Publication Ethics

Authors are expected to adhere to the standards in respect to publication ethics set by COPE. Any form of falsification, duplication, plagiarism is strongly discouraged and will be dealt with according to the COPE guidelines.

Open Access

All research published under AJoGPL is freely available for use and redistribution. The research is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0, which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, redistribution provided appropriate credit is given.


Submission of a manuscript to AJoGPL implies that the author(s) have read, agreed and that the manuscript conforms to the Journal policies.

All submissions should made electronically via our online manuscript submission system. Please note that you are required to create an account before you make a submission for the first time.

Upon receipt of your submission, you should expect an acknowledgement within 24 hours. If you don’t hear from us, please contact the Editorial Office via email ajogpl@kab.ac.ug to make sure that we received your article. 

Peer Review

All articles published under AJoGPL are subjected to a thorough peer review process involving at least two independent reviewers.

The Chief Editor with advice from the subject editor carries out an initial assessment to decide whether the manuscript is relevant and suitable for peer review. Manuscripts that are suitable for consideration are sent for review by independent reviewers. Once the reviewers provide feedback, the chef editor may consider your manuscript with minor or major revisions, or decline your manuscript. In case an author is rejected, the chief editor is obliged to provide the reasons for rejection. 

Revised papers will be checked by a copyeditor for spelling, grammar and consistency with the Journal style. Any inconsistencies will be communicated to the author before production.

After acceptance, authors will receive an email informing them about the scheduled publication date including the volume and issue where the article will appear.


If AJoGPL declines to publish a paper, the authors are free to submit their paper for publication in any other Journal of their choice. Authors who wish to appeal against our decision must write a letter of appeal to the Editor-in-Chief within a month of receiving the decision letter. The letter should include the following:

  • Why you disagree with the decision
  • New information you would like the Journal to consider
  • Any technical errors identified in the assessment of your manuscript
  • Any bias that can be demonstrated

The Editor-in-Chief will respond to the author(s) within one month and will give further guidance depending on the outcome of the appeal.


AJoGPL upholds and adheres to COPE’s Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers. Therefore all reviewers are expected to conduct their work in confidence. The reviewers must seek permission from the Editor-in-Chief before involving any third party.