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Author Guidelines

The Journal:
The journal which is published twice a year, is a multi-disciplinary outlet and accepts well-researched papers in all areas of urban and rural built environment, including design, planning, environmental issues, economy, governance, crime, law, social services, employment, population, tourism and recreation, housing, real estate development and management, infrastructure, transportation, etc. It also accepts technical reports, scholarly review of journal articles and books.

2. Typescript:
Manuscripts shall be written in 1.5 line spacing on one side of the paper with a margin of at least 2.5 cm all round on A4 good quality paper. The position of tables, illustrations and computer output should be indicated in the text. Tables and legends for illustrations should be typed in sequence separately at the end of the manuscript and numbered with Arabic numerals. A short running title of not more than 40 characters (including spaces) should be indicated, if the title is longer than this. The cover page of the paper should show in strict order the title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s), their institutional affiliations and present position. All papers should not exceed 20 pages or 6,000 words, including illustrations and references.

3. Key Words:
Up to six key words (index words) should be provided by the author(s) written below the abstract to assist indexing and information retrieval systems.

4. Illustrations:
Original drawings should be submitted, preferably not larger than 30cm by 23cm in Indian ink on transparent paper. All letterings should be legible for easy reproducibility. All explanations should be in the legend. Photographs should be reduced to the barest minimum to where their presence is inevitable.

5. Equations:
Whenever possible, mathematical equations should be type-written, with subscripts and superscripts clearly shown. It is helpful to identify unusual or ambiguous symbols in the margin where they first occur. To simplify typesetting, citations in text should be given as surname and date of publication in bracket, as for example (Mabogunje, 1980); where there are two authors, give their surnames with date of publication in bracket e.g. (Brown and Smith, 1957), where there are three authors, given the surname of the first, followed by et al and date, as for example (Mba, et al, 2004). Please use fractional instead of root signs, and use the solidus (I) in simple fractions.

6. References:
References shall be presented at the end of the paper using the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition. The best way to apply the APA 6th ed. Style of referencing religiously is by having the APA document at one’s finger tips. The full version of the Guide can be accessed at › onlineresources › Documents › APA_Guide_2017 which covers the referencing styles for journal articles, books, conference papers, e-books and so on. It also includes the in-text referencing styles for each category.

7. Copy Right/Off Prints:
Authors submitting manuscripts do so on the understanding that if they are accepted for publication, exclusive copyright in the paper shall be assigned to the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Unizik, Awka. To this effect the authors shall get an electronic copy of the paper and a hard copy of the journal in which the paper appears. However, the cost of electronic and print versions of the articles to the authors will be reviewed from time to time and will reflect differences in choice of electronic version and/or print version.

8. Contributions to Publication:
All Authors will be required to pay processing fees for their papers and after the papers have been accepted will be required to pay appropriate publication and page fees. Articles that exceed set limits in terms of file size and pages will attract extra charges as appropriate.

9. Submission of Manuscripts
Manuscripts should be written in the English Language and submitted in soft copy to the Editor-in-chief via

Each paper should be accompanied with an abstract of not more than 300 words at the head of the paper and should be intelligible to the general reader without reference to the main text. Abbreviations should be avoided. All articles are referred and peer-reviewed (each will be a blind review to safeguard the privacy of reviewers).

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Editorial Team, TBEJ


Copyright Notice

By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the copyright for their articles is transferred to the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka if the article is accepted for publication.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.