Annals of Borno is a multi-disciplinary regional journal of research and documentation in the Human, Natural, Social and Applied Sciences, published by the University of Maiduguri Press (Publishing House). It mainly carries both synchronic and diachronic studies on Northeastern Nigeria, comprising Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States and on the Chad Basin – the point of contact between Nigeria and her neighbouring countries of Cameroun, Niger and Chad.

The journal, which was founded by the University of Maiduguri, is currently sponsored by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). It has a direct academic, cultural and social relevance to the nation as a whole and to the international academic community. Although studies by University of Maiduguri staff may feature prominently, contributions with appropriate regional focus are invited from specialists in various disciplines within and outside Nigeria.

Author Guidelines

Submissions may be in the form of full-length articles, (not exceeding 20 pages), research notes, reports or book and paper reviews (not exceeding 8 pages). Authors should submit the original and two other copies of each manuscript, typed double-spaced on A4-size paper, single-sided and with one-and-a-half-inch margin on all sides. Each article must be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 200 words and a list of not more than five keywords.

The name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) should not appear in the main text, but on a separate cover page only. Authors will be notified of the receipt of their submissions within 48 hours (via email) and later through regular mail. Acceptance, rejection or the need for a revision of a submission will be communicated in the shortest possible time. Papers are accepted with the understanding that they are neither being simultaneously considered for publication nor published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Notes and References

Authors should use endnotes and not footnotes, except where professional practice in a specific discipline dictates otherwise. Annals has adopted the Harvard referencing style. References should be listed at the end of the contribution - after the endnotes (if any).

Reference Style

Citations in the text should indicate author’s name and date of publication, e.g.:

  1. Howard and Okafor (1983) reported ………
  2. …… as was recently reported (Howard and Okafor, 1983).
  3. ……"should be upheld”, as was recently reported (Howard and Okafor, 1983:100).

References to Journal Articles

Hair, Paul E., Early Kanuri Vocabularies (1970 – 1820), Journal of West African   Languages (5) (4) (January, 1969): 20.

Howard, Lawrence and S.O. Okafor (1983), Center-periphery Relations: The Influence of the Past on the Present in Borno. Annals of Borno 1:57-74.

Cohen, Ronald (1967), Family in Borno Anthropologica 9(1):21-42.

References to sections of edited books or monographs

Cohen, Ronald (1966), The Borno King List. In: Butler, Jeffrey (ed), Boston University Papers on Africa: Vol. 2 African History, Boston University Press, pp. 85-105.

Illustrations and Tables

All tables and illustrations should be titled, numbered in Arabic numerals and cited in the text. Each table should be self-contained and self-explanatory. Maps, designs and figures that are very clear and photographic reproductions, provided that they are of good quality, are acceptable instead of the original. All line drawings, diagrams or graphs should be in black ink, accompanied by appropriate captions.


Authors are entitled to two free copies of the offprint of their papers, which will be sent to the corresponding contributor.

Subscription Rates

In Nigeria                                                            Outside Nigeria

(Excluding the cost of postage)

Soft Cover        N4,000.00                                   US$100.00

Hard Cover      N7,000.00                                   US$200.00

Institutional     N10,000.00 (Soft Cover);

                           N20,000.00 (Hard Cover)


All editorial correspondence should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Borno, University of Maiduguri, P.M.B. 1069, Maiduguri, Nigeria or through the e-mail provided on this page. Communications on purchase of the journal should be addressed to the Chair, University of Maiduguri Press (Publishing House), University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri. Payment in naira is acceptable only for orders within Nigeria. Opinions expressed in the Annals are those of the authors, and in no way involve the University of Maiduguri as an institution.