Journal of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies

The Nano-Horizons journal is intended to be the voice of the African nano-community in this fast-rising multidisciplinary field at the interface of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Materials science, Computation & modelling. The focus is the multidisciplinary field of Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies. The journal will consider publishing:
• Mini Reviews,
• Original contributions,
• Original Short Communications,
• Original Reports
• Express Letters


Editor in Chief

M. Maaza

UNESCO-UNISA-ITLABS/NRF Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies, University of South Africa (UNISA) & National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF)


Regional Editor-India

Dr. K. Kaviyarasu

Nanomaterials for energy & advanced materials, UNESCO-UNISA-ITLABS/NRF Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies, University


Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies,

University of South Africa

Regional Editor-Nordic region

M. Willander

Multi-functional Nanomaterials

Linköping University (LIU)-Sweden

Regional Editor-Europe

M. Henini

Nanostructures & Solar Energy/ University of Nottingham-UK

Regional Editor-North America

M. Chaker

Lasers & nanophotonics

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Canada (INRS)

Regional Editor-South America

I. Polykarpov

Biophysics & lifesciences

Institute of Physics of Sao Carlos (IFSC), University of São Paulo (USP)-Brasil

Regional Editor-Middle East

R. Sbiaa

Nanomagnetism,University of Sultan Qaboos-Oman (SQU)

Prof.Ehud Keinan

Nanochemistry, Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Haifa-Israel

Regional Editor-Pacific

J. Kennedy

Nanomaterials & Radiations

Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited (GNS)-New Zealand

F. Ezema (West Africa regional Editor)

Nanomaterials for Energy

University of Nigeria-Nsukka (UNN)

Z. Yunus (East Africa regional Editor)

Nanomaterials for Solar Energy

Adigrat University-Ethiopia

S. Zouheir (North Africa regional Editor)

Nanopolymers & nanophotonics

Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Research Science and Innovation & University of Rabat (Morocco)

N. Torto (Southern Africa regional Editor)

Nanochemistry & spin-coating

Botswana Institute for Research & Innovation







Africa Editorial team Members

F. Dakora, NanoChemistry & Soil sciences, African Academy of Sciences-Kenya (AAS)

O. Nur (Sudan Diaspora), Advanced & functional nanomaterials, Linkoping University –Sweden

A. Krief (Tunisia Diaspora), Advanced & functional nanomaterials, Linkoping University –Sweden 

R. Morad (South Africa), Computational& Modelling, iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation of South Africa

F. Rosei, Nanomaterials for Energy, International Organization for Chemistry Development (IOCD)

K. Toussaint (Burkina Fasso Diaspora), Naphotonics, Brown University-USA

D. Akinwande (Nigeria Diaspora), 2D & Nanoelectronics, The university of Texas at Austin-USA

S. Haile (Ethiopia Diaspora), Physical Chemistry, NorthWestern University –USA

Ch. Dimpka (Ghana Diaspora), Nanofertilizers & Nano for Agriculture, Connecticut University

B.D. Ngom, Thin films& functional coatings, Cheikh Anta-Diop Universityof Dakar-Senegal

C. Nwanya, Green Chemistry, University of Nigeria-Nsukka (UNN) Nigeria

S. Mensah, Computational, Modelling & Theory, University of Cape Coast (UCC)-Ghana

H. Swai, Biophysics & Nanomedicine, Nelson Mandela University of Science & Technology, Arusha-Tanzania

T. Nyokong, Biochemistry, Rhodes University-South Africa

K. Ozoemen

Nanomaterials/Electrochemistry, University of the Witwatersrand

Siham Yousuf A Alqaradawi (Diaspora Egypt), Nanochemistry, photocatalysis & water treatment, University of Qatar

Z. Birech (Kenya), Nanophotonics & spectroscopy, University of Nairobi

A. Gurib-Fakim, Phytochemistry, University of South Africa

J. Farrant, Lifescience, University of Cape Town

M. Ntwaeborwa, Nanophosphors, University of the Witwatersrand

O. Akin Ojo, Computation & Modelling, East Africa Institute for Fundamental Research

H. Cabrera, Lasers & spectroscopy, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

A. Kasry, Nanomaterials, British University of Egypt

Dr. Patience MTUNZI, Nanophotonics, Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, Pretoria-South Africa

Prof. Mmantsae MOCHE, Renewable Energy, University of Pretoria, Pretoria-South Africa



Requirements Specific to Nano-Horizons

Please read these requirements in conjunction with the style guide that follows them.

Article length

There are no word limits to submissions to Nano-Horizons.

Abstract length

Submissions should include an abstract.


Submissions should include six to ten keywords arranged in order of relevance.

General Style Guidelines: IEEE, Citation-Sequence

1. Guidelines for Technical Preparation of Manuscripts


Submit manuscripts electronically as Microsoft Word files.

All graphic material has to be positioned at the correct place in the text and should be of a good quality. Do not add supplementary files with graphic content.

Manuscripts must be presented as: A4 pages; normal margins; 12pt Times Roman; 1.5 line spacing.

Proofing language must be set as UK English (e.g. colour—not color; travelled—not traveled; organise; organisation; organising—not -ize).

Do not type double spaces anywhere; not between words, at the end of sentences or after colons.

Type hard spaces (shift + control + space bar) when phrases are preferred to be presented as a unit, e.g.10_000; Vol. 1 (2):_22–21.

Authors should include their affiliation or ORCID below their full name, after the title of the article.


Acknowledgements appear at the end of the article, should be brief, and recognise sources of financial and logistical support and permission to reproduce materials from other sources. Save a copy of documentation granting such permission. Adherence to copyright rules remains each author’s sole responsibility.


Use Mathtype for display and inline equations, but not for single variables. Single variables should be inserted into the text as Unicode characters.


Give the full name when first mentioned (with acronym in parentheses), thereafter use the acronym uniformly and consistently:

Unisa; CSIR; HSRC; Sabinet/SABINET

Tables and Figures

Table headings appear above the tables and are numbered.

E.g. Table 1: Our Table

Figure captions appear below the figures and are numbered.

Captions of figures other than artworks should be short and descriptive.

Include authors cited in tables and figures in the reference list.

Supply the source below the table or figure, if material is copyrighted.

2. Citation Guidelines: IEEE, Citation-Sequence

In Text:

In the body of the text, citations are indicated as square-bracketed numbers in the sequence in which they appear in the text. The same number is used for all references to the same text. The end references are numbered to match the sequence of the in-text citations.

References should be placed immediately after the relevant word or phrase but before any punctuation.

References (For a full list of examples see



Author(s). Title. Place of publication: publisher; date.


B. Klaus and P. Horn, Robot Vision. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press, 1986.

Book Chapters


L. Li, J. Yang, and C. Li, “Super-resolution restoration and image reconstruction for passive millimeter wave imaging,” in Image Restoration—Recent Advances and Applications, A. Histace, Ed., Rijeka, Croatia: InTech, 2012, pp. 25–45.


L. Stein, “Random patterns,” in Computers and You, J. S. Brake, Ed. New York, NY, USA: Wiley, 1994, pp. 55–70.

Journal Articles (Online)


Author, “Name of article,” Abbrev. Title of Periodical, vol. x, no. x, pp. xxx-xxx, Abbrev. Month, year, doi: xxx.

Note that journal titles are abbreviated.


M. Chiampi and L. L. Zilberti, “Induction of electric field in human bodies moving near MRI: An efficient BEM computational procedure,” IEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng., vol. 58, pp. 2787–2793, Oct. 2011, doi: 10.1109/TBME.2011.2158315.

Theses or Dissertations


Author, “Title of thesis,” document type, Abbrev. Dept., Abbrev. Univ., City of Univ., Abbrev. State, year.


O. Williams, “Narrow-band analyzer,” Ph.D. dissertation, Dept. Elect. Eng., Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA, USA, 1993.



Name of the invention, by inventor’s name. (year, month day). Patent Number [Type of medium]. Available: site/path/file


Musical toothbrush with adjustable neck and mirror, by L. M. R. Brooks. (1992, May 19). Patent D 326 189 [Online]. Available: NEXIS Library: LEXPAT File: DESIGN



First Name Initial(s) Last Name. “Page Title.” Website Title. Web Address (retrieved Date Accessed)


J. Smith. “Obama inaugurated as President.” (accessed Feb. 1, 2009).

Nano-Horizons is now accepting submissions in all fields of nanotechnology.

Submit your manuscript via the "Submit a manuscript" button on the journal landing page.  


By publishing in the journal authors are required to provide a data availability statement in their articles. Authors are encouraged to share their data but not required to. The decision to publish will not be affected by whether or not authors share their research data.


  • Data availability statements

Optional / Encouraged

  • Data citation
  • Data sharing via repositories for all research data



Definition of research data

This policy applies to the research data that would be required to verify the results of research reported in articles published in the journal. Research data include data produced by the authors (“primary data”) and data from other sources that are analysed by authors in their study (“secondary data”).

Research data includes any recorded factual material that are used to produce the results in digital and non-digital form. This includes tabular data, code, images, audio, documents, video, maps, raw and/or processed data.

Definition of exceptions

Research data that are not required to verify the results reported in articles are not covered by this policy.

This policy does not require public sharing of quantitative or qualitative data that could identify a research participant unless participants have consented to data release. The policy also does not require public sharing of other sensitive data, such as the locations of endangered species. Alternatives to public sharing of sensitive or personal data include:

  • Deposition of research data in controlled access repositories
  • Anonymisation or deidentification of data before public sharing
  • Only sharing metadata about the research data
  • Stating the procedures for accessing your research data in your article and managing data access requests from other researchers


Embargoes on data sharing are permitted.

Supplementary materials

Sharing research data as supplementary information files is discouraged.

Data repositories

The preferred mechanism for sharing research data is via data repositories. Please see for help finding research data repositories.

Data citation

The journal encourages authors to cite any publicly available research data in their reference list. References to datasets (data citations) must include a persistent identifier (such as a DOI). Citations of datasets, when they appear in the reference list, should include the minimum information recommended by DataCite and follow journal style.

Data licensing

The journal encourages research data to be made available under open licences that permit reuse freely. The journal does not enforce particular licenses for research data, where research data are deposited in third party repositories. The publisher of the journal does not claim copyright in research data.

Researcher/ author support

Questions about complying with this policy should be sent to

Data availability statements

The journal requires authors to include in any articles that report results derived from research data to include a Data availability statement. The provision of a Data availability statement will be verified as a condition of publication. Data availability statements should include information on where data supporting the results reported in the article can be found including, where applicable, hyperlinks to publicly archived datasets analysed or generated during the study. Where research data are not publicly available, this must be stated in the manuscript along with any conditions for accessing the data. Data Availability statements must take one of the following forms (or a combination of more than one if required for multiple types of research data):

  • The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available in the [NAME] repository, [PERSISTENT WEB LINK TO DATASETS]
  • The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the currentstudy are not publicly available due [REASON WHY DATA ARE NOT PUBLIC] but are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
  • The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the currentstudy are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
  • Data sharing not applicable to this article as no datasets were​             generated or analysed during the current study.
  • All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this​             published article [and its supplementary information files].
  • The data that support the findings of this study are available from [third party name] but restrictions apply to the availability of these data, which were used under license for the current study, and so are not publicly available. Data are however available from the authors upon reasonable request and with permission of [third party name].



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