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Author Guidelines

To maintain the standard of writing style of the article that will be published in JCPI, author is recommended to read this author guidelines. The template can be downloaded from the right panel of this site.  

General guidelines are as follows:

  1. The article should follow the APA 6th ed. writing style in citing and referencing.
  2. To maintain the consistency in citing and referencing, author is recommended to use a reference manager application, such as Zotero or Mendeley. 
Submissions should report on research conducted using rigorous qualitative or quantitative methods or a mix of both, which should be described in appropriate detail as part of the article. Submissions reporting on survey research should include a copy of the data collection instrument as an appendix. Submissions using a case study approach should include a description of how the case study can be generalized to other situations. 
Research articles should include an unstructured abstract (200-250 words) containing brief description about the Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion
Research articles should be written in a formal/academic style using the following headings as appropriate:
  • Introduction: Background and introduction to the paper and why the work was carried out.
  • Methods: How the study was conducted—this should provide enough information for someone to replicate the study, such as how the data were collected and analyzed.
  • Results and Discussion The main findings from the study should be presented clearly and concisely. A discussion of the findings from the study set in the context of the wider literature or issues arising from the study. Note any problems or limitations with the study, how these could have affected your results, and how they could be avoided in future studies.
  • Conclusion: A summary of what was undertaken and what was discovered—this should not contain any new information but rather describe how the aims of the study were achieved.
  • References
Research articles may be up to 5000 words in length, excluding references, tables, figures, and any appendices. A total of no more than six tables and/or figures is recommended. A paper presenting extensive and rigorous qualitative analysis may be considered even if it exceeds the word count limit. Please check with the Associate Editors (Research Articles) if you are interested in submitting a research paper manuscript that is longer than 5000 words.
Research articles should have 5 – 6 keywords consisting of the concepts discussed in the article.  
Research articles should have at least 10 references. Use the first reference. 


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.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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