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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines for Magister Scientiae

  1. The article manuscripts to be submitted can either be in the form of a (1) research report, (2) critical analysis on latest issues, or (3) book review in the field of education and teaching.
  2. The article manuscripts can only be in English language and the total number of pages is between 15 and 20 of A4 size; the list of references has been included in the number of pages. The manuscripts should be double-spaced and there should be an abstract section on the first page containing 120 to 150 words followed by three to five keywords of the journal.
  3. A short identity of the writer should be put as a footnote on the first page of the article manuscript. The article manuscripts should be uploaded onto the Magister Scientiae website ( in soft-files using Microsoft Word application.
  4. The format of the manuscript (research report) is as follows:
    - Title (has to be informative and brief, no more than 12 words)
    - Author’s Full Name/s and Affiliation;
    - Abstract maximum 120 to 150 words containing Background of the Study (optional) maximum 1 sentence or 20 words, Research Purpose maximum 1 sentence or 20 words, Methods maximum 3 sentences or 30 words, Results maximum 4 sentences or 60 words, Conclusion maximum 2 sentences or 20 words);
    - Keywords;
    - Introduction;
    - Research Methods;
    - Findings and Discussion (The findings sub-section contains the identified facts/answers from the research, while the discussion sub-section highlights the relationship between the findings and underlying theories previously mentioned as well as implications of the study);
    - Conclusion and Suggestions;
    - Acknowledgement (e.g. to the research study subjects, data input provider, assistants, or other parties that support the writing of the article);
    - References (APA Style)
  5. All the articles need to use Mendeley Referencing Tool and all of the references should be alphabetically ordered, for example, Anderson J.R. 1985. Cognitive Psychology and Its Implications. 2nd ed., New York: Freeman Lakshmanan, U. 1995. “Child Second Language Acquisition of Syntax.” Studies in Second Language Acquisition. 17(3): 301-329. New York: Freeman
  6. The content of the articles (from various disciplines) should be related to the education discipline.
  7. The implications on education discipline can either theoretical or practical.
  8. The deadlines for submission should be 1 (one) month before the publication time at the latest, the first week of February for publication in March, and the first week of September for publication in October.
  9. The articles will be published on the Magister Scientiae journal website at 
  10. The manuscripts are accepted if there is a letter of acceptance issued by the Editorial Board.

Scientific research articles provide a method for scientists to communicate with other scientists about the results of their research. A standard format is suggested for writing the manuscripts, in which the author presents the research in an orderly, logical manner. This format to follow is:

TITLE (max. 12 words)

  1. Make your title specific enough to describe the contents of the paper, but not so technical that only specialists will understand. The title should be appropriate for the intended audience.
  2. The title usually describes the subject matter of the article: Effect of Smoking on Academic Performance"
  3. Sometimes a title that summarizes the results is more effective: Students Who Smoke Get Lower Grades"


  1. The person who did the work and wrote the paper is generally listed as the first author of a research paper.
  2. For published articles, other people who made substantial contributions to the work are also listed as authors. Ask your mentor's permission before including his/her name as co-author.
  3. The affiliation is the institution in which the authors are working or currently studying at.

ABSTRACT (max. 120 to 150 words)

  1. An abstract, or summary, is published together with a research article, giving the reader a "preview" of what is to come. They allow other scientists to quickly scan the large scientific literature, and decide which articles they want to read in-depth. The abstract should be a little less technical than the article itself; you do not want to dissuade your potential audience from reading your paper.
  2. Your abstract should be one paragraph, of 100-250 words, which summarizes the purpose, methods, results, and conclusions of the paper.
  3. It is not easy to include all this information in just a few words. Start by writing a summary that includes whatever you think is important, and then gradually prune it down to size by removing unnecessary words, while still retaining the necessary concepts.
  4. Don't use abbreviations or citations in the abstract. It should be able to stand alone without any footnotes.

What question did you ask in your experiment? Why is it interesting? The introduction summarizes the relevant literature so that the reader will understand why you were interested in the question you asked. One to four paragraphs should be enough. End with a sentence explaining the specific question you asked in this experiment.


  1. How did you answer this question? There should be enough information here to allow another scientist to repeat your experiment. Look at other papers that have been published in your field to get some idea of what is included in this section.
  2. If you had a complicated protocol, it may helpful to include a diagram, table, or flowchart to explain the methods you used.
  3. Do not put results in this section. You may, however, include preliminary results that were used to design the main experiment that you are reporting on. ("In a preliminary study, I observed the owls for one week and found that 73 % of their locomotor activity occurred during the night, and so I conducted all subsequent experiments between 11 pm and 6 am.") Mention relevant ethical considerations. If you used human subjects, did they consent to participate? If you used animals, what measures did you take to minimize pain?


  1. This is where you present the results you've gotten. Use graphs and tables if appropriate, but also summarize your main findings in the text. Do NOT discuss the results or speculate as to why something happened; that goes in the Discussion.
  2. You don't necessarily have to include all the data you've gotten during the semester. This isn't a diary.
  3. Use appropriate methods of showing data. Don't try to manipulate the data to make it look like you did more than you actually did. "The drug cured 1/3 of the infected mice, another 1/3 were not affected, and the third mouse got away."

Tables and graphs

  1. If you present your data in a table or graph, include a title describing what's in the table ("Enzyme activity at various temperatures", not "My results".) For graphs, you should also label the x and y axes.
  2. Don't use a table or graph just to be "fancy". If you can summarize the information in one sentence, then a table or graph is not necessary.


  1. Highlight the most significant results, but don't just repeat what you've written in the Results section. How do these results relate to the original question? Do the data support your hypothesis? Are your results consistent with what other investigators have reported? If your results were unexpected, try to explain why. Is there another way to interpret your results? What further research would be necessary to answer the questions raised by your results? How do y our results fit into the big picture?
  2. End with a one-sentence summary of your conclusion, emphasizing why it is relevant.

Include the concluding remarks, research implications, and suggestions in the Conclusion section.

This section is optional. You can thank those who either helped with the experiments, or made other important contributions, such as discussing the protocol, commenting on the manuscript, or buying pizza.

There are several possible ways to organize this section. Here is one commonly used way:

  1. In the text, cite the literature in the appropriate places: Scarlet (1990) thought that the gene was present only in yeast, but it has since been identified in the platypus (Indigo and Mauve, 1994) and wombat (Magenta, et al., 1995).
  2. In the References section list citations in alphabetical order. Indigo, A. C., and Mauve, B. E. 1994. Queer place for qwerty: gene isolation from the platypus. Science 275, 1213-1214. Magenta, S. T., Sepia, X., and Turquoise, U. 1995. Wombat genetics. In: Widiculous Wombats, Violet, Q., ed. New York: Columbia University Press. p 123-145. Scarlet, S.L. 1990. Isolation of qwerty gene from S. cerevisae. Journal of Unusual Results 36, 26-31.


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 document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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