: Special issue on Nursing and Midwifery education in Africa

Announcement for Special-focus Issue in African Journal for Health Professions Education (AJHPE) on


The year 2020 has been designated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the year of the Nurse and Midwife. The education of Nurses and Midwives should be raised to international standards to enhance the overall impact of Nurses and Midwives in health care systems in Africa (WHO, 2019). It is against this background that the African Journal of Health Professions Education will publish a special-focus issue in September 2020 on the theme of “Nursing and Midwifery Education in Africa”.


The editorial team would like to invite you to contribute either a research paper, a short report, review paper, a forum article or a short communication to celebrate the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020.


In order to complete peer-review and revision in time for our publication deadlines, we need to receive your submission by 4th May 2020.


We invite you to submit one (or more) of the following to this special-focus issue:


Research paper

Guideline word limit: 3 000 words (excluding abstract and bibliography) Research articles describe the background, methods, results, and conclusions of an original research study. The article should contain the following sections: structured abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusion, and should include a structured abstract (see below). May include up to 6 illustrations or tables and a maximum of 20 - 25 references.

Scientific letters/short reports

These are shorter length, scholarly research articles of no more than 1500 words. Singleinstitution, and/or studies with sample sizes <100 are better submitted as short reports.

  • Guideline word limit: 1500 words
  • Abstract: Structured, of about 250 words, with the following, recommended headings: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.
  • May include only one illustration or table
  • A maximum of 8 references

Forum articles

Are personal opinion pieces that address an area in health professions education that would be of interest to the readership.

Forum pieces while reflecting the author's personal views, should be scholarly, and arguments well-supported. 

  • They should not exceed 1000 words.
  • Up to 5 references are allowed.

Short communications

Are very brief articles that share work in progress, lessons learnt or innovations in nursing or midwifery education. They should be no more than 500 words in length.

  • A maximum of 3 references, and 1 table or figure. 
  • Short Communications should be structured under the following headings: Why was the idea necessary (Problem), What was tried (Approach) and What were the lessons learnt (Outcomes).

The complete author guidelines and steps for online submission are available on the journal’s website: http://www.ajhpe.org.za/index.php/ajhpe/about

Please indicate in the letter to the editor that your submission is for this special-focus issue for nursing and midwifery.


Thank you for considering.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Champion N. Nyoni & Dr. Liz Wolvaardt

Guest Editors: Special focus-Issue: Nursing and Midwifery Education