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

Submission Information
Interested authors are required to submit their papers with the length of 5000 to 6,000 words. The papers submitted to QJMSS should not have been published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The editorial board reserves the complete right about accepting or rejecting the received articles. The opinion expressed in the articles are those of authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of editors or publishers. The copyright of the accepted articles is reserved by the Quest International College, Pokhara University. No part of the article published in this journal should be reproduced except provided by the law currently in force without the written consent of the centre.

Manuscript Preparation Instructions
General Guidelines

  1. Manuscripts are invited from students, academicians, researchers and practitioners for publication consideration in all areas related to the theme management and social sciences.
  2. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically in English language to the publication section of Quest Research Management Cell (Quest-RMC) journal@quest.edu.np
  3. The soft copy must be in Word file.
  4. The manuscript must follow QJMSS authors’ guidelines.
  5. As all articles are subject to double blind peer review process. Authors are requested to re-check entire name and identifiable document and  remove it before sending it to the journal.
  6. Copyright of the articles is transfered to the Quest Journal of Management and Social Sciences.
  7. A separate page should provide with the authors information and their respective institutional affiliation with full detail, email and phone number of all authors. Authors can include acknowledgement and information on grant received should be given.
  8. Each manuscript must include 200 to 250 words abstract.
  9. Each manuscript must include 4 to 6 key words
  10. Use font type Times New Roman throughout the manuscript.
  11. Follow APA rules for headings, subheadings, tables, figures and food note.
  12. Important formulae, figures and tables should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript. All the figures and tables should be placed in the manuscript where it is necessary.
  13. QJMSS is published on the half yearly basis (January-June and July-December).

Referencing
References should be complete and follow the latest APA Style. For Examples:

Journal Articles
No Author
A student guide to APA format. (1997). Psychology Weekly, 8, 13-27.

Single Author
Malla, G. (2008). Climate change and its impact on Nepalese agriculture. Journal of agriculture and environment, 9(1), 62-71.

Two Authors
Paudel, U. R., & Devkota, N. (2018). Socio-Economic Influences on Small Business Performance in Nepal-India Open Border: Evidence from Cross-Sectional Analysis. Economics & Sociology, 11(4), 11-30.

Three to Seven Authors
Paudel, U. R., Devkota, N., Ghale, B. A., & Adhikari, K. (2018). Communication and Gender in Bachelor’s Degree Students’ Adjustment Process: A Study in Kathmandu, Nepal. Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, 27(4), 1-9.

More Than Seven Authors
Miller, F. H., Choi, M. J., Angeli, L. L., Harland, A. A., Stamos, J. A., Thomas, S. T., . . . Rubin, L. H. (2009). Web site usability for the blind and low-vision user. Technical Communication 57, 323-335.

Book
No Author
The ultimate APA format guidebook. (2006). Hartford, CT: Student Press.</p

Single Author
Bandura, A. (1977). Social learning theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Two Authors
Buss, A. H., & Pomin, R. (1975). A temperament theory of personality development. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Three to Seven Authors
Alper, S., Schloss, P. J., Etscheidt, S. K., & Macfarlane, C. A. (1995). Inclusion: Are we abandoning or helping students? Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

More Than Seven Authors
Black, C. P., Arlo, S. T., Rechit, R., Machlen, J. P., Sempson, K., Bee, A. L., . . . Clark, S. P. (2001). APA format for psychology students. Newark, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Organization as Author
American Psychological Association. (2009). Blog guidelines. APA Style Blog. Retrieved from https://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/blog-guidelines.html

Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year
Berndt, T. J. (1981a). Age changes and changes over time in prosocial intentions and behavior between friends. Developmental Psychology, 17, 408-416. Berndt, T. J. (1981b). Effects of friendship on prosocial intentions and behavior. Child Development, 52, 636-643.

Newspaper article in print
Rosenberg, G. (1997, March 31). Electronic discovery proves an effective legal weapon. The New York Times, p. D5.

Newspaper article available online
Rosenberg, G. (1997, March 31). Electronic discovery proves an effective legal weapon. The New York Times, Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com

Chapter in Print
Hemingway, E. (1999). The killers. In J. Updike & K. Kenison (Eds.), The best American short stories of the century (pp.78-80). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.

Chapter Available Online
Bellow, S. (1999). A silver dish. In J. Updike & K. Kenison (Eds.), The best american short stories of the century. Retrieved from http://books.google.com

Introduction, Preface, Foreword, or Afterword
Sanders, S. R. (2007). [Introduction]. In L. Williford & M. Martone (Eds.), Touchstone anthology of contemporary creative nonfiction: Work from 1970 to present (pp. 148-151). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Dictionary Online in APA Format
Hemorrhage [Def. 1]. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster Online. In Merriam-Webster. Retrieved January 2, 2013, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citation.

Journal Article from a Database Online
Ahn, H., Kim, K. (2008). Using genetic algorithms to optimize nearest neighbors for data mining. Annals of Operations Research, 263(1), 5-18. doi: 10.1007/s10479-008-0325-2

Encyclopedia in Print
McGhee, K., & McKay, G. (2007). Insects. In Encyclopedia of Animals. (pp. 170-171). Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.

Encyclopedia available Online
Bunson, M. R. (2012). Historical Overview. In Encyclopedia on Ancient Egypt. (3rd ed., pp. Xii-Xv). Retrieved from http://www.infobasepublishing.com/.

Encyclopedia on a Database
Bunson, M. R. (2012). Historical Overview. In Encyclopedia on Ancient Egypt. (3rd ed., pp. Xii-Xv). New York, NY: Infobase Publishing. Retrieved January 3, 2013, from http://www.infobasepublishing.com

Magazine in Print
Rothbart, D. (2008, October). How I caught up with dad. Men's Health, 108-113.

Magazine Online
Rothbart, D. (2008, October). How I caught up with dad. Men's Health, 108-113. Retrieved from http://books.google.com

Magazine on a Database
China's export prospects: Fear of the dragon. (2010, January). The Economist. Retrieved from http://academic.lexisnexis.com

Magazine Published Directly Online
Bradley, K. (2012, December). The trick to tomatoes. Green Lifestyle Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.gmagazinecom.au/features/3530/trick-tomatoes

Website
Cain, K. (2012, June 29). The Negative effects of Facebook on communication. Social Media Today RSS. Retrieved from http://socialmediatoday.com

Blog Post
Schonfeld, E. (2010, May 3). Google throws $38.8 million to the wind [Web log post]. Retrieved May 4, 2010, from http://techcrunch.com

Structure of the articles

Abstract (Overall 250~300 words; with five Key words and JEL classification) The abstract should be structured and include the following headings:
Background
Objectives
Methods
Results
Conclusions
Keywords
JEL Classification

1. Background (750-1000 words) (Subtitles should not be written out)

Concept (Introduction, Statement of the problem)
Research question
Research objective
Contribution of the study (Scope)
Organization of the study

2.  Literature Review (750-1000 words) (Sub-titles are written out)

2.1 Theoretical
2.2 Empirical
2.3 Research Gap
2.4 Concept Framework

3. Research Methodology (250-500 words) (Sub-titles are written out)

3.1 Study area
3.2 Data collection techniques
3.3 Duration of the study

4. Result of Discussion (1000-1500 words) (Sub-titles are written out)

4.1 Demographic status
4.2 Descriptive Analysis
4.3 Inferential Analysis
4.4 Result of Hypothesis testing (if possible)

5. Conclusion and Recommendation (250-350 words) (Subtitles not written out)

Aim of the study
Major findings
Recommendation
Research gap and further research avenues

6. References (APA Guidelines)
Note: Final size of paper may remain approximately 5000 to 6000 words (excluding references).

Research Papers

This section is for full research paper. All submissions should go double blind peer-review. Every submission must comply with submission guidelines.

Review Papers

This section is for review papers. All submissions should go double blind peer-review. Every submission must comply with submission guidelines.

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Ubiquity Press Privacy Policy

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There are four main categories of personal data stored by our journal platform, our press platform, and our book management system; Website User data, Author data, Reviewer data and Editor data.

The minimum personal data that are stored are:

  • full name
  • email address
  • affiliation (department, and institution)
  • country of residence

Optionally, the user can provide:

  • salutation
  • gender
  • associated URL
  • phone number
  • fax number
  • reviewing interests
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How we collect and use your data:

1. When using the website

1.1 what data we collect

  • When you browse our website, we collect anonymised data about your use of the website; for example, we collect information about which pages you view, which files you download, what browser you are using, and when you were using the site.
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1.2 why we collect the data

  • We use anonymised website usage data to monitor traffic, help fix bugs, and see overall patterns that inform future redesigns of the website, and provide reports on how frequently the publications on our site have been accessed from within their IP ranges.

1.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

  • We do not collect personal information that can be used to identify you when you browse the website.
  • We currently use Google Analytics for publication reports, and to improve the website and services through traffic analysis, but no personal identifying data is shared with Google (for example your computer’s IP is anonymised before transmission).

1.4 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed

  • Please contact info@ubiquitypress.com to request a copy of your data, or for your data to be removed/anonymised.

2. When registering as an author, and submitting an article or book

2.1 what data we collect

  • When registering an account we ask you to log in and provide certain personal information (such as your name and email address), and there is the option to register using an ORCiD which will pre-fill the registration form.
  • As part of submitting an article for publication, you will need to provide personally identifying information which will be used for the peer review process, and will be published. This can include ‘Affiliation’, ‘Competing interests’, ‘Acknowledgements’.

2.2 why we collect the data

  • Registering an account allows you to log in, manage your profile, and participate as an author/reviewer/editor. We use cookies and session information to streamline your use of the website (for example in order for you to remain logged-in when you return to a journal). You can block or delete cookies and still be able to use the websites, although if you do you will then need to enter your username and password to login. In order to take advantage of certain features of the websites, you may also choose to provide us with other personal information, such as your ORCiD, but your decision to utilize these features and provide such data will always be voluntary.
  • Personal data submitted with the article or book is collected to allow follow good publication ethics during the review process, and will form part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.

2.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

  • We do not share your personal information with third parties, other than as part of providing the publishing service.
  • As a registered author in the system you may be contacted by the journal editor to submit another article.
  • Any books published on the platform are freely available to download from the publisher website in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats on the publisher’s site.
  • Any personal data accompanying an article or a book (that will have been added by the submitting author) is published alongside it. The published data includes the names, affiliations and email addresses of all authors.
  • Any articles published on the platform are freely available to download from the publisher website in various formats (e.g. PDF, XML).
  • Ubiquity Press books and articles are typeset by SiliconChips and Diacritech.This process involves them receiving the book and book associated metadata and contacting the authors to finalise the layout. Ubiquity Press work with these suppliers to ensure that personal data is only used for the purposes of typesetting and proofing.
  • For physical purchases of books on the platform Ubiquity Press use print on demand services via Lightning Source who are responsible for printing and distribution via retailers. (For example; Amazon, Book Repository, Waterstones). Lightning Source’s privacy policy and details on data handling can be found on their website.

2.4 why we store the data

  • We store the account data so that you may choose to become a reviewer and be able to perform those tasks, or to become an author and submit an article and then track progress of that article.
  • Published personal data that accompanies an article or a book forms part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.

2.5 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed

  • You are able to view, change and remove your data associated with your profile. Should you choose to completely delete your account, please contact us at support@ubiquitypress.com and we will follow up with your request as soon as possible.
  • To conform to publication ethics and best practice any personal data that is published alongside an article or book cannot be removed. If you have a query about a publication to which you are attributed please contact info@ubiquitypress.com

3. When registering as a reviewer

3.1 what data we collect

  • To become a reviewer you must first register as a user on the website, and set your preference that you would like to be considered as a reviewer. No new personal data is collected when a registered user elects to become a reviewer.
  • When registering an account we ask you to log in and provide certain personal information (such as your name and email address), and there is the option to register using an ORCiD which will pre-fill the registration form.
  • Reviewers can also be registered by editors who invite them to review a specific article. This requires the editor to provide the reviewer’s First Name, Last Name, and Email address. Normally this will be done as part of the process of inviting you to review the article or book.
  • On submitting a review, the reviewer includes a competing interest statement, they may answer questions about the quality of the article, and they will submit their recommendation.

3.2 why we collect the data

  • The data entered is used to invite the reviewer to peer review the article or book, and to contact the reviewer during and the review process.
  • If you submit a review then the details of your review, including your recommendation, your responses to any review form, your free-form responses, your competing interests statement, and any cover letter are recorded.

3.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

  • This data is not shared publicly and is only accessible by the Editor and system administrators of that journal or press.
  • The data will only be used in connection with that journal or press.
  • Data that is retained post final decision is kept to conform to publication ethics and best practice, to provide evidence of peer review, and to resolve any disputes relating to the peer review of the article or book.
  • For journals or presses that publish the peer reviews, you will be asked to give consent to your review being published, and a subset of the data you have submitted will become part of the published record.

3.4 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed

  • If you would no longer like to be registered as a reviewer you can edit your profile and tick the box ‘stop being a reviewer’. This will remove you from the reviewer database, however any existing reviews you may have carried out will remain.
  • If you have been contacted by an editor to peer review an article this means that you have been registered in the system. If you would not like to be contacted for peer review you can reply to the email requesting that your data be deleted.

4. When being registered as a co-author

4.1 what data we collect

  • Co-author data is entered by the submitting author. The submitting author will already have a user account. According to standard publishing practice, the submitting author is responsible for obtaining the consent of their co-authors to be included (including having their personal data included) in the article/book being submitted to the journal/press.
  • The requested personal data for co-authors are at the bare minimum; first name, last name, institution, country, email address. This can also include; ORCID ID, Title, Middle Name, Biographical Statement, Department, Twitter Handle, Linkedin Profile Name or ImpactStory ID.

4.2 why we collect the data

  • Assuming that it is accepted for publication, this data forms part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.
  • Author names, affiliations and emails are required for publication and will become part of the permanent cited record.

4.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

  • The co-author’s personal data is stored in the author database. This personal data is only used in relation to the publication of the associated article.
  • Any co-author data collected is added to the author database and is only used in association with the article the user is co-author on.

4.5 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed

  • To receive a copy of your data, please contact info@ubiquitypress.com
  • To conform to publication ethics and best practice any personal data that is published alongside an article or book cannot be removed. If you have a query about a publication to which you are attributed please contact info@ubiquitypress.com

5. When signing-up to receive newsletters

5.1 what data we collect

  • We require you to include your name and email address

5.2 why we collect and store the data, and for how long

  • This data would be collected to keep you updated with any news about the platform or specific journal

5.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

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5.4 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data or want your data to be removed

  • All emails sent via our newsletter client will include a link that will allow you to unsubscribe from the mailing list

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)