Journal of Science


Journal of Science is the Journal of the Faculty of Science of the University of Kelaniya. It publishes articles related to any field of natural and applied sciences. Articles may be research papers, short communications or review papers.

All articles submitted are peer reviewed by referees prior to publication. No responsibility is assumed by the Faculty of Science of the University of Kelaniya for statements and opinions expressed by the contributors to the journal.

Editorial Board


Professor (Ms) K P Abeywickrama

Department of Botany

Managing Editor

Professor (Ms) B M Jayawardene
Dean/Faculty of Science


Professor (Ms) L D Amarasinghe, Department of Zoology & Environmental Management
Professor L B D R P Wijesundara, Department of Physics
Dr (Ms) K P R N Attanayake, Department of Botany
Dr A M T Amarakoon, Department of Chemistry
Dr H K T K Wijesiriwardene, Department of Industrial Management
Dr (Ms) G S Wijesiri, Department of Mathematics
Dr (Ms) I V N Ratnayake, Department of Microbiology
Dr (Ms) A P Hewaarachchi, Department of Statistics & Computer Science


Professor P S Hewageegana, Department of Physics


  • Annual subscription – Foreign : US$ 20.00, Local: 400.00 ; accepted on a calendar year basis. Rates include postage. Remittance should be in favour of the University of Kelaniya. Orders should be set to the Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya 116000, Sri Lanka.

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Author Guidlines


Manuscripts submitted in all fields of natural and applied sciences are considered for publication in the Journal of Science of the University of Kelaniya on the understanding that they have not been published, submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. Three types of papers may be submitted.

  1. Research Articles: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings. Experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. Authors are recommended to keep their papers short, preferably less than 20 manuscript pages. The paper should comprise the following sections.
    • ABSTRACT of not more than 250 words
    (Summarize the research focus, methodology, results/findings of the research and the main conclusions and recommendations, if any.)
    • KEYWORDS should be given for indexing and information retrieval
    • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS One paragraph is suggested, with acknowledgement of financial support listed at the end.
  2. Short communications: A short communication should not exceed four printed pages in length including figures, tables, etc. and is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new methods of techniques and apparatus. Progress reports are not acceptable.
  3. Review papers: These should be submitted only after prior consultation with the editors.


Preparation of Manuscripts

All manuscripts must be in English and typewritten on A4 size papers (297 mm × 210 mm) with font Times New Roman and 2.0 line spacing. The left margin should be 3 cm and other margins should be 2.5 cm. The full paper should not exceed 20 pages. All the pages must be numbered consecutively.

TITLE OF THE PAPER (font-12, bold, UPPER CASE, left-justified)

(If the title is longer than 8 words, please also provide a running title for the header)


AUTHOR(S) NAME(S) (font-12, bold, UPPER CASE, left-justified)


Author(s) Affiliation(s) (font-12, bold, Title Case, left-justified)

Write the Names and Postal Addresses of All Institutions in Full. Include the Email address of the Corresponding author.

All the SECTION HEADINGS should be centered, and in bold UPPERCASE.



References in the text should be cited as the author’s name followed by the year of publication in brackets. e.g. Gunawardene & Fernando (1995) or where appropriate, (Gunawardene & Fernando 1995). At the end of the paper references should be listed alphabetically. Titles of Journals should be given in full.


Examples are as follows:

Journal articles:

Ali A.B., 1990. Some ecological aspects of fish populations in tropical rice fields. Hydrobiolgia 190 (2), 215-222.


Barker, R., Kirk, J. and Munday, R.J., 1988. Narrative analysis. 3rd ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Articles in Edited volumes/books:

Samson, C., 1970. Problems of information studies in history. In: S. Stone, ed. 1980. Humanities information research. Sheffield: CRUS, pp.44-68.


Electronic documents: References to electronic documents should contain information for the particular document version that was viewed.


Examples are as follows:


Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (2012), viewed 21 March 2012,

Sugathapala T (2011), Characteristics of Vehicle Fleet in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, viewed 21 March 2012,



Online Journal:

Hewageegana, Prabath 2010, ‘Strong photoelectron emission from silver nanostructures’, Journal of Science of the University of Kelaniya vol. 5, pp. 47-54,viewed 21 March 2012,



Figures and Tables

All figures, and tables must be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. In the body of the paper all figures and tables must be cited consecutively in numerical order. Tables and Figures should be numbered with Arabic numerals (Figure 1, Table 1, etc.) Use (a), (b), (c), etc., to label the parts of figures (Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b), etc.).



Equations that are important, long, complex, or referenced later in the paper are set off from the text (displayed) and may be numbered consecutively with right-justified Arabic numbers within parentheses (1), (2), (3), etc.


Abbreviations and Units

Scientific names of microorganisms, plants and animals must be used in accordance with the international rules of nomenclature and given in full. SI units and symbols should be used for physical properties.


Submission of Manuscripts

Authors are requested to submit their manuscripts as an Open Office or Microsoft Word file.

The final version of the manuscript if accepted for publication should be submitted in camera-ready format.



Page proof must be corrected immediately on receipt and returned to the Editor-in-Chief.


Manuscripts should be submitted through e-mail ( through the SLJOLonline system ( register as an author in SLJOL online system to submit your manuscripts.



The Editor-in-Chief,

Journal of Science of the University of Kelaniya,

Faculty of Science,

University of Kelaniya,

Kelaniya GQ 11600,

Sri Lanka.



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