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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Preparation

A typical research paper is structured into several main parts, each serving a specific purpose. The specific requirements may vary depending on the discipline, journal, or guidelines provided, but the following are common sections found in many research papers:

1. Language

The language of the manuscript must be in English (either American or British standard, but not a mixture of both).

2. Length of paper

The length of the paper should not exceed 25 pages. Paper containing more than 25 pages of words will be returned to the author(s) to abridge. Articles should be typed in double space (including footnotes and references) on one side of the paper only (preferably A4) with wide margins. Authors are urged to write as concisely as possible, but not at the expense of clarity.

3. Title

The title provides a concise and informative overview of the research. It should be clear, specific, and capture the essence of the study.

4. Abstract

The abstract is a brief summary of the entire research paper. It includes the purpose, methods, results, and conclusions of the study. It serves as a quick overview for readers to determine the relevance of the paper.

5. Introduction

The introduction outlines the background of the study, establishes the research question or hypothesis, and provides the context for the research. It often includes a literature review to show what is already known in the field.

6. Literature Review

This section reviews existing literature relevant to the research topic. It helps to establish the current state of knowledge, identify gaps, and justify the need for the new study.

7. Methodology

The methodology details the research design, approach, and methods used to collect and analyze data. It should be comprehensive enough for others to replicate the study.

8. Results

In this section, the findings of the research are presented. Results are often communicated through text, tables, and figures. Raw data is usually not included here but can be provided in an appendix.

9. Discussion

The discussion interprets and analyzes the results in the context of the research question or hypothesis. It explores the implications of the findings, relates them to existing literature, and discusses limitations.

10. Conclusion

The conclusion summarizes the main findings and their significance. It may also suggest avenues for future research.

11. Acknowledgments

If there are individuals or organizations that contributed to the research but are not authors, their contributions are acknowledged in this section.

12. Appendix (if applicable)

Supplementary material, such as additional data, questionnaires, or detailed methodology, can be included in an appendix.

It's important to note that the structure of a research paper may vary based on the specific requirements of the assignment, the guidelines of the journal to which it is being submitted, or the preferences of the researcher.

13. Subdivision of the article
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1, 2. (then 2.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2), ..., etc. The abstract is not included in the section numbering.

14. Table and Figures
Present tables and figures at the end of the article. Please note that the article will be published in black and white.

15. References

This section lists all the sources cited in the paper. The citation style (APA) will determine the format.

We strictly follow APA (American Psychological Association) style for our research papers. Kindly watch the below tutorials for more information:

16. Footnotes

If necessary, use end-to-end footnotes (Arabic numerals) throughout the document.

Footnotes may contain quotations from works that are mentioned in the text and additional information.

Sections or categories of papers that can be submitted: 

SJAHSS accepts Research Articles, Review Articles, Short Communication, Case Studies, Editorial, and any other category of research papers that can be included in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Research Article

  • Open submission
  • Indexed
  • Peer reviewed

These are primary publications reporting on original research. They typically include sections such as introduction, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion.

Review Article

  • Open submission
  • Indexed
  • Peer reviewed

These provide a comprehensive summary and evaluation of existing research on a particular topic. They often analyze multiple studies to draw conclusions about the state of knowledge in a field.

Case Study

  • Open submission
  • Indexed
  • Peer reviewed

These present detailed analyses of specific cases or examples, often used in fields like psychology, sociology, and medicine to illustrate broader principles or phenomena.

Technical Article

  • Open submission
  • Indexed
  • Peer reviewed

A technical article is a specialized form of academic writing that focuses on explaining complex technical concepts, procedures, or advancements within a specific field or industry. These articles are typically targeted towards professionals, researchers, or practitioners who have a deep understanding of the subject matter.

Short Communication

  • Open submission
  • Indexed
  • Peer reviewed

Short communications, also known as brief communications or rapid communications, are concise and focused research articles that typically report on significant findings or developments in a relatively brief format.


  • Editors only
  • Indexed
  • Not peer-reviewed

These are opinion pieces written by the editorial board or invited experts, often discussing current events, trends, or debates within the field.

Book Reviews

  • Open submission
  • Indexed
  • Peer reviewed

These assess the content, significance, and quality of a book within a specific field, offering insights to potential readers.

Letters to the Editor

  • Open submission
  • Indexed
  • Peer reviewed

These are short communications addressing issues raised in previously published articles or discussing recent developments in the field.

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