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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 Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman 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.

Author Guidelines

Ghodaghodi Multiple Campus, Research Committee yearly publication, multidisciplinary academic research journal Contemporary Research: An Interdisciplinary Academic Journal warmly welcomes original research articles from scholars, intellectuals, and researchers from education, management, Science, humanities and other disciplines of national priority area. Articles for the journal must be of high quality, must be research-based and must fall within the scope of the journal. Authors submitting articles to the Research Committee must follow the guidelines below:

  1. Articles must be written in English. Only the subject area occupying Nepali language and literature can be submitted in Nepali.
  2. Two hard copies of single side printed manuscript and a soft copy along with duly signed ‘cover letter and authorization form’ must be submitted by the author.
  3. Articles submitted to the Research Committee must be original work of the author(s) listed, and not previously published in part or full.
  4. All submissions should be a single Microsoft Word file, with figures (graphics) and tables embedded within them.
  5. An article must have a minimum of 3,000 words, but should not exceed 7000 words or not more than 10 pages of single line space A4 size paper and Times New Roman 12 point font size. The text or paragraphs should be left aligned only with a paragraph space.
  6. Articles should be consistent in style throughout, especially if different authors have contributed sections. All submissions are expected to contain scholarly citations, including layout formats of APA style.
  7. The following components should be included in all articles that are intended to help you achieve a clear, consistent style that is easy to read. All submissions must include a cover page that bears the title of the article, the author’s name and affiliation, and an abstract with keywords. The name of the author should not appear in any part of the text.
    • Title
    • Author's information (name, position, affiliation, address, email address)
    • Abstract (within 150 to 250 words)
    • Keywords (not more than five words or phrases)
    • Main Headings (sub-headings are optional; include introduction, body with several headings, and conclusion; recommendation is optional)
    • Acknowledgements (Optional)
    • References
  8. All submissions will be assessed by two blind reviewers to determine whether they fall within the nature of our journal and meet our requirements.
  9. The respective authors should take all ethical responsibility for submitted and published articles; if submitted articles are found plagiarized they will directly be rejected without review. The authors should also agree on the terms and conditions of the copyright authorization of the articles to the journal while submitting the final version of the articles.
  10. Submissions that deviate from the above guidelines will be returned to the corresponding authors for correction. Because the guidelines are updated as appropriate, authors should check them again before they submit their articles.
  11. Each issue of the journal will publish a maximum of 10 articles. All submissions will be evaluated and selected as per the reports obtained from the blind reviewers. However, the decision of the editorial board will be final.
  12. For any dispute regarding the selection of the manuscript for publication, the decision of the editorial board will be final.

Contact For further details:
Research Committee,
Ghodaghodi Multiple Campus,
Sukhad, Kailali, Nepal

Contact No.: 091-403117/ 091-403118
Email: editor.craiaj2019@gmail.com
Journal Website: www.craiaj.com
Campus Website: www.ghodaghodicampus.edu.np

Guiding Checklist for Authors

  1. Rationale for the research question. (Introduction and Literature Review)
    • Does the author, in the initial portion of the article, provide an overview of the problem to be addressed in the study?
    • Did the author present evidence of knowledge of the topic of research through references to and descriptions of relevant and current research?
    • Did the author address the major current theoretical perspectives on the problem at hand?
    • How did the author make the case for the importance of the research question?
    • Does the author’s rationale form a coherent argument for the research problem through the use of sound logic and relevant citations?
    • Does the author end the introduction with a concise and focused summary and statement of the problem or research hypothesis?
    • Does the Introduction overall make sense logically and empirically?
  2. Methods and design of the study used to answer the research question.
    • Materials and assessment instruments used in the study
      • Are the materials and assessment devices consistent with the research question or hypothesis?
      • Do materials and assessment devices match the characteristics of the participants?
      • Is there evidence for the validity and reliability of the instruments?
      • How are the instruments or measures used in the study analyzed or scored?
      • Procedures for collecting the data and conducting the study
    • Analysis of the Data
      • Do the analysis schemes reflect the research question, problem statement or statistical hypothesis?
      • Is the analytical plan appropriate for the type of data collected? (e.g. Are the assumptions required for the analytical schemes met by the data collected?)
      • When the planned analytical strategies are changed, does the author provide a rationale for the change and a description of the alternative plan?
      • Is the sample size reasonable for the analytical strategy?
      • Do the design of the study and analytical strategy account for rival explanations?
    • Overall Methods and Design of the Study: Does the design of the study including selection of the participants, instruments and materials, procedures, and analytical strategies address the research question, problem statement, or research hypothesis?
    • Does the design allow the author to rule out alternative explanations when appropriate? Does the design reflect the nature of the study (description, prediction, explanation, testing applications)? Does the design of the study follow from the Introduction and the Literature Review?
  3. Results or Findings of the Study
    In this section the author reports the results of the analyses of the data, whether quantitative or qualitative. Ethics and professional responsibility dictate that the researcher make a complete and accurate report of the findings even when those findings deviate from the predictions made, perspectives held, and personal and biases held by the researcher or the sponsoring institution.
    Findings are most effectively reported when they are organized around the research question, problem statement or statistical hypothesis. A clear and unambiguous report of the findings serves both the author and the reader well. The initial paragraph of the Results section should contain a restatement of the research question, problem statement, or statistical hypothesis. This will provide the reader with a guide for reading the Results section.
    • Presentation of summary data in the form of tables appropriate for the type of data collected (e.g. means, standard deviations, frequencies) typically provide an initial overview for readers of quantitative, and in some cases qualitative articles. Any tables or figures used to present the data must be discussed in the text. Coupled with reports of statistical tests, tables allow readers to draw their own conclusions about the findings. You might refer to particular journal or professional guidelines for format and presentation of tables in the article.
    • Typically authors will present the results in the same order in which the key variables were addressed in the Introduction and in the Methods Sections. Establishing a consistent order of presentation throughout the article makes the reader's task easier.
    • When reporting results of statistical tests, it is customary to report the type of test, the particular groups being compared, the obtained value of the statistic, the degrees of freedom, effect size, and obtained probability of error.
    • When statistical tests are conducted and no significance is obtained the author is best advised to state that clearly and concisely. Typically authors omit the presentation of the actual test information for non-significant outcomes. Some authors use the Results section to explain nearly significant differences or non-significant trends—this typically weakens the author's article. Such discussions might best be placed in the final section of the paper (Conclusions or Discussions).
    • When the research question or problem statements dictate that authors use qualitative methods, the findings typically follow one of two formats or a combination of the two. One format is organized around categories developed from the review of the literature and the other is based on categories that arise from the data (see Levi-Straus’s work on grounded theory).
      • In the first case, the categories of information that are used to guide the analysis of narrative or other qualitative data are most convincing when they are derived from the review of the literature. The author is ethically bound to include findings that contradict presence of predicted categories. When presenting the categories, authors of qualitative studies typically include examples from the data. These are in the form of direct quotes and include information that defines the context in which the data were collected and the type of data (e.g. participants’ own words, author’s field notes). The information must be sufficiently complete to allow the reader to judge the validity of the categorical membership.
      • When categories are derived from the data as in grounded theory work, authors serve the reader well when they present the process for identifying categories and constructing theories from those categories. In this case, as the author constructs the Results or Findings section, additional literature review is often presented to provide support for the categories arising from the data and the author’s theory about the categories. In the case of grounded theory work, authors typically account for all data. That is, work with the data typically continues until categories account for the entire body of data.
      • Providing the reader with sufficient information on the validity and reliability of the findings of qualitative research is a much different task than with quantitative research. There are several ways to address this issue. Two are presented here:
        - Participant checking—here the researcher returns to participants or a representative sample of the participants with the emerging categories and theory to verify that the categories and theory accurately reflect the meaning intended by the participant. When disagreements occur between the author and participant’s perspectives, the author is ethically bound to present both perspectives and construct a discussion of possible reasons for the differences.
        - Multiple readers and raters—here the researcher enlists individuals who have not had contact with the participants to read and categorize the data. Whether the researcher is using existing theories drawn from research or grounded theory approaches, once the data have been categorized by the researcher, others are asked to complete a categorization of the data or a sample of the data. Typically, inter-rater agreement or inter-rater reliability is presented.
  1. Conclusions drawn based on research findings.
    • What conclusions did the author draw?
    • Do these conclusions answer the original question posed?
    • How did the author use the research findings to support the conclusions drawn? That is, which findings were used to support the conclusion(s) and why do such findings support this conclusion (rather than some other conclusion).
    • What other conclusions (if any) might be proposed that would also be supported by these findings? (Just because an author prefers one set of conclusions does not imply that these are the only reasonable conclusions that might be drawn.)
    • How do the author's conclusions compare with findings from other studies?
    • From the author’s perspective, what are the next questions to be answered?
    • From your perspective, what additional questions come to mind?

These ideas might guide both reading and writing. Given one tenet of the scientific enterprise is that the work of a scientist, whether in the field of biology, education, chemistry, or psychology is that the scientific process is available for public scrutiny. The clarity of the written product and the care with which the arguments are developed support this public scrutiny and ultimately lead to greater potential impact on the field.

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)