detailed policy


The GJDS will not bear responsibility for any anomalies on the part of authors and/or inaccuracies in published works.