The Sokoto Journal of the Social Sciences (SJSS) is a bi-annual academic journal published in June and December by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. The journal publishes original research papers and review articles, all of which are referred. The papers range across the entire realm of the field of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Editorial Review and Acceptance

The criteria for the acceptance of all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to the readership and the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. Manuscripts are subjected to double peer review. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board. 

Manuscripts should be written in a clear, direct style. Where contributions are adjudged as acceptable for publication on the basis of the content, the Editor and the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to ensure clarity. Manuscripts requiring major corrections will be returned to the author(s).

Submission of Manuscripts

All articles submitted to the Journal must comply with all the Journal’s instructions. Failure to do so will result in return of the manuscript and possible delay in the publication of the article. The original manuscript should be submitted electronically to:

[email protected]

Submissions should be double-spaced, with top, bottom and side margins at least 30 mm. All pages should be numbered consecutively at the bottom centre of the page, beginning with the title page.

The following instructions should also be adhered to:

• The entire article (including figures and tables) should be supplied as a single file

• Authors should supply their accepted paper as formatted text.

• Manuscripts are to be prepared and submitted in word document (.doc) or rich text format. Only manuscript prepared by MS Word 1997-2007 will be accepted for assessment.

Covering letter

Papers are accepted for publication in the Journal on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. This must be stated in the signed covering letter accompanying the paper.

Parts of the Manuscript

The length of an article (including references and tables) should not exceed 8000 words.

Manuscripts should be presented in the following format:

  • title page
  • abstract and key words
  • text
  • acknowledgments
  • references
  • tables
  • figures

Title page

Material that might identify authorship of the paper should be placed on a cover sheet. The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the full name(s) of the author(s), (iii) the addresses of the institution(s) at which the work was carried out and (iv)the full postal and email addresses including facsimile and telephone number(s) of the author(s) to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent. The title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. No abbreviations should be included in the title

Abstract and key words

All articles must have a brief abstract that states, in 250 words or fewer, the major points made and the principal conclusions reached. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references. Six key words (for the purposes of indexing) should be supplied below the abstract in alphabetical order.


The text should be organized into an introductory section, conveying the background and purpose of the paper, and then into sections identified with subheadings.


The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ commercial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. 


The APA style of referencing should be used. (For example)


Obikeze, D.S. (1986). Introductory Statistics for Social Science, Fourth Dimension Ltd. Enugu P. 153.

Goodchild, R. and Munton, R. (1985). Development and the Landowner; An Analysis of the British Experience; London, George Allen and Unwin.

Chapter in Edited Books

Ogundiya, I. S. (2012). A nation in the wilderness: Corruption, elite conspiracy and the illusion of development in Nigeria.  In Dejo, A. Ogundiya, I. S. Tukur, G. and Dankani, I. M. (eds) 50 years of Nigeria’s Nationhood. Issues and Challenges for Sustainable Development. P.307-325 Crown, F. Publishers Ibadan.


Dankani, I. M. and Abubakar, S. D. (2011). Uncontrolled urban growth around Dorayi area of Kano Metropolis: the Planning and Infrastructural implication. Ife Research Publication in Geography; Vol. 10. No 1. P. 36-44.  (Print version)


Snell, D., and Hodgetts, D. (n.d.), The psychology of heavy metal communities and white supremacy. Te Kura Kete Aronui, 1. Retrieved from

Conference Proceeding

Shobhadevi, Y. J., and Bidarakoppa, G. S. (1994). Possession phenomena: As a coping behaviour. In G. Davidson (Ed.), Applying psychology: Lessons from Asia-Oceania (pp. 83-95). Carlton, Vic., Australia: Australian Psychological Society.

Thesis or Dissertation

Baba, Y. T. (2010). Legislative Institutionalisation in Nigeria (1999-2009) An Unpublished PhD Thesis in the Department of Political Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

Assessment Fee (Non Refundable): N7,500 
Publication Fee: N25,000 
Account Name: Sokoto Journal of the Social Sciences 
Account No: 3064002490 
Bank: First Bank Plc 
Address: Usmanu Danfodiyo University Branch 

CORRESPONDENCE: The Editor in Chief
Sokoto Journal of the Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
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