CALL FOR PAPERS - WASCAL Perspective on Floods in West Africa

On behalf of the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), the Editorial Board of a new special publication entitled WASCAL Perspectives on Flooding in West Africa 2017 is inviting scholars and researchers to contribute scientific research papers addressing flood-related disasters in West Africa. This Special Issue is open to all contributors in the field of Climate Science and/or Disaster Risk Management. We invite submission of papers, commentaries and reviews that extend and advance our scientific understanding of severe precipitation in West Africa and associated flooding that has become a major problem in the sub-region. Each contributed piece should be based on original research but could be a synopsis of previously published work on topics related to heavy precipitation and/or floods in West Africa. Contributions could be written in either French or English. It may be necessary for contributors to seek approval of copyright owners to use parts of previously published work.

Call Paper Timetable
Timely submission of the papers is critical to the success of this special publication. The procedures and timetable enumerated below will apply.

October 15: Submission of first draft manuscripts by authors for content alignment;

October 31: Submission of final manuscripts for technical review and translation;

November 30:Completion and printing of the special publication
December 4: Official release of the publication during 2017 WASCAL Week in Abidjan.

Submission Guidelines
Papers should be prepared in accordance with the technical guidelines enumerated below. Manuscripts should be sent to press@wascal.org

Technical Guidelines
Authors are strongly encouraged to write concisely and adhere to the guidelines below. 

Acronyms/Abbreviations:  At the end of each text, explanations of all abbreviations and acronyms used should be given.
Article title length: The maximum article title length is 25 words.
Figures: The number of Figures should be between 3 and 5. They should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text. They should be numbered in Arabic numbers and the caption should be placed beneath the figure; avoid using grids. If a figure has been previously published, acknowledge the original source. Figures should be grouped together and placed after the tables.

Footnotes: No footnotes should be provided. 
Formulas should be in italics, with double spacing above and below.

General text and Headings: The text should be in Times New Romans, font size 12, double spacing. The entire text should be comprehensible to readers; therefore, acronyms and abbreviations should be written out and all technical terms should be defined the first time they are mentioned. Headings should be short and must reflect a logical sequence.  All documents should be in Microsoft word.
Manuscript type and length: Authors are invited to submit an original research paper, a springboard commentary or a review. Ideally, the manuscript should not be more than 3,000 words in length (the words count does not include title page, abstract, references, figures, tables or their legends). A title page is required and should include: the name(s) of the author(s), the affiliation(s) and address (es) of the author(s) as well as the e-mail address of the corresponding author. An abstract of not more than 150 words is required, however, no acknowledgement is required. 

Margins: Top, Bottom, Left, Right: 2.5 cm
Headers: 1.5 cm; Footers: 2.0 cm

Photos: All photographic images should be high-resolution images and should be supplied in a bitmap image format, preferably, jpg. Photos should come with descriptions and acknowledgements and sent in a separate attachment. They should not be inserted in the main text. 

Tables should be grouped together and placed immediately after the text. They should be cited in numerical order in the text and numbered using Arabic numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3 etc. Table headings should be placed above the table; avoid using grids. They should be short but sufficient to allow the table to be intelligible on its own. All unusual symbols should be explained in the Table legend. Tables as well as figures should be referenced using the APA style.

References to works that have been published: Authors are responsible for completeness of all references. The format for references within the text should follow the name and year system. In the text, quote the name and year within brackets “Johnson (1999)”. In the References section, list last names of authors alphabetically using the APA referencing style. References that have the exact same author(s) and published in the same year should be assigned a letter to distinguish among them (2002a for the first, 2002b for the second, etc.), and these should be cited as such in the text. Format: Author (last name, followed by first name initials), year, title of report or manuscript, journal or publication volume number, page numbers. Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as Collins et al., 1998

The Editorial Board looks forward to receiving proposals in response to the call, and is delighted to respond to inquiries from interested parties.

Questions may be addressed to any of the Special Issue Editors: Professor Jimmy Adegoke: adegoke.j@wascal.org or adegokej@umkc.edu; Dr. Bamba Sylla: sylla.b@wascal.org; Dr Aymar Bossa: bossa.a@wascal.org; Professor Kehinde Ogunjobi: kenog2010@gmail.com; and Professor Julien Adounkpe: julvictoire@yahoo.com

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