Information For Authors

About the Journal


Journal of Issues and Practice in Education (JIPE) is a refereed journal, operated by the Faculty of Education of the Open University of Tanzania. JIPE publishes original research-based papers of academic interest in education. The types of contribution range from original research papers and review articles.

Original research articles: Research articles that make a substantial original contribution to research practice or policy in any educational research area. Research articles are contributions that have the purpose of publication of original unpublished research which may be reproduced and generalized. They should be between 3000 and 8000 words, excluding tables, Figures, and references. The original research article should follow the conventional structure: Introduction, methodology, results/findings, and discussion. However, JIPE allows some flexibility.

Book Reviews: Journal of Issues and Practice in Education (JIPE) invites original and insightful book reviews that will provide a comprehensive survey of one or several books. Book reviews should include detailed synopses and evaluations of the books and give an account of the books’ aims, strengths, and limitations. As appropriate, the review should critically evaluate the contributions of the books to the field of education. Book reviews should be about 1000-2000 words.


JIPE is a bi-annual journal (published in June and December), with a possibility of special issues based on the Faculty of Education and/or Open University of Tanzania (OUT) academic interests and mandate.

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be submitted with a cover letter stating that all authors (in case of multiple authors) agree with the content and approve of its submission to the journal. Only materials that have never been published or are being submitted for publication elsewhere will be considered. All submissions will be critically peer-reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers looking for originality, relevance, clarity, appropriateness of the methods, the validity of data, reasonability of the conclusion, and support from data.

Manuscripts that are written in English should be submitted in electronic form to:


          Journal of Issues and Practice in Education (JIPE),  The Open University of Tanzania, P. O. Box 2340, Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA

through Open Journal System (OJS) or through e-mails:,,


There are no submission fees or page charges; manuscripts will be received at any time of the year.

The Editorial Board reserves the right to accept or reject any manuscript and also reserves the right to edit the manuscripts as it sees fit.  Authors may be contacted for clarification when necessary.

 Manuscript Preparation - JIPE

Page format

Page set-up of the manuscripts should be on A4 or 8.5” x 11 “paper, typed double-spaced (24-26 lines per page), with margins of top 25mm, bottom 25mm left 40mm and right 20mm. 


The font size of the main text shall be 12 in Times New Roman

Manuscripts should be arranged in the order of title page, abstract (structured summary) including up to five keywords, main text, acknowledgments (if applicable), references, tables, and figures.

Title Page

This page must include the following information:

  • The title of the manuscript should be concise, specific, informative, and clear.
  • Should be in bold, using font 14.
  • The names (spelled out in full) of the author(s) of the manuscript including their corresponding affiliation(s) should be indicated immediately below the title.
  • A complete mailing address (including the e-mail) of the person to whom all correspondence regarding the manuscript should be addressed, must be indicated.


The first page following the title page should contain an abstract. The abstract should contain up to 250 words mainly of the object and main findings of the paper. Three to five keywords representing concepts of the paper may be written at the end of the abstract. The Abstract shall be in italics.

Main Text

In the main text:

Introduction: Should describe the objective of the reported work and provide relevant background information. 

Methodology/Materials and methods (Where the study/research dictates): This part should identify the paradigms/approach, population, area of study, procedures employed, and any other relevant input to the realization of the study. 

Results: This section should explain all the important findings and provide information about the reliability of the results. Here, the use of tables and figures is allowed, but the use of text to emphasize important points is encouraged. 

Discussion: It should describe the implications of the findings and any conclusions based on the findings. Abbreviations in the body of the paper should be used after having been initially explained.  If statistical analysis is applicable, the procedure must be carried out following appropriate methods.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be as close as possible to the text explaining the concept. Tables should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. A Table caption must be presented in upper case at the top and a Figure caption should be typed in bold immediately below the Figure. Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations used in each table.


The page numbers should appear at the Centre of the bottom edge of the page.

Reference style:

All references should adhere to the latest version of APA format.


They should be kept to a minimum. Two or more consecutive references to the same source should, where possible, be grouped in the same note; the reader should be able to follow the article without referring to the notes.