The Journal of Natural and Earth Sciences(JNES) is co-hosted by the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS) and the College of Earth Sciences (COES) and published by The University of Dodoma (UDOM). On the one hand, JNES offers examination of multi-disciplinary issues concerning basic and applied natural sciences which include all branches of theoretical, experimental and related interdisciplinary fields, including physics, chemistry, life sciences, mathematical sciences and statistics. On the other hand, the Journal offers examination of multidisciplinary topics of earth sciences and engineering including geology, modeling and application of remote sensing and GIS, geothermal technology, environmental engineering, mining and mineral processing engineering, renewable and non-renewable energy engineering, water resources engineering and management, geo-hazards like earthquakes, landslides, tsunami, debris flows and subsidence.

JNES aims at publishing up-to-date, high-quality, original research articles, reviews and short communications bi-annually. As such, the Journal seeks to be exciting, engaging and accessible, and at the same time integrative and challenging. Publication of research papers is open to all, while review papers will be by invitation. All types of papers are subject to the journal’s double-blind review process.  As such, JNES will accept and publish the following type of articles:

  1. Original research articles (Regular research articles)
  2. Short communication
  3. Review articles


i. Language

All the papers should be in British English and punctuation with SI units.

ii. Text

  • Manuscripts should be submitted in Word format.
  • Normal Times New Roman, 12 point for text.
  • Use italics where necessary including all scientific names
  • Don’t use the space bar for indents. Use tab stops or other commands for this.
  • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
  • Use the Microsoft equation editor or MathType for equations.
  • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).
  • Foot note can be used only when necessary to give additional information.
  • Use 1.50” to left margin and 1.25” for other three sides of A4 paper.
  • The manuscript should be sent in separate file for text (which include tables and figure captions at the end). Each figure should be in a separate file preferably in JPEG / TIF format.
  • All the text in the manuscript should be in double space.
  • All figures need to be provided with high resolution. If the figure or material is scanned, please use appropriate resolution not less than 600 dpi.
  • All figures must be numbered and captioned in the order in which they appear in the manuscript (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b), Figure 2).
  • Tables are to be typed single-spaced throughout, including headings and footnotes.
  • Tables and figures should be self-explanatory
  • All tables should also be numbered and captioned in the order in which they appear in the manuscript.

iii. Type, Format and Length

  1. Regular research articles: These should include new scientific research and add value and information to the previous findings in the field. Experimental procedures and results should be well explained and presented to make it easily understandable to the emerging researchers and students. Research articles should not exceed 20 pages of A4 double space or not more than 10 pages of the journal standard template format.
  2. Short Communications: these are meant for the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus. The style of main sections need not conform to that of full-length papers. Short communications should not exceed 10 pages of A4 double space or not more than five (5) pages of the journal standard template format.
  3. Review Papers: reviews and perspectives covering various topics are welcome and encouraged. Reviews should be precise and not exceed 20 pages of A4 double space or not more than 10 pages of the journal standard template format.

iv. Organization

Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page with names and affiliation of the author(s) highlighting the name and e-mail of the corresponding author; abstract; key words, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussions; acknowledgments; references as further detailed below:


Title page will contain the Title of the Research Paper followed by the names of authors with affiliations, and addresses.


The abstract should be a brief summary, stating about the work, methodology and important outcome in brief. It should give a concise and straight to the point definition or analysis of each section the work. The Abstract should not be more than 300 words in a single paragraph.

Key words should contain three (3) to six (6) vital words.


This section should contain the brief background of the study and importance of the work.

Materials and methods

This section should discuss about the detailed methodology followed to achieve the objective of the research. New methodologies should be described in detail, and references of previous works should be given. Flow charts are encouraged to show the methodology flow.

Results and Discussion

This section should be clearly written for easy understanding and to avoid ambiguity of the meaning. The results shown in tables and figures should be clearly explained in the text. Data should be interpreted and well discussed. The discussion should go together with results or tabled as a separate sub section. State the conclusions in a few sentences at the end of the paper.


Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc should be in brief.


    1. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the spelling of author’s names and dates are exactly the same in the text as in the reference list.
    2. In the text refer to the author’s name (without initial) and year of publication, followed-if necessary-by a short reference to appropriate pages. Examples: “Since Peterson (1988) has shown that…” “This is in agreement with results obtained later (Kramer, 1989, pp. 12-16)”
    3. If reference is made in the text to a publication written by more than two authors the name of the first author should be used followed by “et al”. This indication, however, should never be used in the list of references.  In this list names of first author and co-authors should be mentioned.
    4. References cited together in the text should be arranged chronologically. The list of references should be arranged alphabetically on authors’ names, and chronologically per author.  If an author’s name in the list is also mentioned with co-authors the following order should be used: publications of the single author, arranged according to publication dates-publications of the same author with one co-author-publications of the author with more than one co-author.  Publications by the same author(s) in the same year should be listed as 1974a, 1974b, etc.
    5. Use the following system for arranging your references:
a. For Books
Neygebauer, I. (2013) Mechanics with Internal Body Forces. 1st Ed. Germany: LAP-LAMBERT Publishing House
b. For book editor(s)
Jones, B.S. and Smith, R.Z. (eds.) (1994) Book Title. New York :E-Publishing.
c. For a chapter in an edited book
Mettam, G. R. And L.B. Adams, L.B. (1994) Introduction to the Electronic Age. In
Jones, B.S. and Smith, R.Z. (eds.). Book Title. New York :E-Publishing.
d. Journal article
Murthy, K.S.R. (2000) Groundwater Potential in Semi-Arid Region of Andhra Pradesh- A Geographical Information System Approach. Int. J. Remote Sensing. 21(9).p1867-1884.
  1. In the case of publications in any language other than English, the original title is to be retained. However, the titles of publications in non-Latin alphabets should be transliterated, and a notation such as “(in Russian)” or “(in Greek, with English (abstract)” should be added.
  2. Work accepted for publication but not yet published should be referred to as “in press”.
  3. References concerning unpublished data and “personal communications” should not be cited in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text.
  4. Online database
    Doe J (2000) Title of supplementary material.  Cited 22 Feb 2000
    University site
    Doe J (1999) Title of preprint. http:///  Cited 25 Dec 1999
    FTP Site
    Doe J (1999).  Trivial HTTP, RFC2169.  Cited 12 Nov 1999
    Organization site
    ISSN International Centre (1999) Global ISSN database   Cited 20 Feb 2000.

Section and sub section headings should be concise and numbered sequentially, using a decimal system for subsections. Authors must also submit the letter of declaration for the submitted research work to avoid the conflicts of interest.
All the submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed.  In order to expedite the process of publication the authors are requested to mention at least three names and full address details including the e-mail of the potential reviewers in the research areas of specialization for their submitted manuscripts. Also, the authors may submit not more than three names of the persons to whom the article should not be sent, if any.

Upon acceptance, processing fee of TZS. 50,000 for author/s from Tanzania and 50 USD for the author/s from other countries will be paid.

The journal will hold the copyright of the published article. All authors must sign the Transfer of Copyright agreement before the article can be published. The copyright transfer covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microfilm or any other reproductions of similar nature and translations. If you wish to include any material in your manuscript in which you do not hold copyright, you must obtain written permission from the copyright owner, prior to submission. Such material may be in the form of text, data, table, illustration, photograph, line drawing, audio clip, video clip, film still, screenshot, and any other supplemental material you propose to include.

Authors can submit any supplement material not later than one week after receive of the acceptance letter from the chief editor.

All manuscripts should be submitted to the Chief Editor in the following email:
Deadline for Volume 2 (issues 1 and 2) is August 30th, 2018