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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

Manuscript Structure

Submitted papers must NOT have been previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere. The entire paper MUST be in one document (.doc / .docx) and contain the following:

  1. 1st Page: Should include the title, Author(s) name and university/institution, Abstract, and keywords. The title should range between 15 to 21 words or fewer and should not contain technical terms, abbreviations, punctuation, and active verbs.
  2. Authors: Indicate the author(s) to whom correspondence and material requests should be addressed.
  3. Abstract: Should be approximately 200 words, unreferenced. Provide a general introduction to the topic, problem statement, objective/s, key methods used, and a brief non-technical summary of your main results and their implication.
  4. Introduction: Should be Succinct, with no subheadings. It should be at least one Page and not more than 1 and 1/2 pages. Provide details of the gap and justification for the study, the need for the study and background information, and a breakdown of the purpose of the study using specific measurable objectives.
  5. Methodology: this should provide a detailed description of the approaches and materials used in collecting data for the interpretation and replication of the results. This should include research design, study location, population, sample size, sampling techniques, data collection instruments, and procedures used in data collection.
  6. Ethical Considerations: Explain how the respondents/participants and researchers will be handled so that they do not suffer any harm. The considerations should include necessary approvals, informed consent, voluntary participation, data protection, conflict of interest, and confidentiality.
  7. Results: This section may be divided by subheadings and clearly presented as per the study objectives. A brief narrative of the results should precede each table or figure. 
  8. Discussion: This section may be divided into subheadings, and should cover the key findings of the study: discuss any prior research related to the subject to place the novelty of the discovery in the appropriate context, discuss the potential shortcomings and limitations of their interpretations, discuss their integration into the current understanding of the problem and how this advances the current views, speculate on the future direction of the research, and freely postulate theories that could be tested in the future.
  9. Conclusion: Key conclusion based on the objectives & results. The author present elements providing answers to questions raised in the main discussion. Keep them concise, brief, and clear.
  10. Recommendations: be based on the conclusion(s).
  11. Acknowledgments: Keep it brief and do not include thanks to anonymous referees or editors, or effusive comments. Grant or contribution numbers may be acknowledged. Should the content of the manuscript have previously appeared online, this should be mentioned here, in addition to listing the source within the reference list.
  12. Competing interests/Conflict of interestSubmission of a competing interest statement is required
  13. References: Each reference should have a corresponding in-text citation. Written in APA 7th edition style. Each reference must contain a DOI or where applicable a hyperlink. These may only contain citations and should list only one publication with each number. Include the title of the cited article or dataset.
  14. Ethics Approval: Researchers will be required to provide evidence of ethics review certificates, and data collection permits sourced from their areas of jurisdiction (local or international). Any manuscript that does not adhere to these guidelines shall be rejected out-rightly.

Manuscript Language

JISEA requires manuscripts submitted to meet international English language standards to be considered for publication. For authors who would like their manuscript to receive language editing or proofreading to improve the clarity of the manuscript and help highlight their research, JISEA recommends language-editing services provided by external partners at an extra cost (30 USD above the regular charge of 100 USD). Note that sending your manuscript for language editing does not imply or guarantee that it will be accepted for publication by JISEA. Editorial decisions on the scientific content of a manuscript are independent of whether it has received language editing or proofreading by external partner services or other services.

Manuscript Format

  1. Paper Set-up: A4, Font size 12, Font type Times New Romans, Margins -Top 2.54 cm, Bottom 2.54 cm, Left 2.54 cm, and Right 2.54 cm, Right margins
  2. Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt, justified, 1.5 line spaced.
  3. Paper Title: Center alignment, Title case, font size 14, single line spacing, Spacing before paragraph at 0pts while after paragraph 0pts
  4. Author Names: Font size 12, Capitalize the middle name and surname, Single line spacing, Spacing before paragraph at 0pts while after paragraph 0pts
  5. Abstract: Title abstract: to be centered and in font size 11, 1cm right and left, the spacing before paragraph at 10pts while after paragraph 6pts. Abstract contents to be justified and in font size 12. Content should not be more than 300 words, Spacing before paragraph at 1pts while after paragraph 0pts, Line spacing; single spacing
  6. Keywords: minimum of three arranged alphabetically
  7. Affiliation: Font size 9 & centre alignment, Spacing before paragraph at 6pts while after paragraph 0pts, Single line spacing
  8. Paper Content: Font size 12, Justified alignment, Font type Times New Romans, single line spacing, Zero spacing before and after paragraph
  9. Headings and Subheadings: The manuscript is organized by headings and subheadings. You may insert up to 5 heading levels into your manuscript (eg. Heading Title).
    • Primary Headings (Heading 1): Capitalized and center alignment, 10 pts spacing before and 6 pts after paragraph. It should not be bold, be numbered using Roman numerical, and single line spacing
    • Secondary Heading (Heading 2): Number using capital alphabet letters, right Alignment and italicized, 6 pts spacing before and 4 pts spacing after paragraph, and single line spacing
    • Tertiary Heading (Heading 3): Italicized, single line spacing, Font size 12 and justified
  10. Author Biography: All authors may choose to include their biographies. Individual biography should not exit 150 words. Author photo may be included (passport size)
  11. Tables: Single line spacing, Font size 10, Left and right borders to be removed, Top and the bottom border should be single-line, Bottom border of the first row (heading row) to be single-line. The table label should be placed at the top, Justified, and in the title case. The table label should be single line spacing, 2 pts spacing before and after the paragraph, the explanation of table contents to be placed below the table, type in font size 8 and centered; also single line spacing, no spacing before and after the paragraph
  12. Figures: Label to be placed below the figure and in title case, Single line spacing for labels, and Font size 8 and centered. Ensure that images are of sufficient resolution for reviewers to properly assess the data.
  13. Referencing: Use APA 7th edition referencing style. Hanging indentation by 0.85 cm. Font size 12. Single line spacing. 0 pts after paragraph spacing

Submission -Publication period

The manuscript turnaround time is 8 weeks, and the efforts of JISEA's Editors and Reviewers ensure that the average time per manuscript review is within 26 days. In case of a pending submission, please wait for a response before submitting again. We make every effort to respond as quickly as possible while giving each submission the time it deserves. Any perceived delay in the review process is due to academic dawdling by the author, rather than to editorial laxity and inattention by the Editorial Board.

Plagiarism Procedure

Trust and integrity are among what readers value the most in scholarly peer-reviewed journal content. It is for this reason that JISEA seeks to protect and promote the original work of its authors. Manuscripts containing plagiarized material are against the standards of quality, research, and innovation. All authors submitting articles to JISEA are expected to respect intellectual property, and, abide by ethical standards of abstaining from plagiarism. By submitting a manuscript to JISEA, it is understood that it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work that is not under consideration elsewhere. All manuscripts submitted for publication to JISEA are cross-checked for plagiarism, in accordance with international copyright laws and ethical conduct guidelines.

Any allegations of plagiarism will be brought to the attention of the Editor in Chief. In case plagiarism is detected, the Editor in chief will contact the author (s) to submit his/her explanation within two weeks. If the Editor in Chief does not receive any response from the author within the stipulated time period, then the Editorial Board shall take strict action against the concerned author.

In case plagiarism is detected and validated, the following actions will be taken, depending on the nature and severity of the case:

  • If a paper is still in peer review, it shall be returned to the author with a request that they address the issues through appropriate citation, use of quotation marks, or re-writing.
  • If the similarity between the manuscripts is too extensive for revision, it shall be rejected.
  • If the paper is already published online, a correction, expression of concern, or retraction shall be published. The PDF copy of the published manuscript shall be retracted from the website and disable all links to the full-text article. The term Plagiarized Manuscript shall be appended to the published manuscript title.

The Editorial Board will take due care to assess the plagiarism but in case plagiarism is found with published manuscripts/papers, it is the sole duty of the original contributor to report the plagiarized content to us. Such reported cases will be re-evaluated and notified to the Author(s) for making a revision. To report plagiarism, contact

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Authorship – Authors shall agree on authorship details such as the primary author and order of other authors prior to submission of an article to JISEA. For their own sake these agreement is best put in writing as JISEA will receive, review and publish the article as submitted by the corresponding author. Any unresolved conflicts that come to the attention of the editorial board may lead to a retraction of a published article or a stay in the review process until evidence of an agreement is provided.

Acknowledgment – Authors shall indicate their institutional affiliations at the point when the research was undertaken. All funding for the research work and publication must also be acknowledged in the paper.

Changes in authorship –

  • Where changes in authorship are required to an already published article then all the authors shall communicate with the editor in Chief regarding the proposed change and provide a justification for the change.
  • The journal editorial board reserves the right to accept or reject the request.

Manuscript format – All manuscripts submitted for review and publication must adhere to the template provided. Submissions for review must not contain any information that can identify the authors in order to facilitate the blind review.

Submission of Manuscript – All manuscripts for review and publication must be submitted using the online submission system on

Processing fees – JISEA charges a processing fee of KES 10,000 which must be paid prior to the commencement of the review process. Payment of the processing fee does not guarantee publication as the article may be rejected by the reviewers.

Conflict of interest – Authors with any conflict of interest such as known relations or conflicts with any member of the editorial or review team will be required to bring this to the attention of the Editor in Chief or the President, AISEA.

Publication ethics – Authors must not submit articles that are being currently reviewed by other journals, articles that have already been published or articles that have been plagiarized.

Confidentiality – Authors must treat all communication between themselves and JISEA as confidential save for decisions made on the articles submitted.

Correction and retraction of publications –

  • Authors may request or be requested to make corrections to published articles. Depending on the extent or magnitude of the corrections made, the editorial board may decide to subject the article to further review.
  • Published articles may be retracted by the editorial board if significant ethical issues arise from the publication.
  • Authors may also request for their published articles to be retracted. The editorial board reserves the right to accept or reject such requests.

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