International Journal of Environmental Issues (IJEI) - Guidelines to Authors

International Journal of Environmental Issues is the official journal of the Center for Environmental Studies, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. It is an interdisciplinary journal published twice a year, which covers all aspects of environmental research. Some areas covered by this journal are

Papers published in International Journal of Environmental Issues are the significant results of original research that are not previously published. The same manuscript or a major portion of a manuscript submitted for possible publication of this journal should not be submitted to another journal.

International Journal of Environmental Issues is an electronic, open access journal. However, hard copies of the journal are made available at libraries in many countries and to the authors.

Submission of manuscripts

Cover Letter

Cover letter should include complete contact information of the corresponding author (Name, email address, telephone number and fax number) and the names and contact information of three reviewers. Include the names of reviewers, if any, to whom the authors do not wish the manuscript to be sent.

Manuscripts preparation

Title page - The title should be complete, but concise. The first letters of all words (except conjunctions and prepositions) should be capitalized. Avoid chemical formulas and botanical names, if possible. Title should follow the names of authors with only the initials and the first letters capitalized, and an asterisk to indicate the corresponding author. Then the affiliation of each author should be given in the order, Department, name of institution, complete postal address and email address.

Abstract - Abstract should be brief and not too technical. It should summarize the findings as accurately and comprehensively as possible. Limit the abstract to 300 words. Key words - Provide key words up to 5. Avoid the words given in the title if possible.

Introduction - Introduction should include previous work related to the work reported giving relevant references in square brackets [ ]. Previous work of the same authors should also be stated.

Methods and Materials - This section should give sufficient detail enable others to repeat the work. In theoretical papers, technical details such as computational methods, software programmes should be stated.

Results and Discussion - These two sections may be combined or kept separately depending on the type of research. This section may be divided further into sub-sections.

Acknowledgements - This is an optional section. However, if the research project that leads to the manuscript has been funded, the funding agency should be acknowledged.

References - In the text, references should be indicated by Arabic numerals in square brackets. Authors are expected to check the original source of reference for accuracy. At least half the number of references should be within the last ten years. Use the following sample formats for citation of references.


M. Harper, M.Z. Akbar and M.E. Andrew, J. Environ. Monit., 6 (2004) 18 - 22.


J. Pawliszyn, Solid-Phase Microextraction: Theory and Practice, Wiley VCH, New York, 1st edition, 1997, pp 15- 89.

Conference Proceedings:

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, Threshold Limit Values and Biological Exposure Indices, Cincinnati, OH, 1991, pp 345-347.

Figure legends - The legend of each figure should stand alone. Therefore, make the legends short, but complete.

Tables - Place each table on a separate sheet. However indicate in the text where each table should appear. Number the tables consecutively with Arabic numerals.

The caption of the table should appear above the table. All table columns should have a brief explanatory heading with units as necessary. Vertical lines should not be used in tables. Footnotes, if needed, should be given below the table in font size 10.

Figures - Place each figure on a separate sheet. However, indicate in the text where each figure should appear. Number the figures consecutively with Arabic numerals. Figures should be drafted with larger letters and thick lines so that decrease in size will not be a problem when printed.

Photocopies of figures are accepted only if they can be clearly reproduced. Colour prints are accepted for reproduction at the expense of the authors.

Proofs and Reprints

On the form accompanying the galley proof, the corresponding author should indicate the total number of reprints desired. Only ten copies of reprints will be sent to the corresponding author free of charge.


The Center for Environmental Studies of the University of Peradeniya holds the copyright to all contents published in International Journal of Environmental Issues. A copyright transfer form is available with the galley proof. Agreement of all authors is needed for publication of the manuscript. Republication and reproduction of any material in International Journal of Environmental Issues is permitted under license from the Center for Environmental Studies.


Any corrections to published manuscripts in the past 6 months should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief. They would be published in the next available issue under the Section of Errata.


The annual rate for overseas subscription is US$ 30 for personal use and US$ 50 for institutional use. The rate for local subscription of a single issue is Rs. 1000 for personal use and Rs. 2000 for institutional use. The annual local rate will be determined later.

Note: The above guidelines are subject to changes depending on circumstances.

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