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Author Guidelines

A PDF file of Author Guidelines can be downloaded from here.

Instructions to Contributors

All original articles submitted for publication will be refereed by at least two experts in the field of research. The IJLE uses a double-blind review process to assure integrity in the review process. The author/s and reviewers will not be able to know one-another’s identity. An associate editor may not serve as a reviewer.

Authors’ Responsibilities

Only those who have actually contributed to the intellectual content of the article should be listed as the authors. The author/s should have conceived and planned the work that led to the paper. They should write the paper or reviewed successive versions and took part in the revision process. The corresponding author will also be responsible to submit the final version of the manuscript after the review process. Sources of external support for the research, including fund and equipment, must be named in the acknowledgement section.  In Comments to the Editor, please give full details of any possible previous or duplicated publication of any content of the paper. Previous publication of a small fraction of the content of a paper does not necessarily preclude it’s being published, but the editors need information about previous publication when deciding how to use space in the journal efficiently; they regard failure of full disclosure by author/s of possible prior publication as a breach of scientific ethics. Please provide copy of any document that might be considered a previously published document during the submission process as a supplementary file.

Manuscript Preparation Overview

For all submissions, International English is the standard communication language for the IJLE. Author/s whose native language is not English are advised to request an English native to review their manuscript/s or ask a professional English editing service available online (e.g. http://www.journalexperts.com). The references, including online references must be prepared according to the instructions found in this document.

All submitted articles must have 1.5-line spacing with an abstract summarizing briefly the essential contents. The name, address, and email address of the corresponding author must be listed on the title page. However, the title page should not be included in the manuscript until and unless the article is accepted for publication. Copies of any published reports that might have been duplicated in the submitted manuscript must be attached as supplementary files.

The figures and tables must be embedded within the manuscript itself after the list of references. The original figure should be at least of half A4-sized paper in the greatest dimension. Acceptable format for the figures and images is TIF with 300-600 pixels per inch. Monochrome images, if any, should be saved in grayscale mode while color images should be in RGB mode. Only single layer images are acceptable. Every effort should be made to avoid jargon, to spell out all nonstandard abbreviations the first time they are mentioned, and to present the contents of the study as clearly and concisely as possible.

Paper size should be A4 with 2.5 cm margin all around. Please use MSWORD template to prepare the submission; click here to download.

Manuscript Preparation Details

Title page (page 1) must not be included with the original submission. It should be placed at the beginning of the manuscript only after it has been accepted and the author is instructed to upload a version containing the Title Page. Page 1 should include the title of the article, the author/s full name/s (first name, middle initial/s, and surname), author affiliation/s (the name of department or division (if any), institution or organization, city, and state or country where the work was done). No abbreviations for the author/s details should be used. If multiple authors have the same affiliation, one listing of the affiliation should be used, preceded by a full list of the authors before the affiliation. Email address/es of the author/s should also be provided in the title page, and the corresponding author should be marked with an asterisk (*). Never submit page 1 in first submission, only submit from page 2.

The original submission (without page 1) should begin with an Abstract and Keywords on page 2, and it should include no author identification. This page should only include the title of the article followed by the abstract. No abstracts are required for Letters to the Editor. An abstract should be limited to approximately 300 words with an explicit summary of the submitted work stating the problem, method/s used,  major results, and conclusions. Following the abstract, up to five key words or phrases must be listed for indexing, which would allow the article to be found in a cursory computerized search. There should be a one-line space between the abstract and the key words. If you are using a word processing program other than the MSWORD, OfficeOrg, you must save the file as a rtf (rick text format). Special or mathematical characters and Greek letters that are not available on a standard keyboard must be created using the Symbol font. Imbed figures or tables into the text at suitable locations after the list of references. Figures will have to be also submitted as separate files after the final acceptance of the manuscript. During step 4 of the submission process, upload Supplementary File/s, if any.

Inserting page numbers and line numbers (continuous) in the manuscript sent for review is the responsibility of the author/s. These numbers will facilitate the reviewers to locate their comments appropriately. The page numbers should be inserted at the bottom of each page, in the footer. Any equations in the manuscript should be left aligned, and the equation reference numbers should appear on the same line. For very long equations, the right side of the equation should be broken into approximately equal parts and aligned right. The equation reference numbers should appear only at the right hand margin of the last line of the equations. All equations should be numbered in an order they appear in the text. Use SI units throughout the manuscript. If you indicate units other than SI units, they may be indicated in parentheses after the SI unit. Acknowledgments should be included before the list of References, and the title should read “Acknowledgments.” Author/s should obtain a permission to acknowledge from all those mentioned in the Acknowledgements. Never submit acknowledgement if it is first submission. Please save it in page 1 of manuscript (author identification page) and submit later when editors ask to do so. In the list of references, provide complete information of each reference material. Cite a symposium paper only from published proceedings. Do not cite an article or book only accepted for publication but not published. Do not use ibid. Please avoid excessive referencing. Unpublished data, unpublished abstracts and personal communications should not be included in the reference list. Footnotes are not acceptable. IJLE prefers maximum 60 references per article. 

The journal follows the APA system for citation, with author name/s and year of publication in parentheses, such as one author: (Hungr, 2003; Mori, 2009) or Hungr (2003), two authors: (Doe and Morris, 2009; Dahal, 2005) or Doe and Morris (2009), and three authors or more: (Rahardjo et al., 2002) or Rahardjo et al. (2002).

Journal article

van Westen C.J., Rengers N., & Soeters R. (2003). Use of geomorphological information in indirect landslide susceptibility assessment. Natural Hazards, 30, 399–419.

Same author/s more than one journal articles of same year

Dahal R.K., Hasegawa S., Nonomura A., Yamanaka M., & Dhakal S. (2008a). DEM-based deterministic landslide hazard analysis in the Lesser Himalaya of Nepal. Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards, 2(3), 161-178.

Dahal R.K., Hasegawa S., Nonomura A., Yamanaka M., Dhakal S., Paudyal P. (2008b). Predictive modelling of rainfall-induced landslide hazard in the Lesser Himalaya of Nepal based on weights-of-evidence. Geomorphology 102 (3-4), 496-510.

Journal article with DOI

Hasegawa S., Dahal R.K., Yamanaka M., Bhandary N.P., Yatabe R., & Inagaki H. (2009). Causes of large-scale landslides in the Lesser Himalaya of central Nepal. Environ Geol 57, 1423–1434. doi:10.1007/s00254-008-1420-z+

Journal article in press

Dahal R.K., & Hasegawa S. (2008). Representative rainfall thresholds for landslides in the Nepal Himalaya. Geomorphology, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.01.014, p 15 (in press)

Maps and pamphlets

Amatya K.M., & Jnawali B.M. (1994). Geological map of Nepal. Scale:1:1,000,000. Department of Mines and Geology,Kathmandu,Nepal

Book, authored

Dahal R.K. (2006). Geology for technical students. Bhrikuti Academic Publication,Kathmandu, 756 p.

Same author more than one book

Krahn J. (2004a). Seepage modeling with SEEP/W, an engineering methodology, 1st edn. Geo-Slope International Ltd,Alberta

Krahn J. (2004b). Stability modeling with SLOPE/W, an engineering methodology, 1st edn. Geo-Slope International Ltd.,Calgary

Book, edited     

Wohletz F., & Aaron G. (Ed.) (1992). Sedimentology.California Press, CA.

Book  chapter   

Ward T.J., Li R-M., & Simons D.B. (1981). Use of a mathematical model for estimating potential landslide sites in steep forested basin. In T.R.H. Davis, A.J. Pearce (Ed.) Erosion and sediment transport in pacific rim steep lands, International hydrological Science Publ No 132, (pp. 21-41).Institute ofHydrology,Wallingford,Oxon,UK.

Proceedings as a book  

Sassa K. (1998). Recent urban landslide disasters in Japanand their mechanisms. In Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Environmental Management, ‘‘Environmental Management’’ (vol 1, pp. 47–58),Australia, 10–13 February, Elsevier,Amsterdam

Proceedings with an editor but without a publisher

Rahardjo H., Leong E.C., Rezaur R.B. (2002). Studies of rainfall-induced slope failures. In P. Paulus, H. Rahardjo (Ed.) Proceedings of the National Seminar, Slope 2002 (pp. 15–29). 27 April 2002,Bandung,

Proceedings without an editor but with a publisher

Doe S.-T., & Morris R.L. (1998).  Rainfall-induced slope failures and damming of ravines. In Abstracts of international symposium on water-induced disasters,TribhuvanUniversity,Kathmandu, 4–9 June 1998.

Proceedings in CD format

Yatabe R., Yagi N., Yokota K., & Bhandary N.P. (2000). Influence of expansive chlorite on the strength of weathered Green Rock at Mikabu Belt of Japan. Proceedings of International Conference on Geotechnical and Geological Engineering.Melbourne,Australia, 19–24 November 2000 (CD format)

Publicly available unpublished report

Wagner A. (1983). The principal geological factors leading to landslides in the foothills of Nepal: a statistical study of 100 landslides-steps for mapping the risk of landslides. HELVETAS-Swiss Technical Cooperation and ITECO-Company for International Cooperation and Development, unpublished.

Online document       

Hungr O. (2003). Flow slides and flows in granular soils. In Proceedings of international workshop on occurrence and mechanisms of flows in Natural Slopes and Earth fills (15p.), Retrieved from http://www.unina2.it/flows2003/flows2003/articoli/Hungr-Flows.pdf. Accessed 15 Jan 2004.

Dissertation

Khanal R.K. (1991). Historic landslides of Nepal during 1902-1990 A.D., extent and economic significance, (M.Sc. Dissertation), Central Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, unpublished, 94p.

Standard or Patent name 

ASTM D3385-03. (2003). Standard test method for infiltration rate of soils in field using double-ring infiltrometer. ASTM International, 100 Bar,Harbor Drive, west Conshohocken, 19428

Review and Production Process

All manuscripts are peer reviewed. All material accepted for publication is subject to copyediting. Authors will receive galley proofs of their article before publication and should answer all queries. Any corrections to proofs must be restricted to printer’s errors; no rewriting will be allowed. Reprints may be purchased using the reprint order form that is sent with the page proofs.

Page Charges

At present there is no page charge/s for papers submitted to the IJLE. The upper limit on length of a paper is approximately 20 manuscript pages, including tables and references (two pages for Letters to the Editor). This limit may be exceeded at the discretion of the associate editors.

On-Line Submission

Please note that the guidelines below contain information pertaining to online manuscript submission. The following information will help you prepare your manuscript for electronic submission to International Journal of Landslide and Environment web-based peer review system. Submit manuscripts to publication.hils.org.np. You will be able to monitor the progress of your manuscript through the peer review process.

Formatting and Submitting Online

User Account Information

Log on to the International Journal of Landslide and Environment at publication.hils.org.np. Select the “Login” page. All authors, reviewers and editors must log in to use the system. If you are already registered with the system, you may login with a username and password. Select “User” on the upper bar, and under Function, select “Author” to submit an article or track the status of your current submissions. If you want to submit an article and do not have a username and password, you must select the “Register here” link to log in. Under Online Submissions, you should select “Go to Registration” link to register your username and password. After this, follow the instructions above to begin article submission. After selecting “Author”, you may submit an article by selecting “Submit” under the Function column. If you wish to track articles already submitted, select “Track” under the Function column. If “Submit” is selected, the next page begins a five-step process to submit a manuscript online.

Step 1: Start Submission. Under “A. Journal Section”, a drop down menu allows the selection of type of article. The author should complete the submission checklist indicating the article is prepared in the proper format using template provided (click here) and has not been previously published. “Comments to the Editor” about aspects of this article may be offered, but this is optional. Select Save/Continue to proceed to the next section.

Step 2: Submission of Metadata. The first, middle and last name of each author, affiliation, and email address are required for each author. An optional biographical statement may be added as well for each author. Spaces are provided for the Submission Title and Submission Abstract.

Step 3: Submission Upload. Four steps are required to submit the manuscript, which must be on the hard drive of the computer. 1) Click Browse which open a Choose File window for locating the file on the hard drive. 2) Locate the submission file (without page 1 in the first submission) and highlight it. 3) Click Open on the window, which places the address in the box on this page. 4) Click Upload on this page, which uploads the file from the computer to the journal’s website and renames it following the journal’s system. The file can be viewed by clicking on the file name. A new or revised file can be uploaded, deleting the one that currently appears. After clicking “Upload”, the upload window clears; click Save/Continue to move to the next step.

Step 4: Supplementary Files. An important feature of this publishing system is the ability to upload separate graphics files. These might include research instruments, data sets, information sources, etc. In addition, special permission to use figures, copyright release statements, may be included.

Step 5: Conformation. This step allows the author to review the submission for completeness, note the file(s) name change in the system, note the submission file size, and upload date. The author should click “Finish Submission” to confirm the upload.

When you prepare a revised version of your manuscript, it is essential that you carefully follow the instructions given in the Editor's letter regarding preparation of the same, in particular preparation of the annotated copy. Failure to do so will cause a delay in the review of your revision and may result in return of the revision to you, without review, for proper preparation. Revisions received more than 3 months after requested may be sent for another review cycle, at the Editor's discretion. If a revision is not received within 6 months after requested, your file may be closed.

Copyediting

After final acceptance of your manuscript, it will be copyedited before publication to conform to International Journal of Landslide and Environment style and usage. The author must add page one (in final submission), containing author identification, to the manuscript before the copy editing process. This editing may be substantive. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to read the copyedited manuscript he or she will receive and to answer all queries fully.

 

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 OpenOffice, rft or Microsoft Word file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The manuscript has been prepared as per the available templates: 

    For all submission: Manuscript Template

  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.
 

Copyright Notice

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are not permitted to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, however IJLE encourage author to provide link of online access of the paper on their website.

 

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