…all Languages In One, …Ide Ji Asusu Naijiria, …ikorita Gbogbo Ede Ile Naijeria, …cibiyar Harsunan Najeria


…all Languages In One, …Ide Ji Asusu Naijiria, …ikorita Gbogbo Ede Ile Naijeria, …cibiyar Harsunan Najeria

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Nigerian Languages’ Studies journal (NILAS) is a publication of National Institute for Nigerian Languages Aba dedicated to the promotion, development and documentation of all Nigerian
languages. The journal came into existence in 2015. It is an annual publication. Each volume has a particular theme and sub-themes selected by the Editorial Board. Manuscripts are got either from conferences organised by the Institute or, call for papers made any year there is no conference. Manuscripts could be written in English or in any Nigerian Language. Contributors are from different language groups.

The Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Ngozi P. Ijioma

Email: ngozi.ijioma@

Editorial Policy:

The journal uses the double- blind review system for all papers. The aim of peer review is to assist Editors and Editorial Board is making decisions to either accept or reject a paper. It also helps the authors to improve on the quality of their papers. Papers are sent out to experts in different fields of linguistics without disclosing the identity details of the authors.
The reviewers are selected based on their expertise for evaluating a manuscript.

The submission period for manuscripts is one month and may be extended by two weeks. Manuscripts are sent out only if they meet the form and thematic scope. The manuscripts are sent out for peer review without delay. The review process takes up to three weeks. The reviewers are given deadline.
The review process is supervised by the Editor-in –Chief in an online environment.

If the authors have a serious and reasonable objections to the reviews, the Editorial Board makes an assessment whether the review is objective and meets the academic standards. In case of doubt about the objectivity or quality of review, the Editor-in-Chief will assign additional reviewers. Additional reviewers may also be assigned when decisions of the reviewers to accept or reject are contrary or substantially incompatible. The final decision on the acceptance, however, rests solely on the Editor-in Chief.

Reviewers Responsibilities

Reviewers should take very special care of the real contribution and originality of the
manuscripts. Reviewers must be fully objective. The judgement must be clear and
substantiated with argument.

The reviewers’ assessment must comply with the required format of the journal and
relevant to the theme. The reviewers must not be in conflict of interest with that of the
authors, where such exists, the reviewer is obliged to promptly notify the Editor-in-Chief.
Reviewers shall not accept papers beyond the field of their competence.
The Editor-in Chief should be alerted by the reviewers of any violations of ethical standards
by the authors.
The reviewers are expected to improve the quality of the manuscripts through their
suggestions and remarks. They are obliged to specify the manner in which the corrections
they made would be achieved.
Manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential. The materials submitted
should not be used or disclosed to a third party without the express written permission of
the authors.

The journal has zero tolerance for plagiarism. Plagiarism includes the following:
Verbatim (word for word), purposely paraphrasing portions of another author’s work
without clearly acknowledging the source.
Any work which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected.


Authors should guarantee that manuscripts submitted are their original works, that they
have not been submitted elsewhere for publication before, and are not under consideration
for publication elsewhere.
Authors are strictly responsible for the contents of their submissions. The articles so submitted should not contain unfounded or unlawful statements and do not violate the rights of the third parties.
Authors are required to properly cite sources that have significantly influenced their
research and manuscripts. These include in-text citation and references. References should list only quoted and cited works.
By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree to abide by the Editorial Policies of the
Journal of Nigeria Languages’ Studies. (NILAS).

The Editor-in chief with the Editorial Board are entirely responsible for deciding which
articles will be published. The decisions are based on the merit of the manuscripts and
should be free of any form of bias: racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic or political.
The Editorial Board reserves the right to make minor changes in any manuscript to meet the
house style of the journal.
There should be confidentiality in regards to the information and ideas in submitted
manuscripts. The information and ideas should not be used for personal gain without the
written consent of the authors.
Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board shall ensure that the authors/reviewers remain
anonymous during and after the evaluation process in accordance with the type of the
reviewing in use.
The Editorial Board is obliged to subject manuscripts to plagiarism test and inform the
reviewers of the results.

Open Access Policy

Manuscripts are submitted electronically to the journal e-mail and the Institute’s website.
Abstract should not be more three hundred words (300) and full papers should not exceed fifteen pages, references inclusive. Manuscripts should be clearly typed in Microsoft Word, 12 point font, double-spaced with one-inch margin on all sides. NILAS uses APA Style the latest edition.

Work is in progress to upload the journal online and into NINLAN website. The Journal will be indexed in Scopus when is uploaded online.

The journal has the following:

The Editorial Board

Our editorial consultants are very reputable professors from different parts of the country and in different fields of linguistics and languages.


The history of Academic Planning Unit in Nigerian universities dated back to early eighties when the unit was established by National University Commission to coordinate the academic activities and programs in the Nigerian universities, thus streamlining uncoordinated growth and development, as well as unnecessary duplicate of courses by various teaching units. It was also expected that the unit would collect, manage and interpret data to guild the academic development of universities and to ensure compliance with NUCʻs minimum academic standards and universities senate academic requirements.

The Academic Planning Unit of National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN) is located in the academic block. The office is meant to provide a range of management information and planning support to facilitate informed decision making, planning and policy formulation and the overall strategic development of the Institute.

In line with the vision and the mission of NINLAN as an inter-university Institution, the unit is to enhance efficiency in teaching, learning and researching and to ensure the generation, dissemination and publication of qualitative ideas, information and knowledge in Nigerian languages.

  • To ensure the provision of conducive teaching, learning and research environment for staff and students.
  • To ensure efficient and effective utilization of academic resources.
  • To ensure the compliance of the Institute with the National University Commission (NUC) guidelines on academic matters.
  • To ensure that the Institute conforms with International Academic Planning Unit requirement.

The Academic Planning Unit is an integral part of Executive Director’s office and headed by a Director. The Director of Academic Planning Unit reports directly to the Executive Director to whom he\she is directly responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Unit. Apart from the Director, other staff members are chief executive officer (H.O.D), Academic Panning Officers, Higher Executive Officers, Typist\secretary and clerical staff.

  • Advising and assisting the Executive Directive on matters relating to the academic thrust of the Institute such as staffing and academic development programs.

  • Quality control of the Institute, guiding each Unit on operation of the Institute Academic Brief.

  • Seek classification from NUC on academic matters and providing such to appropriate section of the Institute through the Executive Director.

  • Maintain a computer based data bank on student and staff statistics for use in planning, budgeting and other management requirements.

  • Coordinates accreditation programmes of the Institute.

  • Determines manpower needs, control and staff development.

  • Prepare annual plans for the Institute for submission to government.

  • Develops resources allocation parameter.

  • Preparing the budget estimation for Institute.

  • Prepare Academic Brief for internal and external purposes.

  • Coordinate teaching and research equipment grants.

  • Coordinates defrosting of positions and recruitment exercise.

  • Coordination and collations of information to NUC for national planning purposes.

  • Promotion of the quality of teaching, learning and research in the Institute through periodic evaluation of academic activities in the Institute.

  • The office of the Director, Academic planning liaisons between NINLAN and the external bodies both local and foreign and e.g. Association of African Universities (AAU) etc.

  • The Director of Academic Planning serves as a member of the following Institute bodies and Commissions e.g. Academic Board, Council, Post Graduate School Board, Development committee, among others.

Staff Of Academic Planning


Prof. Ngozi P. Ijioma

Director, Academic Planning

Justice Adiele

Admin. Officer 1

Juliana Ogugua Nwankwor

Principal Executive Officer 11

Anthonia Chidinma Amaefula

Senior Principal Confidential Secretary