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Journal of Mining and Geology

Guideline for authors

Note to Contributors

Manuscripts of unpublished original contributions to knowledge in the broad area of Geosciences, Mining Engineering, Metallurgy, Materials Science and Geo-Environmental Studies should be submitted for consideration, and without being simultaneously proposed for publication elsewhere. The official language of the Journal is English, though articles in French, may be considered. Such papers must have respective English translations of the titles, abstracts, table headings and figure captions.


Articles should appear on only one side and as a single column of A-4 (ca. 21 x 30cm) size sheets, in legible letter quality type, double-spaced with sufficient margins. All pages must be numbered consecutively. Words to be printed in italics should be underlined, and footnotes must be avoided.

Contributors must ensure correctness in the language of expression, including spelling, hyphenation, punctuation, notation and structure. In addition, write-ups must be concise and lucid. Authors must acknowledge the sources of materials obtained elsewhere, and if applicable, secure the rights of reproduction.

Each article should normally consist of front cover, abstract, text, references, tables, figures and figure captions. It is imperative to ensure that the contents or components of all these are relevant and necessary; to achieve the required conciseness, and avoidance of unduly voluminous and unwieldy manuscript. The Journal’s policy targets at space optimization and easy reproduction. Besides, tables and figures may not be scanned into or included within the text.

Front Cover

This should contain the title of the paper, plus the name(s) and affiliation(s) / contact(s) of the author(s). The title which must be brief and appropriate to the subject of the article, should exclude complex symbols and political references to locations and localities. To facilitate the indexing and abstracting, it is recommended that author’s full name is given, with SURNAME being FIRST and written in BLOCK LETTERS.


The abstract which must begin on the first page headed by only the article’s title, should not exceed 250 words, and must clearly outline the essential contents of the paper without citing references. It should not be mere description of intent and expectation, and has to be vividly informative and adequate for separate publication in abstracted outlets.


The general format for the text should comprise the following: Introduction, Study area description, Methods / Techniques, Results/Discussion, Conclusions and Acknowledgements. Headings of, and sub-heading in these major sections, should be differentiated by use of appropriate point or style (preferably italic).

There should normally not be more than three categories of heading; and hence, sub-headings should not exceed second level. All must be set to the left, and without numbering.


References cited in all parts of the manuscript (text, tables, illustrations) are to be listed on separate sheet following the end of the text, in alphabetical order of the first author, and sequence of year for the same author. Titles of journals should include any abbreviation, and have to be given in full.

To ensure the required conformity with the Journal’s style in textual citations and referencing, authors should check from recent published articles. For example, the form for the list of quotation from the specified source, is as follows:


Ali, S., Shemang (Jr.), E.M. and Likkason, O.K. (1993). The basement structure in Barkumbo vally, Bauchi, Nigeria: a revelation from seismic refraction and D.C. resistivity studies. Journal of Mining and Geology, 29(2), pp. 471 – 51.

Edited publication

Chuku, D.U. (1988). Distribution of gold mineralization in the Nigerian basement complex in relation to orogenic cycles and structural settings. In: P.O. Oluyide, W.C. Mbonu, A.E. Ogezi, I.G. Egbuniwe.

A.C. Ajibade and A.C. Umeji (eds.), Precambrian Geology of Nigeria, Kaduna, pp.


Peters, S.W. (1991). Regional Geology of Africa, Springer-Verleg, Berlin, 722p.

Unpublished work

Kehinder-Philips, O.O. (1991). Compositional variations within lateritic profiles over mafic and ultramafic rock units of Ilesha schist belt, southwestern Nigeria. Ph.D. thesis, University of Ibadan, 201p.


All tables must be referred to, and numbered in the order of mention in the text. They should be adequately compact, which could be effectively achieved by appropriate statistical summary/reduction of data size. Each must begin on a separate sheet, and the number and suitability brief heading indicated on top. The appropriate notations or units of the columns and rows must be specified.


Illustrations (diagrams, plots, maps, sections. photographs, plates) must all be indicated as figures, and numbered according to the sequence of citing in the text. Alphabets should be separately drawn in black ink on high quality sheet, sharply reproduced on good standard, preferably glossy paper. The size should not exceed ca. 18 x 24cm, and the lettering must be adequately bold to guarantee legible reproduction which could be 4x, and with the smallest letter  having a height of not less than 2mm. Each figure must be clearly labelled on the back or the margin, with the appropriate number. For further identification, an abridge title of the paper must be added. Figures should be written in the text and captions, in the abbreviated form of Fig.

Figure captions

The captions of all figures must be listed in their numerical order, on separate page.

Units and numerals

The metric system is mandatory, and SI units in the acceptable abbreviations, should normally be used. All numbering must be in arabic figures.

Equations, formulae and symbols

Instrumental characters must be employed for these. Else, unusual signs drawn by hand, should be identified on the corresponding margins. Subscripts and superscripts have to be aligned distinctly; and ample spaces must be provided around and between equations. Reproducible artworks should be supplied for expressions with complex symbols and formulae. Numbers of equations cited in the text, have to be shown between parentheses at the right hand margin.

Manuscript submission and processing

Manuscripts can be submitted on online via or by e-mail in editable form, in ms-word to, or, or,  Alternatively, three complete copies of each article that conforms to the outlined guidelines must be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, NMGS Editorial Office, Institute of Geosciences and Space Technology, Rivers State University, PortHarcourt, Nigeria. The submission must include a covering letter stating the mailing address and numbers of telephone and other contacts of the corresponding author. It is mandatory to keep at least one complete copy of the submitted manuscript and covering letter’s duplicate.

Each submitted paper would normally be subjected to the review of at least two appropriate referees selected by the Editor-in-Chief. The inclusion of an electronic copy in compact disk (CD) with the file name, JMG/MR/ the single or the first author’s name, is mandatory at the stage of the submission of the complete hard copy of the revised manuscript.

Proofs, Copyright, reprints and charges

Copyright & reprints order form and proof of accepted article would normally be dispatched to the first or corresponding author, for completion and correction, respectively. The completed form, corrected proof and prescribed reprints fee must be sent together, and promptly to the Editor-in-Chief. Specifically, the reprints bill is such that for an article exceeding 5 printed pages, each subsequent page is charged separately. The printing of any item in colour if accepted would normally attract extra cost.

It is important to note that copyright transfer and reprints order payment are mandatory. The author is entitled to a soft copy of the article published in the Journal as well as a hard copy of  the  journal in which the article was published.

We thank you immensely for your continuous patronage.

With Regard’s
Editor in Chief,
Journal of Mining and Geology
ISSN : 1116-2775