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The KDU Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies (KJMS) is a peer-reviewed journal, which publishes original research articles from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches open for all researchers of diverse disciplines. The Editorial Board consists of research experts from diverse research disciplines to handle such manuscripts. The KJMS adopts a double-blind peer-review process to ensure the quality of publications with protection from plagiarism.
A manuscript submitted to the KJMS is considered confidential material. KJMS will not disclose a submitted manuscript to anyone except individuals directly involved in the processing and preparing the manuscript for publication, namely the editorial staff, corresponding authors, potential reviewers, actual reviewers, and editors.
KJMS expects that a submitted manuscript is not already published or submitted elsewhere. A prospective author shall not submit their manuscript to KJMS when submitted elsewhere and under consideration.
Each copyrighted item in a manuscript must have authorization granted by the owner(s). Cite all of your sources correctly in your paper with references. Even after a paper has been accepted, the KJMS Editorial Board reserves the authority to reject it if any significant problems with its substance or violates the KJMS publication policies.
Read the guidelines below in preparing the manuscript in the live template given in the Journal's website. Download the live electronic template from the website to prepare the manuscript which has already specified different components of the manuscript [title, text, heads, etc.]. Do not change the characters, fonts, symbols etc in the given live format when preparing the manuscript.
All manuscripts must be in English. The preferred spelling of the manuscript is British English. Additional information on formatting and style issues can be obtained from the KJMS style guide, posted online at: http://lms.kdu.ac.lk/kjms/index.php
Authors have to send the duly filled Electronic Author Declaration (EAD) template posted online in the KJMS website with the manuscript. Detailed submission guidelines can be found on the KJMS website and authors are responsible for understanding these guidelines before submitting their manuscripts. For further information please refer to http://lms.kdu.ac.lk/kjms/index.php. All papers in KJMS are edited electronically.
Always use the International System units (SI) as primary units and English units (non metric units) as secondary units (in parentheses). Avoid combining SI and centimeter–gram–second system of units (CGS) which is a variant of the metric system units. Use zero before the decimal points.
Use symbol fonts in typing the equations. Label the equations (if any) consecutively and label the symbols used in the equations. Clearly indicate the relevant positions of the equations in the manuscript.
The title of the paper should be concise, informative and meaningful. Please avoid the use of long systemic names and non-standard abbreviations, acronyms or symbols in the title.
Authors and Addresses
If the publication is from several authors, list the names of all the authors first, followed by their full postal addresses. Use superscript numeric identifiers to link the authors with their addresses. If there is a change of the current address of an author where the work was carried out, give details in a footnote. Include email addresses on the title page. Indicate the email address of corresponding author at all stages of refereeing, publication and at the post-publication stage.
Important Points to Authors
The following points have to be followed by the authors in preparing the manuscript:
Abstract should consist of concise information of the content of the article and shall be informative, accessible and state the main results obtained.
It shall be a summary of the research findings with objectives, a brief methodology, major findings and conclusions and shall not contain table numbers, figure numbers, references or equations and shall not exceed 300 words.
Keywords should appear immediately after the abstract, and provide a maximum of 6 separated by a comma.
Introduction shall be concise describing the nature of the research problem concerned with its background. All relevant references shall be cited and all the highly specialized terms should be expanded indicating all abbreviations used in the article.
The methods used in the research shall be described in terms of qualitative or quantitative techniques or otherwise.
The methodology has to be described clearly providing sufficient details of the research design, simulation techniques, statistical tests or analyses carried out to generate the results so as to allow the methodology to be repeated by other researchers.
Describe the details of the major findings and the outcomes of the study in the results section. Use tables to improve clarity and express results using graphs, statistical diagrams wherever relevant.
Submit the tables of the publication as editable text and not as images. Incorporate the tables in the relevant places of the body text. Table shall be numbered consecutively in accordance with their appearance. The table title shall appear on the top of the table with any explanatory captions below the title. Ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described in the body text.
Figure title has to appear at the bottom of the figure. All Figures including maps, photographs and plates shall be numbered in the relevant sequence and their title has to appear at the bottom. Figures, graphics, plates, photographs and maps shall have approximately 300dpi with embedded fonts and have to be inserted in the relevant place of the text.
This section shall include the discussion of the significance of results and compare the findings of previous researchers using relevant references.
Conclusions drawn from the research should be summarized with recommendations for future research.
If it is needed, the appendices shall appear before the Acknowledgements. If there are multiple Appendices they have to be labeled as Appendix A, B, C and D etc.
The author/s have to incorporate the financial assistance received for the research, and also any intellectual support received during the work etc. under this section.
Ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the latest edition of Harvard referencing style which is the standard reference style of the journal. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication. Use of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is encouraged and that can be used to cite and link to electronic articles.
The word count of the abstract shall be maximum of 300 words and the total word count of the manuscript excluding references shall be 4000 to 5000 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.
Authors are required to transfer their copyright to the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka.
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