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Author Guidelines

From Volume 7 (2016) onwards, all articles published in Ruhuna Journal of Science are Open Access articles published under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 International License. This License permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

Guidelines for manuscript preparation for the initial submission and review process.

Use Times font size 12, 1.5 line space, unless specified otherwise. After peer review and acceptance, authors will be requested to format the paper according to the template provided separately. Please send the non-pdf version of your manuscript (doc, docx).

  1. Title page

    Title:Insert the title, which can have maximum 100 characters with spaces (times font 14)
    X. Author 1 and Y. Author 2
    1 Full affiliation X,2 Full affiliation Y
    Correspondence: 1email x.x, 2 email Y.Y.


    The abstract should summarize the contents of the paper and should contain at least 100 and no more than 250 words.


    List max of 5 keywords in this section; keywords help to locate your paper in search engines; list with an order from broader to specific keywords. Avoid words in the title.

    Author Contributions.
    This is a compulsory statement. State contribution of all authors (contributions to the conception and design, acquisition of data, analysis, and interpretation of data, drafting the article, revising it critically for important inclusions etc.). The corresponding author must ensure that all authors have read and consented to the content of the manuscript being submitted.

  2. Main text

    • Title of the paper (Please do not include author names/ or affiliations).

    • Abstract (100% identical to the one given on the title page)

    • Text body:Following are just general section guidelines but authors may form sections in an appropriate manner to the work being reported (esp. for theoretical/ Mathematical papers):

      1. Introduction

      2. Material and Methods / OR / Statement of Main Results, Definitions etc.

      3. Results / OR / Proofs

      4. Discussion

      5. Acknowledgements

      6. References

    *Please insert the tables and figures at relevant places within the text body.
    *Follow the citation format for different publication categories as appeared in a published article of the journal.
  3. Supplementary Material
    Supplementary Information (SI) is peer-reviewed material directly relevant to the conclusion of a paper that cannot be included in the printed version for reasons of space or medium (for example, video clips or sound files). SI is not subedited so authors should ensure that it is clearly and succinctly presented, and that the style of terms conforms with the rest of the paper. During SI processing for online publication, a standard coversheet will be added to the main SI PDF but the contents will remain unchanged.

    We recommend that SI in the following five 'flat' (text or table) categories is combined into a single PDF, laid out as you wish readers, editors and peer-reviewers to download it:

    • Supplementary Methods

    • Supplementary Table(s)

    • Supplementary Discussion

    • Supplementary Equation(s)

    • Supplementary Notes (including notes clarifying statistical analyses, acknowledgements, grant or other numbers).

    Some types of SI (listed below) are either best presented in editable format or cannot be presented as PDF for technical reasons.
    Please supply these types of SI in one of our allowable formats. They will be published with the PDF of the rest of your SI, downloadable as separate files.

    • Supplementary Data

    • Supplementary Computer programs

    • Supplementary Video(s)

    • Supplementary Audio(s)

    • Supplementary Video and Audio Legend(s) (please provide legends in a separate editable document)

    • Supplementary tables must have a separate numbering system from that used for tables in the print version of the paper and the Extended Data (the first table displayed in SI should be labelled 'Supplementary Table 1' and so on).

  4. Author Decleration

    With each submission, the following declaration should be sent separately to (filled and signed by the lead/ or corresponding author of the paper). Please attach a scanned copy of the signed document. Until this document is received by the editor, processing will not be commenced.

    Title of the Manuscript:

    Author list:

    I/We hereby affirm that the results/ findings in this paper are based on the original research work that has not been published/ or under consideration of publishing in article form/ or book anywhere else, and the manuscript does not contain any duplication of previously published data/results arising from the same work, or someone else's work.

    I/We agree to the condition that this manuscript will not be submitted for publication until I/we receive the final decision of the Ruhuna Journal of Science, based on peer-review.

    Name of the corresponding author:




Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor) (except in abstract form in a conference/ symposium proceedings).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format (not in pdf).
  3. Citations are given in the text within parenthesis (not by numbers), and References are listed alphabetically at the end of the text. Where available, DOI's for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is 1.5 line-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in guidelines under the menu 'About' the Journal.
  6. Corresponding author's ORCID iD is supplied (to obtain a free ORCID, visit ORCID iD of the corresponding author will be displayed on the PDFs of the articles published in RJS.
  7. Signed 'Author declaration' is sent to the (see guidelines, item number 3). In case of multiple authors- manuscript, a statement of contributions to the manuscript is included on the title page.
  8. Supplementary Material: Please read the section under the guidelines. Note that the RJS highly encourages and recommends the authors to share the data and computer codes for replicability and reproducibility of our research papers which should be available to peers who wish to validate the techniques and results.
    As such, our editorial policy would prioritize the requirement for sharing to facilitate unrestricted utilization, paralleling our existing practice (to the extent feasible) with data and research materials.

Copyright Notice

From Volume 7 (2016) onwards, all articles published in Ruhuna Journal of Science are Open Access articles published under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 International License. This License permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

Copyright on any research article published in RJS is retained by the respective author(s).

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

a) Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY-NC 4.0 International, that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

b) Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

c) Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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Ruhuna Journal of Science by University of Ruhuna is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

eISSN: 2536-8400

Print ISSN: 1800-279X (Before 2014)