Guidelines for Authors

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The Srilankan Scientist publishes world-class science from Sri Lankan inspiring science interest individuals.

Prospective authors should first give a brief description of qualifications, institutional affiliations and expertise in the subject they are writing about. Articles should be written in the style of a popular magazine. The scientific articles should be specifically related to scientific endeavours in Sri Lanka with broad public interest or national interest. Technology articles may also be restricted for the interest of the magazine publishers and editors.

Since The Srilankan Scientist is read by student level, senior researcher level and some of interested general public level readers, the style of writing needs to be at a certain level between a journal and a newspaper.

Include the thrust of your work and its significance in the introduction, and take your time to describe background concepts assuming no much specialist knowledge on the part of the reader. Remember that our readers won’t be trying to replicate your studies but only need a basic overview of the steps you took to advance your studies. If anybody is interested on your research, we would link them to you.

Remember that readers need to be persuaded to invest their time in an article. The usual way magazine articles do is the exact opposite what the fictions do: it gives away the story up front so the reader becomes intrigued and will want to find out why or how it happened.

Feature articles should be 1200–1500 words in length. Other articles will be less than 500 words. Relevant pictures and photos of high quality should be sent with the article and the author should bear the responsibility of the copyrights and other licenses.

Please acknowledge the photographer if you are not. Articles should include a brief headline, an abstract of only one sentence and a one- sentence biographical note detailing your institutional affiliation and position. Do not include reference lists, acknowledgments or footnotes.

Articles should be submitted by e-mail to editor@srilankanscientist.com as an attachment saved in MS Word.

Images should be either provided as a high-resolution (1500 pixels wide) JPG or PDF files. Note that graphics embedded in Word or Powerpoint documents are often unsuitable.

The Sri Lankan scientist does not always pay for the articles published. Please make sure you are paid or not before writing to the magazine. There are paid articles and charged articles in the magazine. For dedicated scientific writers, there will be a compensation plan later in 2015.

By submitting to The Srilankan scientist, contributors accept the terms and conditions outlined in the copyright statement Authorship of articles should be limited to individuals directly responsible for writing the article, and not include others involved in the research or in authorship of the peer-reviewed research being reported in the article. There should be no more than two co- authors credited with the article.

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