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Author Guidelines

General Rules for the Journal of Sciences Faculty at Sirte University (JSFSU)

  1. Manuscript submitted to the JSFSU must contain an original work which has been neither previously published, nor is it under consideration by another journal, conference, workshop or symposium.
  2. The submitted manuscript must fulfils the common requirements of the scientific research, including presenting the problem, reviewing the relevant literature, analysing data, discussing results and draw the conclusion and the recommendations.
  3. The JSFSU accepts all types of articles such as research articles, review articles, topical review, case study/case reports, monograph, short communication, letters, conference/symposium special issues, editorials research articles and methodology articles.
  4. To fulfil the academic integrity requirements, manuscripts submitted to the JSFSU must adhere to ethical standards and refrain from plagiarism in any way. Thus manuscripts submitted to the JSFSU must pass an initial check by plagiarism checker software.
  5. Author/s is required to write his/her manuscript carefully according to the basic and technical rules of the JSFSU. 
  6. The JSFSU only accepts manuscripts written in English language.
  7. The subject of the submitted manuscript must be in the specified categories of the JSFSU.
  8. The author/s is alone responsible for the proofreading and spelling check of his/her submitted manuscript.
  9. The JSFSU editorial committee has the right to make any editorial changes on the manuscript which is accepted for publication. 
  10.  Author/s is banned from submitting his/her manuscript to the JSFSU in a period of three years if s/he decides to withdraw his/her manuscript whilst it is undergoing review process, furthermore s/he must pay all the expenses incurred in the review process.
  11.  Author/s is kindly asked to disclose any affiliations, including financial, consultant or institution associations that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest.
  12.  Author/s is alone responsible for the views, ideas expressed and the accuracy of the data in his/her manuscript. Thus the published papers do not reflect the opinions or views of the JSFSU or its members. Furthermore, the designation and the presentation of materials do not reflect any opinion whatsoever of the JSFSU in terms of legal status of any country, territory…etc.
  13.  Author/s is required to understand, fill out and sign the ‘Authorship, Copyright Transfer, Conflicts of Interest and Acknowledgments statement’.
  14. Author/s retains the following rights: 
  1. All proprietary rights, such as patent rights. 
  2. Using all or part of the material published in his/her article in    further research of his/her own, filling provided that permission is granted   from the JSFSU and an adequate acknowledgment should be given for the JSFSU.
  1. The manuscript should be submitted electronically as a MS-Word file to the editor in chief via the JSFSU email at  Sjsfsu@su.edu.ly.

Review process

  1.  If the submitted manuscript initially meets the specified requirements of the JSFSU and pass the plagiarism check, then directly it should go through the peer-review process.
  2.  Author/s should note that the editorial committee may not use the suggestions, but suggestions are appreciated and may help facilitate the peer-review process.
  3.  The submitted manuscript is subject to double blind review by specialized referees suggested by the editorial committee in a secret way to evaluate the submitted manuscript.
  4.  The editorial board of the journal informs author/s of the opinions of the referees and forward their assessment report if the manuscript needs any corrections.
  5.  Author/s is required to make any minor or major corrections that are suggested by the referees by a required date.
  6.  Once the decision is made of accepting the manuscript for publication at the JSFSU, author/s will be supplied with an acceptance letter to confirm that his/her manuscript is accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of the JSFSU. 
  7.  Once the issue of the journal has been realised, a soft-copy of each published paper will be sent to the author/s via his/her email address.

Submission guidelines

Author guidelines for preparing the manuscript 

All submissions should strictly be prepared according to the following typing guideline:  

  1. The submitted manuscript should be approximately up to 20 pages at max and 8 pages at minimum (including tables, figures, references list, appendixes and supplements).
  2. The submitted manuscript of types (review articles, topical review) should be approximately up to 50 pages at max (including tables, figures, references list, appendixes and supplements).


Rules for the Paper Structure 

  1. The first page should contain the full title of the manuscript (the title should be concise and informative), then the name(s) of the author(s).
  2.  Affiliation with contact information including the (The affiliation(s) of the author(s), i.e. institution, (department), city, (state), country). A clear indication and an active, official university email address of the corresponding author. 
  3. This is followed by the abstract.
  4. The abstract length should be of (250) words at the max and (150) words at minimum.
  5. In the abstract of  the submitted  manuscript, the following main points must be available: -


  1. An introductory sentence related to the research topic to attract readers.
  1. Presentation of the research main point (purpose).
  2. Description of the method used in the research.
  3. Presentation of the achieved results.
  4. A concluding sentence that includes a recommendation.
  1. The keywords should be 4 to 6 keywords, which can be used for indexing purposes.
  2. In the introduction of  the submitted  manuscript, the following main points must be available: -
  1.  Introductory sentences related to the research topic to attract readers.
  2. An adequate background, then the relevant literature review.
  3. Clearly state the object of the research.
  4. The limitation of the research.
  5. The structure of the manuscript.
  1.  In the Material and methods section of the submitted manuscript, author/s should provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described.
  2.  Results should be clear and concise and presented separately from the discussion.
  3.  The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. 
  4. The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of the Discussion section.
  5. Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the reference list and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List contributions that need acknowledging (e.g., acknowledgments of technical help; acknowledgments of financial and material support, writing assistance or proof reading the article, financial arrangement, specifying the nature of the support).
  6. Within the acknowledgments section, a conflict of interest statement must be included for all manuscripts even if there are no conflicts of interest.
  7.  If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.
  8. The author/s is asked to switch off the 'Track Changes' option

in Microsoft Office files as these will appear in the published version.


Text Formatting Rules:

  1. Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times New Roman) for text.
  2. Use italics for emphasis.
  3. Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.
  4.  Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher).


Headings: Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.

  1. The manuscript (in two columns) should be single line space and the font type (Times New Roman) and the size should be as specified in this table:

Paper title

14 Bold

Authors names





10  Italic

Main headings

12  Bold


10 Bold



Figure and table captions



  1. The metric system should be used, and the Arabic numbers should be used for page numbers and throughout the running text.
  2. Abbreviations, if used should be defined at their first mention in the text and used consistently thereafter, and the non-standard ones should be avoided.
  3. Mathematical equations should appear in a sequential order and should be numbered between the brackets ( ).


  1.  All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  2.  Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order. For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table and an explanatory legend.
  3.  Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
  4.  Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.



  1.  High resolution is required in preparing the figures in the manuscript, the file formats JPEG, PNG are preferred for the figures, images, etc.
  2.  If the figure, photo… etc. has been published elsewhere, then the original source must be acknowledged and a written permission from the copyright holder must be obtained and submitted with the manuscript.
  3.  If photographs of people are used, then the photos must be obscured by clouds or a written permission by the concerned person must be obtained.
  4.  All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  5.  Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc)
  6.  References to figures and tables should be made in a sequential order as they appear in the running text, and should be numbered between the parentheses ( ), e.g. (Fig. 1) and (Tab. 1).
  7.  Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided.
  8.  When preparing your figures, pay attention to the size figures to fit in the column width.
  9.  Figures should have a short label. 


References Style:

  1.  Enclose the references list at the end of the manuscript accordingly to the APA (American Psychological Association) style 7th edition. A guide contains examples of common citation formats in APA can be found at the link: 


  1.  How to create an APA cited paper in Microsoft Word:


  1.  References should be numbered sequentially as they occur in the running text (ascending order).

Page margins: The Page margins should be adjusted as,










  1. To prepare the manuscript, it is highly recommended to use the ready –template that is prepared by the editorial committee which is available electronically on the journal website.