Instructions to Authors
Empirical studies, conceptual papers and review articles that fall within the scope of ISDA Journal are invited for publication. Research papers and articles are reviewed by experts and specialists, considering several aspects like originality, logical cohesion, language, citations and on the suitability of the article for publication in the journal. All research papers and articles are subjected to a strict plagiarism check. It is obligatory for the authors to follow the instructions given below while submitting articles or research papers for publication:
Please note that ISDA Journal is following the APA style (sixth edition) to enhance its international perceptibility and acceptance.
Maximum word limit
(a) Papers based on empirical data: 5000
(b) Conceptual paper and review articles: 6000
(c) Research notes and brief reports:1500.
Manuscript Format Instructions:
Manuscripts should be sent as MS Word files, typed in Times New Roman, font size 12 with 1.5 line spacing.
Title of the article/research paper:
The title should be short and accurate. A shortened version of the title in 2/3 words should be given to use as running head of the article/ paper. The name of the author(s) may be provided below the title, and the institutional affiliation(s) as footer in the first page alone.
Acknowledgements if any, may be given at the end of the paper.
Abstract and Keywords:
The abstract should be in about 150 words only and may encapsulate the background information, objectives, methods and findings. Key words should not be more than five.
‘Introduction’ should not be used as sub-heading. The introductory paragraphs should be concise and pertinent to the area of research.
APA style should be followed for in-text citations and the list of references. APA 6th edition style sheet may be downloaded for the purpose.
In-Text Citation Examples:
Two or more authors
List of References:
Citing print sources
Mohanan, B. (2003). Women and Law: The case of Kerala. Trivandrum: ISDA Publications.
Ramalingam, P., & Nath, Y. (2012). School Psychology in India: A Vision for the Future, Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, 38, 21- 34.
Josukutty, C.A., (2013). Af-Pak Policy: Implications for India. In Mohanan B Pillai (Ed.) India’s National Security: Concerns and Strategies. New Delhi: New Century Publication..
Zubin, J. (1975). Problem of attention in schizophrenia. In M.I. Kietzman, S. Sutton and J. Zubin (Eds.) Experimental approaches to psychopathology. New York: Academic Press.
Farrell, P. (2010). School psychology: Learning lessons from history and moving forward. School Psychology International, 31, 581-598. DOI: 10.1177/0143034310386533.
Citing web resources:
Shackelford, W. (2000). The six stages of cultural competence. In Diversity central: Learning. Retrieved April 16, 2000, from http://www. diversityhotwire. com/learning/cultural_insights.html
Intext numbering and giving `endnote’ should not be used.
Structure of an Empirical Paper:
Introduction, Objectives/Hypotheses, Method (not methodology), Results, Discussion, Conclusion and References.
Objectives/Hypotheses: Objectives and hypotheses may be made part of the introduction or given under a separate sub- heading.
Method (not ‘Methodology’): This section should deal with Techniques, Sample, Tools/Measures, Procedure, etc.
Results should be in such a way that only the included data may be provided, preferably in the form of tables and occasionally in figures. Data should not be repeated in more than one form. Arabic numerals should be used for the numbering of tables and figures. Please avoid detailed ANOVA tables and give only F-values and their significance. Avoid describing the values already provided in the tables in subsequent paragraphs.
Initially, the findings may be stated briefly. In subsequent paragraphs, the findings may be discussed in the light of relevant works in the past. In some cases, the results need not be given under a separate sub-heading and may be included along with the discussion so as to avoid repetition.
Conclusion should be stated very clearly in agreement with the findings. It may also carry a paragraph or so on the applications of the study, if any.
Structure of a Conceptual Paper:
Abstract, Introduction, Specification of a theory or Propositions, Discussion, Closing paragraph/Conclusion and References.
Mode of submission:
Papers/manuscripts may be uploaded in the link provided in the web page or sent to the Executive Editor in the journal email: [email protected]
The Review Process
Research papers and articles submitted to the journal go through a double-blind review process to ensure academic excellence. Also, strict plagiarism check is an integral part of the review process and quality control. The reviewer’s comments will be communicated to the author. The author has to correct/revise/redraft the manuscript according to the review comments/suggestions of the referee. The decision of the editorial board in respect of publication is final. At the same time, the author has the freedom to withdraw any manuscript at any time if the suggested modifications are not acceptable to him/her.
Authors’ Right and Ethical Obligations
The Author holds the exclusive rights relating to their articles, submitted for publication in the Journal with regard to copyright, patent right, right to self-archive and use the content of their articles for their own future studies including seminars, lectures and books with an acknowledgement of its initial publisher viz. ISDA Journal.
The author should have the obligation to maintain integrity with true research ethics and scientific temper in analysing and representing research results. The author should warranty that:
From the beginning onwards our journal is following peer review Policy. We have an excellent team of experienced and outstanding faculties who help us to refer/review articles and provide valuable comments for the refinement of the research papers submitted to us for publication. The articles received undergo rigorous review by two or three of the faculties in the panel, based on the nature and subject matter of the article. The articles will undergo Strict plagiarism test with the help of similarity indexing software so that the authors may modify their articles based on the reports and make their piece of research refined and substantial
Submission of Article/Manuscript
Open access policy
All articles published in ISDA Journal are open access, freely available to read, download and share. The author(s) and copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship, as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.