African Journal of AIDS Research

ISSN: 1608-5906 (Print)
            1727-9445 (Online)
Publication frequency: 4 issues per year

Impact Factor: 0.81 (2017)
5-year Impact Factor: 1.077
 (2017)

Accredited with the DHET (SAPSE)

Indexed on PUBMED/MEDLINE

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Aims & Scope

African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR) is a peer-reviewed research journal publishing papers that make an original contribution to the understanding of social dimensions of HIV/AIDS in African contexts. AJAR includes articles from, amongst others, the disciplines of sociology, demography, epidemiology, social geography, economics, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, health communication, media, cultural studies, public health, education, nursing science and social work. Papers relating to impact, care, prevention and social planning, as well as articles covering social theory and the history and politics of HIV/AIDS, will be considered for publication.

Editors

Editor-in-Chief

Alan Whiteside, D Econ: CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
e-mail:  ajar.editor@nisc.co.za

Editorial Assistants

Sebastian Lacey, Global Governance Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Associate Editors

S Nathaniel Dlamini, PhD: Principal Survey Statistician, Statistics South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Rebecca K Fielding-Miller, MSPH, PhD: Research Fellow, Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, University of
California, San Diego, United States
Lesley Gittings, MPhil: Aids and Society Research Unit, Centre for Social Science Research, Cape Town, South Africa
Casey Golomski, PhD: Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and
Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, United States
Roger McLean, MSc: Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Sibusiso Mkwananzi, PhD: Demographer and Lecturer, Psychology Department, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South
Africa
Ann Neville Miller, PhD: Associate Professor, Nicholson School of Communication, University of Central Florida, Orlando, United States
Celenkosini Thembelenkosini Nxumalo, MN: Nurse, Ndwedwe Health Centre, Verulum, South Africa, and PhD candidate, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Gemma Oberth, PhD: Research Fellow, Democracy in Africa Research Unit, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape
Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Tim Quinlan, PhD: Health Economics and HIV/AIDs Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa                                                                                                                          

Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts presented in accordance with instructions to authors should be submitted online at the African Journal of AIDS Research ScholarOne Manuscripts site (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/raar).

Editorial Board

Peter Aggleton, PhD: Professor of Education and Health, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia
Sohail Agha, PhD: Research Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, USA
Augustine Ankomah, PhD: Senior Technical Advisor, Population Services International, The Society for Family Health, Abuja, Nigeria
Catherine Campbell, PhD: Professor in Social Psychology, London School of Economics, UK
Mary Crewe, MA: Director, Centre for the Study of AIDS, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Marguerite Daniel, PhD: Guest Researcher, Research Centre for Health Promotion, University of Bergen, Norway
Kim Dickson, MSc, MBChB, DFFP: Medical Officer, HTM/HIV Prevention in the Health Sector, World Health Organization, Geneva,
Switzerland
Rachel Jewkes, MBBS, MD: Director, Gender and Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa; Honorary
Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Honorary Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine, UK
Sam Kalibala, MD: Regional Representative of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in East and Southern Africa (IAVI), Nairobi, Kenya
Mubiana Macwan’gi, PhD: Research Fellow, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Zambia, Lusaka
Charles Nzioka, PhD: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi, Kenya; Programme Specialist in charge of
Research on HIV/AIDS and Education, UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), Paris, France
Linda Richter, PhD: Executive Director of Child, Youth, Family and Social Development Research Programme, Human Sciences Research
Council, Durban, South Africa
David Serwadda, MBChB, MMedSc, MSc, MPH: Associate Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Makerere University Institute
of Public Health, Kampala, Uganda
Brian Williams, PhD: Epidemiologist, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
David Wilson, PhD: Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, World Bank, Washington DC, USA

Publishing Manager

Contact regarding all aspects relating to the production of the journal, including scheduling and copyright issues:

Mike Schramm
NISC (Pty) Ltd
4 Speke Street
PO Box 377
Grahamstown 6140
South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)46 622 9698
Fax: +27 (0)46 622 9550
e-mail: publishing@nisc.co.za

Latest Issue

Volume 18, Issue 1, 2019

Article

Psycho-educational and social interventions provided for orphans and vulnerable children at a community-based organisation in Soweto, South Africa
Author(s): Emily Chepngetich SitieneiDST/NRF SARChI Chair in Education and Care in Childhood, South Africa, Jace PillayDST/NRF SARChI Chair in Education and Care in Childhood, South Africa
Pages: 1–8
The role of support groups in linking and retaining newly diagnosed clients in HIV care in a peri-urban location in South Africa
Author(s): Siyabonga KaveDepartment of Rural Health, South Africa, Nelisiwe F KhuzwayoDepartment of Rural Health, South Africa, Abigail HatcherSchool of Public Health, South Africa, Yandisa SikweyiyaGender & Health Research Unit, School of Public Health, South Africa
Pages: 9–17
HIV prevalence and related behaviours of older people in Botswana — secondary analysis of the Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS) IV
Author(s): Kabo MatlhoSchool of Public Health, Australia, Madeleine RandellSchool of Public Health, Australia, Refelwetswe LebelonyaneMinistry of Health, Botswana, Joseph KefasNational AIDS Coordinating Agency, Botswana, Tim DriscollSchool of Public Health, Australia, Joel NeginSchool of Public Health, Australia
Pages: 18–26
“I don’t want them to know”: how stigma creates dilemmas for engagement with Treat-all HIV care for people living with HIV in Eswatini
Author(s): Shona HorterLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, Sarah BernaysSydney School of Public Health, Australia, Zanele ThabedeMédecins sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, Eswatini, Velibanti DlaminiMédecins sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, Eswatini, Bernhard KerschbergerMédecins sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, Eswatini, Munyaradzi PasipamireSwaziland National AIDS Programme, Eswatini, Barbara RuschMédecins sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders, Switzerland, Alison WringeLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Pages: 27–37
Determinants of risky sexual behaviours among adolescents in Central African Republic, Eswatini and Ghana: evidence from multi-indicator cluster surveys
Author(s): Joseph KangmennaangDepartment of Geography and Environment, Canada, Paul MkandawireInstitute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Human Rights Program, Carleton University, Canada, Isaac LuginaahDepartment of Geography, Canada
Pages: 38–50
Factors associated with adherence to ARV treatment in people living with HIV/AIDS in a rural area (Koula-Moutou) in East Gabon
Author(s): Arnaud Mongo-DelisHIV/AIDS Outpatient Treatment Centre of Koula-Moutou, Gabon, Landry E MomboLaboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Gabon, Patrick MickalaLaboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Gabon, Wenceslas BouassaHIV/AIDS Outpatient Treatment Centre of Koula-Moutou, Gabon, Wilfried S BouedyHIV/AIDS Outpatient Treatment Centre of Koula-Moutou, Gabon, Bertrand M’batchiLaboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Gabon, Cyrille BisseyeLaboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Gabon
Pages: 51–57
Association between HIV/AIDS knowledge and stigma towards people living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana
Author(s): Sandra B Letshwenyo-MaruatonaInstitute of Health Sciences-Gaborone, Botswana, Montlenyane MadisaBotswana College of Distance and Open Learning, Botswana, Thokgamo BoitshwareloInstitute of Health Sciences-Gaborone, Botswana, Botho George-KefilweInstitute of Health Sciences-Gaborone, Botswana, Caroline KingoriDepartment of Social and Public Health, USA, Gillian IceDepartment of Social Medicine, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Health Sciences and Professions, USA, Joseph A BiancoDepartment of Social Medicine, USA, Marape MarapeMarape & Marape Family Medical and Public Health Clinic, Botswana, Zelalem T HaileDepartment of Social Medicine, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, USA
Pages: 58–64
The feasibility of the draw-and-write technique in exploring the resilience of children orphaned by AIDS
Author(s): Nyika MachenjedzeSave the Children South Africa, South Africa, Macalane J MalindiSchool of Psychosocial Education, South Africa, Fungai MbengoSchool of Nursing and Midwifery,
Pages: 72–80
Informal transit, socio-spatial exclusion, and changing geographies of HIV/AIDS in urban Malawi
Author(s): Paul MkandawireInstitute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Human Rights Program, Carleton University, Canada, Godwin ArkuDepartment of Geography, Canada, Isaac LuginaahDepartment of Geography, Canada, Josephine EtowaUniversity of Ottawa School of Nursing, Canada
Pages: 81–88

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Instructions for Authors 

African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR) publishes papers that make an original contribution to the understanding of the social dimensions of HIV and AIDS in African contexts. AJAR will publish research articles of 5 000 to 7 500 words and short communications of 2 000 words. Review papers will be considered only if they make an original conceptual or theoretical contribution to the field. Invited book reviews are also published.

Editorial policy: Submission of a manuscript implies that the material has not previously been published, nor is it being submitted elsewhere for publication. Contributions are accepted with the understanding that the authors have the authority for publication. Submission will be taken to imply transfer of copyright of the material to the publishers. NISC (Pty) Ltd. Contributions must conform to the principles outlined in Ethical Considerations in Research Publication available for download below.

Papers submitted to AJAR will be reviewed by two appropriately qualified and experienced referees to ensure that all articles accepted for publication are methodologically and conceptually sound and make an original contribution to the field. The journal adheres strictly to a double blind review process. The final decision to accept a manuscript rests with the Editor-in-Chief. Queries regarding manuscripts can be addressed to the Editorial Office at ajar.editor@nisc.co.za.

Submission: Manuscript submissions should be made online at the African Journal of AIDS Research ScholarOne Manuscripts site. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Manuscripts must adhere to the format criteria described below, and papers failing to do so will be returned to authors to be corrected before being reviewed. Authors can make use of a language editing service to ensure that the presentation of their work is of an appropriate standard for submission.

Manuscript presentation: Submitted manuscripts should contain the following sections, each in separate files:

Title page: The title (max. 20 words) should be a concise description of the article content. Author names must appear only on the title page. This page should also include each author’s names (full first name and surname), each author’s full institutional affiliation, the e-mail address of the designated corresponding author. Recommended, but not required, are short biographical notes for the authors (highest academic degree, work experience, research interests) and/or any acknowledgements.

Abstract: This should include the title of the paper and an abstract. The abstract is a concise statement of the scope of the work, the principal findings and the conclusions and should not exceed 250 words. It should not contain references. Below the abstract, up to eight additional keywords or phrases (which are not already given in the title) should be listed in alphabetical order. Short communications also require brief abstracts (max. 150 words).

Main text: All papers should include Introduction and Conclusions sections, but given the diverse range of papers that might be published in AJAR, we do not prescribe a standard format for the middle section.                                                                                                                                 Format – Manuscripts should be prepared in MSWord. The headings and text should be presented in 12-point Arial or Calibri font. The text should use 1.5 line spacing, with no extra line spacing, and should not include text columns, creative formatting or additional fonts. Headings should be sentence case and never numbered. There should be no more than three heading levels: (1) bold, (2) bold italics, (3) italics. Endnotes, not footnotes, may be used sparingly. Tables and figures (graphs, photographs or scanned images) should not be part of the text but prepared as separate files.                                                                                                                                                        

Editorial style – Manuscripts should be written in clear English (UK spelling). Consult the Oxford English Dictionary for spelling, capitalisation, hyphenation and abbreviation conventions. Consult a copy of the journal for general style conventions. Double quotation marks and regular font should be used to designate material quoted directly from other texts. Direct speech should be italicised. Use single quotation marks to signify a quote embedded within another quotation. Double quote marks and italic font should be used to denote informants’ quotes. The period (.) must be used as the decimal indicator, and ‘thousands’ should be designated by a space rather than a comma (Example: 1 500 000). Conventions on presenting mathematical and statistical data are outlined in Guidelines for the presentation of mathematical and statistical data available for download below.        

Referencing: Use APA 6 author–date style. Multiple citations in the text must be separated by semicolons and cited chronologically in the form (Habib, 1998, 2005; Bwanika & Davis, 2000; Ministry of Health, 2011). If there is more than one citation with the same publication year, these should be listed alphabetically. If previously published work is quoted directly, the citation must include the author, year of publication, and page number as in (Ajulu, 1999, p. 63). If more than five authors are cited in a reference, use only the name of the first author followed by ‘et al’. The reference list should be in alphabetical order by first author, and include all the authors of a given reference (do not use “et al.” in the list); likewise, use full journal titles. URLs may be cited only for references that are not available in print (such as a webpage) or ones that link to hard-to-find sources (e.g. municipal document), and these URLs must be up-to-date at the time of submission. Include DOIs for articles where possible.

Example reference list:    

Creswell, J. W. (2007). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Cockerham, W. C. (2000). The sociology of health behaviour and health lifestyles. In Bird C, Conrad P, & Fremont A. (Eds.), Handbook of Medical Sociology. (pp. 159–172). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Klopper, C., Stellenberg, E., & van der Merwe, A. (2014). Stigma and HIV disclosure in the Cape Metropolitan area, South Africa. African Journal of AIDS Research, 13(1), 37–43. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/ 16085906.2014.886606

Bicego, G., Nkambule, R., Peterson, I., Reed, J., Donnell, D., Ginindza, H., … Justman, J. (2013). Recent patterns in populationbased HIV prevalence in Swaziland. PLoS One, 8(10), e77101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0077101

World Health Organization. (2014, May). Swaziland: health profile. http://www.who.int/gho/countries/swz.pdf?ua=1 (accessed Jan 17, 2014).

Tables and Figures – Tables and figures should contain only information directly relevant to the content of the paper. Each table and figure must include a full, stand-alone caption, and each must be sequentially mentioned in the text. Highly stylised formatting should be avoided. Tables may use thin, horizontal lines but should not include cells with shading. Authors must ensure that their figures conform to the style of the journal. Pay particular attention to line thickness, font and figure proportions, taking into account the Journal’s printed page size. Costs of redrawing figures may be charged. Please refer to Figure Guidelines for Authors: format, style and technical considerations available for download below. For digital photographs or scanned images the resolution should be at least 300 dpi for colour or greyscale artwork and a minimum of 600 dpi for black line drawings. These can be saved (in order of preference) in PSD, JPEG, PDF or EPS format. Graphs, charts or maps can be saved in AI, PDF or EPS format. MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also acceptable but DO NOT EMBED Excel graphs or Powerpoint slides in a MS Word document, rather send the original Excel or Powerpoint files. More detailed technical information is given in Figure Guidelines for Authors.

Open access: The African Journal of AIDS Research is a hybrid journal which allows authors the option of publishing their article Open Access for a set fee. Further details are given on the Open Access at NISC page.

Electronic reprints: Authors will be notified when their article is available for download from the journal website.

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