Article Submissions Guidelines:

1. Manuscript Categories and Requirements

  • Original articles

Articles are original reports whose conclusions represent a substantial advance in understanding of an important problem and have immediate, far-reaching implications. In this journal, they will contain original research results placed in the context of education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture and communication and information. It includes full Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections. Conclusions will be of wide enough significance to apply in decision making. Articles start with a an abstract, ideally of no more than 200 words, which is separate from the main text and avoids numbers, abbreviations, acronyms or measurements unless essential. It is aimed at readers outside the discipline. This summary paragraph should be structured as follows: 2-3 sentences of basic-level introduction to the field; a brief account of the background and rationale of the work; a statement of the main conclusions (introduced by the phrase 'Here we show' or its equivalent); and finally, 2-3 sentences putting the main findings into general context, so it is clear how the results described in the paper have moved the field forwards.

  • Short communications

These report results of original research which can be presented in a concise format and of interest without wide reference to theoretical or geographical context. This may be because the study presents preliminary findings with a reduced sample size, is on a specialized subject matter or for other reasons. No Abstract is required, and the Results and Discussion sections may be conflated if so desired. No more than four displayed items (tables and figures) should be included (2000-word limit, exclusive of tables, figures and references). The number of short communications per issue will be limited.

  • Rapid Communications:

These papers communicate findings that editors believe will be interesting to many researchers, and that will likely stimulate further research in the field. Rapid Communications are usually published soon after submission to the journal, so this format is useful for scientists with results that are time sensitive (for example, those in highly competitive or quickly changing disciplines). This format often has strict length limits, so some experimental details may not be published until the authors write a full Original Research manuscript. Many journals also refer to this type of manuscript as a Letter.

  • Notes and Records

These report observations. This format is appropriate for observations that require only minimal interpretation but are useful for the scientific community to have access to. For example, the content may refer to rare events or behaviours, or measurements that are useful for interpretation of other data (such as rare weather events, or an observation that makes a range extension for a species). Authors who submit full papers that are primarily observations will be asked to reformat their manuscripts in the format of Notes and Records. No Abstract is required, and the Results and Discussion sections may be conflated if so desired. No more than three displayed items (tables and figures) should be included (1000-word limit, exclusive of tables, figures and references).

  • Review Articles

Review Articles provide a comprehensive summary of research on a certain topic, and a perspective on the state of the field and where it is heading. They are often written by leaders in a particular discipline after invitation from the editors of a journal. Reviews are often widely read (for example, by researchers looking for a full introduction to a field) and highly cited. Reviews commonly cite approximately 100 primary research articles.
Review articles can also include Book reviews especially for new books including what the book is about is described, discuss what you as a reviewer liked and disliked about the book, overall rating, availability and costs.

  • Policy pieces (1000-word limit) and Reviews (5000-word limit)

- may be submitted only in response to an invitation from the Editors.

2. Thematic areas targeted by this multi-disciplinary Journal

The journal will be published bi-annually with focus being articles in the UNESCO thematic areas of competence which includes among others, education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, communication and information.

3. Articles and Submission Guidelines

General Requirements

Journal of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO is an International Open Access Journal shall publish high-quality research online articles in all the areas of Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture and Communication and Information. In addition to original articles, the Journal publishes comprehensive reviews on topical subjects and brief communications of preliminary results. The journal is currently accepting manuscripts for publication consideration for its June 2021 issue. The Journal’s peer-review shall be very fast and highly rigorous, and authors are carried along adequately throughout all the publication processes. Submission must be well researched, informed and demonstrate familiarity with the relevant literature and key concept informing the study. The criteria for publication of papers (Articles) in the Journal of the National Commission for UNESCO are that they:

  • report original research (the main results and conclusions must not have been published or submitted elsewhere); 
  • are of outstanding importance; and 
  • reach a conclusion of interest to an interdisciplinary readership.

Authors should kindly note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium. Submitted papers should present original, unpublished work, relevant to one of the themes of this special issue which include Education, Natural sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture and Communication and Information. Note that there is a page limit of 12 pages (double column format). All submitted papers will be evaluated based on relevance, significance of contribution, technical quality, and quality of presentation, by at least three independent reviewers (the papers will be reviewed following standard peer-review procedures of the Journal).

Data Protection

By submitting a manuscript to or reviewing for this publication, your name, email address, and affiliation, and other contact details the publication might require, will be used for the regular operations of the publication, including, when necessary, sharing with the publisher and partners for production and publication.

4. Preparing for Submission


The Journal of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO shall be flexible regarding the format of initial manuscript submissions. Within reason, style and length will not influence consideration of a manuscript. If revisions are requested, the editor will provide detailed formatting instructions at that time as per the specific requirements below. The articles should be in English, in Microsoft Word, Times Roman, Size 12, Single spacing. As much as possible, try to minimize the use of images or ensure you have a copyright to use the images.

Main Text File

The text file should be presented in the following order:

i. Title: A short running title

ii. The full names of the authors

iii. The author's institutional affiliations where the work was carried out, with a footnote for the author's present address if different from where the work was carried out

iv. Abstract and keywords v. Main text vi. Acknowledgments

vii. References

viii. Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes

ix. Figure legends

x. Appendices (if relevant). Figures and supporting information should be supplied as separate files.


The title should be short and informative, containing major keywords related to the content. Titles do not exceed two lines in print. This equates to 75 characters (including spaces). Titles do not normally include numbers, acronyms, abbreviations or punctuation. They should include sufficient detail for indexing purposes but be general enough for readers outside the field to appreciate what the paper is about.

• Corresponding author(s) should be identified with an asterisk.

• The name(s) of the author(s)

• The affiliation(s) of the author(s), i.e., institution, (department), city, (state), country

• A clear indication and an active e-mail address of the corresponding author


The basic outline of publishing a research article abstract (100-200 words + keywords) with KNATCOM Journal includes (introduction incorporating a concise background to the study, statement of problem), methodology, results, discussion, conclusions and recommendations.

Please provide between four and eight keywords. Correctly defining your keywords will improve the speed and relevance of the reviews you receive from the journal and will also improve ultimate citation rates of your paper, which will be more accessible to interested peers.

Page layout
Separate paragraphs by a single, not a double, carriage return ('enter'). Do not indent the start of paragraphs or insert page breaks at the end of sections in the text. Do not insert a double space at the end of a sentence.


A typical Article contains about 2,000-3,500 words of text and, additionally, 3-4 modest display items (figures and/or tables) with brief legends, reference list and methods section if applicable.


The author should include ‘Methods’ section at the end of the text, following the figure legends. The Methods section should be written as concisely as possible but should contain all elements necessary to allow interpretation and replication of the results. Detailed descriptions of methods already published should be avoided; a reference number can be provided to save space, with any new addition or variation stated. The Methods section cannot contain figures or tables (essential display items should be included in the extended Data).


References should be prepared where text citations should follow the author-date method whereby the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text. As a guideline, Articles allow up to 30 references in the main text but can go up to 50 references if needed and within the allocated page budget. Only articles that have been published or accepted by a named publication, or that have been uploaded to a recognized preprint server should be in the reference list; papers in preparation should be mentioned in the text with a list of authors (or initials if any of the authors are co-authors of the present contribution). All authors should be included in reference lists unless there are more than five, in which case only the first author should be given, followed by ‘et al.’.


Prior to submitting the article all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the manuscript. Authors should ensure they liaise with all co-authors to confirm agreement or consent of this manuscript for publication.


Should be brief and should not include thanks to anonymous referees and editors, inessential words, or effusive comments. Contributions from individuals who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section. Financial and material support should also be mentioned. A person can be thanked for assistance, not “excellent” assistance, or for comments, not “insightful” comments, for example. Acknowledgements can contain grant and contribution numbers.

Conflict of Interest Statement

Authors will be asked to provide a conflict-of-interest statement during the submission process.


The complete reference list should appear alphabetically by name at the end of the paper. The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list. Reference journal articles, article by DOI, book, book chapter and online documents accordingly.


• All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
• Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
• For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
• Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
• Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.


The Journal for the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO requires figures in electronic format. Although authors are encouraged to send the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes, a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted. Figures will be reduced by 1/2 to fit column width and should be drawn at a scale that takes that into account. Figures should be as small and simple as is compatible with clarity. The goal is for figures to be comprehensible to readers in other or related disciplines, and to assist their understanding of the paper. Unnecessary figures and parts of figures should be avoided: data presented in small tables or histograms, for instance, can generally be stated briefly in the text instead. Avoid unnecessary complexity, colouring and excessive detail.

Figures should not contain more than one panel unless the parts are logically connected; each panel of a multipart figure should be sized so that the whole figure can be reduced by the same amount and reproduced on the printed page at the smallest size at which essential details are visible. Some brief guidance for figure preparation:

Figure Lettering

• To add lettering, it is best to use Helvetica or Arial (sans serif fonts).
• Keep lettering consistently sized throughout your final-sized artwork, usually about 2–3 mm (8–12 pt).
• Lettering in figures (labelling of axes and so on) should be in lower-case type, with the first letter capitalized and no full stop.
• Variance of type size within an illustration should be minimal, e.g., do not use 8-pt type on an axis and 20-pt type for the axis label.
• Avoid effects such as shading, outline letters, etc.
• Do not include titles or captions within your illustrations.

Figure Numbering

• All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
• Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
• Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).
• If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix figures,"A1, A2, A3, etc." Figures in online appendices [Supplementary Information (SI)] should, however, be numbered separately.

Figure Captions

• Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file.
• Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.
• No punctuation is to be included after the number, nor is any punctuation to be placed at the end of the caption.
• Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.
• Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.

Figure Placement and Size

• Figures should be submitted separately from the text, if possible.
• When preparing your figures, size figures to fit in the column width.
• For large-sized journals the figures should be 84 mm (for double-column text areas), or 174 mm (for single-column text areas) wide and not higher than 234 mm.
• For small-sized journals, the figures should be 119 mm wide and not higher than 195 mm.
• Units should have a single space between the number and the unit and follow SI nomenclature or the nomenclature common to a particular field. Thousands should be separated by commas (1,000). Unusual units or abbreviations are defined in the legend.
• Scale bars should be used rather than magnification factors.
• Layering type directly over shaded or textured areas and using reversed type (white lettering on a coloured background) should be avoided where possible.
• Where possible, text, including keys to symbols, should be provided in the legend rather than on the figure itself.
• For initial submissions, authors are encouraged to incorporate the manuscript text and figures together in a single Word doc or PDF file, and for each figure legend to be presented together with its figure. If a paper is accepted, figure legends will be listed one after the other, as part of the text document, separate from the figure files.
• Legends should be concise but comprehensive – Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.
• Each figure legend should begin with a brief title for the whole figure and continue with a short description of each panel and the symbols used.
• For contributions with methods sections, legends should not contain any details of methods, or exceed 100 words. All error bars must be defined in the figure legend, as discussed above.

Figure quality
At initial submission, figures should be at good enough quality to be assessed by referees, preferably incorporated with the manuscript text in a single Word doc or PDF, although figures can be supplied separately as JPEGs if authors are unable to include them with the text.

Additional Files


Appendices will be published after the references. For submission they should be supplied as separate files but referred to in the text.

General Style Points

The following points provide general advice on formatting and style.

• Preferred Spelling: This journal prefers the use of British (UK) spelling
• Abbreviations: In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly, and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially, use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.
• Units of measurement: Measurements should be given in SI or SI-derived units.
• Numbers: numbers under 21 are spelled out, except for: measurements with a unit (8mmol/l); age (6 weeks old), or lists with other numbers (11 rats, 9 balls, 4 birds).


If you include figures that have already been published elsewhere, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format.