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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


The Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors via the online submission system. No manuscripts will be accepted by the editorial board if not submitted through the Manuscript System. The manuscript system will only accept documents in the form of Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf). Authors with problems using the online submission system may contact the editorial office for assistance by email at ijomt@utamu.ac.ug. Manuscripts not more than 20 pages long (including references) will be accepted for review and this is the first stage of acceptance for any submitted manuscript. One of the authors should be fully registered with the manuscript system. Manuscripts submitted by other people who are not any of the authors will be rejected. The submitting author takes full responsibility for the paper during submission and peer review process.

Terms of Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted within the appropriate time (2 months) prior to the release of the particular issue. No manuscript will be acceptable if it has been already published elsewhere in a journal or conference proceedings. The author responsible for submitting the manuscript should make sure that they have received full approval from co-authoring partners to submit the paper. On submission of the manuscript, an acknowledgment receipt will automatically be generated by the manuscript system which is an official receipt from the Editor-in-chief that the paper has been safely submitted. Communication concerning the submission will be directly made to the registered authors through the manuscript submission system. In any unlikely event, an official email from Editor-in-chief or Editorial Assistant may be sent to the authors on a specific reason or communication.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed by at least two (2) reviewers who are experts in the field. All submissions will be received by the Associate Editor and then subjected to the initial assessment before sent out to the reviewers. The editor has a right to reject or accept the manuscripts which do not conform to the stated guidelines or are of a good quality that contribute to scholarship. The editors will communicate to the authors about the rejection or acceptance. All reviews done by the expert reviewers will be submitted via the manuscript system within an agreed on time. The reviewer comments may be vetted by the editors before finally being sent to the authors. All expert reviewers will remain anonymous to the authors and cannot be contacted directly by the authors concerning the status of their manuscripts. The same copy of a letter sent to author and Editor-in-chief will be automatically stored on the system for future consultation.

The peer review process will be confidential and all manuscripts will be treated as confidential information that cannot be accessed by the other parties. Therefore, no expert reviewer will be allowed to pass on the task of review of the manuscript without the permission of the Associate Editor. Any expert reviewer found to abuse this confidentiality clause will stop being an expert reviewer with immediate effect.

Structure of the manuscript

When submitting a manuscript, the authors should make sure that it has the following information included;

  • Paper title: A well written heading of not more than two sentences long
  • These should be the First Name, Middle Name and Last Name
  • Full institutional mailing addresses: The details of the institution where the authors are based
  • Email addresses: electronic contacts in form emails for all authors should be included

Abstract (Not more than 200 words)

Keywords (Not more than 5 words)


Background (If any)

Literature Review

Methods and Techniques

Findings and discussion

Conclusions and Policy implications

References (APA Format only)

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