General Overview of Style
The following are general guidelines for the articles.
- Should be clear, concise, consistent, plain language.
- Simplified devoid of technical jargon. Where a technical term is used, its meaning will be clearly explained.
- For consistency, we will use UK English
- Translates basic and applied research into plain language that is understandable, reliable, and accessible to the targeted audiences that includes policy makers and public.
- The content should be framed to reflect justice, constitutionalism, and advancing social progress. This means that the analysis/discussion and recommendations clearly brings out these elements.
- The publications will adopt a predominantly formal tone. However, depending on the dissemination channel and the target audience, the content maybe less formal but retaining the core/key messaging.
- Being a nonpartisan organization, our deductions are based on credible researched evidence that adheres to transparency and accountability. Any organizational position is devoid of political or commercial interests, or if therein, clearly stipulated.
5. Factualness and Accuracy
- The content is thoroughly checked for facts and accuracy. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that their article adheres to this.
- The editorial team will work with the author to verify any questionable information. The editorial team will refer the document back to the author for verification and makes the final decision on publishing.
- Plagiarism is prohibited and Intellectual, professional and ethical honesty, wisdom, and maturity shall govern the selection of materials for the publication. Authors will be responsible for material submitted.
- The type of article, target audience and the channel for dissemination will determine the preferred format. However, all articles will be on the digital platform in the HTML format that makes is easily accessible for downloads and sharing across different platforms.
- Spell out abbreviations on first use.
- Only use official or commonly understood abbreviations.
- Read your writing to ensure your use of abbreviations does not disrupt the flow/“how it sounds.”
- The author must include his or her legal name and as appropriate, their affiliated organizations for published credit with their submissions. We will include an author’s contact information only upon request. We accept anonymous tips but any content submitted without a legal name (including aliases) may or may not be edited and published at the discretion of our editors.
- When assigning attribution, keep in mind the type of publication and the purpose of the quote. Generally, the identity of an individual by name, title, and affiliation should accompany every quote. It is professional courtesy to obtain permission from an individual before publishing a direct quotation.
- On qualitative research and case studies where individuals are interviewed, their quotes may be used in the document. Use the words of the speaker verbatim. However, edits may be made to fix obvious typos or punctuation or capitalization errors.
- We use the Chicago Style of referencing.