The African Cities Journal upholds the principles of transparency, integrity, and accountability in research and publication, ensuring the highest standards of ethical conduct. Authors are expected to adhere to these principles. 

  • Human and animal study subjects: authors should obtain informed consent from human subjects participating in research studies, and ethical approval should be obtained from relevant institutional review boards or ethics committees for studies involving human or animal subjects. Authors must provide the details of such ethical approvals (reference number and name of relevant organization) for any study involving human subjects or animals. 
  • Plagiarism: plagiarism in any form is strictly prohibited. Authors should ensure their work is original and properly attributed to sources when necessary. The editors will use a plagiarism detection software to verify the authenticity of submitted manuscripts. 
  • Integrity of research findings: authors are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the data presented in their manuscript. Any concerns about data fabrication, manipulation, or integrity will be reported to the editorial office for investigation, eventually leading to the withdrawal of the article. 
  • Sources of funding: authors should provide accurate and complete information about the sources of funding and financial support received for the research reported in the manuscript (see “Declaration of the source of funding” below). 
  • Conflicts of interest: any potential conflicts of interest, including financial, personal, or professional relationships that could influence the research, must be disclosed (see “Declaration of interest” below). 
  • Intellectual property: whenever necessary, authors should obtain permission to reproduce copyrighted material (e.g., figures, tables, excerpts) from other sources. Proper citation and attribution should be provided for all borrowed or adapted material. 

Declaration of Generative AI in Scientific Writing 

In line with emerging ethical considerations in scientific research, authors utilizing generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools must include a compulsory Declaration of generative AI in their manuscripts submitted to the African Cities Journal. This declaration transparently discloses the use of AI algorithms or models in generating or augmenting any textual content within the manuscript. Authors should clearly specify the type of generative AI employed, such as language models (e.g., GPT-3), deep learning algorithms, or other AI-driven technologies. This declaration underscores the importance of transparency and reproducibility in AI-driven research, allowing readers and reviewers to assess the validity and potential biases associated with generated content. If the authors did not recur to any AI to enhance in any way the text, they may discard this section (no declaration needed). 

Declaration of the Source of Funding 

Authors must explicitly state the source(s) of funding that supported the research, including grants, research contracts (for authors employed in a university or other research organization but that did not receive a specific grant to conduct the research presented in the manuscript), or other financial contributions (e.g., donations). Moreover, authors must disclose the role of the funding source(s) in their research. If there are no funding sources, please include the following sentence: “This research was self-funded.” 

Declaration of Interest 

Authors must disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest that could impact the integrity or impartiality of their research. This may include personal or professional relationships, affiliations with organizations or institutions with vested interests in the research topic, or involvement in advisory roles, consultancy, or expert testimony related to the subject matter. Transparent disclosure of potential conflicts of interest ensures that readers and reviewers can evaluate the research findings with full awareness of any relevant external influences. If there are no potential conflicts of interest, please include the following sentence: “The authors declare that they have no conflicting interests.” 

Journal’s Peer Review Statement 

The African Cities Journal adheres to a rigorous peer review process to ensure the quality and integrity of the research published in our journal. Upon submission, all manuscripts undergo a thorough evaluation by experts in the relevant fields. Our double-blind peer review process ensures anonymity for both authors and reviewers, promoting fair and unbiased assessment of each submission. The editorial team carefully considers reviewers' comments and recommendations before making a decision on whether to accept, revise, or reject a manuscript. We strive to provide timely and constructive feedback to authors throughout the review process.