Author Guidelines

Manuscript preparation

  • It is recommended to prepare your manuscript using LaTex.
  • We accept in the word file as well.
  • If you prepare your manuscript using LaTex, you have to submit the PDF file at the initial submission. If accepted, you have to provide the LaTex source file.

Structure and formatting of the manuscript

Title and authorship information
The following information should be included:
Manuscript title
Full author names
Affiliations
Email addresses

Abstract
The abstract should be self-contained, citation-free, and not exceed 300 words.

Introduction
This section should be concise, with no subheadings.

Materials and methods
The methods section should provide enough detail for others to be able to replicate the study. If you have more than one method, use subsections with relevant headings.

Results and discussion
This section may be divided into subsections or may be combined.

Conclusions
This should clearly explain the main conclusions of the article, highlighting its importance and relevance.

Data availability
This statement should describe how readers can access the data supporting the conclusions of the study and clearly outline the reasons why unavailable data cannot be released.

Conflicts of interest
Authors must declare all relevant interests that could be perceived as conflicting. The authors should explain why each interest may represent a conflict. If no conflicts exist, the authors should state this. Submitting authors are responsible for coauthors declaring their interests.

Funding statement
Authors must state how the research and publication of their article was funded, by naming financially supporting body(s) followed by associated grant number(s) in square brackets (if applicable).

Acknowledgements
All acknowledgements (if any) should be included at the very end of the manuscript before the references. Anyone who made a contribution to the research or manuscript, but who is not a listed author, should be acknowledged (with their permission).

References
It is recomended to use Harvard referencing style. All references should be listed consecutively in the order of their first citation.

Units of measurement
Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using the International System of Units (SI).

Preparation of figures
Upon submission of an article, authors should include all figures and tables in the PDF or word file of the manuscript. Figures and tables should not be submitted in separate files. If the article is accepted, the authors will be asked to provide the source files of the figures. Each figure should be supplied in a separate electronic file. All figures should be cited in the manuscript in consecutive order. Figures should be supplied in either vector art formats (Illustrator, EPS, WMF, FreeHand, CorelDraw, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) or bitmap formats (Photoshop, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, etc.).

Preparation of tables
Tables should be cited consecutively in the text. Every table must have a descriptive title, and if numerical measurements are given, the units should be included in the column heading. Vertical rules should not be used.

Copyright and permissions
Authors retain the copyright of their manuscripts. All open access articles are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.

Submission

  • Authors are requested to submit their articles along with cover letter through the following email id: vjs@vau.ac.lk
  • Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript.
  • Only electronic PDF (.pdf) or Word (.doc, .docx) files will be accepted.
  • A typical paper for this journal should be no more than 25 pages
  • Submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be accepted.
  • The submitting author takes responsibility for the manuscript during submission and peer review.
  • Authors must supply the names of three potential reviewers with complete contact details. However, the editors are not obliged to use the services of the reviewers provided by the authors.

Terms of submission

  • Manuscripts must be submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are only being considered by this journal.
  • The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article’s publication has been approved by all the other coauthors.
  • It is also the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the article has all necessary institutional approvals.

Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor with the consultation of the relevant field Associate Editor, and the suitable articles will be taken up for further consideration. Those articles will undergo a double open peer review process by independent and anonymous reviewers who are experts in the particular discipline. However, the reviewer’s details will be hidden from the authors and readers of the manuscript.