The authors guide provides essential information required by authors to submit manuscripts to Journal of Meteorological and Related sciences. It is intended to serve as a quick reference for frequently needed information. Authors are encouraged to use this document for more complete and more up-to-date information on KMS style and the publication process. The instructions for authors can be accessed through this link.
Author disclosure and transfer of copyright
When submitting your manuscript, the author must inform the editor whether it has been previously published in any language or if it is under consideration for publication by another Journal. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement transferring copyright from the authors (or other holder of the copyright) to the Kenya Meteorological Society (KMS). The written, signed transfer of the copyright is required in order to allow KMS have valid rights to disseminate the research results and other scientific information. Editorial action on a manuscript that is not accompanied by the completed copyright transfer form, signed by all authors, will be delayed until the form is received. Peer review can begin after receipt of faxed or scanned versions, but the originals must be provided as soon as possible and before accepted manuscripts can enter the production process. All authors need to sign a copyright transfer form for the manuscript that is submitted, but it is acceptable for each author to provide a separate form with his or her signature rather than requiring a single form signed by all, which greatly eases the logistical problems associated with collaborations among authors of different institutions.
Each manuscript must be complete and final when submitted. Article length should be less than 7500 words (including appendixes but not references or figure captions) or about 26 double-spaced typed pages. KMS authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts electronically (see section 5), and in many cases KMS can use files prepared in Microsoft Word and other formats directly in the typesetting process. If not submitting electronically, four copies of the text and photocopies of large drawings are required. All copy (including tables, references, and list of figure captions) must be double spaced, on one side only, and have wide margins, and all pages must be numbered consecutively. The font used should be no smaller than 12 point and the line spacing should be double spacing.
Title Page. must contain title of the manuscript, name and affiliation of each author, dateline, any current or additional affiliations, and corresponding author address and e-mail. These items should appear on the first page by themselves, with the abstract beginning on page 2. The date of receipt of the manuscript will be supplied by the Editors.
Abstract. A concise (250 words) abstract is required at the beginning of each article and, at the discretion of the chief Editors, at the beginning of appropriate shorter contributions. Authors should summarize their conclusions and methods in the abstract. First person construction should not be used in the abstract, and references should be omitted because they are not available per se to abstracting services.
Text. The text should be divided into sections, each with a separate heading and numbered consecutively. The section/ subsection headings should be typed on a separate line [e.g., 1. Introduction, a .Data, 1) RADIOSONDE, and (i) Experiment 1].
Acknowledgments. Omit the word "number" from grant or contract acknowledgments
Appendix. Lengthy, mathematical analyses whose details are subordinate to the main theme of the paper should normally appear in an appendix. Each appendix should have a title.
References. References should be arranged alphabetically without numbering. The text citation should consist of the author's name and year of publication, [e.g., “according to Rossby (1945),” or “as shown by an earlier study (Rossby 1945)”]. When there are two or more papers by the same author in the same year, the distinguishing suffix (a,b, etc.) should be added.
Figure captions. Each figure must be provided with an adequate caption; all captions should be listed together, double spaced, for typesetting. Authors must include single spaced captions directly on the figures used for the reviewer copies. Authors are encouraged to remove captions from the final print quality original versions of the hard copy figures.
Illustrations and tables. Each figure and table must be cited specifically in the text. The figure number will be typeset and should not be part of the illustration.
Submission of Manuscript
Submission of manuscript(s) should be by electronic form with the text, tables and figures included in a single Microsoft Word file. Prospective authors should submit their manuscript(s) in MS-Word format by filling the online submission form.