Second National Symposium on "Current Research Activities on Dengue"


19th of December, 2017
At the
Auditorium, Molecular Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine
University of Kelaniya, Ragama
Organized by the
Molecular Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama

Please send your abstracts on or before 13th of December, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  1. Paper size: A4
  2. Maximum Number Pages: 4
  3. Margins: Left margin: 1 inch; Top margin: 0.75 inch; Other margins: 0.5 inch. 
  4. Line spacing: 01 (single space)
  5. Font type & size: Times of New Roman, 12
  6. Online submission should be done in the form of .doc (1997 – 2003 word document).
  7. Soft copy of the abstract should be mailed to Dr. Menaka Hapugoda (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) through the respective supervisors on or before 13th of December, 2017.


Title page should be at the beginning of the abstract.

Title of the paper:  Times New Roman, 14 bold face, regular sentence case letters, centered

  1. The title should reflect the area of study. 
  2. If scientific names are included, they should be written in italics (lower case), and common or vernacular names should be included within parenthesis.

Names of the author (s):  Times New Roman, 12, regular letters and centered.

  1. The surname should be followed by the initials (e.g.: Ranathunge, R.M.T.B.). 
  2. The corresponding author should be indicated with an asterisk (*) at the end of the name.
  3. The presenting author’s name should be underlined.

Author affiliations: Times New Roman, 11, regular italics, centered

  1. If the authors are from several institutes/departments, they should be numbered using a superscript at the end of the name of each author and the numbers should be corresponded to the institutional address of the respective authors. 

Email address of the corresponding author: Times New Roman, 11, regular italics, centered

  1. Corresponding author’s email address should be prefixed by an asterisk (*)
  2. e.g., *This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Length of the extended abstract should not exceed four (04) pages (Excluding the Title Page).In the event of exceeding four pages, the editors reserve the right to reject the extended abstract. The abstract should be organized as follows:

  1. Title
  2. Background
  3. Methods
  4. Results
  5. Conclusions
  6. References
  7. Acknowledgment 


  1. Title of the paper, Names of the author(s), Author affiliations and the corresponding author.
  2. Follow the guidelines on section "Title Page".


  1. General background of the study with proper justification for conducting the research and objective/s of the work should be given here. 


  1. Materials and methods used in the study should be described in detail. 
  2. Statistical analyses should be indicated clearly where applicable.


  1. Logical presentation of results and relevant interpretations should be included here. 


  1. Conclusions must be based on the interpretations of the results.
  2. Vague statements and general conclusions not supported by data should be avoided. 
  3. Recommendations (if any), should be stated based on the conclusions.


  1. A maximum of five (5) references can be listed. All these references should be cited within the relevant text.
  2. Harvard System of Referencing is recommended to be followed, as indicated below,

(i)  In text citations

  • Author’s surname and year of publication, should be arranged chronologically. 

e.g.   “Since Gunasekara (1988) has shown that…..”
           (Silva, 2000)
           (Perera & Kulatunga, 2005)  

In an event of more than two authors, the name of the first author should be followed by et al., (italicized et al). - (Samaraweera et al., 2007)

(ii) Bibliographic references

  • Names of all the authors should appear in the bibliography.
  • Should be arranged alphabetically based on main author’s names, and chronologically per author.
  • If an author’s name is in the list with co-authors, the following order should be followed:
  1. Publications of the single author, arranged according to publication dates
  2. Publications of the same author with one co-author, Publications of the author with more than one co-author
  3. Multiple publication by the same author(s) in a year - should be listed as 2005a, 2005b etc.
  • Always state the full name of the journal (not the abbreviation)

e.g.       Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science  But NOT  J Agron Crop Sci

  • Full-length research articles from peer-reviewed journals

Goudriann, J. and Monteith, J.L. (1990). A mathematical function for crop growth based on light interception and leaf area expansion. Annals of Botany 66: 695-701.

  • Papers presented in conferences and symposia

Lawn, R.J. (1981).  The potential contribution of physiological research to pigeon pea improvement.  (In) Proceedings of the International Workshop on Pigeon peas, Vol. 1.  Y.L. Nene and V. Kumble (Eds).  pp. 151-164.  ICRISAT, Patancheru, India.

  • Books

Evans, L.T. (1993). Crop Evolution, Adaptation and Yield. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

  • Book chapters

Squire, G.R. and Black, C.R. (1981). Stomatal behaviour in the field. (In) Stomatal Physiology. P.G. Jarvis and T.A. Mansfield (Eds). pp. 223-245. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

  • E-books

Carlsen, J. and Charters, S., eds. (2007). Global wine tourism. [e-book] Wallingford: CABI Pub. Available through: Anglia Ruskin University Library website <> [Accessed 9 June 2008].

  • Website (URL)

NHS Evidence, (2003). National Library of Guidelines. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 10 October 2009].

  • Work accepted for publication but not yet published should be referred to as ‘in press’
  • References on “unpublished data” and “personal Communication” should not be included in the bibliography, but may be mentioned in the text.

  Acknowledgement: Times New Roman, 10, regular italics, Left aligned           

  1. Use the following format to acknowledge funding agencies with the grant reference number

e.g. Acknowledgement: Financial support from NRC TO 14/04 is  acknowledged.


Abbreviations and Acronyms: 

  1. Should be written in full text followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis, at the very first time of their appearance.
  2. e.g. Medical Officer of Health (MOH) 

Standard Units:

  1. SI Units should be always used. 
  2. Leave one letter space between the numerical value and the unit (e.g. 5 cm).