CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Annual Research Symposium – University of Colombo – 2018

THEME: “Engaging with the Digital World in Higher Education”

Faculty Theme: “Advances in Science with Digital Applications”

The Editorial Committee for the Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo invites the academic staff members and postgraduate students of the University of Colombo to submit abstracts/extended abstracts to be considered for presentation at the Technical Sessions of the Annual Research Symposium in November 2018. The abstracts should be based on original research work and, if accepted, should be presented by a staff member or a postgraduate student of the University of Colombo. All accepted abstracts will be published in the Proceedings Book of the Annual Research Symposium 2018, University of Colombo.

Deadline for submission of abstracts to Faculty Editors:  6th August 2018

To be considered for evaluation, each submission should include the following documents.

  1. Abstract – not exceeding 300 words
  2. Extended abstract (inclusive of background, objectives, research design/materials and methods, results/
    findings, conclusions) – not exceeding 1000 words
  3. The author’s declaration form.

Guidelines for preparation of abstracts and extended abstracts are attached. Please follow the instructions carefully. Please note that abstracts/extended abstracts that are not prepared according to the guidelines provided, or are submitted after the deadline, will not be considered for review. The Editorial Committee reserves the right to make alterations to the text of the abstract in order to improve its quality.

Prof. Dushyanthi Mendis

Editor

Annual Research Symposium

Dr. Kaushalya Perera

Co-Editor

Annual Research Symposium

Guidelines for submission of abstracts/extended abstracts

1] Guidelines for preparation of abstracts

  1. The abstract must report original research.
  2.  An author may submit one abstract as single-author and one abstract as co-author OR
    no more than four abstracts as co-author.
  3. The title should be brief and explain the study reported. Capital letters should be used only for the first
    letter in the first word of the title and proper nouns.
  4. The author/s names and addresses – Capital letters should be used only for the initials and the first letters of the surnames of authors.
  •  Capital letters should be used only for the initials and the first letters of the surnames of authors.
  • The address of the Institution in which the work was carried out should be included under the author’s name.
  • If the collaborators are from different Institutions, the addresses of the Institutions should be included in brief. In this case, the addresses of the co-authors  should be indicated by a number in superscript after the authors’ names and before the respective addresses (as shown below).

 

Example (multiple authors):

I. P. Menikpurage1, D. T. U. Abeytunga1, R. L. C. Wijesundara2

1 Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2 Department of Plant Sciences, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

5. The text of the abstract should not exceed 300 words.

6. Standard abbreviations of SI units should be used.

7. The abstract should be coherent and free of language errors.

8. Two copies of the abstract should be submitted electronically on separate pages of a single Word document.            The first copy should contain name(s) of author(s) and institutional affiliations. The second copy should carry        only the title and the text and should not contain name(s) of author(s) and place(s) where the research has          been carried out.

9. A maximum of five keywords should be provided.

10. Acknowledgements should be restricted to the names of funding agencies providing sponsorship.

11. Use font “Times New Roman” size 11 with 1.5 spacing on A4 paper.

2] Guidelines for preparation of extended abstract (should be submitted with each abstract)

  1. The text should not exceed 1000 words (excluding references).
  2. The extended abstract should cover the following aspects: Background, Objectives, Research Design/Materials and Methods, Results/ Findings, Conclusions and References.
  3. The extended abstract should be coherent and free of language errors.
  4. Two copies of the extended abstract should be submitted electronically on a single Word document. The first copy should contain name(s) of authors and institutional affiliations. The second copy should not contain name(s) of author(s) and place(s) where the research has been carried out.
  5. Tables and diagrams can be included and should be referred to in text as Table 1 or Fig. 1.
  6. References should be limited to only essential ones.
  7. Use font “Times New Roman” size 11 with 1.5 spacing on A4 paper.

 

 

3]   Declaration by the authors   

  1. The annexed declaration form must be signed and returned by the Corresponding Author via email (scanned copy) along with each abstract/extended abstract submitted.
  2. All correspondence will be addressed to the Corresponding Author. If the Corresponding Author is a student, it is mandatory that the declaration form should be signed by the supervising author/s.
  3. The abstracts should be presented by a staff member or a postgraduate student of the University of Colombo. In the event that the presenter indicated in the application is unable to present the paper, it is the responsibility of the Corresponding Author either to withdraw the paper in advance or arrange for one of the Co-Authors to present the paper.