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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, or RTF 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.

Author Guidelines

These guidelines are provided for preparation of papers accepted for publication in the Science Journal of University of Zakho (SJUOZ). These guidelines are issued to ensure a uniform style. All papers that are accepted in SJUOZ will be published provided they arrive by the due date and they correspond to these guidelines. Reproduction is made directly from author-prepared manuscripts electronically in A4 paper size 297 mm x 210 mm (11.69 x 8.27 inches). To assure timely and efficient production of the SJUOZ, Authors must submit their manuscripts in strict conformance with these guidelines. The Editorial Board may omit any paper that does not conform to the specified requirements. There will be no opportunity for corrections or improvements of poorly prepared originals.


The manuscript needs to be prepared electronically in a Word (.doc, .docx) and PDF formats. The format and instruction are shown below for each main section of the manuscript. Moreover, Author can download the instruction from the following link.
The manuscript should be original, high standard and should not have been published or submitted for publication in any other Journals. The text should include abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and references. The text must not exceed 16 pages.

 Article structure 
The maximum paper length is restricted to 12 pages. The manuscript should have the following structure:
  1. 1. Paper Title
  2. 2. Authors and affiliation 
  3. 3. Keywords (minimum 5 words) 
  4. 4. Abstract (100 – 200 words)
  5. 5. Introduction: Brief description of the area under research with indicating the problem. In addition, the introduction must contain the aim of the study.
  6. 6. Main body
  7. 7. Conclusions: The main conclusion of the study is stated in this section 
  8. 8. Acknowledgments (optional) 
  9. 9. References 
  10. 10. Appendix (optional)
Full papers submitted for double-blind review to the JUOZ must not contain any information which makes it possible to identify the authors. In particular, names and affiliations must be removed from the manuscript submitted for review. Therefore, submissions which have not been appropriately anonymised may be subject to immediate rejection.
1.2 Page Layout, Spacing, and Margins
Title and Abstract of the paper must be compiled in one column and all subsequent text (rest of the paper) must compile in two columns. All text should be single-spaced. Left and right justified typing is needed.
1.3 Preparation in electronic form
This digital version of the style guide is to assist authors in preparing their papers. Currently, it is provided in Word only. For the near future, JUOZ will provide a digital version of the style guide in LaTeX. These digital versions are available on the JUOZ web Page,  
1.4 Length and Font
All manuscripts are limited to a size of no more than twelve (12) single-spaced pages (A4 size), including abstracts, figures, tables, and references. The font type Times New Roman with a size of nine (9) points is to be used.

Table 1. Margin settings for A4 size paper

2.1 Title
The title should appear centered in bold capital letters, at the top of the first page of the paper with a size of twelve (12) points and single-spacing. After one blank line, type the author(s) name(s), affiliation and mailing address (including e-mail) in upper and lower case letters, centred under the title. In the case of multi-authorship, group them by firm or organization as shown in the title of these Guidelines.
2.2 Abstract
Leave one lines blank, then Type "ABSTRACT:" flush left in bold Capitals. Start now with a concise Abstract (100 - 200 words) which presents briefly the content and very importantly, the news and results of the paper in words such to be understandable also to non-specialists.
2.3 Key Words

Leave one lines blank, then type "KEYWORDS:" in bold capital letters, followed by minimum of 5 key words. Those key words are use to find a paper with content you are preparing.

Type text single-spaced, with one blank line between paragraphs and following headings. Start paragraphs flush with left margin.
3.1 Headings
Major headings are to be centered, in bold capitals without underlining, after two blank lines and followed by one blank line.
Type subheadings flush with the left margin in bold upper case and lower case letters. Subheadings are on a separate line between two single blank lines.
Subsubheadings are to be typed in bold upper case and lower case letters after one blank line flush with the left margin of the page. The text of the subsubheadings must be followed on the same line. Subsubheadings may be followed by a colon (:), they may also be the first word of the paragraph's sentence.
Use decimal numbering for headings and subheadings
3.2 Footnotes
Mark footnotes in the text with a number (1); use the same number for a second footnote of the paper and so on. Place footnotes at the bottom of the page, separated from the text above it by a horizontal line.
3.3 Illustrations and Tables
3.3.1 Location: Figures must be placed in the appropriate location in the document, as close as practicable to the reference of the figure in the text. While figures and tables are usually aligned horizontally on the page, large figures and tables sometimes need to be turned on their sides. If you must turn a figure or table sideways. Note that the top is always on the left-hand side of the page.
3.3.2 Captions: All captions should be typed in upper and lower case letters, centered. For tables, the captions have to be directly above the table. While the caption of the Figure must be directly beneath the figure. Use single spacing if they use more than one line. All captions are to be numbered consecutively, e.g. Figure 1, Table 2, Figure 3.


Figure 1. Figure placement and numbering


3.3.3 Copyright: If your article contains any copyrighted illustrations or imagery, please include a statement of copyright such as: © company name or the book title Copyright 20xx (fill in year). It is the author's responsibility to obtain any necessary copyright permission. After publication, your article is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License and you retain the copyright.
3.4 Equations, Symbols and Units
3.4.1 Equations: Equations should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper. The equation number is enclosed in parentheses and placed flush right. Leave one blank lines before and after equations:


where      = constant
                x, y = target coordinates
                X0, Y0, Z0 = initial coordinates
                X, Y, Z = object coordinates


3.4.2 Symbols and Units: Use the Système International Units and Symbols (SI). Unusual characters or symbols should be explained in a list of nomenclature.
4  References

References should be indicated in the typescript by giving the author's name, with the year of publication in parentheses, as detailed in the APA style guide. For example (Mustafa, 2013), and listed in the alphabetical order in the reference section in standard APA format. 30% of the used references must be published in the journals that are indexed by Scopus and must be up-to-date (e.g., within the last 10 years). The following styles should be used:

4.1 References from Journals: Journals should be cited like (Mustafa, 2014). Names of journals can be abbreviated according to the "International List of Periodical Title Word Abbreviations".Incase of doubt, write names in full.
4.2 References from Books: Books should be cited like (Ceder, 2014). 
4.3 References from Conference: Conferences should be cited like (Ardila, Bijker, Tolpekin, & Stein, 2012).
4.4 References from Other Literature: Other literature should be cited like (Smith, 2000). 
4.5 References from websites: References from the internet should be cited like (Digital Globe, 2009).
For further information about APA reference style please visit:
Acknowledgements (optional)
Acknowledgements of support for the project/paper/author are welcome.
Appendix (optional)
Any additional supporting data may be appended, provided the paper does not exceed the limits given above.
After acceptance
Upon acceptance of the article, Author will receive an email where s/he can sign the Copyright Transfer Statement document and send it back by email to the journal. Once the step has been completed, the article will be processed (allocating Digital Object Identifier (DOI)) and Author will receive the proofs. Meanwhile, SJUOZ makes manuscripts available online as soon as possible (in PDF format). 
Research and Publication Ethics

Research involving humans: Regarding experimental works that involve humans, the authors must follow the Declaration of Helsinki 1975. Approvals from local institutional ethical committee must be obtained before conducting the research work.

Research involving animals: Research that involve animals must adhere to the Code of Practise for the Housing and Care of Animals Used in Scientific Procedures. Furthermore, Approvals from local institutional committee is required for experimental research that involve animals. The editors are expected to check that the impact of the work is high in comparison to the pain, suffering and harm caused to the animals.

Research involving plants: Research involing plants must adhere to Convention on Biological Diversity.


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