Instructions to Authors

The Official Journal of the Society for Cellular Pathology


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Journal format
Full length research, case reports, reviews and short communication will be published in the journal.

Short Communication

A short communication is the result of a small investigation that has a significant contribution to knowledge. The format may or may not conform to that of full-length papers. A short communication also undergoes a process of peer review.


Reviews will also be published in the journal provided the topic is of current interest and it is related to pathology.

Full length research

Full length manuscripts should be divided into title, abstract, key words, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, references, figures and tables. The manuscript should be typed double-spaced. All submitted manuscripts must be accompanied with a letter indicating the willingness of the authors to publish their article in the African Journal of Cellular Pathology, that the article has not been published before and that it is not under consideration for publication in any other journal.

Title page

The title page should include the surname names, initials and affiliations of all authors. The address, telephone number and email address of the corresponding author should be provided separately.


The abstract which should be structured into aim, methods, results and conclusion should not exceed 200 words and should be on a separate page. The abstract should be followed by 4 – 6 key words for indexing purposes.


The purpose of the work should be clearly stated. References to published articles relating to the work should also be cited.

Materials & Methods

The experiment should be described but without unnecessary details, in a way that researchers can reproduce the work in the absence of the researchers. Where necessary, the age, sex, number of subjects, working environment, duration of administration of drug, dose and route of administration should be clearly stated. Names of subjects should not be mentioned. Setting, study design, sampling method and sample size should be mentioned where necessary.


Results obtained from the methods should be clearly stated. Where tables, figures and plates have been used, these should be followed by brief explanatory notes. Where necessary, legends and keys should be provided.


The result of the study should be compared with the results of other researchers who have done similar works before a conclusion is made about the study.

All those who have supported the work financially or materially should be acknowledged.


Each table must have a short title and numbered sequentially in the order of their citation in the text. A short write up explaining the contents of the table must follow each table.

Figures and figure legends

All figures must have a short title and numbered sequentially in the order of their citation in the text. A short write up explaining the figure must follow each figure. Figures should be submitted in JPG, EPS or TIF formats.


Only publications that are cited in the text should be listed. References in the text should be in form of surname followed by initials and year of publication in the following format

  • (Alabi GO 2002) where it is at the end of the sentence
    Alabi GO (2002) where it is at the beginning of a sentence
    Oduola T and Kelvin GB (2013) where there are two authors
    Odumosu et al., (2007) where the authors are more than two.
  • Personal communications and unpublished observations should be indicated only in the text and should not appear in the reference list. Authors should ensure accuracy of the references. References should be listed alphabetically and in the format below:

    Journal: Onyije FM, Avwioro OG, Atoni AD, Nduku A, Zenebo VC (2012). Evaluation of the kidney following administration of unprocessed honey. Asian Journal of Medical and Pharmaceutical Research. 2(1): 21-25

    Chapter in Book: Adeosun OG, Onyije FM. Textbook of Histochemistry. In Avwioro OG, 2nd ed. Nigeria: Delta University Press, 2010: 453-473

    Book: Avwioro OG. Histochemistry and tissue pathology, Claverianum press, Nigeria, 2002: 236-241

    Proof will be sent by email to the corresponding author who is expected to make copies available to all co authors. The authors are expected to read and comment on the typesetting before it is returned to the Editor in Chief by email within 48 hours of receipt. Only minor alterations to the proof will be accepted by the editorial board. Authors will be charged for excessive alterations in the proof. Authors are to indicate if they need the hard copy of the journal when they are returning the proof. Authors who need the hard copy will pay an additional N2000 or $15 to cover cost of production and mailing of the hard copy.

    Processing fee

    A processing fee of N15000 or $100 will be charged for each published article. The journal is an open access, which means that published articles are freely available on line. Please note that authors who need the hard copy will pay an additional N2000 or $15 to cover the cost of production and mailing of the hard copy.

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