About the Journal
Focus and Scope
All papers submitted to the journal should be an original thought-provoking appraisal of existing knowledge, collation of relevant data of interest or investigation and exploration of new fields in applied science and technology.
Peer Review Process
All articles published in NIJOTECH must undergo peer review. Peer-review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers’ expert in the field.
NIJOTECH uses a double-blind review system in which the author and reviewer do not know each other. This ensures that there should be no conflict of interest, high confidentiality and for objective reviewing of articles for qualitative publications. Review takes approximately 6 weeks from date of receipt of paper. Papers submitted to NIJOTECH are usually sent out for review within 48 hours. Articles will be subjected to and must pass a plagiarism check before it can be sent out for peer review.
A key policy is that articles submitted to NIJOTECH should not have been nor will be submitted to any other journal or conference while still under review or after being accepted for publication.
The contents of the articles are the sole opinion of the author(s) and not of NIJOTECH.
NIJOTECH IS OPEN ACCESS IMPLYING THAT ALL CONTENTS BECOME AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY AFTER PUBLICATION FOR EASE OF DISSEMINATION. Dissemination of articles has to be in whole, not in parts.
A copyright and statement of originality documents will need to be filled out clearly and signed prior to publication of an accepted article.
Four Issues are published in batches annually.
Issue 1 - January
Issue 2 - April
Issue 3 - July
Issue 4 - October
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
The very first issue of Nigerian Journal of Technology was published in 1975. That issue had only seven articles but the then Editor, Engr. Prof. Mike A. Nwachukwu of blessed memory made it clear that “… it is better to get off to a quick start from a narrow base and later spread out than to try, ab-initio, to involve a much larger group and run the risk of being bogged down by inevitable communicational and management problems”. The managing body of NIJOTECH then was called “Nsukka Technological Group” and they got the journal off the ground in 1975.
The second volume came in 1978 i.e. three years later with only five articles. It was not difficult to know why such a delay occurred despite the high initial starting torque, but apparently there weren’t substantial submissions to warrant a publication. Issues continued to appear until 1991.
Between 1992 and 1994, there were no publications at all. This period was also characterized by a mass exodus of academics from Nigeria to other countries on account of low wages, national strikes, local strikes and several retarding dynamics in the governance of this country. It was within this period that most people lost interest in academics. That was the time an ordinary foodstuff retailer would open a register of debtors (academic staff of universities) who buy cups of rice and beans on credit. If all sectors could suffer in this form, NIJOTECH could not have been exempted.
In 1995, NIJOTECH published again. Still it was one issue per year; in fact the print issues of 1995 to 1997 were in a single bound volume. Yes three issues in one publication, to save cost and again to show that articles were actually very few in number. The reappearance of the journal within this period was not due to any marginal improvement in the academic staff remunerations but due to the doggedness of our Engineering Faculty.
The years 1998 and 1999 did not witness any publication and no reason was advanced, but the slim nature of previous issues attest to the same fact that submissions were low.
In 2000, the journal continued its annual appearance. It was in 2005 that two issues were published for the first time in one year. This was sustained until 2010 when three issues were published and was again sustained till 2013. It was in 2012 that the website www.nijotech.com was launched and before the end of 2013, all back issues were uploaded on the website. Owing to this, the visibility of NIJOTECH increased beyond the imagination of all. In 2014, we were forced to publish four issues in a year due to the large number of submissions coming in. The figure on the inside of the back cover shows this progression. The geographical spread of the source of papers has also increased tremendously and it is now clear that NIJOTECH is already an international journal with no other like it in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Our indexing has been steadily growing. We now have over 500 visits on the website daily and some papers have been downloaded more than 2000 times as at 9:30pm on September 30, 2015. We can only accept 43% of what we receive based on review reports. Now originality of articles matters more to us than ever before.
It is not difficult to predict the future of NIJOTECH and even though the Nsukka Technological Group is no longer here, her original philosophy permits us to celebrate our 44TH anniversary, … and we are much more stronger than when we started.
ALL ARTICLES ON NIJOTECH WEBSITE ARE COPYRIGHT MATERIALS.
We adopt the Creative Commons Liscence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) as described below:
1. Articles may be read, printed or dowloaded.
2. Articles may be redistributed, republished in whole without omittting any detail (not in part) e.g. in a display or repository
3. Articles may be translated for private use only and not for distribution. Any translations, for which a prior translation agreement with NIJOTECH has not been established, must prominently display the statement: "This is an unofficial translation of an article that appeared in a NIJOTECH publication. NIJOTECH has not endorsed this translation."
4. Article may be downlaoded for text and data minig purposes so long as the use is non-commercial.
5. Portions or extract from the article may be used in other works so long as proper citations including article authors, article title, volume, issue, page number and DOIs are well cited in the references.
6. Articles may not be resold for commercial purposes.
NIJOTECH Archiving Policy
NIJOTECH supports the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to ensure a secure and permanent archive for journal content.
Engr. Prof. E. S. Obe, Editor-in-Chief and Journal Manager