1. Original Articles only

Submission of a manuscript to the Makerere Business Journal represents a certificate on the part of the author(s) that it is an original work, and that neither this manuscript nor a version of it has been published elsewhere nor is being considered for publication in successive journal issues.

  1. Manuscript length:

Your manuscript may be approximately 10 – 30 A4 typed pages double-spaced (including references and abstract). Lengthier manuscripts may be considered, but only at the discretion of the Editor.

  1. Manuscript preparation:

Margins: leave at least one –inch margin on all four sides.

Paper: Use clean, white A4 bond 80 paper

Number of copies: 2 (the original plus 1 photocopy).

Cover page: Important – staple a cover page to the manuscript, indicating only the article title (this is used for anonymous refereeing).

Second “title page”: enclose a regular title page but do not staple it to the manuscript, include the title again, plus:

  • Full authorship
  • An ABSTRACT of about 200 words (Below the abstract provide 3 – 5 key words for index purposes).
  • A header or footer on each page with abbreviated title and page number
  • An introductory footnote with authors’ academic degrees, professional titles, affiliations, mailing and e-mail addresses, and any desired acknowledgement of research support or other credit.
  1. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation

You are responsible for preparing manuscript copy which is clearly written in acceptable, scholarly English and which contains no errors of spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Neither the editor nor the publisher is responsible for correcting errors of spelling and grammar. The manuscript, after acceptance by the editor, must be immediately ready for typesetting as it is finally submitted by the author(s).

Check your paper for the following common errors:

  • Dangling modifiers
  • Misplaced modifiers
  • Unclear antecedents
  • Incorrect or inconsistent abbreviations

Also, check the accuracy of all arithmetic calculations, statistics, numeric data, text citations, and references.

  1. Inconsistencies must be avoided

Be sure you are consistent in your use of abbreviations, terminology, and in citing references, from one part of your paper to another.

  1. Preparation of tables, figures and illustrations

Any material that is not textual is considered artwork. This includes tables, figures, diagrams, charts, graphs, illustrations, appendices, screen captures, and photos. Tables should be integrated in the text and figures (including legend, notes, and sources). We request that computer – generated figures be in black and white. Camera-ready art must contain no grammatical, typographical, or format errors and must be reproduced sharply and clearly in the dimensions of the final printed page. Photos and screen captures must be on disk as a TIFF file, or other graphic file format such as JPEG or BMP (White background with black images and/or wording) in addition to files on disk. Tables should be created in the text document file using the software’s Table feature.

  1. Submitting art

Both a printed hard copy and a soft copy of the art must be provided. We request that each piece of art be sent in its file, on a disk separate from the disk containing the manuscript text file(s), and be clearly labelled. We reserve the right to (if necessary) request new art, alter art, or if all else has failed in achieving art that is presentable, delete art. If submitted art cannot be used, the publisher reserves the right to redo the art. The Makerere Business Journal is not responsible for errors incurred in the preparation of the new artwork. Camera-ready artwork must be prepared on separate sheets of paper. Always use black ink and professional drawing instruments. On the back of these items, write your article title and the Journal Title lightly in soft-lead pencil (please do not write on the face of art). In the text file, skip extra lines and indicate where these figures are placed. Photos are considered part of the acceptable manuscript and remain with the publisher for use in additional printings.

  1. Alterations required by referees and reviewers

Many times a paper is accepted by the editor contingent upon changes that are mandated by anonymous specialist referees and members of the editorial board. If the editor returns your manuscript for revisions, you are responsible for retyping any sections of the paper to incorporate these revisions (where applicable, a softcopy of the revisions should also be provided).

  1. Typesetting

You will not be receiving galley proofs of your article. Editorial revisions, if any, must therefore be made while your article is still in manuscript. The final version of the manuscript will be the version you see published. Typesetter’s errors will be corrected by the production staff of the Makerere Business Journal. Authors are expected to submit manuscripts, disks, and art that are free from error.

  1. Reprints

The senior author will receive one copy of the journal issue as well as a complimentary reprint of his or her article. The junior author will receive one copy of the journal issue. These are sent several weeks after the journal issue is published and in circulation. An order form for the purchase of additional reprints will also be sent to all authors at this time. (Approximately 8 weeks is necessary for the preparation of reprints.) Please do not query the journal’s editor about reprints. All such questions should be sent directly to the Makerere Business Journal, Makerere University Business School, P. O. Box 1337 Kampala- Uganda, Phone: + 256-41- 338120/112 Email: mbjeditor@mubs.ac.ug, Fax: +256-41-505921.

  1. Copyright

Copyright ownership of your manuscript must be transferred officially to the Makerere Business Journal before we can begin the peer – review process. The editor’s letter acknowledging receipt of the manuscript will be accompanied by a form fully explaining this. All authors must sign the form and return the original to the editor as soon as possible. Failure to return the copyright form in a timely fashion will result in a delay in review and subsequent publication.