Guidelines for Authors

The Northshore College of Business and Technology International Research Journal policy describes the principles for all publications. This document elaborates the requirements for submission of a manuscript for the Journal. Please submit your manuscript as an MS Word (.doc or .docx) file through given email.

General

The manuscript must report and original and unpublished work. It must be based on significant factual records and be significant in the findings. The suitability of a manuscript for publication will be evaluated by the reviewers who will provide justification for publication.

The manuscript should be clean without showing changes, corrections or deleted material marked on the manuscript. It is the responsibility of authors to check symbols, abbreviations, units and technical terms for accuracy, consistency and legibility. Footnote and endnotes are not permitted. All the necessary information should be incorporated into the text of the paper. Gender specific words (such as he, she, etc.) should be avoided. Use of the third person is encouraged. SI units should be used throughout the paper including figures and tables. Provide the conversion factors for the units used in the table or figure under the table or figure if space prevents the use of secondary units in the same table or figure. Please. The reference and abstract must also be double spaced. Font style should be either time new roman or courier and the font size should be 12 pt. Handwritten manuscript will not be accepted for review. Each page should be numbered beginning with the title page to facilitate review.

Length

The maximum number of words and word equivalents for a technical paper should normally be limited to 4000 words. Although most topics can be covered within these limitations the Editorial coordinator may waive these restrictions to encourage articles on topics that cannot be treated within these limitations. The authors must clearly provide a justification for longer manuscripts.

Language

papers must be clearly and concisely written in good English. The spellings should be UK spellings.

Equations

All equations should be typed clearly. Make sure that all characters and subscripts & superscripts are legible, distinguishable and clearly placed. Each equation should be identified by numbers in square brackets sequentially and placed flush with the left margin. An abbreviation of the word ‘equation’ must be used in the text in capital e.g. Eq. (1). A letter or symbol should be used only for one entity and be consistently used throughout the paper. Each variable must be defined either in the text or list of symbols. List of symbols is placed on the reference list. This section should also be typed double-spaced. Capital letters are placed before lowercase letters and Greek alphabets follow Roman alphabets.

References

References to published literature should be listed in the Vancouver APA (American Psychological Association) style at the end of the paper. They should reflect current state-of-technology and cite in the following style.

In-text citations

  • In-text citations should be as follows: (Last Name, Year of Publication)
  • The complete reference must show up at the end of the paper on the References page
  • If you are using a direct quote you must include the page number in the in-text citation: (Last Name, Year, Page Number)

Reference Page (Common Types of Sources)

Books

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). The title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

 Articles/Chapters in books

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). The title of the chapter. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.

 Online Periodicals

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). The title of the article. The title of Online Periodical, volume number (issue number if available). Retrieved from [insert URL]

 Online Scholarly Journal Article

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). The title of the article. The title of Journal, volume number, page range. doi:0000000/000000000000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.0000/0000

Tables

All tables should be in the portrait format. Each table should have a title and a number in Arabic numerals. The tables must be cited in the main text and capitalised in bold letters e.g. Table 1. The tables should be grouped together sequentially after the list of references in the order as they are cited in the text. The minimum text size for the tables is 8 point.

Figures and Illustrations

All figures should be in the portrait format. Recommended size of a figure is 4 x 5 in. (100 x 125 mm). The figures must be clear so as to be visible after reduction of size to suit the available Journal space. Each figure should have a title and a number in Arabic numerals. The figures must be cited in the main text and capitalised in bold letters e.g. Fig. 1. Figures should be grouped together sequentially at the end of the manuscript in the order as they are cited in the text.

 

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