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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1729-0503

Instructions to authors


African Health Sciences is an internationally refereed journal publishing original articles on research, clinical practice, public health, policy, planning, implementation and evaluation, in the health and related sciences relevant to Africa and the tropics.


The manuscript should be submitted by email to:

The Editor, African Health Sciences, Makerere
University Medical School, P. O. Box 7072, Kampala,
Uganda. Fax: 256-41-530022,
Tel 256-41-530020/1.

We accept a manuscript on the understanding that it is reporting unpublished work and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. We generally accept manuscripts in the following categories: reports of original research, case reports, special articles, letters to the editor and reviews.


Length of manuscripts:

  • Full-length articles should not exceed 3000 words and have a maximum of eight tables (or figures). Short reports should be less than 1500 words with a maximum of two tables (or figures).
  • Letters to the Editor and Book reviews should be less than 1500 words and do not need an abstract.


  • Manuscripts should be written in English and typed on single-sided A4 paper, double-spaced with margins of at least 25mm.
  • Research articles should include the following, each beginning on a fresh page: title, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, acknowledgements, tables and figures.

Title page

This should contain an informative title, the first name, initial and last name of each author. The page should also include the name of institution(s)and departments to which the work should be attributed, and the name, address, email, fax, and telephone numbers (s) of the author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript. .


The abstract must not exceed 250 words and must be structured as follows: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.


This should be on a separate page and not be more than ten printed lines (about 500 bytes).

Figures and Tables and scientific measurements

  • Figures and tables should be of reproducible quality, include comprehensive captions and not duplicate material presented in the text. All illustrations (tables and figures) must be cited consecutively in the text. Avoid internal vertical or horizontal lines in tables.
  • Any figures should be professionally designed and submitted as original copies. · All scientific measurements except blood pressure (mm Hg) should be expressed in SI units. REFERENCES: (Vancouver style).
  • References should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text and listed in order in the reference list (Vancouver style).
  • The references must be in the following form: author (s), title of journal article, full name or Index Medicus or Medline abbreviation of journal, year of publication, volume number, and page numbers in full.

When there are six or fewer authors, list all of them. If there are seven or more, then list the first three followed by et al. Examples of references:

Journal reference:

Oyedeji GA. Delayed sexual maturation in sickle cell anaemia patients-observations in one practice. Annals of Tropical Paediatrics 1995; 15 (3): 197-201

Book reference:

Campbell JM, Machin D. Medical Statistics: a common sense approach. 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1993 References to personal communication, unpublished material or manuscripts in preparation or submitted, but not yet accepted, are discouraged.

Permission to reproduce borrowed material:Written permission to reproduce borrowed material (Illustrations, tables and figures) must be obtained from the original publishers and authors, and submitted with the manuscript. Borrowed material should be acknowledged in captions


Before submitting your manuscript please make sure you have the following:

  1. Covering (submission) letter
  2. Corresponding author’s name, complete address, degrees, institution, title, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail.
  3. Manuscript in Microsoft Word 98

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