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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Paper Submission Guidelines

  1. Language
    The language of the manuscript must be in English or Tamil
    2. Length of paper
    The length of the paper should not exceed 10 pages (4000 words). Articles should be typed in 1.5 space (including footnotes and references) on one side of the paper only (preferably A4) with wide margins. Authors are urged to write as concisely as possible, but not at the expense of clarity.

    3. Title Page
    Title page is a separated page before the text. It should include the following information:

    Title
    Title should be concise and informative. Try to avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

    Author’s names and affiliations
    Indicate the given name and family name clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and, if available, the e-mail address, and telephone number of each author.

    Corresponding author
    Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing, publication and also post-publication. Ensure that telephone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.

    Sponsoring information
    If the research is sponsored or supported by an organization, please indicate it.

    4. Abstract
    A concise and factual abstract is required (maximum length of 250 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separate from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. References should therefore be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full, without reference to the reference list.

    5. Keywords
    Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5-8 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of').

    6. Subdivision of the article
    Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1, 2. (then 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.1.2), 1.2, etc. The abstract is not included in section numbering.

    7. Table and Figures
    Present tables, figures and appendix at the end of the article. Please note that the article will be published in black and white.

    8. References
    Author(s) should follow the latest edition of APA style in referencing. Please visit www.apastyle.org to learn more about APA style

    Citations in the text
    Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Avoid citation in the abstract. Unpublished results and personal communications should not be in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

    Reference List
    References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters "a", "b", "c", etc., placed after the year of publication.

    Examples:
    Reference to a journal publication:
    Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J. A. J., & Lupton R. A. (2000). The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Scientific Communications, 163, 51-59.
    Reference to a book:
    Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The elements of style. (3rd ed.). New York: Macmillan, (Chapter 4).
    Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
    Mettam, G. R., & Adams, L. B. (1994). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In B. S. Jones, & R. Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the electronic age (pp. 281-304). New York: E-Publishing Inc.
    Reference to a web source:
    Smith, Joe, (1999), One of Volvo's core values. [Online] Available: http://www.volvo.com/environment/index.htm (July 7, 1999)

    9. Submission Preparation Checklist
    Before submitting the manuscript, author(s) should check the following list.
    1. The submission has not been previously published, nor it is before another journal for consideration.
    2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file and PDF format.
    3. Manuscript has been made in the light of Journal’s author guidelines.
    4. Author(s) did not mention his or her name and affiliation in the main text
    5. Author(s) has read all the terms and conditions of the journal.

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