Call for Abstract

Call for Abstracts
24th Annual Scientific Sessions
May, 2017.


Call for Abstracts

The Jaffna Science Association (JSA) will hold its 24th Annual Scientific Sessions Communicating all disciplines of Scientific research Conference in May, 2017. The JSA cordially invites you to submit a research abstract to be considered for presentation at the Annual Sessions.

Important dates

Call for Abstracts                    : 10th of November 2016.
Submission of Abstracts and Extended Abstracts : 28 February 2017
Notification of Acceptance     : 30 March 2017
Camera ready submission       : 10 April 2017
Annual Sessions                      : 3-5 May 2017.

Suggested research themes

The primary theme of the 24th Annual Scientific Sessions is “Sustainable Future through Youth Empowerment”.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following areas:
– Youth Empowerment for Greener Future through Innovative Research
– Youth Empowerment and Knowledge Based Economy
– Youth Empowerment through Health Education
– Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development in Contemporary Society

Submission guidelines and Review procedures

  1. Author(s) wish to present their research work at the 24th Annual Scientific Sessions of the JSA should submit an abstract along with an extended abstract.
  2. The extended abstracts are solely for refereeing purpose and the accepted abstracts will be published in the proceedings of the JSA. Electronic version of both documents must be submitted via website.  All the queries related to submission must be directed to
  3. Extended Abstract should NOT consist authors’ name or other information.
  4. Annexed declaration form must be duly perfected and signed by all‐authors.
  5. All correspondence regarding submitted papers will be addressed only to the author listed in the declaration form as the author for correspondence.
  6. Authors may suggest the section of the JSA to which the abstract is submitted.
  7. Authors could, if they wish, submit and present their paper in Tamil. It is preferable to submit four copies of an English translation in addition to the four copies of the original Tamil version.

Review procedure

  1. Each section will have a review committee comprising the President of the  JSA, Sectional chairman and the editor. The committee will acquire experts’ advice if necessary.
  2. The review committee will check the submitted documents and if all the guidelines were met the documents (abstract and extended abstract) will be sent to suitable reviewers.
  3. The JSA uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.
  4. The review committee will forward the comments received from the referees to the corresponding authors.
  5. Authors are expected to consider the reviewers comments and respond back within two weeks or as informed by the committee. If corrections and/or modifications are expected by the reviewers and the authors accept them, they should send the corrected documents.
  6. The review committee will check the appropriateness of the author’s response and/or whether the expected corrections and /or modifications are attained. Based on this the review committee will decide whether to accept an abstract or not.

Publication and Presentation

The accepted abstracts will be published in the “Proceedings of the 24th Annual Sessions” of the JSA that carry an ISSN number. In addition all the accepted abstracts will be made available via the Official website of JSA –

An accepted work shall be presented by an author at the Annual sessions. However, only the members of JSA are allowed to present papers at the annual sessions. If authors are unable to present the paper, he/she can designate another member of the JSA to present it. If the paper is not presented at all, the authors will be debarred from submitting abstracts for two succeeding years.

Abstract and Extended abstract format

The electronic version should be submitted in Microsoft Word 2007 or latest format with the following formatting:

If the abstract is in English, then the text should be in 12pt Times New Roman font with double line spacing. If it is in Tamil, then the text should be typed in using Unicode method with double line spacing. The size of the paper should be A4 and 2.5cm margins should be allocated to top, bottom, left and right sides.

(a) Guidelines for abstract

  1. The abstract should not exceed 250 words. It should cover all aspects of the work. i.e. Background and Objectives, Research design/material and methods, Results, Discussion and conclusions.
  2. The authors should report only the results of their original research. Any part of the research should not have been published or presented elsewhere.
  3. The title of the paper should be concise and specific. It should reflect the contents of the research as a whole.
  4. Tables, diagrams and photographs should not be included.
  5. Key words (maximum six) should be provided with the abstract.

(b) Guidelines for submission of extended abstract.

  1. The extended abstract should not exceed 600 words. Given below is the general outline. The extended abstract should include with the expected maximum number of words:
    1. Background and Objectives ‐ 100 words.
    2. Research design/material and methods ‐ 200 words.
    3. Results and discussion ‐ 250 words.
    4. Conclusion ‐ 50 words.
  2. Tables and diagrams should be included only if essential.
  3. References (not more than five) should be given in ‘Harvard format’ (style guide can also be found here:

Submit Abstract and Extended Abstract