The “African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines (AJTCAM)” is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, international, scientific Open Access Journal that provides rapid publication of articles on phytomedicines, ethnomedicines and veterinary ethnomedicines. The journal is published by a   Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) known as “African Traditional Herbal Medicine Supporters Initiative (ATHMSI)”. The Journal welcomes submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published approximately two-to-three months after acceptance.

Publication of articles in AJTCAM, like in other reputable scientific journals, involves many parties, each of which plays an important role in achieving the objectives of the journal. It, therefore, follows that all players in the publication process, especially the author, the journal editor, the peer-reviewer, and the publisher are expected to meet and uphold standard norms of ethical behaviour at all stages of their involvement, from submission stage to publication of the article stage.

Policy and Ethics: The author, in his/her covering letter, must declare that the work reported in the manuscript was performed according to the national and international institutional rules concerning animal experiments, clinical studies and biodiversity rights. The traditional medicinal importance of the study should also be provided in the covering letter. Authors should submit data that have arisen from animal and human studies conducted in an ethically-guided manner by following the guidelines set up by the World Health Organization (WHO). Authors submitting papers are advised to read online and WHO guidelines on these subjects (http://www.wipo.int/tk/en/consultations/draft_provisions/draft_provisions.html  and http://www.who.int/medicines/library/trm/researchdocs.shtml). Authors should make sure that they have acquired appropriate "prior informed consent" (PIC) of patients or volunteers used in their clinical studies. Ethical approvals from appropriate authorities should also be obtained in cases involving the use of animals and human subjects. This means that the onus is on the authors, and not on the journal, regarding this important ethical issue. Moreover, authors should clearly state this as a part of the protocol describing how this type of study or survey is made. Papers that violate these ethical principles will neither be accepted nor considered for publication in AJTCAM.

Author contributions: Each author should state his/her contribution/s to the article.

Declaration of conflict of interest: It is mandatory that authors disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest, including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence their work. Conflict of Interest disclosure is required for all manuscripts and will be published. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all co-authors adhere to this policy.

Copyright Assignment: Authors submitting manuscripts to AJTCAM do so with the understanding that if their manuscripts are accepted for publication in the journal, the copyright of such articles, including the right to produce the articles (in part or whole) in all forms and media, shall be assigned exclusively to the author/s.

Copyright License Type (Creative Commons-Attribution 4): http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0  The license lets others distribute, remix, tweak and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of all licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

Privacy Statement: The names and e-mail 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.

Withdrawal Policy: Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication in the journal, withdrawal is not permitted. However, if the withdrawal is eventually granted, the authors must pay the submission and processing fees, and submit to the Editorial Office, a document signed by all authors. Withdrawal of a published article is not an option, although such an article can be retracted for fraudulent reason/s.