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 The vision of SJSIS is to be one of the most preferable journals in Africa with the mission of disseminating quality publication to the wider readership. The Salale- Journal of Social and Indigenous Studies (SJSIS), which is hosted by the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, of Salale University, is an open access peer-reviewed journal published in both printed and online versions (the online version is free to publish, to access and download) in the emerging phase for three consecutive years it will be published once in a year after that  two times in a year (may and December). It aims to provide a platform for the research community to share their findings, insights and views about all aspects of Social Sciences and Indigenous Studies.

The journal accepts research papers from the diverse fields of social sciences, Indigenous Studies languages, and allied disciplines. Quality research in the areas of linguistics, communication, public relations, media studies, environmental studies, and related to indigenous studies are also invited for its publication in the journal. Papers can be submitted in the form of full-length original research, review articles, book reviews, pilot studies, commentaries, and Editorials - Policies, news and comment or letters to editor.

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted in an A4 paper in single spacing (for cost minimization of the printed version). Each paragraph must be separated by space, and the space between paragraphs must be single.

Margin: The margin size is 1.5 inch from the left and 1 from right, top and bottom. Online Submission: To facilitate the rapid publication and reduce administrative costs, SJSIS accepts only electronic submissions in word. Manuscripts must be submitted online by logging in through the University website.

 Article Length: Original manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words. Book review and Article Review should not exceed 2000 and 4000 words respectively. Editorial preferably consist of no more than 1,000 to 1,500 words and usually do not have subheadings. Short communication should not exceed 4 pages. Title: The title should be concise, short and informative. It should not exceed 12 words.

Author affiliation: Refer them to the foot note using number (s) in superscript. Where there are multiple first authorships, please indicate the contribution of each author at the end of the manuscript, just after the acknowledgment and before the reference section..

 Abstract: This should be a single paragraph standing alone (not italic), and not exceeding 250 words. The abstract should state briefly background, the purpose of the research, instruments used to collect data, methods of analysis, the principal results and major conclusions as well as possible recommendation/implication.

 Keywords: Up to six keywords, which may or may not appear in the title, should be given in alphabetical order, below the abstract, each separated by a slash (/).

Introduction: It is important to state the objectives of the work, to provide an adequate background, and to avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. The introduction should also justify why the study is important.

Literature review, Conceptual Framework: Which is optional, should identify the most relevant previous especially recent literature on the topic (but not in excessive detail) in order to position the paper and demonstrate how it will make a significant contribution. It (or a separate section) should set out (and justify) the theoretical or conceptual framework adopted in the paper.

Materials and Methods:

The reader needs to know that the empirical data and/or other material are relevant, reliable and able to support robust conclusions, and that the methodology is appropriate, systematic and rigorous. Its sub sections include: Research participants, sample size, instruments of data collection (e.g., written questionnaires, interviews, observations) as well as methods used to enhance the quality of the measurements (e.g., the training and reliability of assessors or the use of multiple observations), and research design. Results/Analysis: Results should be clear and conscience. The report of the analysis must be accurate, unbiased, complete, and insightful. This section should stand alone (should not be mixed with discussion) so that the researcher’s finding can be seen clearly.

The Results section, and associated figures, tables should not be more than nine. Discussion: The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work. It should accurately interpret the results, but not be repetitive with the results section. Authors are encouraged to discuss their work in the broader context. Related published data must be appropriately discussed and cited. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature. Speculation is allowed but should be clearly labelled as such.

 Conclusion: This section should make clear the original contribution of the paper, discuss the policy or other implications of the findings, provide a critical assessment of the limitations of study, and outline possible fruitful lines for further research. It may stand alone or form a subsection of a Recommendation section.

Recommendation: Recommend based on major findings. This part also may be presented in Recommendation section that may stand alone or form a sub section of the Conclusion section.

But SJSIS prefers the former. Acknowledgements These should be placed at the end of the text and not in footnotes, and just before the reference section. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies.

Grant numbers are permissible. Dedications are discouraged.

 It must be brief. Reference: SJSIS follows the APA7 2020 or the latest (author/date) referencing style (or a slight variation of it in which space lines are single, for example.

Give your last name followed by date of publication (for Ethiopians name it is important to use the author’s name first and then his/her father’s name).

For every in-text citation in the paper, there must be a corresponding entry in the reference list.

Below are given examples of references.

Books: Chmakova, S. (2015). Awkward. New York: Yen Press.

Journal Article Dechasa Abebe (2019). Destructive outcomes of multinational companies in Africa: The case of HVA in the Awash River Valley of Ethiopia (1951-1975). Ethiop.j.soc.lang.stud., Vol.6.(1), pp.41-56. Chapter, essay, or article by one author in a book or encyclopedia edited by another:

 Alwin, D. (2011). Scholarly foreword In R. Settersten & J. J. Angel (Eds.), Handbook of Sociology of Aging (pp. Pp. v-vii ). New York, USA: Springer.

Unpublished works Abdi Ayana. (2012). Who takes care of the elderly in Ethiopia when reciprocal relationships breakdown? Unpublished MA thesis, Lund University.

Copyrights and Licensing Copyrights: According to the Guidelines and Procedures for Publication and Extension (2013, p.13),, of Salale University,

SlU owns the copyright of the published articles within SlU hosted Journals, and authors of accepted manuscripts for publication in SlU hosted Journal shall sign Copyright Transfer Agreement (Please see Annex 12 or Appendix E). In the same guideline SlU makes the publications to be made available freely (open access). Licensing:

 The journal follows an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/).

Notice: For further information, please see the policy of the journal online at http://journals.ju.edu.et/index.php/ejssls.

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