Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are adressed within the text at the appropriate points.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
Manuscript submission process
Subject to acceptance of manuscripts, authors must complete a journal publication agreement form.
Authors declare in a form (declaration on honor of non-existence of conflicts of interest form) that the results of their manuscripts do not suffer from any conflict of interest.
Authors must certify that the manuscript (s) submitted to STSA are not being evaluated in any other journal. They will be asked to complete a transfer of rights form before final acceptance of the manuscripts. Reproduction rights to the article, including illustrations, are transferred free of charge to the journal. Each manuscript is evaluated by at least two reviewers appointed by the editorial board.
The main stages are:
The author registers on the platform by clicking on "register". He can then access his account as much as he wishes by clicking on "open a session". Submission of the manuscript is then done by following the electronic guidelines.
The editor-in-chief or his assistant receives the manuscript and performs an initial verification of compliance with the editorial structure, the tolerated limit (number of words), and plagiarism.
The editor-in-chief or his deputy also assesses the manuscript's coverage area and accordingly assigns it to members of the editorial board who have expertise. Topic editors, if necessary, make a summary assessment of the quality of the manuscript and decide whether to send it to reviewers or return it to authors for improvement.
If the manuscript is suitable to enter the review process, the editor-in-chief sends (anonymously) the abstract to at least two reviewers selected for this purpose, to have their agreement to review the manuscript.
The editor-in-chief then sends the manuscript to the reviewers, taking care to remove any features or identifiers that could identify the authors. The Editorial Board agrees with the reviewer an evaluation timeframe (typically 3 weeks).
Two weeks after sending the manuscript to the reviewer, the reviewer must be restarted (reminder of the deadline). The deadline may be extended, if necessary, at the request of the assessor; but not more than once.
Evaluators send their comments in an evaluation report following a template of their own.
The thematic editors concerned assess the correctness / relevance of the comments and refer them to the Editor-in-Chief for decision.
The Editor-in-Chief will send their decision to the corresponding author and give them a reasonable period of time (approximately 1 month) to incorporate the corrections and resubmit the manuscript, if it is not rejected out of hand.
Once the manuscript is resubmitted, it resumes the same process. If the reviewers are satisfied that their comments are well taken into account and that the manuscript is mature enough to be published, then the thematic editors refer to the Editor-in-Chief with certification that the manuscript is ready for publication. Otherwise, they return it to the contact author for improvement.
For manuscripts declared ready for publication, the Editor-in-Chief sends a certificate of acceptance for publication to the authors who must then pay to the journal's bank account the publication costs fixed at sixty-five thousand (65,500) CFA francs , i.e. the equivalent of one hundred (100) euros.
Following the payment of the publication costs (duly noted by the manager and notified to the Editor-in-Chief, the latter orders the production department to format the article online, according to the publication schedule.
Between 10 and 15 manuscripts are published at a time (in one issue of the journal).
Two regular issues are published each year. Depending on the evolution of scientific questions, special issues may be added to the two regular issues.
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.