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    Editor in Chief
    c/o Dept. of Geology
    University of Peradeniya
    Peradeniya 20400

Instruction to Authors

Guidelines for the preparation of the manuscript

Manuscript style: The language of the journal is English. 12-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files during the final submission of the manuscript. Supply an abstract of up to 250 words for full-length articles and 80 words for a short note (book reviews do not require an abstract). An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.
Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before or that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else.

Reference style: References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Dissanayake, 1991a), (Dissanayake, 1991b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Dissanayake et al., 1998). All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

  • Journal Article
    Mahaney, W.C., Augreiter, S. and Hancock, R.G.V. (1995) Mountain Gorilla geophagy: a possible seasonal behaviour for dealing with the effects of dietary changes. International Journal of Primatology 16; 475–488.
  • Chapter in Book
    Dissanayake, C.B., Rao, C.R.M. and Chandrajith, R. (2010) Some aspects of the medical geology of the Indian subcontinent and neighbouring regions. In: Selinus, O., Finkelman, R.B. and Centeno, J.A. (eds.) Medical Geology-A Regional Synthesis. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, pp 175-198.
  • Book
    Dissanayake, C.B. and Chandrajith, R. (2009) Introduction to medical geology-focus on tropical environment. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, 279pp.
  • Unpublished work/reports
    Hussain, T. (1991) Study of environmental pollutants in and around the city of Lahore, Ph.D. thesis, University of Punjab, Pakistan, 255pp (unpublished).
Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see

Illustrations and Tables-Submit each figure as a separate file in -.jpeg, -.tiff or -.eps format during the final submission. Save the figure using appropriate figure number. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution. For instance Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi, Graphs, drawings, etc - 600 dpi minimum; Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi.Figures should be clear and dark enough to be reproduced photographically. Lettering should be minimum of 2 mm (8 to 12 pt) height after reducing, so should be large enough in originals to stand reductions. It is best to use Helvetica or Arial (sans serif fonts). Captions should NOT be written on the figures, and all empty space should, as far as possible be eliminated. Photographs should be of high quality (Black and White or Colour), photos trimmed to show only the essential features. Colour figures are always discouraged. It is the responsibility of the author to clarify whether or not the colour figures are required in print when submitting the manuscript for review.
Tables should be part of the main document and placed after the references. All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals cited in the text as …table 1.. (in the text) or (Table 1) and are accompanied a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table. Footnotes in tables are discouraged. They should be designed to go across single or double column width of the Journal. Units should be given once at head of table, and tables should be enclosed within rules.

Equations-Equations should ne centered and numbered consecutively with the number set flush right and enclosed in parenthesis. It should be referred to as Eq. (N) in the text where N is the equation number in Arabic numerals. In multiple line equations, the number should be given on the last line.

Manuscript Submission The authors are requested to submit the final text, tables and figures electronically to the Editor-in Chief for speedy processing of the paper for publication. The text should be prepared on PC compatible computers preferably with a recent Windows version of Microsoft Word. The authors should inquire from the Editors if they wish to use other word processing programmes and/or a different type of computer giving the name and version of the programme and type of computer. Main text, list of references, table and figure legends should be stored in separate text files, clearly indicating the file names.

Offprints and Copyright- Ten (10) hard copies and a pdf copy of each paper will be provided to authors free of charge. Additional copies may be ordered by informing the Editors when submitting the final,revised manuscript.
It is the responsibility of authors to ensure that permission is granted for reproduction of any copyright material, and that this permission is acknowledged in their papers.

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