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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, RTF, or WordPerfect 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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

  1. Journal of student research (JOSAR) publishes the original papers of research articles or reviews discussing on multidiscipline issues in scope of: 

government and law



teaching and learning

Instructional media

agricultural and agribusiness

social and political

technology information

Animal husbandry

nursing and psychology

  1. Submission of manuscript(s) should be by electronic submission with the text written in a single Microsoft Word file in the format of Times New Roman with font size as shown in the Template. All pages should be numbered consecutively starting from the title page.
  2. The manuscript(s) should be single-spaced, with margins as set in the template. Manuscript structure is arranged as follows: Title, Affiliation, Abstract, Keywords, Text, Acknowledgments, Literature cited, and Appendix (if any). There is no restriction on the length of research papers and reviews, but authors are encouraged to be concise.
  3. Article is written about 4000 – 8000 words for all.
  4. The subheading system of the articles should read as follows:
    1.1 Capital-Lowercase, Bold, Left Justification
    1.1.1 Capital-Lowercase, Italic-Bold, Left Justification
  5. The title of the manuscript should be brief (but informative enough to facilitate information retrieval), given preferably in single line; and a suggested running title should also be provided.
  6. The name(s) of the author(s) should be listed below the title and the corresponding author should be indicated with a number in front of the name and his email address and phone number (if available).
  7. The Affiliation(s) of all author(s) should be given clearly and briefly with their institutions and the institutions’ addresses.
  8. Abstract should be brief, not more than 250 words, indicating the purpose/significance of the research, methodology, major findings, and the most significant conclusion(s). The abstract should not contain literature citations that refer to the main list of references attached to the complete article. The abstract should be written as a single paragraph and should be in reported speech format (past tense); complete sentences, active verbs, and the third person should be used.
  9. The authors must provide 3-5 keywords for indexing purposes and to facilitate the retrieval of articles by search engines. Keywords provided should be different from the words that make up the title of the article.
  10. The text should be typed in a single column, single-spaced, and justified. Should there be abbreviation(s) in the text, full term for which the abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text. The text should be subdivided into the following sections:

    Introduction should be clear and concise, with relevant references to the nature of the problem under investigation as well as its background. There should be no sub-headings. Excessive citations of literature (especially to support well-known statements) and discussions marginally relevant to the paper; together with other information that adds length but little significance to the research, should be avoided. Only necessary and latest citations of literature that are required to indicate the reason for the research undertaken and the essential background should be given. References in the text are made as follows: (Myers, 2000) / (Myers, 2000; Edwards, 2010) / Barber, Odean and Zhu (2008) investigate...; the former being the name of the author, the latter - edition year.

    Literature Review includes the current knowledge including substantive findings, as well as theoretical and methodological contributions to your topic. A literature review surveys books, scholarly articles, and any other sources relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, and by so doing, provides a description, summary, and critical evaluation of these works in relation to the research problem being investigated.

Methodology should be sufficiently detailed to enable scientists in that field of study to replicate them. A precise description of the selection of your observational or experimental subjects must be presented. The techniques and methodology adopted should be supported with standard references. Description of the methodology may be presented in subheading including design, subject, instrument, data, and data analysis techniques or in a single concise paragraph.

Result and Discussion should be presented first, followed by a discussion of their significance presented in logical sequence. Data emerging from the study should be included, arranged in unified and coherent sequence(s). Only strictly relevant results should be presented; and figures, tables, and equations should be used for purposes of clarity and brevity. The same data should not be presented both in tabular and graphic forms. The discussion should state the implications of the findings and their limitations as well as the conclusion(s) drawn. It should relate the observations to previously published related studies and should be supported by relevant references. Long confused and irrelevant discussion should be avoided. Findings and Discussion may also be presented together.

Conclusions should not summarize information already present in the text or abstract. Recommendations, when appropriate, may be included.

  1. Review article(s) should not contain methodology and/or results sections since there is neither any study to describe nor data to be analyzed. The format is as follows: Abstract, 3-5 keywords, Introduction, Relevant section headings, Conclusion and References.
  2. The Acknowledgement, if any, should include the names of those who contributed substantially to the work described in the manuscript but do not fulfill the requirements for the authorship. It should also include the name(s) of the sponsor(s)/funding agency of the research.
  3. The list of references should conform to the conventions specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) style under the heading of References. When referencing a website, please include the full title and accessed date. In the list of references at the end of the paper, full and complete references should be given with punctuation arranged alphabetically by the first author's surname. Use Mendeley for citation with APA 7th edition format. 
  4. There should be at least 15 articles at least for reference and one of them from a JOSAR article in the last 10 years.
  5. Article at least 20% plagiarism check on Turnitin and upload it to OJS.

Referencing Guidelines

Paper in a Journal

Brown, C. L. 2004. Content-Based ESL Curriculum and Academic Language Proficiency. The Internet TESL Journal, 10(2):12-23. 


Seidman, I. (2006). Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences. New York: Teachers College Press.

Chapter in a Book

Leung, C. (2012).Outcomes-Based Language Teaching. In Burns A, Richards, JC (Eds.). The Cambridge Guide to Pedagogy and Practice in Language Teaching. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 161-179.

Electronic Sources

Burke, J., & Rick, S. (2013). Academic Vocabulary List. Available online at Retrieved in January, 2023.

Tables and Figures

All tables and figures must be relevant and necessary; the same data should not be presented in tables and figures, and do not use short tables for information that can be easily presented using text. Tables and figures should be numbered sequentially, for example, Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3, and so on.

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