Instructions to Authors

Authors submitting papers to be considered for publication in this journal are requested to take note of the following guidelines.
1.    Length of paper: Between 3,500 and 6,000 words

2.    Citations and references: APA style - 5th Edition. See:

3.    Formatting: Times New Roman, font 12, all margins 2.5centimetres, double spacing Tables and figures should have captions and numbers. The captions of the tables and figures to be written on the top while any explanations should be written below. Original drawings or pictures must be submitted in a form ready for the printer.

4.    Title page: Manuscripts must consist of the title, author's full name (in the form preferred for publication), and author's affiliation including mailing address, country and the email address. In cases of joint authorship, the name of the first author should come first. Please indicate the corresponding author. The title needs to be concise - preferably not more than 20 words and indicative of the theme being addressed.

5.    Abstract: Between 150- 250 words and ought to contain the aim of the paper, its scope and state whether it is research based or theoretical.

6.    Introduction: Provide the necessary background information - e.g. on context that will make it easy for readers to interpret the rest of the paper. This section also ought to provide a brief literature review that outlines the specific area of knowledge that the paper wishes to contribute to. What gap is the paper addressing? Provide a justification for the paper.

7.   Research Approach: If research based, the paper needs to give a clear  justification for the research design adopted- approach, method, sampling, data generation techniques, data analysis procedures, ethical considerations and trustworthiness of the paper. If theoretical - how was information for the paper arrived at - experience? literature? What is new in this paper - a new way of argument? An analysis using a different theoretical lens?

8.    Findings: Present findings concisely and in an accessible manner. Minimize use of tables and figures to only those that are very necessary. We encourage that we have a good representation of participants' voices. We must remember - especially in terms of papers extracted from theses that only a "few" findings can be presented in a paper - that/ those very relevant to the theme.

9.    Discussion: This is the point at which the author engages the readers (as convincingly as possible) on what they make of the findings. For a paper of the length we want - perhaps only one or two key findings will need to be identified for discussion though it is expected that this will vary from one study to another. Why do you think the findings are the way they are - especially in view of the contextual information and literature given earlier? How do the findings compare to previous findings/ arguments on the issue?

10.    Conclusions: What do you consider to be the main contribution of the paper? How far do we generalize the findings? Any limitations you wish to draw to the readers' attention? What's the way forward in your view? Any suggestion for further research?

11.    Language: Authors are requested to use American or British English for consistency. Non-English words to be written in Italics and explained in parenthesis No end notes. Authors are advised to have their papers thoroughly proofread before submission.

12.    Submission: All papers to be submitted as email attachments - as Microsoft word documents. Authors are requested to submit a brief bio data of not more than 50 words. It is expected that papers submitted to JASEML are not submitted to other journals at the same time.


Revised 21-07-July 2017