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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


Author Guidelines

Authors wishing to submit articles for NCPDJE should follow the guidelines outlined below:


  1. Each paper must have an abstract of not more than 200 words. The article must have clear headings and subheadings.
  2. All papers must be in Microsoft Word and one and half spaced. Use Times New Roman and font size 12
  3. Papers must be clear, concise and each paper should be between 4000 and 5000 words including the abstract and references of a maximum of 15 page. Book reviews must be between 800 and 1200 words long
  4. Writers should use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style.
  5. The author of a paper is requested to provide his/her biographical information in 45 words. Also include your school or department or work station and e-mail address.



  • These should be used sparingly, and should not duplicate information presented in the text.
  • Each should be numbered sequentially, as they appear in the text.
  • A brief, descriptive title of 10-15 words should be provided for each.
  • The tables must be referred to in the text.

Units of measurement

  • Metric (SI) units must be used.
  • Time should be in terms of the 24-hour clock.


  • Each figure (graph, line, drawing, etc.) should be numbered sequentially.
  • Letters and other symbols must be easily legible after reduction. Freehand or typewritten lettering is not acceptable.
  • A brief, descriptive caption for each should be included.
  • Each figure should be referred to in the text.


  • Photographs should be numbered in the same series as Figures.

All graphics must be submitted in jpeg or equivalent





  1. Title should be written with each word capitalized and in font size Times New Roman 12.
  2. Title of the full paper must be identical with the title of the abstract.
  3. The name of the author and all co-authors with their affiliations must be indicated under the title.
  4. If your paper is written in any other language other than English please also submit an English version of your abstract.




This is a summary of your paper in terms of what the study is about, major findings or recommendations




List the central words which summarize the coverage of your study





This provides a background to your study, theoretical frame works (if any) the methodology and central questions or objectives of the paper.




  1. The full paper should be within 4,000 – 5,000 words or a maximum of 15 pages.
  2. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically and only in Microsoft Word format.
  3. Font type and size of the body should be Times New Roman 12, one and half (1.5) spaced and justified.


2.5 cm top and bottom, and 3 cm left and right margins.



Capitals, bold and left margin


Secondary headings:

Sentence case, italics, bold and left margin. Please avoid tertiary headings as well as numbering your headings.




This is a summary of the main discussions of your paper and the major conclusions and further suggestions for research.



Writers should use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing convention or style. Please use the heading References AND NOT Bibliography. Follow the examples given below.



Bailey, D.C. (2008). Death by Publicity: U.S. Freemasonry and the Public Conversion in a

Charge to Keep. Rhetoric and Public Affairs,11(2), 215-241.

Cutting, J. (2003). Pragmatics and Discourse: A resource book for students. London: Routledge.

Lingard, B., Hayes, D., Mills, M. & Christie, P. (2003). Leading learning: Making hope

practical in schools. Sydney: University of Sydney.

Murray, C. (2007). Reflections on the Question of Mother Tongue Instruction in Namibia. Nawa

Journal of language and Communication, 1(1), 69-77.

Steinberg, S. (2008). An introduction to communication studies. Cape Town: Juta

Veugelers, W., & O’Hair, M. (Eds.). (2005). Network learning for educational change.

Amsterdam: University of Netherlands.

Weidlich, B. (2009, March 9). Swakop River breaks through to Atlantic. The Namibian, p.1.

West, R. and Turner, L.H. (2007). Introduction to Communication Theory: Analysis and

Application. (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Wood, J.T. (2009). Communication in Our Lives. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.


In-text citation

Follow these examples for direct quotations:

Gozzi (2004, p. 3) argues that “… we cannot apply this technological model to interpersonal communication.”




Papers are to be submitted electronically to: Dr Kletus Likuwa:; Dr John Nyambe:;  Dr Ndumba J Kamwanyah:



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