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Manuscripts are accepted for editorial consideration with the understanding that they have not been published, submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts accepted for publication may not be published elsewhere in the same form, either in the language of the paper or any other language, without the consent of the Editorial Board.
The manuscript should always be submitted with the duly filled and signed Author Responsibility Statement.
The correction-free manuscript in MS Word format must be electronically submitted at the journal’s online platform at https://sljss.sljol.info/. Submissions via email are not encouraged.
Presentation of Manuscripts
The manuscripts should follow standard ethical practices, such as ensuring confidentiality and anonymity of study subjects, avoidance of brand names, avoidance of defamatory material and avoidance of plagiarism etc.
Manuscripts should fall within the scope of the journal.
Manuscripts are accepted for publication in English, Sinhala or Tamil languages.
The names and affiliations of all authors and the contact information of the corresponding author must be fed into the system during the online submission process. The ORCID number of the corresponding author can be given, if preferred. Further, if this paper has been presented in a symposium or meeting, complete information on such should be given in the Cover Letter space provided at the bottom of the page in the first stage of online submission. Please make sure that no author information is mentioned in the article (MS Word document) submitted.
Articles should not exceed the following word limits specified for each category (Definitions of Submission Categories are given separately).
Research articles : 8,000-10,000
Review articles : 5,000-8,000
Work-in-progress : 3,000-4,000
Correspondence : 1,000-1,500
Articles should be written clearly and concisely. All unnecessary textual matter, figures and tables should be eliminated.
The title should be given in English. A running title (maximum 50 characters) should also be given in English.
The Abstract should be in English, must not exceed 250 words and should include 3-5 keywords in English.
Table/s should not repeat data which is available elsewhere in the script. They should be numbered consecutively. Tabulated matter should be clearly set out and the number of rows and columns in each table should not be unwieldy. Each table should carry a legend that describes the table and makes it possible to make sense of the table without referring to the text. Each column in a table should have an explanatory heading. Units of measurement should be indicated in parentheses in the heading of each column. If the data is secondary, the source should be clearly indicated at the bottom of the table.
Maps and line drawings should be sent in their final form ready for the printer. They should be fully labeled and captioned. Scanned figures must be of high quality (300 dpi) to fit the proportions of the printed page (12 x 17 cm).
References in-text and in-list references must be presented in English following the Harvard Referencing System. In-text references should be given where relevant in parentheses, in the order of: the name of the author and the year. The Reference list must be presented in alphabetical order and must be given at the end of the article. DOI number links of the articles should be included where available. The complete URL and the accessed date should be given when online content is referred to.
Special care must be taken in citing references correctly. Responsibility for the accuracy of the references is entirely with the authors. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material which has appeared in another publication.
Any additional information can be presented as end notes with appropriate numbering. No footnotes shall be presented in the article.
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I/We certify that the material reported in this article represents original work carried out by myself/ourselves and that I/we shall produce the original data upon which the manuscript is based for examination by the editors or their assignees should they request it'
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Research articles are full length papers based on original research. They should contain an abstract (250 words), 3-5 keywords, a qualitative or quantitative analysis of primary and/or secondary data and a list of references (Harvard style). The word limit for research articles is 8,000 to 10,000 words.
Critical reviews of existing literature on selected social sciences topics are welcome, provided that they are pertinent to Sri Lanka and/or South Asia. A review article should have an abstract (250 words), 3-5 keywords, a critical engagement with existing research and a list of references (Harvard style). Review articles should have of a word count of 5,000 to 8,000 words.
Work-in-progress are short essays presenting on-going research. They should be well-structured and presented with an abstract (250 words), 3-5 keywords, a description of the current status of the study, preliminary findings and a list of references (Harvard style). The prescribed word limit is 3,000 to 4,000 words.
Publishers and authors who wish to have their books reviewed in the journal must submit books, published within the past 3 years, on social science topics relevant to Sri Lanka and/or South Asia, to the Journal Publication Unit of NSF. The journal will have selected books reviewed by experts in the relevant subjects. A book review will have a word limit of 2,500 to 3,000 words.
This category hosts articles covering important social science events or any other academic news of interest to social scientists, and articles presenting views on issues related to social science activities. Further, correspondence will be accepted regarding one or more articles in the preceding two issues of the Journal.Publication will be made at the discretion of the Editorial Board. The prescribed word limit is 1,000 to 1,500 words.
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.
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Articles in the Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences are Open Access articles published under Creative Commons CC BY- ND License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/). This license permits use, distribution and reproduction, commercial and non-commercial, provided that the original work is properly cited and is not changed anyway.