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 Manuscripts Submission Top

All manuscripts must be submitted on-line through the submission portal at www.journalonweb.com/wajr. First time users are required to register- for free- at this site. Registration is mandatory and registered authors can track the progress of their manuscripts after logging into the website with their user name and password. Authors do not have to pay for submission, however, a publication fee of $100 will be charged. If you experience any problems, please contact the editorial office by e-mail at editor e-mail.

Articles are submitted on the understanding that they are not under consideration for publication by another journal and all the authors whose names appear on the manuscript have given a written consent for it to the published.

 Types of Manuscripts Top


  1. Original article
  2. The manuscripts should consist of title page, abstract, Key-words, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, references, tables, figures and legends.
  3. They should be numbered consecutively. Each component should begin on a new page in the sequence given above.
  4. It is the responsibility of authors/ contributors to obtain permissions for reproducing any copyrighted material. A copy of the permission obtained must accompany the manuscript.


Title page
It should include the title of the manuscript, surname and initials of the authors, names of the departments and institutions in which the work was carried out. The name, address, E-mail and mobile phone number of the corresponding author should be included.

Structured Abstract
Abstract should be structured in the following way: background/aims, methods, results and conclusions. It should not contain more than 250 words.

It should be divided into introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion.

Units of Measurements
Scientific measurements should be in System Internationale (S.I) units

Standard abbreviations should be used. The first time an uncommon abbreviation appears, it should be preceded by the full name for which it stands.

Illustrations: Tables, figures and images
Tables should be clear, have less than 10 columns and 25 rows and should not duplicate textual material. They should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, in their order of citation in the text. Each table should have a brief title and explanatory matter should appear in a footnote and not in the heading. Tables with their legends should be provided at the end of the text after the references. When graphs, scatter-grams or histograms are submitted the numerical data on which they are based should also be supplied.

This being a radiology journal, a high premium is placed on clear and sharp images. Images should be cropped to exclude unnecessary areas, uploaded in JPEG format and the file size kept within 4 MB. Ensure that the image has a minimum resolution of 300 dpi or 1800 x 1600 pixels in TIFF format. Images marked with symbols, arrows, or letters should contrast with the background and should be digitally inscribed and not done manually with a pen. Labels, numbers, and symbols should be clear and of uniform size. The lettering for figures should be large enough to be legible after reduction to fit the width of a printed column.
If uploaded images are not of printable quality, the journal office may request for higher resolution images which can be sent at the time of acceptance of the manuscript. Send sharp, glossy, un-mounted, photographic prints, with height of 4 inches and width of 6 inches at the time of submitting the revised manuscript. The Journal reserves the right to crop, rotate, reduce, or enlarge the photographs to an acceptable size. Authors will be requested to pay $20 for coloured illustrations.


  1. Review Articles
    These will be accepted from individuals who have done considerable work on the subject matter or are considered experts in the field. The set word count is up to 3000 words excluding tables, references and abstract. The manuscript may have up to 90 references.

  2. Case Reports
    These should consist of an Unstructured Abstract, Key-words, Introduction, Case report, Discussion, References, Tables and Legends. Unique, interesting and rare cases describing a great diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and providing a learning point for the readers will be given priority. These communications could be of up to 1000 words, excluding Abstract and references. They should be supported with at most 10 references.

  3. Letter to the Editor
    These should be short communications concerning some subject of particular interest. The letter could have up to 500 words and 5 references and should not have more than four authors.

References should be numbered consecutively as they appear in the text. They should be identified in the text by superscript Arabic numerals. In the list of references, all references in the text are numbered consecutively in the order they appear in the text. Journal titles should be abbreviated using the format in Index Medicus and should conform to the Vancouver Convention style.


  1. Journal Articles
    The reference should include surname and initials of all authors, article title, name of journal, year of publication, volume number, and the first and last pages.



    1. Umerah BC. Unfolding of the aorta (aortitis) associated with pulmonary tuberculosis. Br J Radiol. 1982; 55: 201-203.


    2. Daramola JM, Ajagbe HA, Obisesan AA, Lagundoye SB, Oluwasanmi JO. Fibrous dysplasia of the jaws in Nigerians. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1976; 42: 290-300.


  1. Author(s) of a Book

    The reference should include surname and initials of all authors, title book, edition, city, publisher, year and pages

    Chapman S, Nakielny R. Aids to Radiological Differential Diagnosis. 3rd ed. London, W.B. Saunders Company Ltd, 1995; 339-346.




  1. Author(s) of a Chapter in a Book
    The reference should include surname and initials of all authors of the chapter of the book, title of chapter, editors(s) of the book, title of the book, edition, city, publisher, year and pages.

    Examples: Rickards D, Jones S. Imaging Investigation of the Urogenital Tract. In: Sutton D, editor. Textbook of Radiology and Medical Imaging, Vol 2, 6th ed. London: Church Livingstone, 1998: 1119-
Checklist   Top

Covering letter

  • Signed by all contributors
  • Previous publication / presentations mentioned
  • Source of funding mentioned
  • Conflicts of interest disclosed


  • Last name and given name provided along with Middle name initials (where applicable)
  • Author for correspondence, with e-mail address provided
  • Number of contributors restricted as per the instructions
  • Identity not revealed in paper except title page (e.g. name of the institute in Methods, citing previous study as 'our study', names on figure labels, name of institute in photographs, etc.)

Presentation and format

  • Double spacing
  • Margins 2.5 cm from all four sides
  • Page numbers included at bottom
  • Title page contains all the desired information
  • Running title provided (not more than 50 characters)
  • Abstract page contains the full title of the manuscript
  • Abstract provided (structured abstract of 250 words for original articles, unstructured abstracts of about 150 words for all other manuscripts excluding letters to the Editor)
  • Key words provided (three or more)
  • Introduction of 75-100 words
  • Headings in title case (not ALL CAPITALS)
  • The references cited in the text should be after punctuation marks, in superscript with square bracket.
  • References according to the journal's instructions, punctuation marks checked
  • Send the article file without ‘Track Changes’

Language and grammar

  • Uniformly American English
  • Write the full term for each abbreviation at its first use in the title, abstract, keywords and text separately unless it is a standard unit of measure. Numerals from 1 to 10 spelt out
  • Numerals at the beginning of the sentence spelt out
  • Check the manuscript for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors
  • If a brand name is cited, supply the manufacturer's name and address (city and state/country).
  • Species names should be in italics

Tables and figures

  • No repetition of data in tables and graphs and in text
  • Actual numbers from which graphs drawn, provided
  • Figures necessary and of good quality (colour)
  • Table and figure numbers in Arabic letters (not Roman)
  • Labels pasted on back of the photographs (no names written)
  • Figure legends provided (not more than 40 words)
  • Patients' privacy maintained (if not permission taken)
  • Credit note for borrowed figures/tables provided
  • Write the full term for each abbreviation used in the table as a footnote
Contributors' form  Top

(to be modified as applicable and one signed copy attached with the manuscript)

Manuscript Title:

I/we certify that I/we have participated sufficiently in contributing to the intellectual content, concept and design of this work or the analysis and interpretation of the data (when applicable), as well as writing of the manuscript, to take public responsibility for it and have agreed to have my/our name listed as a contributor.

 I/we believe that the manuscript represents valid work. Neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under my/our authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere, except as described in the covering letter. I/we certify that all the data collected during the study is presented in this manuscript and no data from the study has been or will be published separately. I/we attest that, if requested by the editors, I/we will provide the data/information or will cooperate fully in obtaining and providing the data/information on which the manuscript is based, for examination by the editors or their assignees. Financial interests, direct or indirect, that exist or may be perceived to exist for individual contributors in connection with the content of this paper have been disclosed in the cover letter. Sources of outside support of the project are named in the covering letter. 

I/We hereby transfer(s), assign(s), or otherwise convey(s) all copyright ownership, including any and all rights incidental thereto, exclusively to the West African Journal of Radiology, in the event that such work is published by the West African Journal of Radiology. The West African Journal of Radiology shall own the work, including

  1. copyright;
  2. the right to grant permission to republish the article in whole or in part, with or without fee;
  3. the right to produce preprints or reprints and translate intouages other than English for sale or free distribution; and
  4. the right to republish the work in a collection of articles in any other mechanical or electronic format.

We give the rights to the corresponding author to make necessary changes as per the request of the journal, do the rest of the correspondence on our behalf and he/she will act as the guarantor for the manuscript on our behalf.

All persons who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript, but who are not contributors, are named in the Acknowledgment and have given me/us their written permission to be named. If I/we do not include an Acknowledgment that means I/we have not received substantial contributions from non-contributors and no contributor has been omitted.

Name Signature Date signed
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6 --------------- --------------- --------------- (up to 6 contributors for original studies)


Click here to download instructions

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These ready to use templates are made to help the contributors write as per the requirements of the Journal.

Save the templates on your computer and use them with a word processor program. 
Click open the file and save as the manuscript file.

In the program keep 'Document Map' and 'Comments' on from 'View' menu to navigate through the file. 

Download Template for Original Articles/ABSTRACT Reports. (.DOT file)

Download Template for Case Reports.  (.DOT file)

Download Template for Review Articles.  (.DOT file)

Download Template for Letter to the Editor.  (.DOT file)


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