Prof M.O. Kadiri (Co-Editor in Chief)

Dr. M.A. Chia (Co-Editor in Chief)

Prof A.G. Ezra (Editor)

Prof I.I. Indabawa (Editor)

Dr N.O. Nweze (Editor)




African Journal of Phycology publishes all aspects of basic and applied research on algae and cyanobacteria to provide a channel of communication for experts in ecology, biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, taxonomy, and biotechnology. Papers will be accepted based on merits and originality of data, ideas and their contributions to our understanding of phycology.

Manuscript submission

The submission of manuscript means the work has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication anywhere else in part or full. This means that all the authors are in agreement with the manuscript in its format and content, as well the responsible authorities. Submitted papers may be short communications, full research papers, and reviews. Submission of checklists is not allowed.

All submitted manuscripts will be subjected to initial evaluation by the Editors, and if found to be within the scope of the journal, further consideration via peer review by independent and anonymous expert referees.

Similarity Check (against plagiarism)

The journal will use the Similarity Check System to prevent plagiarism and ensure that the content published is original. Authors found to plagiarize will be blacklisted for life from the African Journal of Phycology. A detailed description of the system can be found at https://www.crossref.org/services/similarity-check/


Authors that want to use figures, tables or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are obligated to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence of such during the submission process. In the absence of such permissions, it will be assumed that material originated from the authors.

Submission process

Submission of manuscripts should be done via our online submission system.

Manuscript format

The manuscript should have a Title page, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion (or results and discussion combined), conclusion, acknowledgment, references, tables, and figure captions.



The title page should include the following:

The name(s) of the author(s)

A concise and informative title

Author(s) affiliations and addresses

The contact details (e-mail address, telephone, and fax numbers) of the corresponding author should be provided.


Provide an abstract of 150 to 250 words. Authors should avoid the usage of any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references in the abstract.


Provide 5 keywords that will be used for indexing purposes.

Text formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word format

Authors should use normal, 12-point Times New Roman font.

Italics should be used for emphasis

All scientific names should be italicized.

Pages should be numbered using the automatic page numbering function.

Equations should be done using the equation editor or MathType.

Do not use the space bar indentation, use tab stops or other commands.

All files should be saved in .docx format or .doc format for older Word versions.


Do not use more than three levels of display headings.


All abbreviations in text or abstract should be defined at first mention and used consistently afterward.


Authors may use footnotes to provide additional information where necessary. Footnotes to the text should be numbered consecutively using superscript lower-case letters or asterisks for significance values and statistical data.

Footnotes should be used in place of endnotes.


References cited in the text should be by name and year in parenthesis as shown below:

Changes in chlorophyll a content of Ulva was consistent as reported in previous studies (Kadiri 2005; Nwankwo et al. 2015; Nweze and Kabiru 2016).

Chia and Ismail (2014) found that indigo dye effluent altered the phenotypic plasticity of Desmodesmus quadricauda, while Opute et al. (2013) observed no significant effects on Chlorella vulgaris.


It is necessary that the full citation of the works cited in the text of the manuscript be provided in the reference list. All personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Journal abbreviation should be done according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations.

References should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work or publication. In a situation that the first author has several works cited in the manuscript, order the works with respect to the second, third, fourth etc author. In addition, publications of the same author must be ordered chronologically.

Journal article

Bajguz, A. (2011). Suppression of Chlorella vulgaris growth by Cadmium, Lead, and Copper stress and its restoration by endogenous Brassinolide. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 60: 406-416.

Ördög, V., Stirk, W. A., Van Staden, J., Novák, O. & Strand, M. (2004). Endogenous cytokinins in three genera of microalgae from Chlorophyta. J. Phycol 40: 88–95.

Ji Y, Sherrel RM (2008) Differential effects of phosphorus limitation on cellular metals in Chlorella and Microcystis. Limnol. Oceanogr.  53: 1790-1804.

Article by DOI

Chia, A. M., Odoh, O.A., Ladan,  Z. (2014). The indigo blue dye decolorization potential of immobilized Scenedesmusquadricauda. Water,  Air, & Soil Poll. DOI 10.1007/s11270-014-1920-2.


OECD-Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (1984).  Alga growth inhibition test. OECD Guideline for Testing of Chemicals 201, France.

Book chapter

Anderson RA,  Kawachi M (2005) Traditional microalgae isolation techniques. In Anderson RA(ed), Algal culturing techniques. Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic Press, Amsterdam, pp 83-100.


All tables must be numbered using Arabic numerals.

Table citation in the text should be done in consecutive numerical order.

All tables must be provided with a title or caption explaining every component.

Footnotes to the text in the table should be numbered consecutively using superscript lower-case letters or asterisks for significance values and statistical data.


Figures must be submitted electronically, indicating the software used to create the artwork.

Vector graphics must be provided in TIFF format.

The font used on the vector graphics should be the same as those used in the text.

Figures should be named as “Fig” and numbered and named as Fig 1.tiff etc.

E.g. Fig 1 showed that phytoplankton community was structured according to the different nitrogen input sources.

The minimum resolution for vector graphics should be 300 dpi, while scanned line drawings should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi.

Figures should be submitted separately from the text.

Color art

For online publication, there is no additional charge for colored art.

However, for the print version of the journal authors will be charged $$$$ for colored art, while those in black and white will be free. Authors can choose to publish their colored graphics in black and white for the print version of the journal. In this case, the authors must provide a high resolution black and white art for the print version.

Figure lettering

Do not use font effects such as shading, outline etc.

Maintain the same font size throughout the chart or artwork. Where this is not avoidable, the use of different font sizes should be to a minimum.

Figure numbering

Figures must be numbered using Arabic numerals and cited in the text in consecutive numerical order.

All figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (eg. Fig 1a, b, c etc.).

Figure caption

Figure titles are expected to be as informative and concise as possible. Use the example below:

Fig 1: Net primary production of Kainji Lake during the study period (2001-2010).

Page charges:

Author(s) will pay N2000 (US$40/£30) handling fee and N2000.00 (US$70/£40.00) per printed page of accepted manuscripts. Payments should be made to the Guarantee Trust Bank Account: 0047982902. Account name: Chia Ahii Mathias. All proof of payment should be sent to ajpy@psngr.org.