African  Journal of Business and Management (AJBUMA)

ISSN 2079-410 X


Since 2009

Editorial process

The journal accepts original papers from disciplines in business, management and closely related areas. Papers are peer reviewed before publishing. The review process takes a minimum of two weeks.

The author must respond to comments from the peer reviewer to his or her satisfaction.  In addition, the author or authors musts follow the guidelines (attached)

Once the reviewer is satisfied that the author(s) have responded to all the issues raised by the reviewer, the paper is taken over by the editors who will have it published.

The journal will be published quarterly but special issues can be published more regularly as the need arises.

Authors Guidelines


  1. Article title, Author(s) and Abstract (should single spaced with key words) – 1 page.

             No titles in names eg prof. etc. max words for abstract is 250.


  1. Introduction – what is the paper about, brief literature review, motivation, why should scholars, practitioners look at your work, bring reader on board, – 2 pages (maximum 3 pages)


  1. Problem Statement (Justification) – what are the key issues, gap in knowledge or

             practice, methodology, controversies, what gaps have other researchers left etc 1      

             page (maximum 2 pages), 


  1. Objective(s)– What will be achieved by carrying this research? This defines the scope

            of your study. Ensure they are SMART.


  1. Literature Review - anchoring theory and empirical reviews – 2 pages (maximum 3 pages). Be contemporary and go beyond citations, link the literature to your research problem, showing what is missing and how your research will address that.


  1. Methodology – design, population (if any), sample (if any), data collection, data analysis (avoid software eg SPSS, refer to the statistical tools to use) etc. – 2 pages (maximum 3 pages)


  1. Results and Discussion – what are the key results and how do they relate to other studies’ findings – 3 pages (maximum 4 pages)


  1. Conclusion/ implications to policy, practice/ future directions – 1 page (maximum 2 pages)


  1. References


  1. Appendixes if any - depends



  1. Ideally have between 15 to 20 pages excluding references and appendixes
  2. Use APA format version 6
  3. Font Times New Roman
  4. Format size 12 (for tables and figures use font size 11)
  5. Single spaced;

6          Margins 2.54 cm – top, bottom, left and right

  1. Justified for text (but for tables left justification)
  2. Tab 1.27 cm
  3. Indentation left 0 cm and right 0 cm
  4. Spacing before 0 pt and after 0 pt
  5. Do hard return from one paragraph and section to another
  6. Do not bold anything expect for the section titles indicated above
  7. Do not italic anything at-all, except in the references as required by APA formatting version 6
  8. Always write abbreviations first in full, then abbreviate and subsequently use the abbreviation.
  9. Submit in MS Word
  10. Authors must declare all sources of external research funding and any conflict of interest


  1. Classification of papers (Specify your category)


Research paper. This category covers papers which report on any type of research undertaken by the author(s). The research may involve the construction or testing of a model or framework, action research, testing of data, market research or surveys, empirical, scientific or clinical research.

Viewpoint. Any paper, where content is dependent on the author's opinion and interpretation, should be included in this category; this also includes journalistic pieces.

Technical paper. Describes and evaluates technical products, processes or services.

Conceptual paper. These papers will not be based on research but will develop hypotheses. The papers are likely to be discursive and will cover philosophical discussions and comparative studies of others' work and thinking.

Case study. Case studies describe actual interventions or experiences within organizations. They may well be subjective and will not generally report on research. A description of a legal case or a hypothetical case study used as a teaching exercise would also fit into this category.

Literature review. It is expected that all types of paper cite any relevant literature so this category should only be used if the main purpose of the paper is to annotate and/or critique the literature in a particular subject area. It may be a selective bibliography providing advice on information sources or it may be comprehensive in that the paper's aim is to cover the main contributors to the development of a topic and explore their different views.

General review. This category covers those papers which provide an overview or historical examination of some concept, technique or phenomenon. The papers are likely to be more descriptive or instructional ("how to" papers) than discursive.



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 Administrator: Hilda Murungi ,

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