Sri Lanka Journal of Education (SLJE)

     Author Guidelines
    • Submissions must be in English.
    • There is no article processing charge (APC) or publication fee.
    • Use the structure provided to prepare your manuscript.
    • Length of the article should be 3,000 to 6,000 words, excluding the Reference List.
    • An abstract of 200-250 words should be provided with the article.
    • Include 3-5 keywords that best describe the article in order to facilitate access by search engines.
    • Paper size is A5 and margins are 2 cm (0.75”) for top, bottom and right, and 3cm for left.
    • A Title Page including the following should be submitted:
    • A concise and informative title
    • The name(s) of the author(s) with affiliations and addresses of each author
    • Papers with multiple authors should name a corresponding author with contact information such as e-mail address, mail address, telephone/fax numbers
    • The corresponding author must make sure that all names of the co-authors given are in order.
    • Formatting Requirements:
    • For the body of the document, use Times New Roman font, 12-point type size, double-spaced.
    • The whole document should be fully justified (not only left-justified).
    • No headers and footers are allowed.
    • The text should be divided under headings/sub-headings.
    • For the title, 16-point, upper – and lower – case bold
    • For Headings, 14-point, upper- and lower-case, bold.
    • For Subheadings, 12-point upper- and lower-case, italic.
    • Use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’.
    • Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.
     Tables, Graphs and Figures:
    • Minimum 10-point type size, all captions should be upper- and lower-case, bold, and centered.
    • Tables/Graphs/Figures must be placed in the correct location within the article.
     Illustrations and Photographs
    • Halftones, minimum of 9-point type size.
    • Captions should be in upper- and lower-case, bold, and centered.
    • Images must be computer-designed and submitted as embedded images in your document.
    • Please use the APA Style (7th Edition) i.e. Within the body of the text (Surname, Year).

List of References (Eg.)

     Format for Books:
    • Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Place of publication: Publisher.
      Format for Journal Papers, Print version:
    • Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, Volume number (Issue number), page range.
  Format for Journal Papers, Online version:
     Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, Volume number (Issue number), page range. or Retrieved from http://xxxxxx
    • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references.
    • Where available, URLs and DOIs for the references should be provided.
     Suggested Structure of the Article


    • A maximum of 250 words clearly outlining the contribution of your paper.

     Key Words

    • Maximum of 5 key words.


    • Clearly explain the nature and scope of the study, purpose, and contribution of the national/international development.
    • Use headings and subheadings as needed.

     Literature review

    • Provide a well organized review of literature with relevant theoretical and practical backgrounds

     Materials and Methods/Research Methodology

    • Clearly state materials and methodologies applied in the research.

     Data Analysis and Findings

    • Analysis of data with specific and major findings.


    • Critical and interpretive discussion of the findings.


    • Clearly indicate the conclusions and implications.


    • References should be cited according to guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style) (6th edition).
     Ensuring a Blind Review
    • All articles submitted to SLJE Journal will undergo a double-blind peer reviewing procedure by experts in the area(s) represented by an article, selected by the Editorial Board.
    • Authors are therefore requested to submit a blinded manuscript without any author names and affiliations in the text, references, or on the title page.
    • Please make sure to delete your name and those of co-authors from the text and from the reference list, and replace them with “Author”.
    • The decision of the Editorial Board on the publication is final.


     Other Requirements:
    • Save your file in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
    • Documents in PDF format will not be accepted
    • Completed articles must be emailed to:

Prof. Lakshman Wedikkarage

Department of Social Science Education

Faculty of Education.

University of Colombo