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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.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • The text is 1½-spaced; uses a 12-point font.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Figures and images should also be uploaded as high resolution png/jpg supplementary files.
  • The text adheres to the requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

African Urology is a multilingual journal. English, French and Portuguese submissions will be considered. The objective of the African Urology is to provide an exceptional source of current and clinically relevant research in the discipline of urology.

Review process

All submitted manuscripts undergo extensive peer review by at least 2 recognised authorities in the field prior to their acceptance for publication. Reviewers’ and authors’ identities are kept confidential. The Editorial Board strives to reply to a submission within 2 weeks.

Submission of Manuscripts

  1. Manuscripts are submitted via the online submission system only. You should register/log in and select your role as “Author” to start submission of your manuscript.
  2. Please upload the following material via the online submission system:
  • Cover letter - this should include the title of the manuscript, authors details, including initials, surname, department and place of work, email address and ORCID number. Declarations should also be included here.
  • Manuscript file(including title, abstract, main text and references [organised with subheadings of Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References, tables and figures with legends).
  • Figuresshould be uploaded as part of the main manuscript and should also be uploaded a high resolution png/jpg images, as supplementary files.
  1. The journal editors are unable to undertake major language corrections. The Editor has the right to make editorial corrections and additional changes with the knowledge and approval of corresponding author.
  2. Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author by email as a PDF file. Corrections should be kept to a minimum. Authors are asked to return their corrected proofs within 3 days of receipt.
  3. The preferred word processing format is Microsoft Word.

Submission Types

Original articles

Original articles on research relevant to urology should not exceed 3 000 words, no more than 30 references, with up to 6 tables or figures. A structured abstract under the following headings, Purpose, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusions, is a requirement and should not exceed 250 words. Please provide 5 keywords.

Scientific letters/short reports

Short reports should not exceed 1 500 words with a maximum of 10 references. Only one table or illustration is permissible. A structured abstract under the following headings, Purpose, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusions, is a requirement and should not exceed 250 words. Please provide 5 keywords.

Case reports

Case reports should not exceed 1 500 words with no more than 10 references. Figures are limited to 2 figures and may include images or photographs. The case report should have three headings: Summary (not exceeding 100 words), Case report (with no introduction) and Discussion. Case reports will be published online only. Please provide 5 keywords.

Video case reports (AUJ-VIDEO)

Video case reports should not exceed 1 500 words with 10 references and 6 figures. Heading should include Summary (not exceeding 100 words) and Case description (with three subheadings: Introduction, Case presentation and Discussion). Please provide 5 keywords. The video file format must be only MP4 or MOV and should not exceed 300 MB and 8 minutes. Video case reports will be published online only. The summary and the URL will appear in the printed version.

Review articles

Review articles relevant to surgery should not exceed 5 000 words, with a maximum of 50 references and no more than 6 tables or figures. A summary of 250 words or less is required. Please provide 5 keywords.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor should be 400 words or less with only one image or table.

Submission Guidance

  1. Abstract: A structured abstract (with the subheadings Purpose, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusion) should appear on the second page of the manuscript and should not exceed 300 words. As far as possible, abbreviations should be avoided in the abstract.
  2. Manuscript Text:
  • The INTRODUCTION should state concisely the purpose and rationale for the study and cite only the most pertinent references as background.
  • The MATERIALS AND METHODS section should describe briefly (but in sufficient detail to permit other workers to repeat the study) the plan, patients, experimental animals or other species, material, controls, methods, procedures, and statistical method(s) used.
  • The RESULTS section should present the detailed findings. Refer to all tables and/or figures in this section. Figures and tables should supplement, not duplicate, the text - presentation of data in either one or the other will suffice.
  • In the DISCUSSION section, state the importance and significance of your findings, but do not repeat the details given in the Results section. Compare your findings with those of others. No new data should be presented in this section. The paper should conclude with a brief section that summarises the clinical and research implications of the work, as appropriate.
  • The CONCLUSIONS section should provide a brief summary of the main findings of the study.
  • REFERENCES should be formatted as follows: Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.
  • FIGURES AND TABLES should be placed in the manuscript, not at the end of the manuscript with their legend below each figure or table. All computer-generated images and photographs must have acceptable quality (at 300 dpi or higher) and should be submitted as high resolution png/jpg images, as supplementary files.

Author’s ethical responsibility

  • Author(s) should certify that they have not submitted the manuscript, nor any other one with substantially similar content, to be published elsewhere.
  • All authors should have a substantial contribution to the manuscript and take public responsibility for its contents.
  • Any financial interests, direct or indirect, in connection with the author(s)’ manuscript must be disclosed in the cover letter under Declarations.
  • Furthermore, sources of financial support of the project are named in the covering letter as well as the Acknowledgement section.
  • If the work involves experimentation on living animals, the author(s) must provide evidence that the study was performed in accordance with local ethical guidelines. If the study involves human beings, the author(s) must include a statement that the study was approved by the local ethical committee and that informed consent was obtained from the study participants. Authors should report the ethics committee approval number in their manuscript as well as the ethics committee where approval was obtained. For those investigators who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki should be followed.
  • The Journal complies with the international regulations against scientific misconduct (fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism).