PAPER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Xplore – Journal (Conference Special Issue)

Please email the full-length papers to: xploredisha@xaviers.edu

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

(Please follow these guidelines strictly and help in expeditious handling)

Xplore, The Xavier’s Research Journal is the official journal of the St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai and publishes articles covering all branches of Physical, Chemical, Mathematical, Biological and Social Sciences. A special issue of ‘Xplore’ will be published as conference proceedings for the upcoming conference, DISHA: An International Conference on Evolving Trends in Higher Education’, hosted by St. Xavier’s College, (Autonomous), Mumbai.

Papers intended for publication in the journal should be based on the results of original

work carried out by the author(s) and should be a distinct contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the selected field and must not have been communicated elsewhere for publication in part or whole.

In the case of multi-author papers, it is presumed that all the authors are involved in the

work and have approved the manuscript by appending their signatures in a covering

letter. If the educational research is towards a Ph.D. or any other degree involving a Guide/Supervisor, then a NOC from the Guide/Supervisor is mandatory.

The length of the paper should not be more than 7500 words which is equivalent to 10 to12 uninterrupted pages of the journal (inclusive of the diagrams, photographs, tables and appendix if any).

Each paper should be accompanied by a short informative ABSTRACT not exceeding

300 words summarizing the main points made in the paper and the important conclusion arrived at. Citation of literature should be avoided in the abstract. KEYWORDS (4 – 6) should be provided. The aims and objectives or purpose of the paper should be given in the INTRODUCTION. The acceptance criteria for all the papers are the quality and

originality of the research.

Authors should retain copies of submitted manuscripts and correspondence for your reference. The editor reserves the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication of all contributions that are reviewed and accepted for publication. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscripts will be returned to the authors for revision. The authors should strictly adhere to the comments made by the reviewers while revising the paper. If the authors agree with the comments made by the reviewers, the authors should indicate the changes effected in the text. In case where authors disagree with the comments of the reviewers, they should indicate the same in a separate sheet giving reasons.

SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS: Papers should be typewritten (in MS word), with

double line spacing (not less than 6 mm) on A4 size paper leaving good margin (25 mm

on all sides). One printed complete copy with all illustrations should be sent to Editor (.pdf format).

Tables and Captions to figures should be typed on separate pages. Tables should be sent

in a form ready for reproduction and their position should be indicated in the text. Large

tables with raw data should be avoided. The typescript should be carefully checked for

spelling and words to be set in italics underlined. Footnotes are not allowed. Electronic

submission should be sent as e-mail attachments in the following formats: Text in

MSWord; Figures in Autocad, Corel draw, WMF, TIFF, BMP and Photographs in JPG,

PSDF and should not exceed 15 MB including figures and tables, when sent through e-

mail.

ILLUSTRATIONS: Illustrations referred to as figures should be in the form of line

drawing in black on white drawing or tracing paper of size not larger than A4 size. All

electronic illustrations may be supplied in EPS (Encapsulated Postscript Vector graphics

created in Adobe Illustrator, EPS is a file extension for a graphics file format used in

vector-based images in Adobe Illustrator. An EPS file can contain text as well as

graphics.) and the files must always contain a preview in TIFF of the figure. Laser

printed figures are welcome. Large maps and figures are accepted for reproduction as

fold outs only if they are necessary to present details. Figures should be designed to stand

reproduction (with or without reduction) at three sizes: (i) 200 x 150 mm in case of A4

size originals, (ii) 110 x 150 mm and (iii) 82 mm width. Avoid fine stippling. All

lettering and hatching should be done using computer or scriber. Lettering should be at

least 9 pt. size (3mm high) before reduction. Avoid the use of small boldface lettering in

naming figure items.

PHOTOGRAPHS: Photographs and/or photomicrographs constituting a plate should be

trimmed into squares or rectangles of equal size, serially numbered on top left or right

corner and neatly placed on a white background within a space area of 200 mm x 150

mm. Spacing between photographs, both horizontal and vertical, should be kept at 4 mm.

Photographs should show sharp contrast. Each plate should be accompanied by a suitable

explanation of each of the included figures. Bar scales are required on all photographs

where size is to be depicted, and drawn close to bottom right or left corner. All

photographs submitted electronically should be of minimum 300 dpi resolution and

should be supplied as TIFF format image.

REFERENCE TO LITERATURE: Reference cited should be in the form adopted in

the journal. References to unpublished work should be avoided unless absolutely

necessary. All points of reference [name(s) of author(s), spelling, year of publication,

title, publisher, volume number and page numbers] must be checked between the text and

the list of references. In case of reference to books, the relevant page number has to be included in the text after the year (e.g. Pichamuthu, C.S., 1963, p.18). We suggest journal

titles be given in internationally accepted abbreviations. Personal communications (e.g., J. Saraswati,1990, pers. comm.) should be authorized in writing by the person concerned.

Bibliography:

(Paper from Journal)

Anbazhagan, S., Nair, A.M., 2004. Geographic Information System and groundwater quality mapping in Panvel Basin, Maharashtra, India. Environ. Geol. 45, 753-761. doi:10.1007/s00254-003-0932-9

(Paper from Special Volume with an editor listed on cover page)

Duraiswami, R.A., 2008. Changing geohydrological scenario in the hard- rock terrain of Maharashtra: Issues, Concerns and way forward, in: Das, S. (Ed.), Changing Geohydrological Scenario, Hardrock Terrain of Peninsular India. Golden Jubily Volume. 69, Geological Society of India, Bangalore, pp. 86-121.

(Reference from a published book)

Strahler, A.N., 1964. Quantitative geomorphology of drainage basins and channel networks, in: Chow, V.T. (Ed.), Handbook of Applied Hydrology. McGraw Hill Book Company, New York, pp. 4-407

PAGE PROOFS: One copy of page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author to be checked for correctness of figures, tables and references and typesetting. No major changes are entertained at the proof stage. Corrected proofs should be returned without

delay.

MANUSCRIPTS IN ELECTRONIC FORM: Authors are advised to send accepted manuscript in electronic form on via email as in MS WORD (.docx) document file as attachment. The text file and the hard copy must correspond exactly. Any deviation may delay processing for publication. Place tab-delimited tables at the end of the text. Do not use space bar between individual columns of the table. Scanned images of the figures/photographs are accepted in TIF, GIF, JPG, CDR, DWG formats. Send image files at 300 dpi resolution. Coloured illustration should use CMYK colour models. In case the figures have been drawn in CorelDraw, please use the font type Arial and font size 8pt. Digital illustrations should not include figure numbering.

PUBLICATION: In view of the high cost of scientific printing and publication, it is necessary that papers should be as brief and concise as possible; and the number of colour illustrations and tables restricted to the absolute minimum. Varying of length limits, acceptance and scheduling of articles will be at the Editor’s discretion.