SDPI holds the right to accept or reject any paper/book review at any stage from being published
Only original papers are accepted for the consideration.
During the initial desk review process, each paper is screened through the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) licensed plagiarism detection software. Authors are encouraged to generate their own debate and analysis. Referenced/cited text should not exceed 19% of the paper. The journal has zero tolerance for plagiarism. Authors are requested to rely on recent data and publications.
If approved in the desk review, each submission undergoes a vigorous editorial and double-blind peer review process by one national and one international referee. Author/s need to be cognizant of the fact that during this process, their submissions will be edited for substance, language and grammar by a team of referees and expert editors, and their editorial and review decisions will be considered final.
Authors should make sure that their submissions follow a standard structure as follows:
Title should be concise and clearly indicate the subject matter being dealt with. Length of the manuscript should be 4,000-6,000 words. Length of Book Review should be 1000 words. Only reviews of latest books on sustainable development issues will be screened and accepted.
The abstract should:
British spellings should be used.
All monetary values should be provided in dollars (US$) apart from the local form of currency.
Bold all sections and a maximum of 3 digits numbering of sub-sections (i.e. 3.2.1) Sub-section headings should start at the left margin. The paper should follow a standardised structure as follows:
Provide a list of abbreviations/acronyms used, as well as a Glossary of Key Terms, especially those mentioned in native language with their English translation and brief explanation. Present only important tables and figures that illustrate the points made. Tables and figures should be well-designed and complete to avoid lengthy explanation in the text. Each figure should be presented on a separate page and should not exceed half-a-page in size and should leave margins on both sides. While reproducing data from a diagram or table, or copying the entire table or diagram, in the paper, a reference should be made to the source.
A reference within the text to a table taken from a book should include the author and page (Smith 2005, p.33). Where the source of the data is not the author’s own, but obtained from another source, that is, a second-hand reference needs to be cited thus (United Nations 1975 cited in Smith 2005, p.33). Ensure that all graphs, maps and figures can be printed in black and white colour since colour printing of the paper may not be possible. Authors are requested to provide high resolution files of the images.
Captions/Titles should be above each figure, box or table along with correct numerical order, whereas the source (in italics) of each should be given at the end of the same:
For longer explanations, use footnotes indicated using auto numbers. Footnotes should not provide references given within the text. The bio-note should be given on the first page using an asterisk (*). Do not use endnotes.
Brief quotations (about 30 words or less) can be included in the text. Use single quotations marks/inverted commas, (‘Engineers are vital to the survival of the planet’ (Stewart 1982, p. 6)). Very lengthy quotations should be given in separate, smaller text, indented paragraphs in Italics (Block Quotes).
Use of another scholar’s work (even paraphrased) requires proper references. Quotation marks are not essential. However, there is a need to provide the original source of information referred to within the text. Further, any paraphrased text without giving its reference source next to it is also academic dishonesty and is not acceptable.
Authors have the liberty to give Acknowledgements at the end of the paper. However, the word limit is 30.
Title: (14pt Times New Roman - Bold)
Name: (14pt Times New Roman)
Paper Length: (4,000 – 8,000words)
Abstract: (150 words)
Line Spacing: 1.5
Font Colour: Black
1.1.1 Sub-sub heading (12pt Times New Roman – Italics)
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