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Manuscript submission guidelines

Authors are invited to submit original research papers, case studies, reviews, work in progress reports, abstracts, student’s papers or research proposals within the broad scope of the conference.

The following guidelines must be adhered to when submitting the papers: 
No manuscript will be accepted without the Required Format. All manuscripts should be professionally proofread before the submission 

1.    Introduction

a)      Manuscript should be written in English and should be submitted to the Editor-in-chief via online submission system or electronically through the
         online system as an e-mail attachment to
b)      The author(s) must prepare their file in MS Word format or any other equivalent format. PdF and another format will not be accepted
c)      In the case of online submission through the manuscript submission portal, the entire paper must be submitted in ONE document
d)     No inclusion of any institutional graphics or logos
e)      Documents must be tidy and not show any history of tracked changes or comments
f)       No changes in the paper title, abstract, authorship, and actual paper can be made after the submission deadline

2.    Number of submissions

a)      Author may submit more than one paper, but the maximum number of papers should be 3 (three)
b)      As a first author only one can be accepted by you
c)      The other paper(s) should be submitted with you as co-author.
d)     As a first author only you can make two presentations maximum (if planning for oral presentation).
e)      Acceptance of a paper implies that at least one of the authors must attend the conference and present the paper.
f)      All Co-authors names will be published in the conference programme and conference proceedings exactly as you have indicated in your final submission
        and completed publication form. No changes can be made after the submission deadline

3.    General Manuscript Guidelines

a)      Margin: Set the paper size to A4 with 2.2cm on all sides (Top, bottom, left, right.)
b)      Font size and type: The fonts to be used are Book Antiqua in 12 point pitch. Main headings-14 and subheadings-12. Please use BOLD for the paper title.
c)      Headings: Major and secondary headings must be BOLD, left-justified and in lower case.
d)     Spacing and punctuation: Space once after commas, colons and semicolons within sentences. The body of the papers should be single-spaced.
e)      Line spacing: Single spaced throughout the paper, including the title page, abstract, body of the document, tables, figures, diagrams, pictures, references
         and appendices.
f)       Length of the Paper: The paper length should not exceed 15 pages maximum including figures, tables, references and appendices.
g)      Paragraphing: A blank line between paragraphs should be left without indent.
h)     Footnotes/endnotes: Please do not use any footnotes/endnotes
i)        Nothing should be underlined and do not use any boarders

4.    Structure of the Manuscript

4.1    Cover page: The cover page of the manuscript must be organised as follows: 

1)      Title of the Article (Maximum 30 words) –Paper title to be centred on the page, uppercase and lowercase letters, Font size 14, bold
2)      Author (s) name (s): Uppercase and lowercase letters, centred on the line following the title, font size 12, bold
3)      Institutional affiliation: Author(s) affiliation and contact details: (all author(s)’ full names, current affiliations, correct email addresses, and postal addresses)
4)      Authors note: Provide information about the author`s departmental affiliation, acknowledgement for any financial and non-financial assistance, mailing
          address for correspondence, email addresses for all co-authors
5)      Keywords:  Maximum 6 keywords in alphabetical order
6)      Type of research submission:  (please indicate whether this is a Full research paper OR Developmental paper - in progress OR Case Study)

     4.2   Abstract: 
                  The abstract is a self-contained summary of the most important elements of the paper. It intends to capture the interest of a potential reader of your paper.
                   An abstract should address the following:

·         Purpose of the research
·         Design/methodology
·         Results/findings
·         Practical implications and Conclusions

              The following guidelines should be adhered:

             (a)   Pagination: The abstract begins on a new page
             (b)   Heading: Upper and lower case letters with 12 font-size bold and align text to the left.
             (c)    Length and format:  Maximum 300 words
             (d)   Do not include any citations, figures or tables in your abstract

4.3   Body of the manuscript
              From the next section (after abstract), the rest of the manuscript should be organisaed and the main body of the paper can be divided into sections and
              sub-sections. Section and sub-section should be numbered and should be typed in BOLD. The manuscript should be organised as follows:

       1)      The Introduction
       2)      Literature review
       3)      Research methodology
       4)      Findings/results
       5)      Discussions and conclusions
       6)      Limitations and direction for future research
       7)      Appendices
       8)      References

               4.4   Use of Table, Figures and Equations

      (a)   All tables are to be centred and numbered sequentially, with their title centred below the table. Tables/figures should be placed within the text as
      (b)   All tables/figures/diagrams must be placed in the main manuscript (within the text) and cannot be submitted as separate files or do not include after
              the references
      (c)    All figures must be reproduced in black and white. A good quality graphic software to be used and figures are to be centred with the caption to be
              centred below the figure
      (d)   All equations must be typeset with the same word processor and type in Mathtype (please visit the website at for a free limited
      (e)    All Figures, diagrams should be converted into JPEG with high resolution.

5.   References
Author(s) are requested to follow the Harvard style of referencing. Further guidelines can be found on:

The Harvard System of referencing should be used for all manuscript(s) submitted to `s Conferences and Journals for all sources. All sources should be listed together; there should not be separate lists for books, journal articles and electronic sources. Making a list of what you have used must be appropriate to the type of source used; the details you need to record will vary according to the source. Please also note the following in relation to the references:

a)      Please use the word “references”, not “Bibliography”
b)      Please ensure to cite each reference in the text at an appropriate place. A complete reference list should be provided for every in-text citation
c)      Do not include any references that you have not cited in the text
d)     Your reference list should not be numbered (i.e. 1,2,3---)
e)      Cite sources are written in different languages: Use both the original title and a translated title