GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS
Manuscripts submitted for initial consideration must adhere to the following standards and publication policies:
|1.||Authors willing to have their paper published in JSR must submit the manuscript (written in English language) in soft copy through Email to the corresponding Editor/Executive Editor. The submission of paper will be deemed to imply that it represents the results of original research and not published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; and that if accepted for the journal it will not be published elsewhere. Reviews are invited by the Executive Editor but voluntary submissions will be considered and screened before a formal review. All contributions will be refereed. Please suggest atleast three reviewers. Authors are encouraged to avoid suggesting reviewers from the authors’ institutions. Whenever possible, suggest academic email addresses rather than personal email addresses.|
|2.||A cover letter must accompany every manuscript submission. The cover letter should include a brief paragraph pointing out the significance of the reported work.|
|3.||Correction of the proofs is the responsibility of the Corresponding Author. The Corresponding Author of an accepted manuscript will receive e-mail notification and complete instructions when page proofs are available for review. Galley proofs sent to the author together with a reprint order form must be returned promptly.|
|4.||A copy of a letter or e-mail message of permission is required when an author cites a personal communication or unpublished results from a researcher who is not a co-author. This requirement does not apply to data from commercial or in-house service laboratories. A manuscript incorporating text, tables, or graphics from a copyrighted publication must be accompanied by a copy of a letter or message from the copyright holder identifying the material and granting permission to reproduce it.|
|5.||All articles published by JSR are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Authors of articles published in JSR are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article.|
|6.||Authors must submit an electronic Copyright Form upon submitting their final manuscript files (Camera-ready paper). You can download the Copyright Form from the Download section on JSR website. The submitting author is responsible for obtaining agreement of all coauthors and any consent required from employers or sponsors before submitting an article. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary approvals and/or security clearances.|
In general, manuscripts may contain Title, Authors’ names, Affiliation, E-mail address, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Literature Survey, Proposed Approach, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Experimental Section, Acknowledgments, References and Endnotes. However, authors can organize the contents of the manuscript according to their requirements.
Guidelines For Manuscript Preparation
When you open JSR .docx paper template, select “Styles” from the “Home” tab (Home >> Styles), (these instructions assume MS Office 2007. Some versions may have alternate ways to access the same functionalities noted here). Then, type over sections of the template or cut and paste from another document and use markup styles. The pull-down styles menu is at the right of the Formatting Toolbar at the top of your Word window. Highlight a section that you want to designate with a certain style, and then select the appropriate name on the style menu. Authors can also copy desired formatting from the template by using Format Painter tool to format their contents. The style will adjust your fonts and line spacing. Do not change the font sizes or line spacing to squeeze more text into a limited number of pages. Use italics for emphasis; do not underline.
The abstract must be a concise yet comprehensive reflection of what is in your article. In particular, the abstract must be self-contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or references. The abstract should not be more that 200 words. Be sure that you adhere to these limits; otherwise, you will need to edit your abstract accordingly. The abstract must be written as one paragraph, and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material. Ensure that your abstract reads well and is grammatically correct. (Times New Roman, Font Size 9, Bold, Justified)
Enter at least 5 key words or phrases in alphabetical order, separated by commas. (Times New Roman, Font Size 9, Bold)
Main text of the manuscript inside each heading is Times New Roman, font size 10, justified alignment, and 1.15 line spacing. First line of each paragraph is indentation by 0.14” tab space.
Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time they are used in the text, even after they have already been defined in the abstract. Do not use abbreviations in the title unless they are unavoidable (for example, “TCP/IP” in the title of the article).
First Level Heading: Author can format first level heading (for example “Introduction”) by selecting “Heading 1” Style from the formatting toolbar in MS Word. That is numbered with Roman Numerals, Times New Roman, font size 10, all capital letters, center aligned, and having paragraph space before and after the heading.
Second Level Heading: Author can format second level heading (heading within first level heading) by selecting “Heading 2” Style from the formatting toolbar in MS Word. That is numbered with capital letter Alphabet, Times New Roman, font size 10, italic, title case, left aligned with 0.14” tab space, and having paragraph space before and after the heading.
Third Level Heading: Author can format third level heading (heading within second level heading) by selecting “Heading 3” Style from the formatting toolbar in MS Word. That is numbered with Numeric value followed by a bracket ‘)’, Times New Roman, font size 10, italic, title case, and left aligned with 0.14” tab space. Text within third level heading has left indentation of 0.2”.
Fourth Level Heading: Author can format fourth level heading (heading within third level heading) by selecting “Heading 4” Style from the formatting toolbar in MS Word. That is numbered with small letter Alphabet followed by a bracket ‘)’, Times New Roman, font size 9, italic, title case, and left aligned with 0.3” tab space. Text within third level heading has left indentation of 0.5”.
Ordered and Unordered List
Ordered List is formatted as following.
Numbered with numeric
Left indentation of 0.13”
Hanging by 0.19”
Unordered List is formatted as following.
Solid filled circle bullets
Left indentation of 0.13”
Hanging by 0.19”
If you are using Word, use either the Microsoft Equation Editor (Insert >> Equation) or the MathType add-on (http://www.mathtype.com) for equations in your paper (Insert >> Object >> Create new >> MathType Equation).
Equations: Number equations consecutively with equation numbers in parentheses flush with the right margin, as in Eq. (1). First use the equation editor to create the equation. Then select the “Equation” markup style. Press the tab key and write the equation number in parentheses. Use parentheses to avoid ambiguities in denominators. Punctuate equations when they are part of a sentence. Be sure that the symbols in your equation have been defined before the equation appears or immediately following. Symbols and variables should be written inside text using Equation tool of MS Word (Insert >> Equation >> Insert New Equation). Refer to “Eq. (1)” wherever you are citing equation 1 in the text.
Units: Use either SI (MKS) or CGS as primary units (SI units are strongly encouraged). English units may be used as secondary units (in parentheses). Avoid combining SI and CGS units.
Types of Graphics: The following list outlines the different types of graphics published in JSR. They are categorized based on their construction, and use of color/shades of gray.
Color/Grayscale figures: Figures that are meant to appear in color, or shades of black/gray. Such figures may include photographs, illustrations, multicolor graphs, and flowcharts.
Line Art figures: Figures that are composed of only black lines and shapes. These figures should have no shades or half-tones of gray, only black and white.
Tables: Grid like structures made of rows and columns, and contain text. They are composed of only black lines and text. Table should not be inserted in the form of image (Table should be created on MS Word using Table toolbar).
Multipart Figures: Figures compiled of more than one sub-figure presented side-by-side, or stacked. If a multipart figure is made up of multiple figure types (one part is lineart, and another is grayscale or color) the figure should meet the stricter guidelines.
File Formats for Graphics: Format and save your graphics using a suitable graphics processing program that will allow you to create the images as PostScript (PS), Encapsulated PostScript (.EPS), Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF), Portable Document Format (.PDF), Portable Network Graphics (.PNG) or Joint Photographic Experts Group (.JPEG), sizes them and adjusts the resolution settings. When submitting your final paper, your graphics should be inserted at the desired location in the manuscript as well as you can also submit the graphics individually in one of these formats along with the manuscript. You can also insert images inside a text box with no border, Square layout, Center horizontal alignment and Allow overlap unchecked.
Sizing of Graphics: Most charts, graphs, and tables are one column wide (3.5 inches / 88 millimeters / 21 picas) or page wide (7.16 inches / 181 millimeters / 43 picas). The maximum depth a graphic can be is 8.5 inches (216 millimeters / 54 picas). When choosing the depth of a graphic, please allow space for a caption. Figures can be sized between column and page widths if the author chooses, however it is recommended that figures are not sized less than column width unless when necessary.
Resolution: The proper resolution of your figures will depend on the type of figure it is as defined in the “Types of Figures” section. Color and grayscale figures should be at least 300dpi. Lineart, including tables should be a minimum of 600dpi.
Vector Art: In order to preserve the figures’ integrity across multiple computer platforms, we accept files in the following formats: .EPS/.PDF/.PS. All fonts must be embedded or text converted to outlines in order to achieve the best-quality results.
Caption of Figures or Tables: Place figure captions below the figures; place table titles above the tables. Both are Times New Roman, font size 9, center aligned, and sentence case. Please do not include captions as part of the figures, or put them in “text boxes” linked to the figures. Also, do not place borders around the outside of your figures. Note that “Fig.” is abbreviated. There is a period after the figure number, followed by a space.
Using Labels within Figures:
Figure Axis Labels: For figure axis labels use words rather than symbols. As an example, write the quantity “Magnetization,” or “Magnetization M,” not just “M”. Put units in parentheses. Figure labels should be legible, approximately 8 to 10 point and Times New Roman.
Subfigure Labels in Multipart Figures and Tables: Multipart figures should be combined and labeled before final submission. Labels should appear centered below each subfigure in 8 point Times New Roman font in the format of (a) (b) (c).
Referencing a Figure or Table within Your Paper: When referencing your figures within your paper, use the abbreviation “Fig. 1” even at the beginning of a sentence. Tables should be numbered with Roman Numerals. Use “Table I” for referring a table within text.
Color Processing / Printing: JSR allows an author to publish color figures in online version of the paper, and automatically convert them to grayscale for print versions. Therefore, it is requested from the authors, information should not be lost during conversion of color image to grayscale image.
Theorems and Proofs
Theorems and related structures, such as axioms corollaries, and lemmas, are formatted using a hanging indent paragraph. They begin with a title and are followed by the text, in italics.
THEOREM 1. Theorems, corollaries, lemmas, and related structures follow this format. They do not need to be numbered, but are generally numbered sequentially.
Proofs are formatted using the same hanging indent format. However, they are not italicized.
PROOF. The same format should be used for structures such as remarks, examples, and solutions.
Each algorithm should be numbered as “Algorithm 1” followed by its caption. Algorithm caption is Times New Roman, font size 9, and center aligned. Text inside an algorithm is formatted using the same formatting as caption. However, they are italicized. Be sure that the symbols and variables in your algorithm have been defined before the algorithm appears or immediately following. Symbols and variables should be written inside text and algorithm using Equation tool of MS Word (Insert >> Equation >> Insert New Equation). Refer to “Algorithm 1” wherever you are citing algorithm 1 in the text. Line numbering in the algorithm is optional. However, line numbering helps authors during explanation of the algorithm.
A conclusion may review the main points of the paper, do not replicate the abstract as the conclusion. A conclusion might elaborate on the importance of the work or suggest applications and extensions. Formatting of conclusion heading as well as all headings followed by conclusion are same as first level heading except that they are unnumbered.
Appendixes, if needed, appear before the Acknowledgment.
It is optional. Use the singular heading even if you have many acknowledgments. Sponsors and financial support acknowledgments can be described here.
Number footnotes separately in superscripts (Insert >> Footnote). Place the actual footnote at the bottom of the column in which it is cited; do not put footnotes in the reference list (endnotes). Use letters for table footnotes (see Table I).
Manuscripts should include a thorough literature review and adequate reference citations to support the arguments and methodology of the research study (manuscript should include more than 20 references to assert a high level of rigor). All material that is paraphrased or quoted from another source is substantiated with an in-text reference citation. Manuscripts and references must strictly follow APA (American Psychological Association) style (The manuscripts will be returned for revision to format the manuscript and references in APA style if formatting is not correctly applied). References should relate only to the material that is cited within the content of the manuscript and may not include any bibliographic references that do not associate directly with the content of the manuscript. References should be in alphabetical order and not numbered in the text or in the reference list. Please do not include any abbreviations.
Consulting the APA style manual (http://www.apastyle.org/pubmanual.html) or (https://www.mendeley.com/guides/apa-citation-guide) is highly recommended for compiling manuscript submissions. The APA style manual ‘frequently asked questions’ and ‘helpful tips’ may also be found at: www.apastyle.org/faqs.html and www.apastyle.org/previoustips.html.