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Author Guidelines

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Guide to Preparation of Manuscripts


The manuscript should be free of errors and formated according to ICTer Journal Template document. The manuscripts should be submitted on-line using MS Word or Open Office Writer to

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Length and Style

The length of the paper should not less than 10 pages and not exceed 20 pages. It is required that the paper should be produced clearly and concisely. The style of writing should conform to acceptable English usage. Slang, jargon, unauthorized abbreviations, abbreviated phrasings, etc should be avoided. In general, the impersonal form should be used.

Manuscript Layout

Manuscripts for articles should be organized as follows:

Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Related Work, Methodology and Materials, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement, References. Each page of the paper should be numbered. A separate title page should contain the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), and their affiliation(s). The name and address of the corresponding author should be stated. If the paper was based on material presented at a meeting, this fact should be indicated on the title page.


The title of the paper should accurately reflect its content and must not exceed 100 characters in length.


An abstract of up to 250 words should convey the scope of the paper and be as informative as possible. The abstract should not contain any references and it must be able to stand on its own without reference to the main text to enable it to be used without modification in abstracting journals. It should outline objectives and methodology together with important results and conclusions. Review articles should begin with an appropriate summary of up to 150 words.


Up to ten key words that could be used for indexing should be provided. Words that are used as subject headings in indexing journals are preferred.


This should state the reasons for performing the work with brief reference to relevant previous work. At the end of introduction, the organization of the paper must be outlined.

Related work:

a concise review of all the related work to the main topic should be outlined, leading to the justification of carrying out the work described.


New methods may be described in detail with an indication of their limitations. Established methods can be mentioned with appropriate references. Sufficient detail should be included to allow direct repetition of the work by others. Statistical analyses
done should be mentioned where applicable.


The results should be concisely and logically presented. Only data essential for the
main conclusions emerging from the study should be included. Interpretation of data should be left to the Discussion section. Presentation of the same results in the figures and text should be avoided.


Long, rambling discussions should be avoided. The discussion should deal with the interpretation of results without repeating information already presented in results. It should logically relate new findings to establish related work. Unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by data should be avoided. All hypotheses should be clearly identified as such.


Acknowledgments should be brief and made for specific scientific and technical assistance only and not for routine help in preparing manuscripts. If a significant part of the research was performed in an institution other than in those indicated by the authors' affiliations given in the title page, this fact should be acknowledged.


References to the literature must be indicated in the text and tables in serial order by a small superscript number in Arabic numerals. The list of references in numerical order must be placed at the end of the manuscript. Unpublished data and personal communications should not be listed under references but may be mentioned in the text. Reference to work in press implies its acceptance for publication and may be listed under references.

In each reference, all the initials of the author must be given after the surname. The year of publication should follow in parentheses. This should be followed by the full title of the referred publication. When journal articles are listed, the journal name should be given in full and it should be underlined to indicate italic type and followed by the volume number in bold type, the issue number in parentheses and then the inclusive pages. When books are listed, the order should be : author(s), year, book title, volume number, edition, pagination/ inclusive pages, publisher and place of publication. The
book title should be underlined to indicate italic type. When sections of a book are listed, the order should be: author(s) of section, year, the title of the section, title of
the book, edition, inclusive pages, publisher and place of publication.

Examples of correct forms of references are given below.

Journal Reference

  1. Standard Article

  2. D.B. Payne and H.G. Gunhold. “Digital sundials and broadband technology,” in Proc.
    IOOC-ECOC, 1986, pp. 557-998.
  3. Corporate Author

  4. [12] Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specification, IEEE Std. 802.11, 1997.

  5. Chapter in book

  6. J.E. Bourne. “Synthetic structure of industrial plastics,” in Plastics, 2 nd ed., vol. 3. J.
    Peters, Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964, pp.15-67.


These should be included only if they are indispensable. They should be indicated in the text by small superior symbols and listed on a separate page in the manuscript.

Abbreviations and symbols:

Unless common, these should be defined when first used, and not included in the abstract. The SI System of units should be used
wherever possible. If measurements were made in units other than SI, the data should be reported in the same units followed by SI units in brackets eg. 5290 ft (1610m).

Formula and Equations:

Equations should be typewritten and quadruple spaced. They should be started on the left margin and the number placed in parentheses to the right of the equation.


Tables should be clear and intelligible without reference to the text, and should not repeat data available elsewhere in the paper. They should be typed on A4 size paper and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.

If a table must be continued, a second sheet should be used and all the headings repeated.The number of columns or rows in each table should be minimized.
Each table should have a title which makes its general meaning clear without reference to the text. All table columns should have explanatory headings. Units of measurement, if any, should be indicated in parentheses in the heading of each column. Vertical lines should not be used and horizontal lines should be used only in the heading and at the bottom of the table. Footnotes to tables should be placed directly below the table and
should be indicated by superscript lower case italic letters (a, b, c, etc.).

Figures (Illustrations):

Figures (illustrations) should be kept to a minimum and their total should not exceed ten. If previously published illustrations are essential,
the copyright holder's written permission should be obtained. All illustrations are considered as figures, and each graph, drawing or photograph should be numbered
in sequence with Arabic numerals. Original illustrations should not carry any lettering. Symbols and abbreviations in the lettering should correspond accurately with those
in the legend and text.

Figures should be planned to fit the proportions of the printed page (12 x 17 cm). Each figure should carry a legend so written that the general meaning of the figure
can be understood without reference to the text. The maximum number of words per legend should be 40. Where magnifications are used, they should be stated.

Illustrations in color are accepted only on author's request. The author may be requested to meet in full, the cost of printing color illustrations. Only unmounted high quality glossy photographs are acceptable. Magnification should be indicated with a scale line on the photograph.

Manuscripts are accepted on the understanding that they will be reviewed prior to acceptance and they have not been submitted for publication elsewhere. The decision of the Editorial Board on publication is final. Papers may be subject to editorial revision in order to improve presentation. Authors must furnish a signed statement on authorship responsibility in the format attached herewith.


Each author must read and sign the ICTer Copyright form given below and it should be scanned and email or faxed to the ICTer with the camera ready version of the paper.

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If you wish to order the journal, submit papers or just enquire about the Journal, please contact:

ICTer Steering Committee,
University of Colombo School of Computing.
No.35, Reid Avenue,
Colombo 07
Sri Lanka


Publication Fees

ICTer journal does not charge fees from the authors for submission and publication in online issues. At the time of the annual print issue (where we publish the online articles in print form), authors are requested for a voluntary (but not mandatory) contribution of $100.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect or Open Office document file format.
  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If accepted for publication, author/s will be required to sign a copyright form.
  6. Up-to 3 reviewers are suggested under "Comments for the Editor" session or email their contact within 24 hours.

Copyright Notice

A completed ICTer Copyright Form should accompany any original material when it is first submitted. In any event, an author must transfer copyright to ICTer upon being notified of the acceptance of his/her paper if the transfer has not been done prior to acceptance. ICTer will not insist on a transfer of copyright rights (other than a license to print, reprint, and distribute) in any computer programs set out in the text of the material.