About the Journal

Aims and Scope

Journal of Universal Sciences and Technology (JUST) is an open access and double-blind reviewed journal that publishes high quality and original research articles, reviews articles, book reviews, technical notes, case reports and short communications twice a year. It is committed to publish original works and serve as a communication medium among professionals, researchers and practitioners, and other interested scholars. Thus, for successful publication process clearly and concisely, all authors must follow authors’ guide in order to publish their finding on Journal of Universal Sciences and Technology (JUST).

General policy

Editorial policy of Journal of Universal Sciences and Technology (JUST) is to publish only original, exclusive and not previously copyrighted manuscripts. Manuscript should be original works that are not under review at another journal. 

About the journal

Open accessed: All published manuscripts are freely downloaded, printed and distributed.

Rapid publication: manuscript will be published online soon after acceptance.

Publication Fee: No any of payment required to publish on Journal of Universal Sciences and Technology (JUST)

Types of articles to be published

Research Articles:

It should be Original research and its purpose to publish scientific papers that communicate new and original information to other scientists. These manuscripts should present well-rounded studies reporting innovative advances that further knowledge about a topic of importance to the scope of the journal.

Review Articles:

It is a special type of scientific article that is like an extended version of the discussion section of a research paper. Reviews should provide a reasoned survey and examination of a particular subject of research within the scope of the journal. They should include critical assessment of the works cited, explanations of conflicts in the literature, and analysis of the field. All review articles undergo the same peer-review and editorial process as original research reports.

Book Reviews:

A book review is a description and a critical evaluation of a book. It gives a summary of the content and assesses the value of the book focusing on the book's purpose, contents, and authority. It involves critical reviews that describe and evaluate a recent book of relevance to the scope of the journal, in terms of accepted literary and historical standards, and supports this evaluation with evidence from the text. The review must be a considered judgment that includes: a statement of the reviewer's understanding of the author's purpose, how well the reviewer feels the author's purpose has been achieved, and evidence to support the reviewer's judgment of the author' achievement.

Short Communications:

Short Communication should be not more than 3500 words and must report completed work, not preliminary findings/ results of a project, that are not of major significance.

Working Papers:

A working paper may be a technical note or a case report of a piece of research activity that is interesting, but suitable or intended for the journal publication. These papers must be not more than four printed pages including cover page.

Manuscript submission

 Manuscript should be prepared following to author’s guideline in Microsoft Word format and submitted through online registry system or E-mail (just.editor@dadu.edu.et)  as set on the website: http://just.dadu.edu.et 

Peer-Review Process:

After the editorial board of the journal determines whether the manuscript fits the journal’s format, focus, and scope, the manuscript will pass through the peer-reviewing process. Editor selects two reviewers for double-blind peer review where both authors’ and reviewer’s identities remain anonymous. The reviewers recommend their decision based on clarity, readability, organization, conciseness, and technical quality; appropriate title and abstract; appropriate use of well-designed figures and tables; sound conclusion and discussion of the paper. Then the corresponding author has notified comments of the reviewer whether to be accepted as it is, needs correction, or rejected. The overall review process to publication takes about two to three months.

Notification of the Review Result

 For Rejected Paper:

This decision generally center on substantive or methodological issues and criteria of the journal. A manuscript is rejected because outside of the scope of the journal, contains serious flaws of design, methodology, analysis, interpretation or research misconducts or it is judged to make only a limited novel contribution to the field.

For Revision required paper:

Editor Requests a revision for certain parts of the paper. The authors have to modify the paper according to the suggestions and comments of the reviewers and the editor in order to be further considered for publication. After revising the paper, the author may submit the revised manuscript to the editor. After receiving the revised version, the editor-in-chief either makes an accept/reject the recommendation or, if required, forwards the paper for another round of review, which usually involves those reviewers who were most critical about the original submission.

For accepted paper:

Editor will notify the principal author as the paper accepted as it was submitted and will be published in one of the journal’s forthcoming issues. Once a manuscript is accepted, it enters the production phase of publication and no further changes can be made by the author other than those suggested by the proof-editor. The manuscript matches the focus and the scope of the journal and is accepted for publication, it will move forward in the production process.

Proof correction

Electronic proofs will be sent to the corresponding author via e-mail attachment in PDF file format. The proof is considered to be the final version of the manuscript. With the exception of typographical or minor clerical errors, no changes will be made at the proof stage. Authors will have free electronics access to the full text of the article.  PDF file sent for proof reading must be returned to the editors within two weeks.

Reprints

Five reprints copy of the paper will be supplied for free to the corresponding authors if the authors want to receive the hard copy by his /her own shipment.

Publishing Ethics

Scientific errors and incorrect interpretations inevitably occur in the published literature, but authors who knowingly commit fraud or other scientific misconduct seriously compromise the integrity of the scientific record and the success of future scientific research. Example:  deliberately misrepresenting a scientist’s relationship with published work, passing off another’s work or idea as your own, submitting a paper to more than one publication at the same time, fabrication and falsification.

Ethics

All studies on human subjects, animals and other must have been conducted in accordance with national and international ethical standards. All the privacy of the subjects and organizations must be insured.

Authorship

It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to include the name of only those co-authors who have made significant contributions to the work. The corresponding author should ensure that all co- authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Copyright

Authors shall sign an agreement allowing the Journal to reserve the right to circulate the published article. When an author submits a manuscript to the Journal, they need to grant the journal the right to publish it, this means that the Journal owns the rights to copy (and publish) the article.

Warranties and Exclusions

The publication is issued on the understanding that:

The editors and Dambi Dollo University are not responsible for the results of any action taken on the basis of information in this publication, nor for any errors or omissions.

The editors and Dambi Dollo University expressly disclaim all and any liability to any person in respect of anything and of the consequences of anything done or omitted to be done by any such person in reliance, whether whole or partial, up on the whole or any part of the contents of this publication.

If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of the competent professional person should be sought.

The views expressed in this publications are those of contributors not necessarily those of Journal of Universal Sciences and Technology (JUST), the editors and Dambi Dollo University.

Formats of the Manuscript

All authors who are interested to publish on Journal of Universal Sciences and Technology (JUST) should have to consider the following formats.

  • Paper Size: A4
  • Text: Times New Roman
  • Font size: 12
  • Line Spacing: One and a half spacing(1.5), not single or double
  • Margin: Normal (Top/Bottom/Left/Right: 1)
  • Alignment: Justified
  • Page Numbering: For sections from acknowledgements to start of main text page number format is i) ii) iii….) and for main text page format is 1,2, 3 and so on continuously. But, the page number can be adjusted as journal’s guideline if the manuscript is accepted for publication.

Contents and Structure of the Manuscript

Title: A title page should be included as the main advertisement of the manuscript. The title of the manuscript should be short and simple. Author’s and co-author’s name and affiliation with complete contact information (E. mail, p. o. box and Phone number) should be stated. A title and subtitles should always be bold, 12 font size, center and the first letter of each word should be in capital letter.

Abstract: The abstract is typically a single paragraph to describe the research in 300-350 words. The abstract should be considered as an independent document. The abstract should summarize the problem or objective of the research, and its method, results, and conclusions.  No need to cite literature in abstract.

Key words: Key words should contain 3-5 keywords following to abstract written in alphabetical order.

Introduction: The introduction should be brief and provide clear statement of the problem. It should state the problem being investigated, its contextual background, and the reasons for conducting the research. The introduction requires a short review of the literature pertaining to the research topic that constructed as a descriptive funnel, starting with broad topics and slowly focusing on the work at hand.

Materials and Methods: This section should be detailed enough that readers can replicate your research, and assess whether the methods justify the conclusions. Equipment and materials used should be specified. Each method and procedure or technique used should be described in a separate section. Statistical analysis methods should be clearly stated in the final section of the methods section.

Results and Discussion: This section present findings objectively where results contribute to the body of scientific knowledge, so as to be clear and logical. Meaning of the results, especially in the context of what was already known about the subject should be described. The most important findings, most interesting, significant, remarkable findings should be summarized and contrasted with findings in light of other studies reported in the literature.

Conclusions and Recommendation: The overall work should be summarized first, by introducing the work and then briefly stating the major results. Then, the major points of the discussion and end with a statement of how the work contributes to the overall field of study should be stated.

Acknowledgements: A brief statement acknowledging the efforts of any participants or consultants who are not included as authors of the manuscript should be briefed by naming those who involved in helping the research; contributors, or suppliers who provided free materials, grants or other financial support and colleagues who assisted in conducting the study or evaluating the manuscript.

References: All references that have been cited in the text should have to be included. The format of citations and references must be in accordance to American Psychological Association (APA), sixth version style of referencing before submitting the manuscript.

Tables and Table Captions: Tables should be placed within a text at appropriate space. It should be headed with a caption and title must be in bold. The table itself should be formatted so that the data is clearly presented and easily interpreted by the reviewer; however the table is likely to be reformatted by journal to conform to its standards. Make sure that each table is referred to in the manuscript text; this will most likely occur in the results section, but may also occur in the introduction, methods, or discussion sections.

Figures and Figure Captions: Figures should be placed within a text at appropriate space. All images should be as large as possible, and include accurate scale bars.   All figures need a caption. The caption should identify the figure in bold, state a brief title to the figure, concisely present the significant result or interpretation that may be made from the figure.