AJRH gets new numbers and a social science editor

Friday Okonofua


The African Journal of Reproductive Health (AJRH) is pleased to announce major restructurings as part of its commitment to strongly address the challenge of reproductive health and rights, especially within the context of the African region, going forward.  Beginning from 2021 and thereafter, the journal will publish 6 issues a year, rather than the 4 issues it currently publishes. This is in recognition of the increasing numbers of excellent papers currently being submitted from various parts of the world for consideration for publication in the journal, and to ensure that accepted papers are not unduly held back before publication.  Thus, the six issues of the journal will now be published in February, April, June, August, October and December each year. The journal will test this publication model in 2021 and 2022, and if the challenge of large numbers of submissions persists, we will migrate to 12 issues a year.

As a consequence of our expectation of an increased workload, and to further improve the turnaround time for manuscripts submitted to the journal, we have recruited a new editor to work with existing editor and deputy editors in managing the academic and technical aspects of the journal. We are pleased that Dr Lorretta Favour Chizomam Ntoimo, a sociologist/demographer, and the acting head of the Department of Demography and Social Statistics, at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria, has accepted to join the journal as its social science editor. Thus, apart from Professor Akhere Omonkhua who currently functions excellently as the science editor, Dr Ntoimo will join as editor and will be responsible mainly for papers that have social science and related contents.

Dr Lorretta Ntoimo is an excellent and active social science practitioner and researcher, one of the best known in the region with vast knowledge and experiences in formative, interventional, and translational research, in research design in the field of reproductive health, in data analysis (including complex data analysis), and in research knowledge transfer into policy and practice. She has a Bachelors (Honours) degree in Sociology, Masters in Sociology/Demography, and a Ph.D. in Demography and Population Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Among several other accomplishments, Dr Ntoimo was a recipient of the Fogarty International Centre/University Research Centre postdoctoral fellowship at the Demography and Population Studies Programme, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2014. She also serves as a research associate at the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre in Nigeria, implementing intervention research in maternal and newborn health, and as an academic associate and trainer at the World Bank Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation, University of Benin, Nigeria.

Dr. Ntoimo is highly motivated and results-oriented, participating actively as a collaborator, field/regional supervisor, qualitative and quantitative data analyst, and project coordinator in several maternal, child, adolescent, and family health research projects sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, African Population and Health Research Centre, South African National Research Foundation, Centre of Excellence in Human Development, the World Health Organization, International Development Research Centre, Canada, among several others.

She serves in the editorial board of several journals including Sage Open, International Journal of Population Studies, and the Journal of Population and Development Studies, University of Lagos, Nigeria. She has also served as guest editor in a special edition on Family Demography and Post-2015 Development Agenda published by Development Southern Africa in 2017. She was guest editor of a special edition on family demography in Africa published by African Population Studies in 2017.

Dr.  Ntoimo has  served as  a  reviewer  to more than 23

journals including Population, African Population Studies, Demographic Research, Social Science Research, Qualitative Sociology, BMC Public Health, European Journal of Social Psychology, and BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, the African Journal of Reproductive Health among others. She has over 50 publications in reputable journals and books and has co-edited one textbook. She has presented papers, served as a discussant, and as a session and side meeting organiser in several international and local conferences. Dr. Ntoimo is a member of several professional bodies including the Population Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Association, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, Union of African Population Studies, and International Sociological Association. She also serves on the Board of the Sociology of Population Research Committee of the International Sociological Association.

As social science editor, we are convinced that Dr. Ntoimo will bring in considerable traction and a new direction to the AJRH. Our vision to accelerate the pace of development of the science of reproductive and women’s health in Africa through inter-disciplinary partnerships is on the ascendancy, while our current restructuring efforts will enable the journal to reach the pinnacle of its development sooner than later.  The journal’s open-access policy in several international databases will continue as we believe this would ensure increased visibility for the journal and all manuscripts contained therein. Being indexed in some of the major international publishing outlets including PubMed/Index Medicus, Scopus, African Journals online, Sabinet, and several others has been a major substantive development of the AJRH over the past years, while we will continue to work on increasing the journal’s ranking and impact over time.

We warmly welcome Dr. Ntoimo to the AJRH family, as we challenge her to work hard with the rest of the editorial board to bring more energy and momentum to the journal.


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