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

F. Dakora: NanoChemistry & Soil sciences

B. Mamba: Water & Membranes nanotech

M. Henini: Nanostructures & Solar Energy

M. Chaker: Lasers & nanophotonics

F. Rosei: 2-D nanosystems & Renewables

R. Sbiaa: Nanomagnetism

K. Toussaint: Naphotonics

D. Akinwande: 2D & Nanoelectronics

S. Haile: Physical Chemistry

J. Kennedy: Nanomaterials & Radiations

Ch. Dimpka: Nanofertilizers & Nano for Agriculture

S. Zouheir: Nanopolymers & nanophotonics

R. Morad: Computational& Modelling

B.D. Ngom: Green Nanochemistry

F. Ezema: Nanomaterials for Energy

C. Nwanya: Green Chemistry

S. Mensah: Modelling & Theory

H. Swai: Biophysics

Z. Yunus: Nanomaterials for Solar Energy

T. Nyokong: Biochemistry

K. Ozoemena: Nanomaterials/Electrochemistry

S. Dube: Chemistry

I. Polykarpov: Biophysics

K. Kaviyarasu: Nanomaterials

A. Gurib-Fakim: Phytochemistry

J. Farrant: Lifescience

M. Ntwaeborwa: Nanophosphors

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: CSE Scientific Style and Format (8th ed.), Citation-Sequence

1. Guidelines for technical preparation of manuscripts


Submit manuscripts electronically as a PDF file.

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 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.

E.g. Fig. 1: An Image of Something

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

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

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


2. Citation guidelines: CSE Scientific Style and Format (8th ed.) Citation-Sequence

In text:

In the body of the text, citations are indicated as superscript 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 after commas or full stops.


References (For a full list of examples see under the Citation-Sequence tab)



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


Ferrozzi F, Garlaschi G, Bova D. CT of metastases. New York (NY): Springer; 2000.


Book chapters


Rapley R. Recombinant DNA and genetic analysis. In: Wilson K, Walker J, editors. Principles and techniques of biochemistry and molecular biology. 7th ed. New York (NY): Cambridge University Press; 2010. p. 195–262.

Journal articles (online)


Author(s) of article. Title of article. Title of journal (edition). Date of publication [date updated; date accessed];volume(issue):location

Note that journal titles are generally abbreviated.


Savage E, Ramsay M, White J, Beard S, Lawson H, Hunjan R, Brown D. Mumps outbreaks across England and Wales in 2004: observational study. BMJ. 2005 [accessed 2005 May 31];330(7500):1119–1120. doi:10.1136/bmj.330.7500.1119


Theses or dissertations

Lutz M. 1903: American nervousness and the economy of cultural change [dissertation]. [Stanford (CA)]: Stanford University; 1989.



Blanco EE, Meade JC, Richards WD, inventors; Ophthalmic Ventures, assignee. Surgical stapling system. United States patent US 4,969,591. 1990 Nov 13.



Title of Homepage. Edition. Place of publication: publisher; date of publication [date updated; date accessed]. Notes.


APSnet: plant pathology. St Paul (MN): American Phytopathological Association; c1994–2005 [accessed 2005 Jun 20].

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.  

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