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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 and has been compiled using this template.
  • 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.

The Namibian Journal of Environment is a scientific e-journal published by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Environmental Information Service, Namibia.


The Namibian Journal of Environment  accepts papers containing information about any aspect of the environment in Namibia. This includes areas of ecology, agriculture, social sciences, economics, policy and law, water and energy, climate change, planning, land use, pollution, strategic and environmental assessment and related fields. It publishes primary research findings, syntheses and reviews, applied and theoretical research, field observations and the testing of hypotheses, new ideas and the exchange of opinions. Papers should be the original work of the author(s) named. Submissions should be reader-friendly to specialists and non-specialists alike and accessible to readers for whom English is not the first language. The Namibian Journal of Environment  uses UK spelling.


Editorial process: Papers are published online on the Namibian Journal of Environment  website after they have been refereed or peer-reviewed and accepted by the editor. An editorial committee assists the editor in screening papers for publication.


Formatting: All sumbissions should be submitted using this template.  This should be used to submit papers in the "suggested final" form – the editor may edit the submission. Look at papers on the website to see the style that is followed. Each paragraph should start flush left (no tabs or indents) and paragraphs must be separated by a line space. Authors are requested to try to use the heading formats supplied in the template. Double quotations are used, with single quotations to highlight a quote within a quote.


Photos, drawings and tables: Images should be clear and of high quality and provided with clear, descriptive captions in italics below the image, numbered Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. Images must form part of the "suggested" layout of the submitted paper and in jpg format. All images must also be submitted as separate files with the paper. Colour and line drawings should be scanned and saved at 300 dpi and submitted as separate jpg files. If tables and histograms (with captions) form part of the document they should also be submitted separately as Excel (.xls) files.


Common names should be followed by the scientific names in italics when used the first time in the text.


Acronyms and abbreviations should be defined in parentheses the first time they are used in the text. Thereafter the short form is sufficient.


Metric units with the decimal point should be used in the text.


Dates in the text should be in the long form – 1 August 2010 – and time given in the 24-hr format – 16h45. There should be one space between sentences, and one space between a digit and a unit term (e.g. 5 kg, 5 cm). No space before %. The ampersand "&" may not be used. Ranges should be indicated with a hyphen, e.g. 1985-2001, except in situations such as the "2007/08 rainfall year".


References should be added alphabetically at the end of the paper. Correct punctuation should be used. Footnotes should not be used as a form of referencing.


• Names of authors should appear in the order they appear in the source and be in bold.


• Use "&" between names of authors. Titles of books and journals are italicised. Journal titles should be given in full.


• Refer to the samples below for the reference patterns for a journal article, a book, a book chapter and an online document


Aust P, Boyle B, Fergusson R & Coulson T 2009. The impact of Nile crocodiles on rural livelihoods in northeastern Namibia. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 39(1): 57-69.


Mendelsohn JM, Jarvis AM, Roberts CS & Robertson T 2002. Atlas of Namibia. David Philip, Cape Town. 


Crawford RJM 1997. Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus. In: Harrison JA, Allan DG, Underhill LG, Herremans M, Tree AJ, Parker V & Brown CJ (eds). The Atlas of Southern African Birds Vol 1. Non-passerines. BirdLife South Africa, Johannesburg: 462–463.


Author AA & Author BB 2003. Title of document. [Title and details of online journal – if applicable]. Available from: full web address/URL (Accessed on dd.MM.yyyy).


Editorial process: Submissions to the Namibian Journal of Sustainable Development should be in the prescribed format, otherwise they will not be considered for publication. Submission of a manuscript implies that it is the original work of the author(s) and is not being submitted to any other publication.


Enquiries and submissions for publication: All enquiries and submissions should be addressed to the Editor

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.