Invitation – Call For Journal Articles

The Journal of Local Governments of Nigeria (JOUNALGON) hereby extends an open ended invitation for papers and Journal articles from interested researchers and contributors from all fields related to Local Government Administration, Management, and Sustainable Development. Articles must be tailored towards Development of Grassroots’ Governance and community development with the following editorial priorities and topics:


Emphasis on improving local government as an agent of sustainable development.  Contributors may address various themes through a wide range of topics which include but are not limited to:

  • Deepening Local Democracy, Inclusivity, Empowerment, And Citizenship
  • Strategic Planning And Community Leadership
  • Improving Local Government Administration (Systems, Ethics Efficiency and Effectiveness)
  • Decentralization And Re-Centralization
  • Local Government Finance And Audit
  • Local Government Capacity Building
  • Agriculture, Hunger, Food Security And Local Government Areas
  • Healthcare Systems And International Best Practices
  • Emergency Management And Local Government Administration
  • Environmental Sustainability And Community Development
  • Education For Sustainable Development
  • International Best Practices Case Examples In Local Government
  • Women In Local Government
  • Traditional Leadership And Local Government
  • Sustainable Development Goals and Local Government (Eg. Climate Change Issues, Economic Transformation, Housing, Poverty Eradication Etc)
  • Gender Issue And Social Matters
  • Local Government Performance Measurement And Management
  • Inter-Government Relations
  • Service Delivery In Local Government Administration

Types Of Papers

Papers could be submitted as Research Papers, Policy and Practice Notes as well as Book Reviews.

Language:     The language of the Journal is English Language. Authors are allowed to use either the British English or American English Version throughout the paper without any mix up

Paper Style

Please submit papers formatted in the following style

Document format: Text submitted as WORD file (not PDF format).

Illustrations:             Please present your illustrations clearly and in publishable form. Complicated illustrations should be in JPEG format. All illustrations and photos require short captions.

Abstract:                   180-250 words, Times New Romans, 11pt, italics, no spacing

Subheadings:         One or two levels only

                                    Level 1: Arial 12pt Bold

                                    Level 2: Arial 11pt, bold, italics, without capitals

Tables:                      Arial 9pt, single line spacing. Both tables and figures must be mentioned explicitly and numerical order in the body text.

Spelling:                   American English/British English – e.g.: ‘isation’ or ‘ization’, provided both are not mixed in a paper.

Grammar:                 Please make sure that spellings and grammar are correct in your submission, and use the spell-check in WORD. The editorial team CANNOT ACCEPT submissions where major language corrections are required.

Capitals:                   Lower case is used when the name is not specified e.g.: “the council” or “local governments”, but upper case is required when referring to a specific organization, e.g.: “Wamachonga Council”. Please be consistent!

Non-English Words:          Non-English words should be in italics the first time they are used with a translation brackets, e.g.: odumodu. Thereafter they should be in normal text.

Acronyms:                           Acronyms should be spelt out in the body text the first time they are used e.g.: TCA (The Capital Assembly)                    


Numbers from one to ten should be spelled out in body text unless they are paired with a mathematical symbol (e.g. 6 + 2) or abbreviation (6 km). Decimals appearing in tables and text should have leading zeros (e.g. 0.8). Use % not ‘per cent’ with numbers. Usually numbers used in text would be up to one decimal place.

Quoted text:

All direct quotes from secondary sources should be in italics, with appropriate referencing including page number/s.

If the quotation is short, enclose the text in double quote marks and integrate with body text.

Longer quotations of three lines and over should be separated from the body text and placed as a block quote indented 1 cm either side in italics in single line spacing. Block quotes should not be enclosed within double quote marks. All interview excerpts of more than one sentence should be displayed as a block quote. If material is quoted within a quote, single quote marks should be used for the embedded quote.

Reference list:        

                        Authors must be listed in alphabetical order, by surname followed by initial/s. All titles of sources or names of organisations written in a language other than English should be translated into English in brackets following each entry in its original language. All available DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) should be provided for each source.


  • The author’s or editor’s surname and initial (or names)
  • The year the book was published (in brackets)
  • The title (in italics) and edition of book
  • The city the book was published in
  • The name of the publisher

(example) Brown, A. (ed) (2009) Contested space: Street trading, public space and livelihoods in developing Countries. Rugby: DUMIK Publishing.

For a chapter in a book

  • The surname and initial of author of chapter
  • The year the book was published (in brackets)
  • The title of chapter
  • The surname and initial of editor/s
  • The title (in italics) and edition of book
  • The city the book was published in
  • The name of the publisher
  • Page numbers of chapter

(example) Amis, P. (2004) Regulating the informal sector: Voice and bad governance. In: Devas, N. with Amis, P., Beall, J., Grant, U., Mitlin, D., Nunan, F. and Rakodi, C. (2004) Urban governance, voice and poverty in the developing world. London: Earthscan, pp. 145–163.

For journal articles (see example):

  • The author’s or editor’s surname and initial (or names)
  • The year in which the journal was published
  • The title of the article (lower case)
  • The title of the journal (in italics)
  • Journal Volume and Issue number
  • The page number/s of the article in the journal

Brown, A. (2012) The right to the city: road to Rio 2010. International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, 37 (3): 957–971.


For webpages or on-line reports (see example):

  • The author’s or organisation’s name
  • The date of posting (if available) (otherwise n.d. = no date)
  • The title of the webpage (lower case)
  • The url
  • The date accessed

Brown, A. and Kristiansen, A. (2008) Urban policies and the right to the city: rights, responsibilities and citizenship. Paris: UNESCO, UN-Habitat. Available at: [Accessed 26 January 2013].

Please do not include weblinks in the body of the text. Please be careful that you are familiar with current practice on citation and avoiding plagiarism. Plagiarism includes the use or ideas or direct quotation of material from another source without adequate acknowledgement.



The following websites are useful guides to correct citation and avoiding plagiarism:


Ethics of Publication – (Anti-Plagiarism)

Journal of Local Governments of Nigeria (JOURNALGON) has zero tolerance for Plagiarism. We intellectual property rights in all ramifications. The anti-plagiarism policy strictly ensures that all articles submitted and published were thoroughly checked with one of the most potent anti-plagiarism software. Authors found guilty of plagiarism will be informed with official letter and evidence, with a life ban penalty


The first step in Publishing with the Journal of Local Governments of Nigeria (JOURNALGON)   is by submitting a 180 – 250 abstract or summary of the contributor’s paper by using the submission FORM below.



Start Your Submission

The first step in Publishing with the Journal of Local Governments of Nigeria (JOURNALGON)   is by submitting a 180 – 250 abstract or summary of the contributor’s paper by using the submission FORM below.

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