1] Guidelines for preparation of abstracts

i. The abstract must report original research.

ii. An author may submit one abstract as single-author and one abstract as co-author OR no more than three abstracts as co-author.

iii. The title should be brief and explain the study reported. Capital letters should be used only for the first letter in the first word of the title and proper nouns.

iv. The author/s names and addresses –

  • Capital letters should be used only for the initials and the first letters of the surnames of authors.
  • The address of the Institution in which the work was carried out should be included under the author’s name.
  • If the collaborators are from different Institutions, the addresses of the Institutions should be included in brief. In this case, the adresses of the co-authors  should be indicated by a number in superscript after the author’s names and before the respective adderesses (as shown below).

Example (multiple authors):

I.P. Menikpurage1, D. T. U. Abeytunga1, R. L. C. Wijesundara2

1 Department of Chemistry, Universtiy of Colombo, Colombo 03.

2 Department of Plant Sciences, University of Colombo, Colombo 03.

v. The text of the abstract should not exceed 300 words.

vi. Standard abbreviations of SI units should be used.

vii. The abstract should be coherent and free of language errors.

viii. Two copies of the abstract should be submitted electronically on separate pages of a single Word document. The first copy should contain name(s) of author(s) and institutional affiliations. The second copy should carry only the title and the text and should not contain name(s) of author(s) and place(s) where the research has been carried out.

ix. A maximum of five keywords should be provided.

x. Acknowledgements should be restricted to the names of funding agencies providing sponsorship.

xi. Use font “Times New Roman” size 11 with 1.5 spacing on A4 paper.