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Submission Guidelines

  • Authors should note that their submission must not have been previously published, nor should it be under consideration for publication elsewhere. ILLS also has a strict policy against plagiarism. The Editorial Collective shall check contents through two online methods: REVIEWER CHECK and PLAGIARISM PREVENTION TOOL Only original submissions shall be sent to reviewers.

The paper which you intend to submit should adhere strictly to the specifications below:

General Rules

The MLA style should be used in preparing all manuscripts for submission.

Language: Please write your text in good English (only British usage is accepted)

Length of paper: 3000 - 5000 words are preferred.

Colours: The layout of paper is in white and black only. Authors are not to use any other colours.

Submission Template:

·         Title Page: this should be on a separate page from the main text. It should contain the following information:

a. Title: Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible (a maximum of 12 words).

b.  Author’s names and affiliations:

i. Indicate name and family name clearly;

ii. Write the contributor’s affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names.

iii. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the town name, and the e-mail address, and telephone number of each author.

c. Corresponding author: Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing, publication and also post-publication. Ensure that telephone numbers (with country and area code) are provided, in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.

d. Sponsoring information: If the research is sponsored or supported by an organization, please indicate details in the report.

·         Preparation of text

A concise and factual abstract is necessary (maximum length of 200 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separate from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. References should therefore be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full, without reference to the reference list.

Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 8 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible.

Subdivision of the article

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1., 2., (then 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.1.2), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to 'the text.' Any subsection, ideally, should not be more than 600 words. Authors are urged to write as concisely as possible, but not at the expense of clarity.


Graphs, diagrams, chromatograms, photos, etc. should be prepared as clear, black and white (no colour), original positives, suitable for reproduction. All figures should be embedded within the manuscript, and must be captioned and numbered sequentially.

Tables and Equations

Tables and equations should not be submitted in a format exceeding the A4 page size (in portrait form). All tables should be incorporated within the manuscript, and must be titled and numbered sequentially.


The text size of formulae should be the same with the wordings of the text.


Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic citations lies entirely with the authors.

Citations in the text

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Avoid citation in the abstract. Unpublished results and personal communications should not be in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Citing and listing of web references

As a minimum, the full URL should be given. Any further information, if known (author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading, if desired, or can be included in the reference list.

Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the current Modern Language Association (MLA) reference style.