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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

1. Policy and Submission of Manuscripts

The Walailak Journal of Social Science (WJSS), is a peer-reviewed journal covering all areas of social sciences. It is published 2 issues per year, the 1st issue (January - June) and the 2nd issue (July - December) by the College of Graduate Studies of Walailak University. The scope of the journal includes the following areas of research (WJSS template 2020):

      Cultural Studies
      Gender Studies
      General Social Sciences
      Health (social science)
      Human Factors and Ergonomics
      Life-span and Life-course Studies
      Linguistics and Language
      Political Science and International Relations
      Public Administration
      Social Sciences
      Sociology and Political Science

Manuscripts should be written in English and be submitted either online at

Once received, all papers will be subject to peer review by experts in the field. Every manuscript is assessed in a double-blinded review in which the author’s identity is not revealed to the reviewers. We encourage authors to submit the names of 3-5 referees suitable to review the work to aid in the peer review process. We aim to review all papers within 6-8 weeks and if accepted the paper will appear in the next available issue of the journal.

2. Manuscript Preparation

The manuscript should be double-spaced and in Times New Roman, 12 pt with a 3-cm margin around a standard A4 page. Manuscripts should be arranged as follows (WJSS template 2020):

A concise and informative title.
Authors’ names.
Names and addresses of the institution of the author.
E-mail address of the corresponding author.

The abstract must be no more than 250 words and should be concise and include only the most important aspects of the study. Four to six keywords should be given below the abstract. Examples of abstracts are available online at

The text should be subdivided into Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions. General points for authors to consider include:

Please ensure that your manuscript has been spell-checked and grammar-checked before submission to remove trivial errors.
Papers should be written in either American or British English but must be consistent throughout the paper-do not use both in the same paper.

Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds etc should be included in a section just before the references. The names of funding agencies, scholarships etc should be written in full.

References in the text should be cited in the manuscript by APA 6th edition.

      The style of citation is as follows:

Cheung, J. M. Y., Bartlett, D. J., Armour, C. L., Laba, T. L., & Saini, B. (2018). To drug or not to drug: A qualitative study of patients’ decision-making processes for managing insomnia. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 16(1), 1-26.

De Vaus, D. A. (2014). Surveys in social research. Sydney, Australia: Allen & Unwin.

      Book chapter:
McKenzie, H., Boughton, M., Hayes, L., & Forsyth, S. (2008). Explaining the complexities and value of nursing practice and knowledge. In Morley, I.,  & Crouch, M.  (Eds.). Knowledge as value: Illumination through critical prisms (pp. 209-224). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.

Smith, P. L. (1999). Motivation for exercise. In Proceedings of the Conference on Health and Fitness. (pp. 258-298). Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Canterbury.

      Internet website:
HealthTimes. (2015). The future of aged care nursing in Australia. Retrieved from

Review Article

Research articles: research articles normally originate from research studies conducted individually or together with co-researchers. Research articles usually contain a rationale of the study, objectives, hypothesis, study scopes, significance of the study, related research studies or other relevant literature, methodologies, data collection and data analysis methods (research conclusions, discussions and suggestions), all of which is limited to a maximum of 25 pages.

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