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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.
  • 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).
  • The article is original, does not infringe copyright laws or any other third-party property rights.
  • The manuscript has been reviewed and approved by all authors/co-author(s) and there is/are no other person(s) who satisfied the criteria for authorship but are not listed.
  • The similarity index is not more than 10% and all the quoted material and ideas taken from other sources are properly cited according LASSIJ requirements.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format (version 2010 or above).
  • The text is single-spaced; used 12-point font; employed italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points.
  • URLs for the online sources cited in the references have been provided.
  • Accept/agreed with the Article Processing Charge (publication fee policy) of the journal.

Author Guidelines

  • The corresponding author must be a PhD, preferably eligible for exemption or a discount according to our fee policy.  
  • The author(s) are required to insert their ORCID at submission stage within their user account in LASSIJ. The author/co-author ORCIDs are embedded into article metadata in the online system of LASSIJ.
  • The minimum word limit for a manuscript of a quantitative study is 6000 words including the list of references.
  • Manuscript of a qualitative and/or mix-method study should be from 7000-10,000 words including the list of references.
  • Before, submission to LASSIJ, the manuscripts should be edited by an English language expert, preferably a native speaker.
  • Style of the referencing and citation should be ensured as per APA guidelines (latest edition).
  • An in-text citation style should be used with a list of the references at the end of the manuscript.
  • LASSIJ reserves the right to edit, modify, make addition or deletion to the article or may request corresponding author to do so.
  • Text of the article shall be single-spaced, used 12-point font, employed italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • All illustrations, figures and tables shall be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end of the manuscript.
  • Maximum two manuscripts of an author shall be published in a single issue, one as principal author and another as co-author.
  • The manuscript already submitted elsewhere and under review for publication shall not be submitted to or accepted by the LASSIJ.
  • The corresponding author shall ensure that there is no conflict of interest among the principle author and the co-authors.
  • The corresponding author shall esure that there is no plagiarism in the manuscript, and the similarity is less than 10% and is properly cited with original source(s).
  • The international standards of research ethics must be followed and ensured by the authors/co-authors. 
  • Complete affiliation details of the authors/co-authors shall be provided at the submission stage of manuscript.
  • The Email ID of corresponding author and ORCID of all authors will be published on the final accepted/approved manuscript.
  • A manuscript, once accepted for peer-review process in LASSIJ cannot be withdrawn by the author(s).
  • The manuscripts considered for peer-review shall not be submitted/published elsewhere, unless rejected by LASSIJ.
  • A manuscript accepted for editorial review or peer-review does not mean an approval for the publication of the article.
  • An acceptance letter may be issued for a manuscript after the peer-review, only if approved by the editorial board for publication.
  • Peer reviewed and approved manuscripts are published with a date of submission and a date of online publication.
  • Author(s) will sign an agreement/undertaking allowing LASSIJ the non-exclusive right to circulate the article and all other derivative works such as translations.
  • The author(s) are advised to carefully read the author guidelines and ensure that all the requirements and conditions of LASSIJ are fulfilled before submission of the manuscript.
  • Manuscript shall be submittd online in MS Word file to the editorial team after registeration and/or log-in by the corresponding author to the user account on the website/online system of LASSIJ.

Article Format

The main structure/style of the manuscript (sub-headings are optional) shall be as follows:

Title (font size 13, Times New Roman):

Active verbs are used instead of complex noun-based phrases. It is around 10 to 12 words long and summarises the main idea or ideas of the study.

Abstract (150-200 words):

It discusses a compact view of the research problem, purpose of study, research design and key findings.

Keywords (seven-ten):

It does not use words or phrases from the title, and supplements the title's contents. These are descriptive, representing key concepts and nouns.

Introduction (and background):

It describes the purpose, scope, context, significance, background, hypothesis(es), question(s), brief methodology, outcome(s), and outline of the remaining structure/organisation of the article.

Literature Review (relevant literature/sources)

It gives description, summary, and critical evaluation of sources explored in relation with research problem(s) being investigated.

Conceptual and Theoretical Framework (Model):

The conceptual framework presents/makes the construction of the study clearer, cleaner, and more straightforward; and the theoretical framework within it explains the relationships that are explored within the study.

Research Methodology (methods and materials):

It describes the actions taken for investigation of the research problem and the rationale for the application of the specific procedures or techniques used to identify, select, process, and analyse the information applied to understanding the problem.

Data and Results (if applicable):

It reports the results of the study based upon the methodology(ies) being applied, and in a logical sequence without bias or interpretation, if data is generated from the author’s own research.

Analysis and Discussion (and findings):

It interprets and describes the significance of findings in light of what was already known about research problem(s). It explains new understanding or insights being emerged based on studying the problem. It is connected to introduction through research questions or hypothesis(es) and the literature reviewed.

Conclusion (suggestions and future direction):

It helps the readers to understand why the research should matter to them. It gives a synthesis of key points and, (if applicable), suggests new areas for future research.

References (list of cited sources):

It contains a list of updated published and unpublished material on the topic including research articles from internationally reputed journals especially those indexed in WOS, Scopus etc.   

  • Acknowledgements (if any) 
  • Appendices/Annexures (if any)

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