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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 uses a 12-point font and is neatly typed on one side of A4 size paper, with double spacing and a wide margin to the left. 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

The editors invite original, scholarly articles and research papers within the aim and scope of the journal. Articles, etc. that have not been published previously, have not been submitted elsewhere, and that are not under review for another publication in any medium (e.g. printed journal, conference proceeding, electronic or optical medium) should be submitted to Staff and Educational Developmental International (SEDI) and be addressed to: Professor Santosh Panda, Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068, India (or email as attachment in MS Word to: It will be assumed that submission of an article to this journal implies that all the foregoing conditions are applicable.

Peer Review. All contributions submitted are subjected to peer review. To allow anonymous refereeing, please submit author(s) identification, affiliation, etc. in a separate sheet (not in the main text of the article).

Papers submitted should be within 4000-8000 words ( reflective/critical articles), 3000-6000 words (research papers), and 500-1500 words (book reviews), neatly typed on one side of A4 size paper, with double spacing and a wide margin to the left. Papers should be in Word File and be sent as email attachment. (Please attach an “Abstract’ within 100 words; and “About the Author(s)’ within 100 words including full affiliation, address, and email.

Organisation. The general organization of research papers should be as follows: the background and purpose of the study should be stated first; then the details of methods, materials, tools, procedures and/or equipments used; followed by findings, discussion (including implications for policy and practice). Appendices may be used to amplify details where appropriate.

Table and Figures should be typed in separate sheets and their position in the text should be indicated clearly. Please supply camera ready copy of all figures and tables, as these shall not normally be redrawn. Table headings be at the top of the table, and Figure headings be given at the bottom of the fugure.

Footnotes to the text should be avoided, but where used, should be numbered consecutively and presented as endnotes.

Citations of other works should be limited to those strictly necessary for arguments. Short quotations should be included in the text within inverted commas (“  ”), and quotation of more than 30 words should be placed in a separate paragraph indented from the main body of the text. However, all quotations should be accompanied by precise references, in author-date style (e.g. Evans and Nation, 1996: 169-175). Copyrights of others’ works in the text, wherever applicable, shall be obtained by the authors.

References should be indicated in the text by giving the name of the author(s), with the year of publication in parenthess. If more then one paper by the some author(s) from the same year are cited, a, b, c, etc. should be put after the year of publication. All references should be alphabetically listed at the end of the paper in the following standard format.

Books: Morgan, A.R. (1993). Improving Your Students’ Learning. London : Kogan Page.

Journals: Hannafin, M.J. (1992). Emerging technologies, ISD, and learning environment: critical perspectives. Educational Technology Research and Development,  40(1), 49-64.

Book Chapters: Kapur, J.N. (1997) Towards excellence in professional growth of teachers. In Panda, Santosh (Ed), Staff Development in Higher and Distance Education (pp 25-31). New Delhi: Aravali Books International Pvt. Ltd.

Conference Papers: Lockwood, F. (1993) ‘Cost-effective methods of material production’. Paper presented at the Asian Association of Open Universities VII Annual Conference, Hong Kong, 21-25 November.

Dissertations: Taylor, E. (1983) ‘Orientation to study’. Ph. D. Thesis, University of Surrey, Guilford.

Offprint: The pdf file of the paper shall be emailed/posted to each of the authors on publication.


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