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Author Guidelines

About

The Vidyodaya Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (VJHSS) is an interdisciplinary, open access, biannual journal which is exclusively devoted to the publication of high-quality research in the fields of humanities and social sciences.  VJHSS publishes original research articles selected through a rigorous and comprehensive peer-review process and aims to facilitate local and international dissemination, collaboration and exchange of knowledge.

Types of Articles

VJHSS publishes original, peer-reviewed research and scholarly articles, short communications and book reviews on all aspects related to humanities and social sciences. The Editors of VJHSS will also consider as and when necessary publishing special issues devoted to particular topics or themes deemed suitable to the journal.

Word Limit

Word limit to research articles should be between 5000 to 8000 words (including tables and references). Short communications should be less than 3000 words (references excluded) and book reviews less than 4000 words (references excluded).

Contact Details for Submission

Authors can submit their manuscript via email to the Editor-in-Chief as follows:

Editor in Chief

Prof. Charmalie Nahallage (vjhss@sjp.ac.lk)

Submissions Check List

Please note that this journal publishes manuscripts in Sinhala, Tamil and English.

The submission should not have been previously published, nor should it be submitted for another journal for consideration.

Please ensure that one author has been designated as the corresponding author with the following contact details:

*Name
*Email address
*Full postal address

All manuscripts must be “spell checked”.

Before Submission:

Ethics in Publishing

Authors should follow best practices and ethical guidelines in publishing research.

Peer Review

VJHSS is committed to peer review integrity and upholding the highest standard of review. First, the article will be assessed for the adherence to the journal format, scope and aim by the Chief-Editor, and will be subjected to double-blind peer-review process by independent, anonymous referees who are experts in the relevant discipline.

Submission Verification

VJHSS is committed to publishing original research and uses Turnitin to screen articles for originality and acknowledgment of previous work conducted. It reserves the right to reject the manuscript based on the percentile of plagiarism that has occurred. VJHSS adheres to university plagiarism policy.

Use of Inclusive Language

Submissions should be free from bias, acknowledge and respect diversity, be sensitive to differences, and promote equal opportunities. Articles should refrain from making assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader, should refrain from making any negative comments on the grounds of race, sex, religion, and culture, and should use inclusive language throughout.

Using Third-Party Material in your Paper

Please ensure that you have obtained the necessary written permission to reuse third-party material in your article from the copyright owner prior to submission if applicable.

Please note that in the case of any violation in publishing ethics, guidelines, duplicate submission, plagiarism, etc., VJHSS holds the right to reject the manuscript at any stage of the publishing process.

Copyright

Upon acceptance of an article, the authors will be asked to complete a “Journal Publishing Agreement” (see more information on this)

Role of the Funding Source

Authors are kindly requested to identify and acknowledge financial support in the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and briefly describe the role of the Sponsors in the acknowledgments section.

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

VJHSS subscribes to the above license which lets others distribute and copy the article, create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), include in a collective work(such as an anthology)text or data mine the article even for commercial purposes on the basis that they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article and do not modify the article in a way that is likely to damage the author’s reputation.

Publication Charges

There are no submission fees or publication fees.

Preparing the Article for Submission

As the journal uses double-blind review, both the reviewer and the author identities are concealed from reviewer and author. As such, manuscripts need to be prepared according to the following guidelines:

Submit the Title page containing the author’s details, and Blinded manuscript with no author details as two separate files.

The title page should include the title, authors’ names and affiliations, and email address of the corresponding author (see “Essential Title Page Information” for more information).

The blinded manuscript should not include names and affiliations under the title within the manuscript. Please ensure to use the third person to refer to the work the authors have previously undertaken, and ensure that any identifying information, including author names have been removed from file names.

Structure

The submission should be compiled in the following order: title page, abstract, keywords, main text including introduction, methodology, results, discussion, acknowledgments, list of references, appendices (as appropriate), table(s) with caption(s), figure(s) with captions.

Essential Title Page Information

The title page should include the following:

Title: The title of the article should be concise and informative, and should contain less than twenty (20) words.

Name(s) of the author(s) with initials, preferably first name spelled out.

Affiliation(s) of author(s)

Name, address and email address of the corresponding author

Running title, which should be no more than 12 words

Abstract: An abstract will be printed at the head of the article. The abstract should contain 250 words.  The abstract should include the title. Further, should include a brief introduction, objectives, methods, results and conclusion. It should not be separated into paragraphs. Abbreviations and literature citations should not be included.

Keywords

The abstract should be followed by four (04) to six (06) keywords.

Abbreviations

Abbreviations must be expanded the first time it appears in the main text. After the first expansion of the abbreviation with the abbreviation in brackets, the abbreviation should always be used in the rest of the article.

The Text

Line spacing should be 1.5; with 12-point font Times New Roman for English, F.M. Abhaya for Sinhalese, and Bamini for Tamil articles respectively. Should employ italics for scientific names, use SI system/ metric system for units of measurements. All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Acknowledgments

Include the acknowledgments as a separate section after the conclusion of the article, before the list of references or the appendices.

Style Guidelines

Language:

Please use British Spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.

If your paper is being submitted in Sinhala or Tamil, please ensure that you provide the title and abstract in English as well.

Formatting and Templates

The submission file should be in Microsoft Word document file format.

Line numbering should be included from the title of the title page till the end of the List of References.

References

Please use the APA (American Psychological Association) reference style as given in examples below.

For detailed information, please see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (2010); http://www.apastyle.org/ and http://blog.apastyle.org/

References should be 1.5 spaced and listed alphabetically at the end of the paper and formatted as follows:

References in the body of the article

APA in text reference is in the format of  author and date (author, date). When directly quoting from a text, please include a page number in the citation as given in the example below:

Research has found that an anti-colonial nationalist consciousness “may help prevent and overcome the cultural and psychological damage of colonialism” (Nayar, 2008, p. 23).

Reference List

Articles

Article found in print with one author

Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume (issue), pages.

Berndt, T. J. (2002). Friendship quality and social development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11(2), 7-12.

Article found in a database with one author

Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of the article. Title of The Journal, volume (issue), pages. doi: OR Retrieved from URL

Pettigrew, T. F. (2009). Secondary transfer effect of contact: Do intergroup contact effects spread to noncontacted outgroups? Social Psychology, 40(2), 55-65. doi:10.1027/1864-9335.40.2.55

Article found on the open web, with one author:

Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume if available (issue if available), pages if available. doi: OR Retrieved from URL, date of access

Myers, C. (2019, June 27). The Apartheid of Children’s Literature. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/the-apartheid-of-childrens-literature.html

Article (from the open web) with two authors:

Lastname, F. M., & Surname, F. M. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journalvolume (issue), pages. doi: OR Retrieved from URL 

Norem, J. K., & Chang, E. C. (2002). The positive psychology of negative thinking. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58(9), 993-1001.   doi:10.1002/jclp.10094

Books

Book with one author:

Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of book: Subtitle of book. Publication City, ST: Publisher. 

Obama, B. (2004). Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance. New York: Three Rivers Press.

Books with multiple authors:

The format follows the author format as listed under articles.

McQueen, R.A., & Knussen, C. (2006). An introduction to research methods and statistics in psychology. Harlow: Pearson Prentice Hall.

An edited book:

Editor, F. M. (Ed.). (Year). Title of book: Subtitle of book. Publication City, ST: Publisher.

VandenBos, G. R. (Ed.). (2007). APA dictionary of psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

An edited book with multiple editors:

Leonard W. R. & Crawford M. H. (Eds.). (2002). Human biology of pastoral populations. Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Web Sites

Web site with one author:

Lastname, F. M. (Date published). Title of page. Retrieved from URL

Dickson, A. (2019, February 8). The best Shakespeare films ranked. Retrieved from URL

 

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

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