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General Guidelines for the authors

  • Only Soft copy of the manuscript to be submitted online through email only.
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  • Manuscript should be in MS Word format,
  • The length of the article can between  ten to twenty pages excluding annexure.
  • Ensure that the article is free from grammatical and spelling mistakes
  • Ensure that the article has undergone a  thorough plagiarism check before submission.
  • Follow the APA format
  • Use white 8 ½  x 11” paper.
  • Have 1 inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides
  • Font style: Times New Roman
  • Title Font Size: 12,
  • Body font Size :10,
  • Bold Title, Headings, Subheadings, Table No and Table Name
  • Double space the entire research paper
  • Include a page header at the top of every page.
  • Insert page numbers justified to the right-hand side of the page

Components of the Research Paper

Ideally the research paper should include the following

  • Title Page
  • Abstract
  • Main Body
  • References

Title Page:

This page should contain the Title of the paper, the author’s name and institutional affiliation.


  • Begin with the Title of the paper
  • On the first line of the page, center the word “Abstract”
  • Write the summary of the research paper, the research problem,  the questions that will be answered, the  methodology,  findings  and  conclusions.
  • This summary should be double-spaced and less than 250 words.
  • List 5-8 keywords  used in the research.

The Body:

  • Start with the Running title.
  • Begin with the introduction.
  • Present the problem and premise upon which the research is based.
  • State the Methodology, describe the methods through which data was collected analyzed and interpreted.
  • Use diagrams, chars,  graphs and tables to display the data.
  • Begin a new section with the Discussion. Bold and center this subtitle.
  • Discuss whether or not hypothesis was accepted or rejected
  • Begin a new section with the Findings, suggestions and conclusion. Bold and center  the sub titles subtitle.
  • Draw conclusions and support how your data led to these conclusions.
  • Use  in-text citations  and include the author’s/authors’ name(s) and the publication year.


On a new page, write all the references made in making the article:

  • Begin with a running title
  • Center and bold the title “References”
  • Alphabetize and Double-space all entries
  • Every article/source mentioned in the paper and used  should  have a reference.
  • Reference to a journal Publication: Authors name/names, year of publication in the bracket, Title of the article, Title of the Journal, page numbers.
  • Reference to a Book Publication: Authors name/names, year of publication including the edition in the bracket, Title of the book, Publishers name, Chapter number.
  • Newspaper References: Authors name/names, year and date of publication in the bracket, Title of the article, name of the newspaper, Column number.
  • Electronic journal article: Authors name/names, year of publication in the bracket, Title of the article, Title of the Journal, page numbers, date of retrieval, name articles database.
  • Document available on a web page: Authors name/names, year in the bracket, Title of the article, year and date of retrieval, name of the website

For a more complete description of  referencing style and list of examples, also refer:

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, Reference PE/1475/PUB/2001

Mastering APA style: student’s workbook and training guide, Reference PE/1475/GEL/2002

The American Psychological Association website,

The American Psychological Association electronic references,

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