General Information and Instruction to Authors

1.  Aims and Scope

SUST Journal of Social Sciences, ISSN 1682-895X (print and online) is a peer reviewed, official journal of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh. Perpetuating the tradition of high quality research conducted at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, this journal encourages multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary submissions which provide and sustain healthy academic debate. Submissions from all disciplines of the social sciences, humanities and business are welcomed. 

With the aim of being a platform for thought-provoking articles which enhance an academic atmosphere of positive inquiry and research this journal is published in June and December every year. 

2. Submissions

Authors should kindly note that submission implies that the content is an original piece of work, and has not been published or submitted for print or electronic publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a meeting or symposium.

3. Manuscript Requirements 

Two copies of the manuscript (clearly typed in double spacing on A4 size paper with adequate margins) along with an online copy should be submitted. The authors are advised to retain a third copy with them for reference. Manuscripts should normally be between 3,500 and 8,000 words, including all notes, tables, graphics and references. Authors considering submission of longer or shorter pieces are advised to discuss the matter with the Editor-in-Chief in advance of submission. Word counts do not include author names and affiliations and acknowledgments. The short communication should not exceed more than 2 typed pages of A4 size paper. A review article, as a rule, must contain a substantial amount of the author’s own work.

Deadlines for submission:      June Issue: 30 March of the intended year of publication

                                          December Issue: 15 September of the intended of publication

Please mail 02 (two) hard copies of the manuscript to the mailing address of the journal and submit an electronic copy adhering to the online submission instructions (www.sust.edu/research). 

4. Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures.

       Title Page

        The title page should contain:

  • A short informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations;
  • A short running title of less than 40 characters;
  • The full names of the authors;
  • The authors’ institutional  affiliations  where  the  work  was conducted, with a footnote for the author’s present address if different from where the work was conducted;
  • Conflict of Interest statement;
  • A short biographical note of less than 75 words including all author names, institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses, and main research interests (optional); 
  • Acknowledgments.

       Main Text File

       As papers are double-blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify         the authors. The main text file should be presented in the following order:

  • Title, abstract, and key words;
  • Main text;
  • References;
  • Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes);
  • Figure legends;
  • Appendices (if relevant).

      Figures and supporting information should be supplied as separate files.

      Abstract

      Each article must have an abstract, which should not exceed 250 words. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is         understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work. 

       Keywords

       Please provide five to six keywords.

       Main Text

       Manuscripts should be double spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font. 

       Tables

        The number of tables and figures should be kept at absolute minimum. The same data should not be used both for the tables and figures. Tables and figures should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. Each table and figure should have a descriptive title. The place of inclusion of the figures and tables in the text must be clearly indicated. 

       References

       Formatting should adhere to the APA 7th edition (for language and social sciences) and MLA 8th edition (for literature)

      List references should be in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

      Examples of basic reference formats:

      For APA 7th edition citation-

      Journal article: 

      Zhao, W., Garcia-Oscos, F., Dinh, D., & Roberts, T. F. (2019). Inception of memories that guide vocal learning in the songbird. Science, 366(6461), 83–89.                 https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaw4226  

     Book:

      Jackson, L. M. (2019). The Psychology of Prejudice: From Attitudes to Social Action (2nd ed.). American Psychological  Association.                   https://doi.org/10.1037/0000168-000

    For MLA 8th edition citation-

    Journal article:  

    Lee, James J., and Joshua Beckelhimer. “Anthropocene and Empire: Discourse Networks of the Human Record.”PMLA, vol.135, no.1, Jan 2020,  pp.110-129.                      Modern Language Association of America,

    www.mlajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1632/pmla.2020.135.1.110.

    Book:

    Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Oxford UP, 2011.

Mailing address: Secretary, SUST Journal Editorial Board, Administrative Building-2, 2nd Floor, Room No. 206; Shahjalal University of Science and Technology,             Sylhet. Bangladesh



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