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Author Guidelines

Articles sent for publication must be original reports of research not simultaneously sent to nor previously published elsewhere. The journal also accepts short notes and review papers. Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor in chief. Papers must be written in either Arabic or English, with both Arabic and English abstracts. Three copies of the manuscript should be submitted. The correspondence author will be informed in writing upon receipt of the manuscript. Each manuscript will be assessed by two independent referees. The correspondence author will be informed immediately thereafter in writing of acceptance, rejection or need of revision. The editorial staff reserves the right to revise the manuscript. Major alterations, however, will only be made in accordance with the author(s) consent. Before publication the correspondence author receives galley proffs for the sole purpose of correcting misprints or making any absolutely necessary corrections. Corrections must be returned within 30 days. On acceptance of a paper for publication the author(s) should provide a copy of the entire manuscript on a compatible computer compact disk (CD). After publication of the article the correspondence author will get 10 reprints free of charge. He/she will be invoiced for any additional copies, which may be ordered when returning the galley proofs:

- All rights of publication of an accepted paper shall transfer to the journal.

- An unaccepted paper will note be returned to its author

Organization of manuscript:

Authors are requested to adhere to the rules given below and to follow the examples precisely.

Typing:

Manuscripts should be typed using double line spacing on one side of the paper only (standard A4 paper is appropriate). Every page should be numbered at the bottom center.

Size of manuscript:

Original papers should not exceed (30) type written pages; Review articles should not exceed (10) type written pages. Short notes should be limited to (5) type written pages.

Introductory material:

The first page of the manuscript should contain the following items in the sequence given:

a) The title of the paper should be specific, concise and informative.

b) First and last (family) name(s) of the author(s) should be fully written with initials for middle names.

c) Each author's last name is to be followed by an asterisk (or similar symbol) to report author's address and affiliation.

Abstract:

The second page of the manuscript should start with an abstract that summarizes the content of the paper. The abstract should be as informative as possible stating clearly the significant findings and important conclusions of the research work. Its length should not exceed 15 lines. For papers written in English Arabic translation of the title and the abstract is required (and vice versa). Key words should not exceed five words.

Introduction:

The introduction should explain sufficiently but concisely. The latest scientific research on the subject, using recent international references. It should be followed by objectives, showing why and with what aim the work has been done.

References:

References should be given in the text by the surname of the authors and the year of publication. Et al, should be used in the text when there are more than two Authors. All references cited in text should be included in the list of references at the end of the paper.

References should be arranged alphabetically by senior authors. Responsibility of the accuracy of the references rests with the author(s). References should be limited in number to those absolutely necessary. They should also be typed with double spacing and should follow the examples of reference listing format given below.

1- Books:

Last name of author(s) followed by initials then the year of publication in brackets, then the book title and edition (if any) followed by publisher and place of publication.

2- Journal articles:

Last name of author(s) followed by initials then the year of publication in brackets, then the title of the paper and the name of the journal followed by volume and number (if any) then the publishing body and place of publication in addition to the pages containing the article.

3- Chapter in a book:

Last name of author(s) followed by initials then the year of publication in brackets, then the title of the chapter or section in the book and the title of the book followed by the name of the editor of such book in addition to the publisher and place of publication, and finally the pages containing the chapter or section.

4- Unpublished Theses and Dissertations:

Last name of author followed by initials then the year of award in brackets, then the title of the thesis or dissertation (adding the word unpublished) and the awarding the institution.

Structural Diagrams and Mathematical Equations:

Structural diagrams mathematical equations should be drawn or written in the manuscript in the places in which they belong. They should always stand alone, i.e. occupy extra lines. They should be marked with Arabic numerals in parentheses in the right hand margin. Greek letters and unusual symbols in equations should be identified in the typesetter.

Short Notes:

Notes on articles previously published in the journal will be considered for publication subject to review by the Editorial Board, the author of the article being critiqued, and other reviewer(s) deemed necessary by the Editor- in-chief. If a note is accepted for publication, the original author will be invited to reply. All other editorial requirements also apply to proposed notes.

Reviews:

Reviews are comprehensive, critical descriptions on the present knowledge of actual research subjects or recent publications. Reviews are frequently submitted on invitation. However, they may also be accepted from other authors too. The term "A Review" should be added below the title.

 

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

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