Notes for Contributors

Soft copy of article including copies of tables and illustrations should be submitted to the following email address of the Editor:

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Three copies of Articles, including copies of tables and illustrations, should be submitted to the following address:

The Editor,

Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies,

C/o Department of Demography,

University of Colombo,

Colombo 3.


All material should be typed double-spaced with wide margins 3cm all round on A4-size paper. The articles should not exceed 5000 words (excluding reference list). An abstract of 150 words should be submitted with the paper. Submission of an article will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested. Book Reviews may be submitted. The Editor should be consulted for further details.

Title page:
The title of the paper, name(s), affiliation(s), and emails of the author(s) should appear on a separate title page. The name of the corresponding author should be specified.
Tables should be typed on separate sheets without vertical or separate lines. The approximate position of the table in the text should be indicated in the typescript.
Measurements should be given in the metric system.
A maximum of three levels may be used. Only the first letter of headings and of proper nouns should be capitalized.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for the reproduction of pictures, tables, quotations etc. Illustrations should be submitted as separate .jpg, tiff or png files, resolution at least 300dpi. Sizes may vary, but should not be smaller than 200 pixels. The editor should be consulted for further details.

The Harvard system must be used.

Author’s names (no initial) and year are given in the main body of the text, with specific pages indicted if requited. References are listed alphabetically at the end of the paper in the following forms:


Author/editor surname, initials. (Year) Title. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher.

Holt, DH 1997, Management principles and practices, Prentice Hall, Sydney.


Author surname, initials. (Year) Title of article. Journal Title. Volume number (issue or part number), pp.first and last page numbers.

Conley, TG & Galeson, DW 1998, 'Nativity and wealth in mid-nineteenth century cities', Journal of Economic History, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 468-493.

 Chapter of book:

Chapter author surname, initials. (Year) Title of chapter. In: Editor’s surname, initials. (ed.) Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher, first and last page numbers.

Milkman, R 1998, 'The new American workplace: High road or low road?' in P Thompson & C Warhurst, (eds), Workplaces of the future, pp. 22-34. Macmillan Press, London.  

Conference   papers:

Author surname, initials. (Year) Title of conference paper. In: conference proceedings title, including date. Place of publication: Publisher.

Bird, R & Smart, M 2010, 'Assigning state taxes in a federal country: the case of Australia', Melbourne Institute - Australia's future tax and transfer policy conference: proceedings of a conference, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Melbourne, pp. 72-94.

Web pages:

Author (Year) Title. Source [online]. Available from: website [Accessed date].

Weida, S & Stolley, K 2013, Developing strong thesis statements. Available from: [13 October 2015].


Author surname, initials. (Year) Title. Level. Name of awarding institution.

May, B 2007, A survey of radical velocities in the zodiacal dust cloud, PhD thesis, Canopus Publishing, University of Bristol.

Other publications:

Where there is doubt (e.g. Occasional papers), include all bibliographical details. The place of publication should always be given when books are referred to.

It is the author's responsibility to obtain copyright clearance for reproduction of figures, tables or photographs and to ensure adequate acknowledgement.

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