MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING GUIDE
1. General requirements
Tra Vinh University Journal of Science publishes original research and review articles in both Vietnamese and English submitted by national and international researchers, including articles in the fields of Technology, agriculture, fisheries, economics, social sciences, education, medicine, environment, culture studies, literature, and art.
Manuscripts submitted to the Journal must not have been published earlier in any other journal and must not be considered for publication elsewhere.
Manuscripts must be submitted to the Journal via the online system at http://journal.tvu.edu.vn. Any articles submitted via e-mail will not be accepted. Authors can be required to adjust their manuscripts’ content and formatting before being formally received.
The manuscript should be written using Microsoft Word or LaTex software with the following formatting: page size is A4; font is Times New Roman; font size is 12pt; line spacing is exactly 16pt; margins are 2.5cm at the top, 2.0cm at the bottom, 3.5cm on the left, and 2.0cm on the right. Research articles must be from 08 to 12 pages and review articles must be from 12 to 25 pages.
2. Manuscript structure
For Vietnamese articles, their structure should consist of following parts: Title (in Vietnamese); Author (s); Corresponding author and his/her workplace/affiliation (in Vietnamese); Title (in English); Author(s)l; Corresponding author and Affiliation (in English); Abstract (in both Vietnamese and English); Keywords (in both Vietnamese and English); Introduction; Literature review; Research methodology; Results and Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgements (if any); References; and Appendix (if any).
For English articles, their structure should consist of following parts: Title (in English); Author(s); Corresponding author and Affiliation (in English); Abstract (in English); Keywords (in English); Introduction; Literature review; Research methodology; Results and Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgement (if any); References; and Appendix (if any).
Note: DO NOT format the text into columns, the Abstract, Acknowledgements, References, and Appendix sections are not numbered sequentially, while the Introduction, Literature review, Research methodology, Results and Discussion, and Conclusion section are numbered in sequence using Roman numerals (I, II, III…). Section titles must be capitalized and centered.
3. Manuscript formatting guide
Title (Vietnamese manuscripts)
- Vietnamese title: In uppercase and bold.
- English title: In uppercase, italic and no bold.
Title (English Manuscripts)
- In uppercase and bold.
- Title should be written briefly, clearly, sufficiently, and describe the research contents.
- Scientific names are in italic.
- Abbreviations within the title must be avoided.
Author(s), Corresponding author and Affiliation
- Write author names using their full names with tone marks for Vietnamese, omitting author’s academic titles and positions.
- For affiliation, use superscript (by numerical order) right after author’s name for annotations.
- For corresponding authors, use asterisk (*) as a superscript right after author’s name, providing e-mail address.
- Written in both Vietnamese and English for Vietnamese articles, or only in English for English articles, using italic font and to a maximum of 250 words.
- Briefly describes the research purpose, methods used, major findings, conclusion, and significance of the study.
- Does not use abbreviations or citations.
- For Vietnamese articles, keywords are written in both Vietnamese and English, and for English articles, keywords are only written in English.
- The article should include 03-06 keywords.
- Author should avoid keywords that are vague and polysemantic.
- Keywords are italicized, in bold, not capitalized and separated by commas.
- Keywords are arranged in alphabetical order.
- Briefly describes the background, the importance, the aim and novelty of the research.
- Avoid stating details or contents that are not relevant to the research.
II. LITERATURE REVIEW
- Summarizes sources of knowledge and previous studies from domestic and foreign scholars that are related to the research issue.
III. RESEARCH METHODS
- Reviews research design, research object, research location and time, sample size and sample selection, research tools and techniques of data collection, and data analysis in enough detail so that other researchers can apply the methods in future studies.
- If the study uses methods published in other studies, the sources should be cited and described, including any adjustments that were made.
IV. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
- Presents the results and findings of the study which answer the research questions.
- Should present important results in a logical order.
- Needs to be explained briefly, honestly, clearly, and coherently, not simply repeating the data in tables and figures.
- Discusses, explains and compares with the results of the previous studies mentioned in the Literature Review.
- States the limitations of the study.
- Crucial conclusions should be stated with clear arguments on the basic of the results.
- It is necessary to state the significance of the study in relation to previous studies and propose how future scholars can extend the research or practitioners can apply the research findings.
- The results of the study do not need to be repeated.
- This section is to thank the organization(s) and individual(s) that funded the study or provided financial or technical support to the author(s), to thank the colleague(s) who have contributed to the article or research, and/or to thank the research subjects who have participated in the study.
- Names of organizations and individuals to be acknowledged must be written in full.
- Use abbreviations only used when they appear at least twice in the text.
- Each abbreviation must be defined at its first appearance, then it is written consistently throughout the text.
Tables, images, diagrams, graphs
- Tables and figures are clearly presented, are easy to read, and are numbered consecutively in ascending order (e.g. Table 1, Table 2,...; or Figure 1, Figure 2...)
- Images, charts, graphs, maps, flowcharts, etc., collectively referred to as figures, are formatted in *.JPG, *.PNG, *.GIF, *.TIFF, *.BMP, *.EPS or vector formats.
- Table captions should be placed above the table, centered, lowercase, capitalized in the first letter, and without a full stop at the end of the line.
- The figure caption is placed below the figure, centered, lowercase, capitalized the first letter, and without a full stop at the end of the line.
- Tables and figures originating from other sources must be cited. Citations are placed at the bottom of the tables or figures, italic, and listed in references.
- For example:
Table 1: Average growth of GRDP by regions in the period 1995-2018
Figure 1. Lorenz curve of the intermediaries in the shrimp market in the Mekong Delta
Source: Statistical Yearbook of Viet Nam 2019
- Length, area, volume: mm, cm, km, mm2, cm2, m3, µL, mL, L…
- Weight: g, kg, ng, µg, mg, kg, t, Da, kDa…
- Concentration: nM, µM, mM, M, %, µg/L, mg/L, g/L...
- Add space between the number and the unit (for example 8 L, 8 kg, 8 ppm,…), except percentage unit (%) and temperature (°C, oF) (for example 5%, 60°C).
- In Vietnamese: use commas to indicate the decimals, and use periods to separate groups of thousands.
- In English: use periods to indicate the decimals, and use commas to separate groups of thousands (contrary to the presentation in Vietnamese).
- The method of using decimals is based on the measurement level of the research method.
- Written in italics, fully in the title and the first appearance in the text, then abbreviated consistently throughout the article. For example, Escherichia coli is fully written in the first appearance and E. coli since the second appearance.
- Written in a separate line and centered.
- Use Equation tool in MS Word or MathType for writing formulas.
- In-text citations are formatted according to Vancouver Citing and Referencing Style (version 2019).
Table 2: Citations formatting
List of references:
- References list should include only sources cited in the article.
- It is not acceptable to use footnotes to replace the reference list.
- References are formatted according to Vancouver Citing and Referencing Style (version 2019).
- References list should appear at the end of the article with the title “REFERENCES” and centered.
- References are listed in Arabic numerals, numbers are enclosed in square brackets, e.g. , ,  and must be compatible with the numbers of citations in the text.
- Only sources cited in the article are listed in the References list (personal communications such as letters, e-mails, and telephone interviews should not be listed).
- Each type of source such as: book, book chapter, e-book, journal article, or conference proceedings must follow its own formatting rules using Vancouver style.
- For Vietnamese authors, author names are written as they appear, starting with the family name, the middle name, and the given name (e.g. Nguyen Van A); for foreign authors, author citations start with the family name, then the first letter of the first name and, if available, the first letter of the middle name (e.g. Simons NE; Matthews A)
- For sources that have more than six authors, only six first authors will be listed, and add “et al”, and “coworkers” for Vietnamese sources.
Table 3: References formatting
Appendix (if any):
- The appendix includes essential figures and tables to explain the article content. When any part in the article needs an appendix for further proof and explanation, the author needs to make annotations to guide readers to look at the appendix.
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