Author Guidelines

Sabaragamuwa university journal is a refereed journal which publishes articles in the multidisciplinary fields such as Agriculture, Science and Technology, Social Science and Humanities and Management studies. Articles may be research papers, short communications or review papers.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted by authors are preliminary screened for quality and appropriateness of the content of the manuscript by the editorial board. The manuscripts which are passed through the initial screening process will be preceded for peer reviewing process. The reviewers are assigned for the manuscript by the editor in Chief in consultation with the subject editors. Based on the evaluation reports of reviewers the the editorial board will make the final description of acceptance or rejection of the manuscript.

Conditions of the submission

  • Research papers must not exceed 20 manuscript pages including Tables and Figures.
  • Reviews should critically summarize and discuss the current state of understanding of a topic relevant to the scope of the journal. Should contain an abstract and the length should be similar or little higher than a normal research paper.
  • Short communications must not exceed 8 manuscript pages, must have an abstract, but may not contain the usual major headings of full papers.
  • Only original, unpublished manuscripts not under consideration for publication elsewhere should be submitted. Articles must be technically sound and written in English. Spelling should conform to The Concise Oxford Dictionary. Authors must prepare manuscripts according to the journal’s standards and instructions in order to facilitate prompt review and processing of papers
  • It is the responsibility of the author to obtain the permission for reprinting from the respective publisher for any materials that has been published elsewhere enabling them to reprint in SUSL journal.

Preparation of the manuscript

Prepare your manuscript including (1) Title Page (2) Abstract (3) Main text (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion) (4) References (5) Tables (6) Figures and (7) List of legends

Title Page

The title page should include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • A concise and informative title
  • The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
  • The e-mail address, and telephone number(s) of the corresponding author


Please provide an abstract of less than 200 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


Please provide 4 to 6 keywords.

Main Text

Introduction – includes the problem addressed, current level of knowledge, the aim of the study, and the hypothesis tested.

Methods – must give all information of the methodology and analysis to allow replication of the study.

Results and Discussion – Explains the results and discuss the results in a larger context of study discipline and literature, and gives the scientific contribution of the study.

Conclusion – Explain the main conclusions of the study

In the text all quoted and paraphrased intellectual property of other authors, as well as other works of the contributing author(s) must be properly referenced.

Work cited in the text should be indicated as follow: (Pathirana, 2005) or (Gombrich and Obeysekara,1990). Use ‘et al’ when citing a work by more than two authors, but indicate all the authors under references.

To distinguish citation of different works of the same author published in the same year, use letters, i.e. (Perera, 2005a, 2005b).

Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be prepared in Word.

  • Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 12-point Times Roman) for text.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).


Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.


Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.


Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data).


Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc.. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

Reference list

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.

  • Journal article:

Chikumba, S. (2007) Present and Future Opportunities in Industrial Attachment Training for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, v. 19(1),pp.85-98.

  • Book:

Cleaver, T.(2006) Understanding the World Economy, London: Rutledge.

  • Book chapter

Iyengar, K.R.S. (1961) ‘The Litterature of India’ in The CommonwealthPen: An Introduction to the Litterature of British Commonwealth, McLeod, A.L. (ed), New York: Cornell University Press.

  • Conference paper:

Bartlett, K. (2001) A study of human resource development in indigenous firms and multi-national corporations in East and Southeast Asia in OA Aliaga (ed),Academy of Human Resources Development: proceedings of the 2001 conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, February 28-March 4, 2001, Academy of Human Resources Development, Los Angeles, U.S., PP. 71-77.

  • Unpublished work:

Gunasekara, T.(1974) Dairy Propitiation in Urban Sri Lanka. Unpublished M A thesis, University of Edinburgh.