Journal of Social Issues in Non-Communicable Conditions and Disability

Call for papers

The journal is now open for submissions. Please email your submission to There are no charges for publishing in the journal.

Author guidelines

Your article should have:

  1. An abstract of 200 words maximum or very close to 200 – no references and subheadings in abstract.
  2. Introduction – one paragraph only, no references, the final sentence must inform the reader what the article contains or how it is structured
  3. Key words – five to eight (5-8) key words.
  4. Author details – surname, first names, department, institution and email address.
  5. Body of the manuscript or main text.
  6. Conclusion – one paragraph, no references.
  7. References list
  8. Acknowledgements – if applicable

The journal uses the ASWNet guide available at

Important issues

  1. Use majority African references/authors/sources in the background, literature review, methodology, discussion; implications for social work. Literature from the Global South should be prioritised where African literature is not available.
  2. Prioritizing African philosophy, theories, models and frameworks, and where these are not available, we request you to propose your own to guide your research or create your own after your research. Philosophies, theories, models and frameworks from the Global South should be prioritised where African ones are not available.
  3. If you have done a literature review (scoping or systematic), provide a list of your sources (eg databases, libraries etc) and list of authors with works used in the review. Prioritize African sources.
  4. Length of manuscript must be 5000 words maximum.
  5. Follow ASWNet formatting guide for headings, subheadings, citing and references.
  6. Ensure that you read your paper more carefully before submission to get rid of minor errors.

Useful links:

African philosophy –

African theories –

African research methods –

Journal policy

Welcome to the Journal of Social Issues in Non-Communicable Conditions and Disability. The general aim of this journal is to promote the creation and dissemination of knowledge of social issues in non-communicable diseases and disability on the African continent. There is currently a gap in Africa in terms of academic publications for non-communicable conditions and disability, particularly the social issues. The journal is interested in the social issues of cancer, neurological conditions, disability, cardiovascular diseases (e.g. heart attack and stroke), diabetes, obstructive lung diseases, mental health, substance use, asthma and ageing. Issues of reducing risk factors, prevention and determinants are central to the journal. The Journal of Social Issues in Non-Communicable Conditions and Disability is an open access, free online, refereed journal publishing original articles on research, practice and education, policy and service user experiences.

Types of articles

  • Original research articles
  • Interviews
  • Case studies
  • Conference or webinar papers or slides
  • Screening or assessment tools
  • General/scoping literature reviews
  • Systematic literature reviews
  • Meta-analysis (review of systematic reviews)
  • Patient stories
  • Letters
  • Teaching slides
  • Proposed models, frameworks or theories
  • Raw data
  • Biographies

Members of the Editorial Board

If you are interested in joining the board, please fill in the short form below. We encourage women and people with a disability to apply.

Professor Najib Kissani, Professor in Neurology, Head of Neurology Department, University Hospital Mohamed VI, Marrakech; (Morocco), Director of Neuroscience Research Laboratory of Marrakesh Medical School, Morocco, Email:

Dr Gams Daniel Massi, Consultant Neurologist, Douala General Hospital, Assistant Lecturer, University of Buea and Associate Lecturer, University of Douala, Cameroon, Email:

Dr Kofi-Awivury-Newton, African Health and Ageing Research Centre
Winneba, Central Region, Ghana; University of Newcastle, Australia, Email:

Dr Jacob Rugare Mugumbate, African Social Work Network, Zimbabwe; Epilepsy Resource Centre Zimbabwe; University of Wollongong, Australia, Email:

Oluwagbemiga Oyinlola, Principal Medical Social Worker, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria, Email:

Associate Professor Magnus Mfoafo-M’Carthy, Carnegie Diaspora Fellow (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration -GIMPA), Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, Email:

Dr Admire Chereni, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Email:

Dr. G. Nokukhanya Ndhlovu, University of Fort Hare and University of Cape Town, Email: