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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are adressed within the text at the appropriate points.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts, written in French or English, should be structured as follows


The title must be short (17 words maximum) informative, concise, clear. It must be written in the language of publication.

Authors and affiliations

Authors’ full names (first name, middle name and family names) must be listed in order of importance followed by their respective affiliations and email addresses. This information will be followed by the corresponding authors email address. Should not be presented in the text of the article. They are entered in the section reserved for this purpose on the manuscript submission platform.


The abstract must be in one paragraph, of no more than 300 words, with no abbreviations and citations. It must be structured as follows: Introduction, Objectives, Results and theoretical and/or applied implications. Should not be presented in the text of the article. It is entered in the section reserved for this purpose on the manuscript submission platform.

Key words

Five (5) key words must be provided .

Main text

The main text must be structured as follows: introduction material and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, Acknowledgement, Authors contributions, References. It should be no more than 6000 words for original research papers, 7000 words for critical reviews, 8000 words for bibliographic reviews and 2000 words for short communications, exclusive of tables, figures and references. It should be presented in Word format, "Times New Roman" font, size 12, double-spaced and without illustrations. Illustrations (tables and figures), no more than six and numbered in Arabic numerals (i.e., table 1, figure 1) must be provided at the end of the main text. Their approximate locations in the main text should however be indicated my authors. Figure captions must be provided on a separate sheet, followed by figures on separate sheet each. Photographs and maps should be of a good resolution (600 dpi), JPEG, TIFF or Excel format and must be considered as figures. Foot notes are not allowed.

For authors’ citations in the main text, authors must use the American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Lines must be numbers in continues mode. For abbreviations, initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.


References (at least 80%) should be recent accessible.

They should be presented in the format indicated by the journal ». See bellow  some examples for scientific articles, books, book chapters and theses.

For articles

Fandohan AB, Chadaré FJ, Gouwakinnou NG, Tovissodé CF, Bonou A, Djonlonkou SFB, Houndelo LFH, Sinsin CLB, Assogbadjo AE. 2017. Usages traditionnels et valeur économique de Synsepalum dulcificum au Sud-Bénin.  Bois et Forêts des Tropiques 332(2): 17-30.

Montchowui E, Lalèyè P, N’tcha E, Philippart JC, Poncin P. 2012. Larval rearing of african carp, Labeo parvusBoulenger, 1902 (Pisces: Cyprinidae), using live food and artificial diet under controlled conditions. Aquaculture Research 43 (8): 1243–1250. 

For books

Codjia JTC, Fonton Kiki B, Assogbadjo AE, Ekué MRM. 2001. Le baobab (Adansonia digitata), une espèce à usage multiple au Bénin. Centre international d'éco-développement intégré (CEcoDI) / Centre Béninois pour le Développement Durable (CBDD) / Vredeseilanden (Veco) / Organisation Néerlandaise de développement (SNV) / Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques (FSA), Cotonou et Abomey-Calavi. 47 p

For book chapters

Fandohan B, Cuni Sanchez A. 2015. Local perceptions of climate change and its impacts on indigenous fruit trees Water, adaptation and sustainability in Benin. In: Stucker D, Lopez-Gunn E (eds). Adaptation to climate change through water resources management: capacity, equity and sustainability. Taylor and Francis, London and New York. pp. 180-196.

Manuscript submission process

Subject to acceptance of manuscripts, authors must complete a journal publication agreement form.

Authors declare in a form (declaration on honor of non-existence of conflicts of interest form) that the results of their manuscripts do not suffer from any conflict of interest.

Submission of manuscripts is done online on the platform  If you have any submission difficulties, contact the editorial board at

Authors must certify that the manuscript (s) submitted to STSA are not being evaluated in any other journal. They will be asked to complete a transfer of rights form before final acceptance of the manuscripts. Reproduction rights to the article, including illustrations, are transferred free of charge to the journal. Each manuscript is evaluated by at least two reviewers appointed by the editorial board.

The main stages are:

The author registers on the platform by clicking on "register". He can then access his account as much as he wishes by clicking on "open a session". Submission of the manuscript is then done by following the electronic guidelines.

The editor-in-chief or his assistant receives the manuscript and performs an initial verification of compliance with the editorial structure, the tolerated limit (number of words), and plagiarism.

The editor-in-chief or his deputy also assesses the manuscript's coverage area and accordingly assigns it to members of the editorial board who have expertise. Topic editors, if necessary, make a summary assessment of the quality of the manuscript and decide whether to send it to reviewers or return it to authors for improvement.

If the manuscript is suitable to enter the review process, the editor-in-chief sends (anonymously) the abstract to at least two reviewers selected for this purpose, to have their agreement to review the manuscript.

The editor-in-chief then sends the manuscript to the reviewers, taking care to remove any features or identifiers that could identify the authors. The Editorial Board agrees with the reviewer an evaluation timeframe (typically 3 weeks).


Two weeks after sending the manuscript to the reviewer, the reviewer must be restarted (reminder of the deadline). The deadline may be extended, if necessary, at the request of the assessor; but not more than once.

Evaluators send their comments in an evaluation report following a template of their own.

The thematic editors concerned assess the correctness / relevance of the comments and refer them to the Editor-in-Chief for decision.

The Editor-in-Chief will send their decision to the corresponding author and give them a reasonable period of time (approximately 1 month) to incorporate the corrections and resubmit the manuscript, if it is not rejected out of hand.

Once the manuscript is resubmitted, it resumes the same process. If the reviewers are satisfied that their comments are well taken into account and that the manuscript is mature enough to be published, then the thematic editors refer to the Editor-in-Chief with certification that the manuscript is ready for publication. Otherwise, they return it to the contact author for improvement.

For manuscripts declared ready for publication, the Editor-in-Chief sends a certificate of acceptance for publication to the authors who must then pay to the journal's bank account the publication costs fixed at sixty-five thousand (65,500) CFA francs , i.e. the equivalent of one hundred (100) euros.

Following the payment of the publication costs (duly noted by the manager and notified to the Editor-in-Chief, the latter orders the production department to format the article online, according to the publication schedule.

Between 10 and 15 manuscripts are published at a time (in one issue of the journal).

Two regular issues are published each year. Depending on the evolution of scientific questions, special issues may be added to the two regular issues.

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