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The Vidyodaya Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (VJHSS) is an interdisciplinary, open access, biannual journal which is exclusively devoted to the publication of high-quality research in the fields of humanities and social sciences. VJHSS publishes original research articles selected through a rigorous and comprehensive peer-review process and aims to facilitate local and international dissemination, collaboration and exchange of knowledge.
Types of Articles
VJHSS publishes original, peer-reviewed research and scholarly articles, short communications and book reviews on all aspects related to humanities and social sciences. The Editors of VJHSS will also consider as and when necessary publishing special issues devoted to particular topics or themes deemed suitable to the journal.
Word limit to research articles should be between 5000 to 8000 words (including tables and references). Short communications should be less than 3000 words (references excluded) and book reviews less than 4000 words (references excluded).
Contact Details for Submission
Authors can submit their manuscript via email to the Editor-in-Chief as follows:
Prof. Charmalie Nahallage (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Submissions Check List
Please note that this journal publishes manuscripts in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
The submission should not have been previously published, nor should it be submitted for another journal for consideration.
Please ensure that one author has been designated as the corresponding author with the following contact details:
All manuscripts must be “spell checked”.
Ethics in Publishing
Authors should follow best practices and ethical guidelines in publishing research.
VJHSS is committed to peer review integrity and upholding the highest standard of review. First, the article will be assessed for the adherence to the journal format, scope and aim by the Chief-Editor, and will be subjected to double-blind peer-review process by independent, anonymous referees who are experts in the relevant discipline.
VJHSS is committed to publishing original research and uses Turnitin to screen articles for originality and acknowledgement of previous work conducted. It reserves the right to reject the manuscript based on the percentile of plagiarism that has occurred. VJHSS adhere to university plagiarism policy.
Use of Inclusive Language
Submissions should be free from bias, acknowledge and respect diversity, be sensitive to differences, and promote equal opportunities. Articles should refrain from making assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader, should refrain from making any negative comments on the grounds of race, sex, religion and culture, and should use inclusive language throughout.
Using Third-Party Material in your Paper
Please ensure that you have obtained the necessary written permission to reuse third-party material in your article from the copyright owner prior to submission if applicable.
Please note that in the case of any violation in publishing ethics, guidelines, duplicate submission, plagiarism, etc., VJHSS holds the right to reject the manuscript at any stage of the publishing process.
Upon acceptance of an article, the authors will be asked to complete a “Journal Publishing Agreement” in which their copyright will be transferred to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Role of the Funding Source
Authors are kindly requested to identify and acknowledge financial support in the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and briefly describe the role of the Sponsors in the acknowledgments section.
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)
VJHSS subscribes to the above license which lets others distribute and copy the article, create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), include in a collective work (such as an anthology) text or data mine the article even for commercial purposes on the basis that they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article and do not modify the article in a way that is likely to damage the author’s reputation.
There are no submission fees or publication fees.
Preparing the Article for Submission
As the journal uses double-blind review, both the reviewer and the author identities are concealed from reviewer and author. As such, manuscripts need to be prepared according to the following guidelines:
Submit the Title page containing the author’s details, and blinded manuscript with no author details as two separate files.
The title page should include the title, authors’ names and affiliations, and email address of the corresponding author (see “Essential Title Page Information” for more information).
The blinded manuscript should not include names and affiliations under the title within the manuscript. Please ensure to use the third person to refer to the work the authors have previously undertaken, and ensure that any identifying information, including author names have been removed from file names.
The article submission should be compiled in the following order: title page, abstract, keywords, main text including
Essential Title Page Information
The title page should include the following:
Title: The title of the article should be concise and informative, and should contain less than twenty (20) words.
Name(s) of the author(s) with initials, preferably first name spelled out.
Affiliation(s) of author(s)
Name, address and email address of the corresponding author.
Running title, which should be no more than 12 words
Abstract: An abstract will be printed at the head of the article. The abstract should contain 250 words. The abstract should include the title. Further, should include a brief introduction, objectives, methods, results and conclusion. It should not be separated into paragraphs. Abbreviations and literature citations should not be included.
The abstract should be followed by maximum of five (05) keywords.
Abbreviations must be expanded the first time it appears in the main text. After the first expansion of the abbreviation with the abbreviation in brackets, the abbreviation should always be used in the rest of the article.
Line spacing should be 1.5; with 12-point font Times New Roman for English, F.M. Abhaya for Sinhalese, and Bamini for Tamil articles respectively. Should employ italics for scientific names, use SI system/ metric system for units of measurements. All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
Include the acknowledgments as a separate section after the conclusion and recommendations of the article, before the list of references or the appendices
Please use British Spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.
If your paper is being submitted in Sinhala or Tamil, please ensure that you provide the title and abstract in English as well.
Formatting and Templates
The submission file should be in Microsoft Word document file format.
Line numbering should be included from the title of the title page till the end of the List of References.
Please use the APA (American Psychological Association) reference style as given in examples below.
References should be 1.5 spaced, 1.5 cm 2nd line right indent, and listed alphabetically at the end of the paper and formatted as follows:
References in the body of the article
APA in text reference is in the format of author and date (author, date). When directly quoting from a text, please include a page number in the citation as given in the example below:
Research has found that an anti-colonial nationalist consciousness “may help prevent and overcome the cultural and psychological damage of colonialism” (Nayar, 2008, p. 23).
Article found in print with one author:
Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume (issue), pages.
Berndt, T. J. (2002). Friendship quality and social development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11(2), 7-12.
Article found in a database with one author:
Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume (issue), pages. doi: OR Retrieved from URL
Pettigrew, T. F. (2009). Secondary transfer effect of contact: Do intergroup contact effects spread to noncontacted outgroups? Social Psychology, 40(2), 55-65.
Article found on the open web, with one author:
Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume if available (issue if available), pages if available. doi: OR Retrieved from URL, date of access
Myers, C. (2019, June 27). The Apartheid of Children’s Literature. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/the-apartheid-of-childrens-literature.html
Article (from the open web) with two authors:
Lastname, F. M., & Surname, F. M. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume (issue), pages. doi: OR Retrieved from URL
Norem, J. K., & Chang, E. C. (2002). The positive psychology of negative thinking. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58(9), 993-1001.
Book with one author:
Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of book: Subtitle of book. Publication City, ST: Publisher.
Obama, B. (2004). Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance. New York: Three Rivers Press.
Books with multiple authors:
The format follows the author format as listed under articles.
McQueen, R.A., & Knussen, C. (2006). An introduction to research methods and statistics in psychology. Harlow: Pearson Prentice Hall.
An edited book:
Editor, F. M. (Ed.). (Year). Title of book: Subtitle of book. Publication City, ST: Publisher.
VandenBos, G. R. (Ed.). (2007). APA dictionary of psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
An edited book with multiple editors:
Leonard W. R. & Crawford M. H. (Eds.). (2002). Human biology of pastoral populations. Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Author, A A, & Author, B. B. (1995) . Title of chapter or entry. In A Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx-xxx). Location: Publisher.
Web site with one author:
Lastname, F. M. (Date published). Title of page. Retrieved from URL
Dickson, A. (2019, February 8). The best Shakespeare films ranked. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/feb/08/the-best-shakespeare-films-ranked
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.