Author's Guideline - Nigerian Journal of Applied Behavioural Sciences

The Nigerian Journal of Applied Behavioural Sciences (NJABS) is dedicated to the publication of peer reviewed scholarly articles in the field of psychology and allied social sciences disciplines. Empirically based research articles, short communication, book reviews and commentaries are considered for publication. The Journal, which comes out once in a year (June), is published by the Department of Pure & Applied Psychology, Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria.

The manuscripts should follow the sixth edition of the APA Publication Manual. Specifically, the following format should be followed:

  • Cover page: This must contain the title of the paper, which must be concise and clear (not more than sixteen words), followed by author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation and contact address. Name of the corresponding author must be prefixed with an asterisk. 
  • Abstract: An abstract of not more than two hundred and fifty words (250) should be on the second page of the manuscript, this should be preceded by the title without the name of the author(s) or any form of identification. 
  • Body: The body of the manuscripts should contain the introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusion. All tables, figures, and graphs should be inserted at the appropriate places in the article.
  • References: All the works cited in the body of the work must be properly referenced and listed in the reference section following the APA sixth edition format. Examples are provided below: 

Text book

Schacht, S. P., & Aspelmeier, J. E. (2005). Social and behavioural statistics: A user-friendly approach (2nd edn.). Cambridge, MA: Westview Press.

Chapter in an edited book

Bies, R. J., & Tripp, T. M. (2005). The study of revenge in the workplace: conceptual, ideological, and empirical issues. In S. Fox & P. E. Spector (Eds.), Counterproductive work behavior: Investigations of actors and targets (pp. 65 - 81). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Conference paper and inaugural lecture

Di Tella, R., & MacCulloch, R. (2008). Regulation as a way to reduce anger at corrupt capitalists. Paper presented at Legatum Prosperity Symposium at Brocket Hall, United Kingdom between 20th and 22nd June, 2008.

Lawal, A. A. (2006). Corruption in Nigeria: A colonial legacy. An Inaugural Lecture delivered at the University of Lagos. Akoka, Lagos: University of Lagos Press. 

Unpublished paper

Fajemilehin, B. R. (2000). Health behaviour patterns of the elderly in Ife/Ijesha Zone of Osun State Nigeria. Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Journal article

Muller, D., Judd, C. M., & Yzerbyt, V. Y. (2005). When moderation is mediated and mediation is moderated. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89(6), 852 – 863. 

Internet material

Rothman, S., Scholtz, P. E., Sipsma, J. F., & Sipsma, L. (2002). Personality preferences and emotional intelligence: Implications for small and medium-sized enterprises. Retrieved August 18th , 2006 from

  • Appendix: Other relevant information can be attached an appendix at the end of the manuscript.