Guidelines for Authors

Authors should follow the guidelines given in the sixth edition of Publication Manual of American Psychological Association (APA), except where prescribed below. For convenience, some of the basic features of the manual are given here. A few modifications in basic format have been made to meet the specific requirements of this journal.

General requirements
1.   The article should be submitted in MS Word document.
2.   Single space the entire article including references.
3.   Page number on each page in the bottom right corner.
4.   Use standard-sized page A4 (8.27" × 11.69") with standard margin one inch all around.
5.   Font of the text should be 11-point with times new roman writing style (except where prescribed).
6.   Each paragraph should begin indented ½-inch (one tab space). This also applies to the paragraphs under headings of level 1 and level 2.
7.   No extra line space between the paragraphs, the entire text of the article should be justified (aligned on both sides).
8.   Enter space between the main sections of the article such as abstract, key words, main body of the manuscript, acknowledgment (if any), and reference list.
9.   The article should range between 4500 to 7000 words on the whole (including title, abstract, keywords, and main body of the article, acknowledgment and references). However, the outstanding articles may be exempted from this restriction.

Title page
1.   The title of your article centered, innovative and appealing
2.   It should be sentence case starting with a capital letter.
3.   If the title is more than one line, 1.15 space between the lines
4.   Font of title 14-points, bold and with times new roman writing style
5.   Your name centered and institutional affiliation should be given under it. Corresponding author should also give email address.
6.   Abstract should contain 150-250 words with at least five key words.
7.   Abstract and Key words subheadings in 11-points font, bold, time new roman at the beginning of the paragraph.

Organization of manuscript
1.   The authors should adhere to the rules given in the relevant pages of APA manual 6th edition regarding journal article reporting standards (focus on elements of manuscripts), writing clearly and concisely (particularly organizing text in an appropriate length, level of headings and seriation), the mechanism of style (e.g., punctuation, numbers, and statistical and mathematical symbols), displaying results (especially, general guidelines on tables and figures), crediting sources (for instance, quoting and paraphrasing, citing references in the text, and different types and variations in references having specific components) and other rules required particularly in your article. For more details you may visit: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ or any other related website.
2.   APA describes the following levels of heading, subheadings and sub-headings as levels 1, 2, 3, 4. or 5. All the headings should be of 12-points font with times new roman style. A slight modification is made in each heading for the specific purpose of the journal. Short detail is given below.

                      Level 1: Centered, Bold, Uppercase and Lowercase
Paragraph text begins a single-spaced line below the heading (also single-spaced with Auto spacing before and 0 after), with ½-inch indentation at the start of each paragraph.

Level 2: Flush Left, Bold, Uppercase and Lowercase
Paragraph text begins a single-spaced line below the heading (also single-spaced with Auto spacing before and 0 after), with ½-inch indentation at the start of each paragraph.

       Level 3: Indented, bold, lowercase, and ending with a period. Paragraph text begins two spaces after the period at the end of the heading. (Also single-spaced with Auto spacing before and 0 after the subheading).

       Level 4: Indented, bold, italicized, lowercase, and ending with a period. Paragraph text begins two spaces after the period at the end of the heading. (also single-spaced with Auto spacing before and 0 after the subheading).

       Level 5: Indented, italicized, lowercase, and ending with a period. Paragraph text begins two spaces after the period at the end of the heading. (Also single-spaced with Auto spacing before and 0 after the sub-heading).

Reference section
1.   References should be given as recommended in APA manual 6th edition. Different types of references should follow the specific styles as given in the manual (for details you may visit: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/or any other website).
2.   The heading of Reference should be flushed left and bold with 11-point font. Each reference should be left-indented ¼-inch after the first line. The reference list should be justified and no extra space between the references should be given.
3.   Reference list should start at the end of manuscript (not from the new page).

Important note 
1.   The journal recommends authors to maintain originality and quality of research and to follow accurately the prescribed format and style before submitting an article. The liability for content, scientific accuracy and originality of the manuscript (or plagiarism) lie solely with the author(s) of the article. The authors need to check for the plagiarism before submitting a paper to the journal.
2.   The articles which do not meet these basic criteria would be regretted at an initial stage before sending for the review.
3.   For further information, please refer to your APA manual. A short guide to APA publication manual is given below. As a sample for your paper, the template in Word format can also be downloaded below. Please follow the instructions given at this page of the journal where you find contradiction with the APA publication manual.
4.   Figures, graphs, tables, pictures and other illustrations should be in accordance with the APA manual.
5.   The controversial issues related to religion and ethics are beyond the scope of the journal.
6.   The paper submitted to the JSSSH must NOT be submitted to any other journal for its publication before a decision is made by the journal.

For quick process of your research paper, please make sure that your manuscript is documented according to the criteria laid down in the 'guidelines for the authors' and specified in the template such as: page size; margin; line space, style, font and position of the headings; font and style of manuscript writing; font, line space and writing style of the title; author's name and affiliation and tables and figures. For in-text citation please refer to pp. 8-12 of the guide.

Sample-paper-JSSSH
Download Brief APA Guide (for in-text citation please refer to pp. 8-12 of the guide)  

** Papers NOT appropriately formatted would be sent back to the authors.

Submission of article  
Article complete in all respect should be submitted to the editorial office at:

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