Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement Requirements

1. Editorial Board


Engr. Dr. S. O. Momoh, FNSE, FNSChE, Chairman/Editor-in-Chief

Director of Research and Development (Plant and Process Design)

National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI)

(Federal Ministry of Science and Technology), Abuja

Engr. Prof. O. Taiwo, FAEng, FNSE, FIChemE, FNSChE,

Deputy Chairman/Editor-in-Chief

Professor of Process Systems Engineering,

Department of Chemical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Engr. Prof. E. A. Taiwo, MNSE,FNSChE, MCSN Associate Editor

Professor of Chemical Engineering (Separation Processes, Raw Materials and Process Development)

Department of Chemical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife

Engr. Prof. O. F. Joel, FNSChE, Associate Editor

Professor of Chemical Engineering (Oil & Gas)

Department of Petroleum & Gas Engineering, University of Port Harcourt 

Engr. Prof. E. O. Aluyor, FNSChE, FNIBE, MNSE, Associate Editor

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Benin, Benin City

Engr. Prof. G. O. Mbah, FNSChE, MNSE, Associate Editor

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering, Enugu State University of Science & Technology, Enugu

Engr. Prof. O. A. Ajayi, MNSE, MNSChE, Associate Editor

Professor of Chemical Engineering (Zeolite Science and Technology, Separation processes and Catalyse)

Department of Chemical Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Engr. Prof. A. S. Kovo, MNSE, MNSChE, Associate Editor/Secretary

Professor of Chemical Engineering (Zeolite Science and Technology, Separation processes and Catalyse)

Department of Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Minna

Engr. Dr. M. Alhassan, MNSE, MNSChE, Associate Editor

Chemical Processes

Department of Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Minna

Board Of Directors And Officials

 Engr, O. A. Anyaoku, FNSChE,FNSE, FNAEng

Fmr. Group Executive Director, Refining & Petrochemicals, NNPC

National President

Engr. S. A. Mohammed, FNSChE, FNSE

Fmr. Chief Executive Officer, Gas, NNPC

Deputy National President.

Prof. Sam S. Adefila, FNSChE, FNSE, FNAEng

Professor of Chemical Engineering, ABU Zaria

Immediate Past President

Engr. D. Uweh, MNSChE

Publicity Secretary

Engr. Ben Akaakar, FNSChE

Asst. Publicity Secretary

Engr. Anthony Ogheneovo, FNSChE

National Treasurer

Engr. Dr. (Mrs.) Edith A. Alagbe, MNSChE

Asst. National Treasurer

Engr. S. O. Bosoro, MNSChE

Executive Secretary

Engr. Dr. Mrs. G. Akujobi-Emetuche, FNSChE

Internal Auditor

Engr. Edwin N.Ikezue, FNSChE

Internal Auditor

Chairmen Of The State Chapters.

Engr. G. H. Abubakar, MNSChE                                -           Kogi

Engr. Ogheneovo Ememerurai, MNSChE         -           Edo/Delta

Dr. Idris   Muhammed, MNSChE                            -           ABBYGOT

Engr. G. T. Muhammad, FNSChE                           -           Kaduna

Prof. M. S. Nwakaudu, FNSChE                             -           Imo/Abia

Dr. P.C. N. Ejikeme, FNSChE                         -           Anambra/Enugu/Ebonyi

Dr. Innocent Akuvue, FNSChE                             -        Rivers/Balyelsa

Prof. Abdulfatai Jimoh, MNSChE                            -           Niger

Engr. O. O. Onugu, FNSChE                            -           FCT/Nasarawa

Prof. E. A. Taiwo, FNSChE                             -           Oyo/Osun/Kwara

Dr. K. F. K. Oyedeko, FNSChE                           -           Lagos/Ogun

Engr. T. S. Soom, MNSChE                             -           Benue Industrial

Dr. I. O. Oboh , MNSChE                            -           Akwa Ibom/Cross River

Dr. E. A. Dada, FNSChE                                        -           USA


Contact Information

The contact information for the editorial office is:


National Secretariat: Infinite Grace House, Plot 4, Oyetubo Street,

Off Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria.



Submission of Manuscripts: and copy:


2. Author and Author Responsibilities


The Journal of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers will publish articles on the original research on the science and technology of Chemical Engineering. Preference will be given to articles on new processes or innovative adaptation of existing processes. Critical reviews on current topics of Chemical Engineering are encouraged and may be solicited by the Editorial Board. The following types of articles will be considered for publication:

a. Full length articles or review papers.

b. Communication – a preliminary report on research findings.

c. Note – a short paper describing a research finding not sufficiently completed to warrant a full article.

d. Letter to the Editor – comments or remarks by readers and/or authors on previously published materials.

The authors are entirely responsible for the accuracy of data and statements. It is also the responsibility of authors to seek ethical clearance and written permission from persons or agencies concerned, whenever copyrighted material is used.

For now the journal is published twice in a year, March/April and September/October.


 a. The Manuscript should be written in clear and concise English and typed in Microsoft Word using double spacing on A4-size paper, Times New Romans font and 12 point. A full length article or review should not exceed 15 pages. Margin should be Normal (i.e. 2.54cm for Top, Bottom, Left & Right margins).

b. The Manuscript should be prepared in the following format: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, and References. 

c. The Manuscript must contain the full names, address and emails of the authors. In the case of multiple authorship, the person to whom correspondence should be addressed must be indicated with functional email address. As an examples, authors’ names should be in this format:

Momoh, S. O., Adisa, A. A. and Abubakar, A. S.

If the addresses of authors are different, use the following format:

*Momoh, S. O.1, Adisa, A. A.2 and Abubakar, A. S.3

Use star * to indicate the corresponding author.

d. Symbols should conform to America Standard Association. An abridged set of acceptable symbols is available in the fourth edition of Perry’s Chemical Engineering Handbook. Greek letters, subscripts and superscripts should be carefully typed. A list of all symbols used in the paper should be included after the main text as Nomenclature.

e. All Units must be in the SI units (kg, m, s, N, etc).

f. The Abstract should be in English and should not be more than 200 words. The Abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, methodology, results, major findings and major conclusions. Abstracts are not required for Communications, Notes or Letters.

g. Citation must be in the Harvard Format i.e. (Author, Date). Examples are (Smith, 1990) or (Jones et al, 2011). (Kemp, 2000) demonstrated that …..; (Mbuk, 1985; Boma, 1999; Sani, 2000) if more than two authors. (Telma, 2001a), (Telma, 2001b); etc if the citation have the same author and year of publication.

For more information on Harvard Referencing: Guide visit

h. References must also be in the Harvard Format i.e. (Author, Date, Title, Publication Information). References are listed in alphabetical order. Examples are shown below:

Haghi, A. K. and Ghanadzadeh, H. (2005). A Study of Thermal Drying Process. Indian Journal of Chemical Technology, Vol. 12, November 2005, pp. 654-663

Kemp, I.C., Fyhr, C. B., Laurent, S., Roques, M. A., Groenewold,  C. E., Tsotsas, E., Sereno, A. A., Bonazzi, C. B., Bimbernet, J. J. and Kind M.(2001). Methods for Processing Experimental Drying Kinetic Data. Drying Technology, 19: 15-34.

i. Tables should contain a minimum of descriptive materials. Tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc), and should be placed at the referenced point with captions (centralised) placed at the top of the table.

j. Figures, charts, graphs and all illustrations should be placed at the referenced point, numbered in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc) and incorporated in the text. Caption for Figures should be placed at the bottom of the Figure (centralised). Lettering set or symbols should be used for all labels on the figures, graphs, charts, photographs even when drawn in colours. (Note that figures drawn in colours may be unreadable if printed in black and white).

k. Equations should be typed using MS Word Equation Editor and should be centred with number (in Arabic numeral) at the right margin.

l. Wherever possible, Fractions should be shown using the oblique slash. E.g. x/y

m. Footnotes should not be incorporated in the text.

n. Acknowledgements should appear at the end of the paper, before the list of references.


Manuscripts should be submitted by sending a Microsoft Word document (taking into account the Manuscript Requirements described in section 2 above) to the following email address: and copy

All correspondences are directed to the Editor-in-Chief using the submission emails addresses: and copy Meanwhile the online submission of articles on the journal website will soon be ready.

Authors should note that:

a. All authors listed in the manuscript have significantly contributed to the research.

b. All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

c. All references cited are listed and financial support acknowledged.

d. It is forbidden to publish same research in more than one journal.

The fee charged for paper review and publication will be borne by the authors as follows:

a. Manuscript Review charges =              N6,500 payable by both Members and Non-Member. Overseas is $30.00.

b. Publication Charges =              N10,000 payable by Non-Members and Members who are not financially up-to-date. Overseas is $40.00.

c. Members would only get one (1) Journal free and buy the other if they so wish.

d. Corresponding Author whose paper is published on a particular edition would get one (1) free copy on behalf of all the co-authors. Other co-authors will buy if they so wish.

All fees are paid after the paper had been accepted for publication. These charges may be reviewed from time to time by the Governing Board of Directors of the Society.


On acceptance, authors will be required to submit a copy of their manuscripts using Microsoft Word by emails to and copy

The following additional information should be observed for accepted papers: (i) Typed in Microsoft Word using 1.15 spacing on A4-size paper, Times New Romans font and 10 point; (ii) Margin should be 2.54cm for Top & Bottom; 2.20cm for Left & Right margins; (iii) The abstract should be one column document while the body of the manuscript should be double columns with 0.5cm gutter spacing except some tables and figures that may have to go in for one column document.


Full NSChE Journal edition in hard copy will be published twice annually – March/April Edition and September/October Edition.


Reprints are available on request at a moderate fee per page. Orders must be placed before the paper appears in Print.


The papers are wholly the view of their author(s) and therefore the publisher and the editors bear no responsibility for such views. 


The subscription price per volume is as follows:

a. Individual Reader      -         N3,000.00

b. Institutions, Libraries, etc.- N5,000.00

c. Overseas Subscription -        $100.00

Request for information or subscription should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief through the following emails addresses: and copy


By submitting your manuscript to the Journal, you have agreed that the copyright of the published material belongs to the journal.


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.


3. Peer-Review Process

The review process is an important aspect of the publication process of an article. It helps an editor in making decision on an article and also enables the author to improve the manuscript.The Journal adopts a double-blind peer review. That is, the reviewers of the paper won't get to know the identity of the author(s), and the author(s) won't get to know the identity of the reviewers.

The Editors first assess the manuscript to determine its suitability for the journal. Some of the manuscripts that could not pass this first test are referred to the authors with a letter.

There is a designed reviewers' form which is to be completed by each of the reviewers. Maximum of 3 reviewers are required. The manuscript, the report form and the guide to authors are sent to each of the reviewers. In the form, the reviewer is required to comments, among others, on suitability of the manuscripts in the following areas – appropriateness of the title (modify or suggest another title), Abstracts, introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, bibliography/references, the originality of the manuscripts, subject matter within scope of the journal?, depth of research, readability of language, provisional rating (technical quality, contribution to the field), final decision and recommendation, and then general comments.

Each reviewer is given a month to return the report as well as comments inside the manuscript. When received, the report and comments are sent back to the authors for corrections. The Editors review the reviewers’ report/comments and the corrections made by the authors and take a decision to either reject or accept the manuscripts. If there is the need, the corrected version from the authors is referred back to the reviewer for his/her comments. Meanwhile we have completed an online interactive peer review process which is being tested. This will be available on the website. Pending the completion of that, we still follow our usual “manual” procedures.

This process is as displayed diagrammatically.

4. Publication Ethics

As stated in the Publishing Ethics of Elsevier (2020a) “the publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society of society-owned or sponsored journals.”

For this journal, we adopt, as much as possible, Ethical Guidelines for Journal Publication as produced by Elsevier (2020b).

Our major areas of focus are as outlined by AcademicJournals (2020) some of which are presented below:

Our major areas of focus are as outlined by AcademicJournals (2020) some of which are presented below:

The Merriam Webster Online dictionary defines plagiarizing as:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

The Journal of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (JNSChE) considers plagiarism a serious offense. JNSChE is committed to eliminating manuscripts with possible cases of plagiarism from its review and publication process. Editorial Board of JNSChE uses or encourages her reviewers to use their research experiences in the field or any free plagiarism detector application to check each manuscript for possible cases of plagiarism.

Plagiarism check is the first step in the manuscript review process. Manuscripts that are found to contain unacceptable level of similarity with other published works are immediately rejected.

Submitted manuscripts should be the original works of the author(s). The Editorial Board of the JNSChE will follow COPE (Committee of Publication Ethics) guideline in suspected cases of plagiarism (COPE (n.d.)).

Duplicate submissions
Duplicate submission is a situation whereby an author submits the same or similar manuscripts to two different journals at the same time. This includes the submission of manuscripts derived from the same data in such a manner that there are no substantial differences in the manuscripts. Duplicate submission also includes the submission of the same/similar manuscript in different languages to different journals.

Fabrication and falsification of data
It is unethical to fabricate, manipulate or falsify data in a manuscript.  The Editorial Board of JNSChE will use COPE guidelines in dealing with suspected cases of data fabrication and falsification.

Citations manipulation
A manuscript should contain only relevant citations. Inclusion of citations that are not relevant to the work is strongly discouraged. Similarly, irrelevant self-citation to increase one’s citation is unethical.


5. Copyright and Access

Copyright “describes the rights related to the publication and distribution of research. It governs how authors (as well as their employers or funders), publishers and the wider general public can use, publish and distribute articles or books.”Elsevier (2020c). By submitting the manuscript to the Journal, the authors have agreed that the copyright of the published material belongs to the journal. In this model, the author transfers the copyright and the associated rights along with it to the journal. However, the authors have the right to: Share their article for personal useinternal institutional use and scholarly sharing purposes.; Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data); Proper attribution and credit for the published work.

For the hard copy of the journal, the price for subscription is fixed as follows: 

Individual Member (N3,000); Overseas Subscribers (USS100.00) and for Institutions and Libraries (N5,000). These are fixed by the Board of Directors of the Society, the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers. Any change in price will be approved by the Board and takes effect in the next edition of the journal. For now, the pay-per-article download is N1000 and $5,00. These are yet to be programmed into the website.


6. Archiving

We recognise that the best way to ensure that journal articles will always be accessible to readers is to deposit all published articles into a long-term digital preservation service or archive.

For now, the journal archives the published version on the journal website. In addition, the Editorial Board encourages authors to archive the published version of their articles on their personal or institutional repositories and as well as other appropriate websites.

In the future, we will be contacting archiving organsiations like the Portico digital preservation service which is a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.


7. Ownership and Management

Being a journal owned by a professional association, the ownership and management of the journal rests on the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE). It is the Board that appoints the journal Editorial Board who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the journal.

It is the Society, NSChE that publishes the journal.


8. Website

The journal’s website is The journal can also be accessed via the NSChE website,, through the Resources tab.


9. Publishing Schedule

The journal is published twice in a year. The first edition is March/April and the second edition is September/October. We expect articles to come in three months to a particular edition or else they may  be considered for the next edition.


10. Name of Journal

The name of the journal is the Journal of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, JNSChE. It is published by the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE), Lagos, Nigeria.



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