About this Journal

African Journal of Water Conservation and Sustainability ISSN 2375-0936 is a peer-reviewed open access forum for the publication of refereed scientific work, of an interdisciplinary nature, at the interface of science, technology, policy and society. A particular emphasis is placed on the value and importance of stakeholder partnerships for effective communication on issues of water conservation and sustainability.

AJWCS explores and promotes science-based knowledge about management practices that protect land and river ecologies and make them productive and more resilient. The journal will offer unique opportunities to showcase conservation efforts in both the uplands and bottomlands of great rivers and their tributaries, including nutrient management, erosion and sediment control, nonpoint source pollution and watershed policy, flood and drought management, and other issues influencing the health and functionality of our soil and water.

There is great need for continued strong partnerships among innovative scientists that propose and evaluate best practices, practitioners that adapt and monitor those practices to suit their own unique locales, and public and private organizations that invest in and advocate for the preservation of river ecology while using the water and soil resources to society’s benefit.

AJWCS will not only be a platform to reflect on decades of achievements and advancement efforts, but an opportunity to explore the work not yet completed and search for solutions to current and emerging challenges. The aim of the journal is to provide up-to-date information on new developments and trends, and to enable networking and information exchange on a global basis.

Authors are invited to submit papers from the following areas: 

  • Environmental management systems
  • Sustainable development
  • Energy, water, recycling, waste management
  • Environmental reports
  • Environmental policies and action plans
  • Review and assessment of policies
  • Strategy for policy making
  • Environment and sustainable development
  • Ecology and sustainability
  • Social aspects of sustainability
  • Economic dimensions of sustainability
  • Political dimensions of sustainability
  • Economic, social and natural resources issues
  • Control, regulations and policy
  • Future visions and scenarios
  • Climate change
  • Ecology and sustainable development
  • Waste and water management
  • Renewable and sustainable energy
  • Environmental technologies
  • Green construction and sustainable development
  • Sustainable land development
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Urban planning and development
  • Social sciences and humanities
  • Social impact assessment
  • Sustainable of agricultural systems

Other themes associated to the above or emerging topics will also be considered.

Objectives

The objectives of AJWCS are to establish an effective channel of communication between policy-makers, government agencies, academics and research institutions, and professionals working in the field, and to provide a forum for them to disseminate information and to learn from each other's work. The international dimension is emphasized in order to overcome cultural and national barriers and to meet the needs of accelerating technological change and changes in the global economy.
Readership

Professionals, academics, researchers and policy makers.

Open Access 

All articles published by this journal are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

Also, authors of articles published in this journal are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate articles.

Article-processing charges

African Journal of Water Conservation and Sustainability levies an article-processing charge of $500 (USD) for each article accepted for publication. The journal does not charge a submission fee. Authors are required to pay the manuscript handling fee only after their manuscripts have been reviewed and accepted for publication by an editor. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process as the journal routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries.

ISJ offsets publication expenses – including the cost of peer review management, journal production, and online hosting and archiving – by charging an Article Processing Charge (APC), to authors, institutions or funders for each article published. This publication fees vary by journal and are payable upon article acceptance. 

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used by African Journal of Water Conservation and Sustainability to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Qualified researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published or not. 

African Journal of Water Conservation and Sustainability operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers of the paper won't get to know the identity of the author(s), and the author(s) won't get to know the identity of the reviewer. The advantage of double-blind peer review is that it eliminates bias.

Manuscripts submitted to this journal will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be required to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board. 

Publication Ethics

International Scholars Journals (ISJ) is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and abides by its Code of Conduct and aims to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.

All journals published by ISJ are committed to publishing only innovative and original material i.e., material that has neither been published elsewhere, nor is it under consideration for publication by another publisher.

Benefits of publishing in this journal

At ISJ, we continue to work hard to support our authors who trust us with their works. Here are just some of the benefits we provide:

  • Open Access: Our research is freely available to all, from the time of publication. Readers do not need a subscription or to register before they can access our articles.
  • High visibility: ISJ allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to the widest possible scientific outreach, including to the general public.
  • Rapid publication: The timeframe between acceptance and publication is about 3 weeks. All ISJ journals offer a fast publication schedule.
  • Rigorous peer-review: ISJ is operated by a team of experienced professional editors. We work closely with academic editors and reviewers to provide authors with an efficient, fair, and constructive reviews.
  • Post-publication comments: ISJ allows readers and authors to exchange ideas that are directly accessible from the full-text article.
  • International readership: All articles are being accessed from over 200 countries worldwide.
  • Promotion and press coverage: Articles published in this journal are included in article alerts and regular email updates.
  • Access and reach: We continue to submit our journals to all known abstracting and indexing services.
  • Flexibility: ISJ journals gives you the opportunity to publish at your convenience.
  • Copyright: Authors retain the copyright to their works. Authors are allowed unlimited use and/or distribution of their work without any form of restriction. As an author of an article published in any ISJ journal, you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work.

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