About the Journal

The West African Journal of Open and Flexible Learning (WAJOFEL) is a practitioner's journal of the Regional Training and Research Institute for Distance and Open Learning (RETRIDOL) published twice a year.

Focus and Scope

WAJOFEL accepts manuscripts in English from all disciplines which emphasize open and distance learning, e-learning, distributed learning, and asynchronous learning. It also accepts those whose research results have significance for open and flexible learning in the aspects of policy development, best practices and administration.

Manuscripts should meet the general criteria of academic excellence and should not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts may be submitted at any time for publication consideration. All submissions are subject to the peer-review policy provided herein.

Article Types

Three types of manuscripts may be submitted for consideration:

  • Regular (original research) articles: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings, with experimental procedures given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work.
  • Short Communications: A Short Communication is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus.
  • Review/Opinion papers: Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

Submission of manuscripts is via email. Manuscripts should be sent to the Editorial Office at: wajofel@noun.edu.ng as an attachment.

A manuscript number will be assigned and emailed to the corresponding author within 72 hours. The manuscript should have a cover page which includes the corresponding author's full name, address and telephone number. The surname of the author should be used to name the file sent as an attachment. The attachment should be a single complete file that includes all figures and tables in Microsoft Word's .docx format. LaTeX users should convert their files to PDF file format before attaching and sending.

Article Processing Charges

A total article processing charge (APC) of ₦20,000.00 ($60.00) is charged for all manuscripts submitted for publication. This fee is payable in two instalments:

  1. ₦10,000.00 ($30.00) due upon submission for review.
  2. ₦10,000.00 ($30.00) due upon acceptance for publication.

Payment modalities will be supplied to authors whose manuscripts have been given broad clearance for review.

Peer-Review

All manuscripts received undergo a double-blind review process. Manuscripts are reviewed in the first instance by the members of the Editorial Board for clearance and then by two suitable subject specialist reviewers. Decisions will be made as rapidly as possible and the journal strives to return reviewers’ comments to authors within the shortest possible time.

Copyright

Submission of a manuscript implies:

  1. That the work has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or thesis);
  2. That it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere;
  3. That if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author(s) agree to the automatic transfer of the copyright to WAJOFEL.

Publication Ethics

WAJOFEL expects authors to adhere to the highest ethical standards in research and the communication of research results and findings. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Ensuring that original data upon which the submission is based is preserved and retrievable for reanalysis;
  2. Approving data presentation as representative of the original data.
  3. Ensure that their work is original to them and citations and references are duly acknowledged.

All   manuscripts   accepted   for   publication   will   be   screened   for   plagiarism. Manuscripts with a similarity score above 40% will be rejected.