Author's Guidelines

General Information for Paper Submission

  1. The Editorial Board welcomes research reports that have never been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The work must not be an extended version of previously published papers in conferences and/or journals as well.
  2. k@ta is a referred journal dedicated to the publications of research in the areas of language, literature, and culture in English. See Focus and Scope for the specific topics covered in this journal. 
  3. k@ta does not require any fees for publication. 
  4. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may have only up to five authors. Each author may only propose one manuscript per issue. Additionally, an author's name may appear only once per issue, regardless of whether they are listed as the first, second, or any subsequent author. This policy helps maintain a diverse range of contributions within each volume.
  5. Manuscripts must be written in English, and its main body must contain 5,000 - 7,000 words, excluding Abstract and References. Manuscripts need to be written following the template’s formatting. The template can be downloaded in the following link:
    Manuscript Template
  6. To ensure the quality and readability of the manuscript, the editorial team utilizes Grammarly to assist in reviewing grammar and other surface-level language features. 
  7. All manuscripts must conform to the APA 7th Edition referencing style. The guidelines of the referencing style can be viewed in the following link:
  8. The editorial team utilizes Reciteworks to check for the manuscript’s accordance with the APA 7th Edition guidelines. 
  9. Each manuscript will be checked for its similarity index using Turnitin. This process occurs twice:
    1. Before manuscripts are forwarded to reviewers, and 
    2. Before publication, if a manuscript is accepted.
  10. The editorial team reserves the right to reject manuscripts that contain a similarity rate exceeding 10%. Only manuscripts with an overall similarity index of 10% or less are considered for publication.
  11. All manuscripts must be sent by uploading them to the Open Journal System (OJS). First, the author must register an account. Next, the author needs to log in using the registered account, then make a submission in the system. Submissions sent by email will not be processed.
  12. Manuscripts must be uploaded to the OJS in a DOC or DOCX format
  13. As this journal employs a double blind review process, please provide information about the author(s)’s name(s), institution(s) or affiliation(s), and the complete mailing address of the corresponding author on a Cover Sheet. Do not write these details in the manuscript body. Click here for the Cover Sheet. Upload the Cover Sheet together with the manuscript submission in the OJS.
  14. The submission of the manuscript body should be de-identified; that is, author information, affiliation details and references to the author’s works have been removed. This also means removing the author details from the metadata of the file. Click here for the De-identification Guidelines.
  15. Manuscripts that do not adhere to the journal’s scope, style, length, language accuracy, tolerable plagiarism rate, or referencing style guidelines will be rejected. Authors are welcome to revise their submissions to meet these criteria; however, revised manuscripts must be submitted as new submissions.
  16. The corresponding author will receive a written notification regarding whether the manuscript has been accepted for review or rejected within four weeks after the initial submission date.
  17. Manuscripts that meet preliminary screenings will undergo a double-blind review. Please refer to the Peer Review Process for further information.
  18. Authors can expect a period of three to six months from submission to acceptance, assuming that no more than minor revisions are required.
  19. The editorial team reserves the right to turn down manuscripts without stating the reasons.
  20. Manuscripts that are not published rightfully belong to the author(s) and can be sent to other journals.

 Writing Guidelines

  1. Manuscript is based on research findings or the equivalence, such as literary analysis, on the topic of language, literature, and culture.
  2. Manuscripts must be written in English, and its main body must contain 5,000 - 7,000 words, excluding Abstract and References. 
  3. Manuscripts need to be written following the template’s formatting. The template can be downloaded in the following link: Manuscript Template
  4. The manuscript should be organized in the following structure:
    a) Title
    b) Abstract
    c) Keywords
    d) Introduction
    e) Review of  Literature
    f) Method
    g) Results and Discussion
    h) Conclusion
    i) Acknowledgments (optional)
    j) References
    k) Appendix (optional)
  5. The manuscript title is written in 11-15 words.
  6. The abstract is written in English and typed in Times New Roman size 10 with justified paragraph format. The abstract is 100-200 words, single-spaced, and written in one paragraph only. The abstract should be a brief summary of the article, including research problems, methods, and results and discussion. Citations and reference sources must not be used in the abstract.
  7. Authors should provide 3-5 keywords, written in Times New Roman size 10, with each keyword separated by comma.
  8. The manuscript body is written in English, in Times New Roman size 11, with 1.5 space, on A4 paper, justified paragraphs, and with 3 centimeters margin for all sides. The beginning of every new paragraph must be indented 1 cm.
  9. The manuscript’s main body should contain 5,000 - 7,000 words, excluding Abstract and References.
  10. Do not include page numbers on the manuscript.
  11. Introduction contains the background of the problem and research objectives of the study. Previous studies relevant to the research must also be mentioned in this section. To ensure the recency and relevance of the study with the current state of art, author(s) need to explain the significance of the research.
  12. Review of Literature provides a summary of the theoretical framework and concepts used in developing the research questions and discussing the research findings. The sources covered in the review must include journal articles, books, government reports, websites, etc.
  13. Method is a comprehensive explanation of the research procedure, including research design, data sources, and data collection procedures.
  14. Results and Discussion contains the data analysis from the research, including findings, interpretation of the findings, and the insights received from the research.
  15. Author(s) must include referred sources in Introduction, Review of Literature, Method, and Results and Discussion, and they must be cited using the 7th edition APA style.
  16. For Review of Literature, Method, and Results and Discussion sections, the author(s) may include subheadings to organize the content. Subheadings are written in title case, in Times New Roman size 11, in bold, and with left margin. An empty line should be given before writing the subheadings.
  17. For details regarding the formatting of tables and figures in the manuscript, please refer to the Manuscript Template.
  18. Conclusion encompasses the conclusion of the study as well as suggestions and recommendations. Tables and figures should not be included in this section.
  19. Acknowledgements is an optional section in the manuscript. The section contains the author’s expression of gratitude to the institution(s) providing financial support or funding for the research. Please refrain from addressing parties other than the financial supporters in this section. The section is included after the manuscript passes the review process and is accepted for publication.
  20. When revising your manuscript, please ensure that at least one publication from k@ta Journal, which aligns with your paper's topic, is included in your references. Citing relevant articles from our journal serves several important purposes: it demonstrates your engagement with the existing body of work within our journal's community, enriches the context and depth of your research, and ensures that your work contributes to and dialogues with ongoing scholarly discussions addressed in k@ta.
  21. All sources mentioned in the manuscript must be mentioned in References, and all sources stated in the references must also be cited in the manuscript. The minimum requirement is to have 10 references with 80% primary sources coming from print or electronic reputable journals. 80% of the referred sources should also be from the recent 10 years, except for classical references or historical texts used for research purposes.
  22. Citations and references are written in APA 7th edition style with sources arranged in an alphabetical order. Examples of the APA 7th edition reference style can be viewed here:
  23. Author(s) are encouraged to utilize softwares to assist them in checking language issues (e.g., Grammarly), managing citations and references (e.g., Mendeley or Zotero), and cross-checking in-text citations with references (e.g., Reciteworks).
  24. Appendix is an optional section in the manuscript. The section provides additional data that is relevant to the discussion of the study. The author(s) can include max. two appendices. Please refer to the Manuscript Template for the formatting of the appendix section.