Note for Authors
1. Aims and Scope
Rangsit Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (RJSH) is an international scholarly journal officially published biannually, in print and on-line. The months of publication are January and July. It is a multidisciplinary journal that aims to provide a high profile vehicle for publication of various new issues in different academic areas. The scopes of the Journal are in Social science, Humanities and Applied social science
2. Submission Deadline
Submissions are to be permanently open. A manuscript submitted between July 1st and December 31st will be considered for publication in the January-June Issue of the subsequent year whereas a manuscript submitted between January 1st and June 30th will be considered for publication in the July-December Issue.
3. Categories of Articles
The Journal accepts the following types of articles:
1. Research Articles: A research article is a regular quantitative or qualitative article which aims to present new findings or interpretations.
2. Notes or Address: A brief record of something or speech written down that presents important issues.
3. Review Articles: There are two types of review articles: non-systematic (or journalistic) reviews and systematic reviews. Non-systematic or journalistic reviews provide a summary of evidence derived from primary studies that have been selected and synthesized according to the author's personal and professional perspective. Non-systematic reviews can cover a wide range of subject matter at various levels of totality and comprehensiveness. Systematic reviews, on the other hand, provide summaries of related primary studies that have been searched for, evaluated, and selected and reported according to a rigorous methodology.
4. Innovations: An innovation is an article which aims to present creative arts and designs, procedures or devices.
5. Comments or Critiques: A comment or critique is a short article that makes comments or replies to a comment on another article already published by this Journal.
6. Book Reviews: A book review is a short article that is written by a specialist and read by the general community. The aim of a book review is to give a brief summary of the book's strengths and weaknesses and to evaluate the book's overall usefulness to the audience it is intended for.
Research articles, review articles, and innovations should not exceed 15 pages of standard A4 paper using RJSH format. Notes, comments or critiques, and book review should not exceed 5 pages. Template for research articles is available at www.rsu.ac.th/rjsh. All categories of articles must coincide with manuscript preparation instruction (see Manuscript Preparation Section).
4. Editorial Policies
RJSH accepts only the work that has not been published; that is not under consideration for publication, elsewhere; and that its publication has been approved by all co-authors and the relevant authorities responsible at the institute where the work was conducted. Submission also implies that the authors have already obtained all necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted materials, such as figures and tables from other publications. Previously published work will not be considered for publication. Submitting a copied piece of writing as one's own original work is considered plagiarism. The Journal is published by Rangsit Unive
Authorship: RJSH expects that all of the authors listed on a manuscript have contributed substantially to the submitted paper. By submission of the manuscript, cover letter, and Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA), the corresponding author affirms that all named authors have agreed to be listed as authors of the paper. Furthermore, by their signatures on the CTA, all authors affirm that they have both read and approved the manuscript, and that they take full responsibility for the content of the article.
Review Process: RJSH assumes responsibility for insuring that submitted manuscripts receive expert and unbiased reviews. RJSH strives to complete a peer review of all submitted papers and the publication of accepted manuscripts in a timely manner and to keep the authors informed of any problems with their manuscript. All submitted manuscripts are initially evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with members of the Editorial Board before being sent for double-blind review. RJSH is under no obligation to submit every manuscript to formal peer review. Manuscripts that are judged by the editors to be inferior or inappropriate for publication in the Journal may, at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief, be rejected without formal written reviews by referees. RJSH attempts to obtain at least two written reviews for each manuscript that is entered into the peer review process, although the Editor-in-Chief has the discretion to make final decisions about the disposition of a manuscript with fewer than two reviews. The reviewers' evaluations will be used by the editors to decide whether the paper should be accepted, revised or rejected. A copy of the referees' comments will be sent to the corresponding authors whose paper needs revision. All reviewers serve anonymously and their identities are protected by the confidentiality policy of RJSH.
Confidentiality: As is customary for the peer review process, RJSH holds the identity of authors and the contents of all submitted manuscripts in confidence until such time as the papers are published. This confidentiality extends to the comments of editors and reviewers that have evaluated the paper; these comments and reviews are released only to the corresponding author. Co-authors may have access to these documents either by obtaining them directly from the corresponding author or by submitting to RJSH a letter of request that has been signed by the corresponding author. Similarly, RJSH expects that editors and reviewers will maintain strict confidentiality of the authors' identities and the contents of manuscripts that they examine during the review process, and furthermore, will never disclose the contents (either orally or in writing) of documents related to the peer review of a manuscript. A violation of this policy is considered a serious breach of trust.
Research Involving Animals or Humans: Authors must state in the manuscript that the work was approved by, at least, their institutional ethical review board for any research involving human and animal subjects. These approvals are required for publication in RJSH.
5. Manuscript Preparation
General Instruction: Submit your manuscript in both PDF and MS word formats. Manuscripts are acceptable in both US and UK English, but the use of either must be consistent throughout the manuscript. Please note that the editors reserve the right to adjust style to certain standards of uniformity.
Format: Unless specified, type text with 10-point Times New Roman font on 12-point line spacing, with a 1.25 inch left margin, 1 inch bottom and right margin, 2 inch top margin, 1.2 inch header, and 0.6 inch footer. Main text is set in single column. First lines of paragraphs are indented 0.5 inch. For hard copy, use standard A4 paper, one side only. Use ordinary upper- and lower-case letters throughout, except where italics are required. For titles, section headings and subheadings, tables, figure captions, and authors' names in the text and reference list: use ordinary upper- and lower-case letters throughout. Start headings at the left margin. If you wish, you may indicate ranking of complicated section headings and subheadings with numerals (1, 1.1, 1.1.1). Try not to exceed three ranks. All pages must be numbered in the top right-hand corner.
Title: Use 11-point bold font on 12-point line spacing. The length of the title of the article must not exceed 2 lines. A title should be concise and informative. The alignment of the title is centered.
Author Names: Use 10-point font on 11-point line spacing. Centered alignment and leave one line space below the title of the article. Begin with the first name of the author followed by the last name. For more
than one author, separate each name by a comma (,), and identify each author's affiliation by superscript numbers at the end of the author's last name.
Author Affiliations: Use 9-point font on 10-point line spacing. Centered alignment and leave one line space below the author names. Include institutional and e-mail addresses for all authors. Place superscript numbers at the beginning of each affiliation accordingly.
Abstract: Use 10-point font on 11-point line spacing for heading and 9-point font on 11-point line spacing for abstract content. An abstract of up to 250 words must be included as and when appropriate. For research papers; the purpose and setting of the research, the principal findings and major conclusions, and the paper's contribution to knowledge should be briefly stated. For empirical papers the locations of the study should be clearly stated, as should the methods and nature of the sample, and a summary of the findings and conclusion. Please note that excessive statistical details should be avoided, abbreviations/acronyms used only if essential or firmly established.
Keywords: List up to 6 keywords and separate each keyword by a comma (,). The keywords should accurately reflect the content of the article. The keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
Main Text: Use 10-point font on 12-point line spacing. In the main body of the submitted manuscript the following order should be adhered to: introduction, methodology, results (if any), discussion (if any), conclusion, acknowledgements, and references. Please note that some article categories may not contain all components above. Tables or figures must be included in the text for the reviewing process. In addition, tables and figures must also be submitted individually in separate files. Refer in the text to each table or illustration included, and cite them in numerical order, checking before submission that all are cited and in correct sequence.
References in the Text: To insert a citation in the text use the author-year system, i.e., the author's last name and year of publication. Examples are as follows: "Since Johnson (2008) has shown that..." or "This is in agreement with results obtained later (Benjamin, 2010)". For 2-3 authors; all authors are to be listed, with "and" separating the last two authors, for more than three authors, list the first author followed by et al. The list of references should be arranged alphabetically by authors' names. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the spelling of authors' names and dates are exactly the same in the text as in the reference list. Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic citations lies entirely with the author(s). Citation of a reference as "in press" implies that the item has been accepted for publication. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the content of the references.
List of References: RJSH uses the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style, details of which can be found at http://www.apastyle.org/. References should be listed at the end of article, arranged alphabetically according to the last names of the authors and then chronologically. The following are examples of the APA referencing style:
Author./ (Year of publication)./Title of Abstract (abstract)./Journal Title,/Volume(Issue),/Page number.
Clark, D.V., Hausen, P.H., & Mammen, M.P. (2002).Impact of dengue in Thailand at the family and population levels (abstract). Am J Trop Med Hyg, 67(2 Suppl), 239.
Author./(Year of publication)./Book Title./Edition (if any)./Place of publication:/Publisher.
Goodwin, C.J. (1995). Research in psychology: Methods and design. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Author./(Year of publication)./Article Title./Book Title (Page Numbers)./Edition (if any)./Place of publication:/Publisher.
Holland, J.L. (1973). Making vocational choice.A theory of career (pp. 43-49). New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.
Conference and Seminar Proceedings
To cite proceedings that are published regularly, use the same format as for a journal article. To cite proceedings that are published in book form, use the same format as for an article in a book.
Dissertation or Thesis
Author./(Year of publication)./Title of dissertation or thesis./Type of Thesis./Awarding Institution.
Norasingha, A. (2009). Expression and distribution of mucorinic receptors in hepatic composite of the cirrhotic rats.A thesis for the degree of Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences.Rangsit University.
Author./(Year of publication)./Title of Editorial (editorial)./Journal Title,/ Volume(Issue),/Page numbers.
Fisher, R.I. (2003). Immunotherapy in Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: Treatment advances (editorial). SeminOncol, 30(2Suppl 4), 1-2.
Author./(Year of publication)./Article Title./Journal Title,/ Volume(Issue),/Page numbers.
Leelawat, S., Leelawat, K., Narong, S., &Matangkasombut, O. (2010). The dual effects of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol on cholangiocarcinoma cells: Anti-invasion activity at low concentration and apoptosis induction at high concentration. Cancer Investigation, 28(4), 357-363.
Polk, A., Amsden, B., Scarrtt, D., Gonzal, A., Oknamefe, O., &Goosen, M. (1994).Oral delivery in aquaculture. Aquacult. Eng, 13, 311-323.
Seals, D.R., & Tanaka, H. (2000). Manuscript peer review: A helpful checklist for students and novice referees. AdvPhysiolEduc, 22, 52-58.
Srichandum, S. & Rujirayanyong, T. (2010).Production scheduling for dispatching ready mixed concrete trucks using bee colony optimization. American J. of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 3(1), 823-830.
Author./(Year of publication)./Title of Letter./Journal Title./ Volume(Issue),/Page number.
Enzensberger, W., & Fisher, P.A. (1996). Metronome in Parkinson's disease (letter). Lancet, 347, 1337.
Author./(Year of publication)./Title of Note./Journal Title./ Volume(Issue),/Page number.
Haier, R.J., Schroeder, D.H., Tang, C., Head, K., & Colom, R. (2010). Gray matter correlates of cognitive ability tests used for vocational guidance. Biomed Central, 3, 206.
Unpublished/In Press Articles
Author./(In press Year)./Article Title./Journal Title./(in press).
Veena, B. (2004). Economic pursuits and strategies of survival among Damor of Rajasthan. J Hum Ecol. (in press).
Author./(Year of publication)./Article Title./Journal Title,/Volume(issue),/ page numbers./Retrieved mm dd, year, from the full URL of the web page
Adams, P.J. (2000). Australian economic history. Journal of Australian Economics, 5(2), 117-132. Retrieved June 12, 2001, from http://jae.org/articles.html
Author./(Year of publication)./Article Title./Retrieved mm dd, year, from the full URL of the web page
Lemire, D. (n.d.). Write good papers. Retrieved July 1, 2010, from http//www.daniel-lemire.com/blog/rules-to-write-a-good-research-paper
Illustrations and Figures: All illustrations should be provided in a file format and resolution suitable for reproduction, e.g., EPS, JPEG or TIFF formats, without retouching. Photographs, charts and diagrams should be referred to as "Figure(s)" and should be numbered consecutively in the order to which they are referred. In addition to placing figures with figure captions into the main text, submit each figure individually as a separate file.
Line Drawings: All lettering, graph lines and points on graphs should be sufficiently large and bold to permit reproduction when the diagram has been reduced to a size suitable for inclusion in the journal. Do not use any type of shading on computer-generated illustrations.
Figure Captions: Type figure captions using 9-point font on 10-point line spacing. Insert figures with figure captions into the main text (see Illustrations and figures Section). Type as follows: Figure 1 Caption
Color: Where printed color figures are required, the author will be charged at the current color printing costs. All color illustrations will appear in color online, at no cost. Please note that because of technical complications which can arise when converting color figures to grayscale, for the printed version should authors not opt for color in print, please submit in addition usable black and white versions of all the color illustrations.
Tables: Tables must be cell-based without vertical lines. They should be produced in a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel or in Microsoft Word. Type all text in tables using 9-point font or less. Type the caption above the table to the same width as the table. Insert tables and table captions into the main text. Tables should be numbered consecutively. Footnotes to tables should be typed below the table and should be referred to by superscript numbers. Submit separate files of tables in their original file format and not as graphic files in addition to incorporating in the main text. Tables should not duplicate results presented elsewhere in the manuscript (e.g., in graphs).
Proofs: Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author by PDF wherever possible and should be returned within 1 week of receipt, preferably by e-mail. Corrections must be restricted to typesetting errors. It is important to ensure that all of your corrections are returned to us in one all-inclusive e-mail or fax. Proofreading is solely the responsibility of the author(s). Note that RJSH may proceed with the publication of your article if no response is received in time.
Reprints: During the first year of publication (year 2011), authors will receive 25 free reprints of their papers and one free copy of the journal in which their work appears. From the second year (2012) onward, reprints will be available on demand at 25 USD per copy.
English Language Editing before Submission: Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission.
6. Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the Editor-in-Chief as an attachment to an e-mail (RJSH@rsu.ac.th), in word processing format. The RJSH submission form must be completed. Included in the submission form are: (a) the title and authors, (b) complete contact information for the corresponding author (mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers), (c) confirmation of the originality of the reported work, (d) approval of the submitted version of the manuscript by all authors, and (e) the authors' consent for publication in RJSH, if accepted. The submission form is available at http://www.rsu.ac.th/RJSH/.
7. Manuscript Revision and Re-submission
There are four editorial decisions: Accept, Accept with Minor Revision, Resubmit with Major Revision, and Reject. A Reject decision is definitive and authors may not submit a new version of the manuscript to the RJSH. A Resubmit with Major Revision requires a major re-write of the manuscript and/or inclusion of significant new data, and thus the creation of a new manuscript, which will thus be assigned a new submission date. An Accept with Minor Revision decision implies that the paper can, in principle, attain the required standard of the Journal without major change. Editors may or may not have a revised manuscript reviewed (generally, by the original reviewers), in order to ascertain whether changes to the original manuscript adequately responded to the criticisms. If changes made do not result in a paper of the required standard, the revised manuscript will be definitively rejected. If a revised manuscript of "Accept with Minor Revision" is accepted, the original submission date will be retained.
8. Copyright Agreement
Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, authors will be required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement form (CTA). CTA is available at http://www. rsu.ac.th/RJSH/CTA/. Signature of the CTA is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the Copyright Transfer Agreement does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. Please submit the completed form with the final version of the manuscript back to the Editor-in-Chief.
9. Further Reading
The following resources will provide valuable guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts.
Anonymous. (n.d.). How to write abstract. Retrieved January 17, 2011, from http://www.journal.au.edu/au_techno/2006/jan06/vol9num3_howto.pdf
Anonymous. (n.d.). How to write an abstract: Links and tips. Retrieved January 17, 2011, from http://research.berkeley.edu/ucday/abstract.html
Koopman, P. (n.d.). How to write an abstract. Retrieved January 17, 2011, from http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~koopman/essays/abstract.html
Lemire, D. (n.d.). Write good papers. Retrieved January 17, 2011, from http://lemire.me/blog/rules-to-write-a-good-research-paper/
Plonsky, M. (n.d.). Psychology with style: A hypertext writing guide. Retrieved January 17, 2011, from http://www.uwsp.edu/psych/apa4b.htm
Seals, D.R., & Tanaka, H. (2000). Manuscript peer review: A helpful checklist for students and novice
referees. Adv. Physiol. Educ,22, 52-58.
Jones, A., & Pham, H. (n.d.). Basic Referencing using the APA System, Teaching and learning unit, Faculty
of Economics and Commerce, The University of Melbourne. Retrieved February 15, 2011, from