General Information and Instruction to Reviewer

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. Our commitment is to create a vibrant academic space to explore and publish truly interdisciplinary up-to-date, high-quality, and original scholarship across the social sciences, humanities and business.   You could help us to achieve the said objectives by reviewing the manuscript sent to you. Below are some guidelines for you to consider in assessing the manuscript:

Relevance: The paper must be relevant to all social sciences, arts, and business studies disciplines. Please consider the paper's importance to the disciplines and/or recognised specialty areas.

Title: Is it clear what the article is about? The title should represent the paper's main point and be correctly phrased. It must be succinct, descriptive, and provide the most important keywords. Abbreviations should not be included in the title.

Abstract: Is it accurate in terms of the article's content? Each article must have an abstract, which should not exceed 250 words. Abstract should be a concise statement of the intention, results and conclusions of the paper.

Keywords: The paper must contain five to six keywords.

Theory: The paper needs to be based on a theory or a group of theories. The author(s) is supposed to articulate such a theory and provide a case for why it is agreed over other potential explanatory theories, as well as make a persuasive argument in support of the topic under investigation. Any hypothesis or proposition must be presented in the correct format.

Methodology: Is the author explaining how the data was gathered in a clear and concise manner? Is the design appropriate for answering the question posed? The paper must adhere to the latest “methodology.” It must cover all aspects of the methodology, including data collection, processing, and analysis, as well as results discussion, sampling techniques, and so on. The appropriateness of the statistical techniques used must be determined. Tables, graphs, and other supporting materials should be numbered and arranged in the correct order in the text or as an annexure at the end.

Results: This is where the author/s can write down what he/she found in the research. It should be well-organized and in a logical order. You'll need to think about whether or not the proper research was done.

Conclusions/discussions: Is the author(s) able to defend what he or she began to do? Is the application of theory and technique justified by the outcomes?

Contribution: Is the paper meaningful in terms of adding to the body of knowledge? Please feel free to reject a paper if it is a rehash of previously published research or does not add anything to the body of knowledge on the topic, even if it is otherwise publishable.

Language: Please check to see if the language used is clear, concise, and to the point, and “scientific.”

Format: The paper should adhere to the APA 7th edition (for language and social sciences) or MLA 8th edition (for literature).

Reference format: 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. Footnotes are discouraged but may be used occasionally to bring home a point which cannot be covered in the text.

Your assessment: Please give us your final assessment of the paper in the following terms -       

1. The paper may be published in its present form.

2. The paper is publishable but needs some minor changes. Please state the changes.

3. The paper merits consideration but needs major corrections, in which case the paper may be sent back to the author(s) for improvements. Please state the corrections in as much detail as possible to assist the author(s) to improve the paper.

4. The paper does not merit further consideration and/or is not fit for publication.



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