About the Journal


This Journal is published by National Animal Production Research Institute for the dissemination of information relevant to the improvement of animal production especially in Africa and the tropics. Materials considered for publication include reports of original research, review articles, book review, news and notes.

Publication Schedule

The journal is published twice a year (June & December)

Submission of articles

Manuscripts should be submitted in triplicate to the Editor, Journal of Animal Production Research, National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, P.M.B 1096, Shika-Zaria, Nigeria or via e-Mail: japr@napri.gov.ng japrnapri@gmail.com. You can also register on our webpage www.journal.napri.gov.ng and submit your articles.   


Annual subscription price including postage is N5,000 for individuals, N8,000 for organizations and institutions within Nigeria and $150 for subscriptions outside Nigeria. Send your orders to the Editor, Journal of Animal Production Research, National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, P.M.B 1096, Shika-Zaria, Nigeria.


The review process is an important aspect of the publication process of an article. It helps an editor in making decision on an article and also enables the author to improve the manuscript.

Academic journal operates a blind peer review system.

Before accepting to review a manuscript reviewer should ensure that:

  • The manuscript is within their area of expertise.
  • They can dedicate the appropriate time to conduct a critical review of the manuscript.

Conflict of Interest

“Conflict of interest (COI) exists when there is a divergence between an individual’s private interests (competing interests) and his or her responsibilities to scientific and publishing activities such that a reasonable observer might wonder if the individual’s behavior or judgment was motivated by considerations of his or her competing interests” 

” Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from the peer-review process if a conflict exists”. 


Manuscripts are confidential materials given to a reviewer in trust for the sole purpose of critical evaluation. Reviewers should ensure that the review processes is confidential. Details of the manuscript and the review process should remain confidential during and after the review process.


‘The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own’ Oxford Dictionaries

It is unethical for reviewers to “use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others” 


Reviews should be honest and objective. Reviewers should not be influenced by:

  • The origin of the manuscript
  • Religious, political or cultural viewpoint of the author
  • Gender, race, ethnicity or citizenry of the author

Review reports

In evaluating a manuscript, reviewers should focus on the following:

  • Originality
  • Contribution to the field
  • Technical quality
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Depth of research

Reviewers should also:

  • Observe that the author(s) have followed the instruction for authors, editorial policies and publication ethics.
  • Observe that the appropriate journal’s reporting guidelines is followed

The report should be accurate, objective, constructive and unambiguous.  Comments should be backed by facts and constructive arguments with regards to the content of the manuscript. Reviewers should avoid using “hostile, derogatory and accusatory comments” 

Reviewers should not rewrite the manuscript; however necessary corrections and suggestions for improvements should be made.


Reviewers should only accept manuscript that they are confident that they can dedicate appropriate time in reviewing. Thus, reviewers should review and return manuscripts in a timely manner.


Reviewers’ recommendation should be either:

  • Accept
  • Requires minor corrections
  • Requires moderate revision
  • Requires major revision
  • Not suitable for the journal. Submit to another publication such as (suggest a journal):
  • Reject

Recommendation should be backed with constructive arguments and facts based on the content of the manuscript.