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Journal of Science of the University of Kelaniya
Manuscripts submitted in all fields of natural and applied sciences are considered for publication in the Journal of Science of the University of Kelaniya on the understanding that they have not been published, submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere. A submitted manuscript will be initially screened by the chief editor of the journal, and if the manuscript is within the scope of the journal, it will be sent to the reviewers in the respective field for peer review. Based on the comments and recommendations of the reviewers, the editorial board will take the final decision on the manuscript.
Types of Papers
The journal welcomes three types of articles.
Original research papers are original manuscripts that contain new findings in research consistent with the Journal’s aims and scope. Original research papers should not exceed 10000 words.
should be submitted only after prior consultation with the editors. These should summarize emerging trends or recent developments and should critically evaluate and summarize existing data and fields of research. Review articles should not exceed 10000 words.
are suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new methods of techniques and apparatus. Progress reports are not acceptable. Short Communications should contain about 3000 words of text, a maximum of two tables and/or figures, and no more than 20 references..
Original Research Articles/Review articles
The 16-digit ORCID of the corresponding author: Prior to publication, an ORCID must be provided for the corresponding author. The ORCID is not required for submission, or for peer review, but we will not be able to publish your article online until an ORCID is provided.
The Abstract should contain 250-300 words. It should clearly explain the novelty of the findings versus current knowledge. The Abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.
This should include 4 to 6 keywords that can be used for indexing purposes.
The text of original research articles should be divided into the following sections:
The Introduction should state the purpose of the investigation and clearly identify the gap of knowledge that will be filled in this study.
Materials and methods
The Materials and Methods section should provide enough information to permit the repetition of the experimental work. It should include clear descriptions and explanations of sampling procedures, experimental design, essential sample characteristics, descriptive statistics, the hypothesis tested, exact references to literature describing the tests used in the manuscript, the number of data involved in statistical tests, etc.
Results and Discussion (separate sections)
The Results section should describe the outcome of the study. Data should be presented as concisely as possible. Tables and figures should be used appropriately (refer to the guidelines on tables and figures). The Discussion should be an interpretation of the results and their significance with reference to work by other authors.
This section should highlight the major, firm discoveries, and state what the added value of the main finding is, without literature references.
The following statements should be included under the heading "Statements and Declarations" for inclusion in the published paper. Please note that submissions that do not include relevant declarations will be returned as incomplete.
Conflicts of Interests: Conflicts of interest (COIs, also known as ‘competing interests’) occur when issues outside research could be reasonably perceived to affect the neutrality or objectivity of the work or its Authors are required to disclose financial or non-financial interests that are directly or indirectly related to the work submitted for publication.
Authors must state how the research and publication of their article was funded, by naming financially supporting body(s) (written out in full) followed by associated grant number(s) in square brackets (if applicable), for example: “This work was supported by the National Research Council of Sri Lanka [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]”.
Ethical Clearance statement (If applicable)
If the study included human or animal objects ethical clearance should be obtained as appropriate and the evidence of ethical approval should be provided.
References should be cited using the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition style. All references in the body of the manuscript should be included in the References section in alphabetical order. If several papers by the same author/s are cited, use a, b, etc. after the year of publication to distinguish papers published by the same author/s in the same year.
Guide for APA referencing:
Guidelines on Figures and Tables
Guidelines on Equations
Equations that are important, long, complex, or referenced later in the paper are set off from the text (displayed) and may be numbered consecutively with right-justified Arabic numbers within parentheses (1), (2), (3), etc.
Guidelines on Scientific names, Abbreviations, and Units
Scientific names of microorganisms, plants, and animals must be used in accordance with the international rules of nomenclature and given in full. SI units and symbols should be used for physical properties.
Page proof must be corrected immediately on receipt and returned to the Editor-in-Chief.
Manuscripts should be submitted through the SLJOLonline system (http://www.sljol.info/index.php/JOSUK). Please register as an author in SLJOL online system to submit your manuscripts.
Journal of Science of the University of Kelaniya,
Faculty of Science,
University of Kelaniya,
Kelaniya GQ 11600,
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