GUIDANCE FOR AUTHORS AND REVIEWERS

About the Journal
The MJG is a peer-reviewed, biannual journal that focuses on advances in the field of Geosciences. MJG is managed by a strong editorial team comprising members from the academic and industry. The journal aims to promote research activities among industry professionals and academics to foster research collaboration. It gives professionals, academics and research students a platform to disseminate their research findings to the wider geoscience community.
The journal covers diverse areas of geosciences comprising Sedimentary Petrology, Basin Analysis, Petroleum Geology, Structural and Basement Geology, Mineralogy and Mineral Exploration, Inorganic Geochemistry, Environmental Geology, Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Space Geology, Industrial Geology, Applied Geophysics, Climate Change and Remote Sensing, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Meteorology, Geomorphology, Soil Science, Surveying and Geoinformatics.

Paper requirements
Original research papers can be between six and sixteen pages long. The objective is knowledge sharing, based on research. Research focussed papers should outline a clear methodology, a strong evidence base and data analysis components. They should also demonstrate critical thinking.
The editorial board first ensure that all papers meet minimum standards of literacy and relevance, that they conform to the journal scope and do not exceed sixteen pages including all references and contact details. Subject to these requirements, papers are then peer-reviewed by a panel of reviewers with broad experience of the sector. Papers that do not meet the standard expected by the panel will usually be returned to the author for revision unless the paper is deemed not relevant to the subject of the journal in which case the paper will be rejected.

Important note: A paper will be automatically returned without review if it does not conform to the template or exceeds sixteen pages, including all references, contact details and images. The file size of papers should be no more than 10MB including all images, which must be embedded in the paper and not sent separately.

 

Amendments
Often an author is asked to amend a paper. Common reasons for this are:
• The title and abstract do not describe the paper adequately;
• the writing style is poor;
• there are unclear arguments or descriptions;
• the content is too complex for an informed but general audience;
• the content is too simple for an informed but general audience;
• there are biased, unsubstantiated or one-sided arguments that do not mention alternative viewpoints;
• there are no or few learning points or conclusions; and/or
• the content is not supplied according to the required formatting specifications.

Amendments should be made by the deadline given to ensure the paper is included in the edition of the journal originally intended.

Rejection
If a paper is rejected, it will be for one or more of the following reasons:
• After repeated requests, the paper still does not conform to the template;
• The content is not relevant to the journal;
• The paper is a repetition of existing work;
• The paper presents a very general discussion rather than specific case studies or projects;
• The paper is poorly written to the extent that the meaning of the paper is obscured;
• There is a lack of new material; and/ or
• The paper does not meet the minimum anti-plagiarism percentage (15%)

Choosing a title
The title should be no more than three lines in length (maximum of 25 words) and should describe the aim of the research work adequately. The titles are used by the editors to group similar papers together.

Preparing paper
Language and style
The language of the journal is English. SI-units should be used where applicable. One of the criteria for acceptance is the use of a reasonable standard of English. Please use the ‘UK English’ version Spelling and Grammar check in Microsoft Word and ensure that your paper has been thoroughly proof-read prior to submission.
Avoid jargon, acronyms (especially new or unusual acronyms), excessive abbreviations and the use of specialist terms without explanation. Where local terms are used, a rough translation should be provided, for example “kwakwara (a concrete lined well usually with fetching spout).
Convert currencies into US dollar or Euro equivalents (e.g. water wells cost N25,000/= ($68.50)).
Asking a colleague to read the paper prior to submission is highly recommended.

Content issues
Authors should assume that the reading audience has a general understanding of the subject, but not of local circumstances. This means there is no need to state general facts, such as “Globally, 2.6 billion people are without safe water” but regional or local facts are useful.
Please ensure that you include clear ‘learning points’ at the end of the paper or in the conclusion, which may have wider applicability and interest for other readers.

Common problems

• Authors who do not use the checklist in Table 1 below
• Papers that are not relevant to the journal scope
• Papers that under- (or over-) estimate the knowledge of the audience
• Abstracts that do not summarize the whole paper
• Papers based on a single organisation without being self-critical and not providing learning points for other organisations. Papers reviewing a project or method need to be balanced, reporting successes and honest failures.
• Project proposals do not make good papers. Papers should report what has happened, not what might happen.

Plagiarism
“Plagiarism” is using the work of others but presenting it without permission, acknowledgement or reference as if it were the person’s original work, e.g. copying electronically by ‘cut and paste’ from the source document. It will include the use of such material as written text, statistics or similar data, diagrams or illustrations, and photographs.’
Institution of Civil Engineers’ Code of Professional Conduct, 2014

Authors should ensure that everything they write, or present is either their own work or correctly cited and referenced. Authors should endeavour to pass the articles through an anti-plagiarism software (preferably Turnit-In) and ensure that it attains a minimum of 15% Similarity Index prior to submission.

Formatting
Papers should be submitted using the sample Word document available at: mjg.futminna.edu.ng

 

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