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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point UDL friendly font - preferably Helvetica (Arial/Verdana/Calibri are also ok) for English, FMAbhaya for Sinhala and Bamini for Tamil; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses)
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. All figures/tables are referred to within the text.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and referencing requirements of the APA (7th Edition) Style Guide. "References" are placed after Acknowledgements.
  • All sources are cited and cited sources are accurately listed in the "References" section. It is not a bibliography and the article does not have footnotes.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The submission is written in a clear, readable manner and a thorough spelling and grammar check has been done.
  • All the co-authors (if any) have been consulted, and consent has been obtained before submitting the manuscript.
  • If/when published, the author/s are the copyright holder/s. The author/s have opportunities to check proofs and provide final approval prior to publication.
  • The author/s of the submission as copyright holder/s is/are responsible for the clarity and accuracy of content and perspectives presented in the article that is published.
  • If applicable, the necessary written permissions have been obtained from the copyright owner/s to reuse third-party material prior to submission.
  • I understand the submission will be declined if I do not adhere to the author guidelines.

Author Guidelines



Ancient Lanka follows a collaborative peer review and collaborative editorial format and as such does not follow the model of blinded review. If you require that your original research be subjected to blinded peer-review for publication, please consider the numerous other peer-reviewed journals to submit your work.


  1. When you submit an article, the Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the Standing Editorial Committee will first make a decision, if it will be accepted for collaborative peer review.
  2. If accepted, the Editor-in-Chief and up to two members of the Standing Editorial Committee and/or invited peer reviewers or Guest Editors will work on the manuscript in collaboration with the author/s to bring it up to publication standards. Should problems arise in this process and pulbication standards and timelines cannot be met, then the Editor-in-chief, in consultation with the Standing Editorial Committew will decline publication and the author/s will be notified.
  3. The guest reviewer/s of articles within the issue will be named and will comprise the Guest Editorial Committee of the issue that the article is published.


Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Word Limits:

Commentary: 1500 words (max)

Articles/Reports/Syntheses: 6000 words (max) excluding Abstract, References and Figure/Table legends

Exceptions must be approved by the Editorial Committee

First Page

  1. The title of the article: it must be concise and informative, and should contain less than twenty (20) words.
  2. Last Name(s) of the author(s) with initials (e.g., Simpson, M. L., Stahl, N. A., & Francis, M. A.) 
  3. Affiliation(s) of author(s)
  4. Name, mailing address and email address of the corresponding author

For Research Articles:

  1. Abstract:  A brief introduction, objectives, methods, results and discussion. Max 250 words. 
  2. Key words: A maximum of five (5) keywords. These must be broadly searchable and must not duplicate terms on the title.

Syntheses/Essays do not require abstracts. They can be organized using an introduction and sub topics. Keywords are optional but useful to include.

The Body Text 

Line spacing should be 1.0 (single spaced); in a 12-point UDL-friendly font (preferably Helvetica; Arial/Verdana/Calibri are also ok for English), F.M. Abhaya for Sinhala, and Bamini for Tamil submissions respectively.

Authors may choose to write using British/Canadian English or American English, but once chosen, consistency must be maintained throughout the document.

If your article is being submitted in Sinhala or Tamil, please provide the title and abstract in English as well.

Employ italics for scientific names, use SI system/ metric system for units of measurements.

All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. All figures/tables must be referred to within the text.

Abbreviations must be expanded the first time it appears in the main text. After the first expansion of the abbreviation with the abbreviation in brackets, the abbreviation should always be used in the rest of the article.

Use inclusive Language (e.g., please do not use "man" when you are referring to "people", "humans" or "humanity"). Submissions should be free from bias, acknowledge and respect diversity and be sensitive to differences.

The submission must be clearly written and well organized. 

A thorough grammar and spell check must be completed prior to submission.

Include the Acknowledgments as a separate section after the conclusion of the article. Include any funding sources here.

References are listed next.

Citation and References cited must be formatted according to the APA (7th Edition) Style Guide.

All sources must be cited. All cited sources must appear in the References list. 

Items appearing in the References list that do not correspond to in-text citation/s must be removed.

Do not use footnotes.

Include URLs where possible.

Include page numbers in the submission. However, since we use a "rolling" publication model, no page numbers will be recorded during the final copyedits. Publications will receive an object identifier (doi).

Useful Resources:

Ensure that you have obtained the necessary written permission to reuse third-party material in your article from the copyright owner prior to submission if applicable. Ensure photo credits are stated.

If/when published, as copyright holder/s, the author/s of the submission is/are responsible for the clarity and accuracy of content and perspectives presented.

Authors are required to proofread and approve articles prior to publication. At this stage identifying any formatting issues and cross-checking of references are the author/s' responsibility.

In the case of any violation in publishing ethics, guidelines, duplicate submission, plagiarism (e.g., not citing your sources), etc., ANLK holds the right to reject the manuscript at any stage of the publishing process.


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