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The Ceylon Journal Science (Biological Sciences) accepts original research reports in English in all areas of Life Sciences, which would be of general interest to biologists, for publication. The journal also publishes invited review papers, book reviews and "short communications". The submission of a manuscript will be taken to imply that the work is original, and it or a similar paper (other than an abstract) has not been, and will not be submitted elsewhere for publication.
Preparation of manuscripts
Manuscripts including figures and tables should be submitted in triplicate. The manuscript must be typed in double spacing in English on one side of the paper (preferably A4 size) with a margin not less than 2.5 cm all round. The pages must be numbered consecutively, and securely fastened together. Manuscripts before submission should be proofread carefully for mistakes and subsequent corrections, if any, made. Authors should follow the following general guidelines.
Full length original research papers should be written under the following sub headings, Title page Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables and Figure legends. Review papers should include an abstract, an introduction that outlines the main points, text under brief sub headings and references. Reviews of scientific books are accepted. It should be comprehensive. It should not exceed 2000 words. Short communications should contain novel preliminary findings. It should be written under the subheadings similar as for a research paper but should include only few key references. It may include a table or a figure. It should not exceed 3000 words. Commentaries and notes should address personalities and institutions of importance, appreciations and obituaries. Photographs can be included. It should not exceed 2000 words.
1. Title page
Title, name(s) of authors(s) and complete postal address of the institution(s) where the work was carried out should be included in a separate page. Title should be concise, informative and typed in upper case bold letters. The address of each author should start in a separate line. The e-mail address of the corresponding author should be provided.
Abstract for full papers and reviews must not be more than 200 words and for short communications not more than 100 words. The content of the title must not be repeated. Do not give authorities for species/genus names in the abstract. All abbreviations should be spelled out at first mention in the abstract as well as in the text body. Thereafter, only these abbreviations are to be used. The abstract should be followed by a list of up to 5 key words that are not present in the title. These should be on the second page.
3. Main text
The arrangement of the main text varies with the different types of paper. Research papers and short communications should include an Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References.
Use the common font Times New Roman and use as little formatting as possible (use only bold and italics where necessary and indentions of paragraphs). Nomenclature must be in agreement with the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (4th edition, 1999), which came into force on 1 January 2000. Author(s) of species name and the year of publication must be provided when the scientific name of any animal species is first mentioned (the full reference of this in the reference list should also be given). Authors of plant species names need not be given.
The metric system must be used and SI units where appropriate. Tables and legends for figures should be typed at the end of the manuscript and their required positions indicated in the margins of the text. It is required to send a soft copy (in word format) in a diskette (3.5" HD/DD diskette) and also email it to email@example.com. The soft copy and the hardcopy should match exactly. Please specify the software used including the version e.g. Word 6.0 or above, Word Perfect (IBM formatting). Keep a back-up disc for safety and reference.
Once the paper has been reviewed and revised if necessary, the authors should e-mail a copy of the revised manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be read by the editors and the editorial board, before sending it back to the authors for proofreading. The manuscript, which is ready for publication will be sent to the authors in PDF format for final proofreading.
Authors should keep in mind the dimension of the printed page (15 × 20 cm2) when preparing figures for publication. All illustrations (maps, graphs, drawings and photographs) are considered as figures, and should be numbered in consecutive order in Arabic numerals as Figure 1, Figure 2 etc. Where possible, a metric scale should be indicated in each figure. Legends for figures should be concise, explanatory and with sufficient information to make it intelligible without reference to the text. All illustrations should be sent in jpg format to the editor for the final product. Graphs can be sent in Excel format.
5. Line drawings
These must be of high standard in black (India) ink on white paper, tracing paper or board. Drawings should be lettered with a lettering set (free-hand is acceptable), and lettering should be large enough to be legible after a 50-60% reduction. Graph curves may be indicated by solid, pecked or dotted lines, and solid or open circles, squares, triangles and inverted triangles may be used to determine points. These also should be scanned and sent to the editor in jpg format. The minimum resolution of line drawings should be 600 dots per inch (dpi).
Should be of high quality (Black and White or Colour), photos trimmed to show only the essential features.
Should be numbered in Arabic numerals, typed on separate sheets and placed after the References. The number of tables should be limited as much as possible and tables should not repeat data available elsewhere in the paper. They should carry a title and legend, and footnotes to the table should be placed directly below the table. Vertical lines are not permitted and horizontal lines are used only in the heading and at the bottom of the table.
Literature in the text should be cited with the surname(s) of the author(s) only without initials followed by date and by a, b, c, etc. if there are several publications by the same author(s) in the same year. For two authors, use both names, and et al. is used only for three or more authors. The reference list must be checked with the text to ensure (i) correct spellings of author(s) name, (ii) the dates are consistent, and (iii) that all the authors quoted in the text are given in the reference list and vice versa. References should be arranged in alphabetical order according to author(s) name(s) and in chronological order if there are more than one publication by the same author(s) in the same year, with a, b, c, etc. after the date. The references are structured in this order: author's surname, initials, year of publication (in parentheses), title of paper, name of journal, volume number (bold) and first and last page numbers. All journal titles should be given in full (e.g. Canadian Journal of Botany). Book titles should be in Italics, and followed by publisher and place of publication.
Arines, J., Vilorino, A. and Saing, M. (1989). Effect of different inocula of VAM fungi on manganese content and concentration in red clover plants. New Phytologist 112: 215-219.
Humason, G.L. (1967). Animal Tissue Techniques. W.H. Freeman and Co. San Francisco, Pp. 136-142.
Lapage, S. P., Shelton, J.E. and Mitchell, T.G. (1970). Media for the maintenance and preservation of bacteria. In: J.R. Norris and D.W. Ribbons (Eds), Methods in Microbiology, Academic Press, London 3: 1-133.
Wild, B. (1993). Cycloheximide and phosphonate effects on the susceptibility of citrus fruit to green mold decay. Proceedings of International Symposium on the Physiological Basis of Postharvest Technologies, Davis, California, Pp.353-356.
Manuscripts should be submitted to:
Department of Zoology,
University of Peradeniya,
Tel: + 94 81 2384470; Fax: + 94 81 2388018
25 reprints will be supplied free of charge for each article. Where there are two or more authors, the reprints will be sent to the corresponding author unless instructed otherwise. Additional reprints can be ordered when the contributors receive the manuscript for final proofreading.
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.