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GUIDE FOR AUTHORS
SEA-CECCEP Journal, (Southeast Asian Journal for Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting) is a scientific publication of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting (CECCEP). It publishes articles on research and analysis regarding major issues of early childhood care and education, early childhood education policy, and parenting relating to children and their families to a broad international readership, including policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and communities.
The scopes are within the following fields relating to ECCE and parenting but not limited to:
- Assessment and evaluation of policy and programs
- ECCE curriculum and pedagogy
- Workforce qualifications and development of ECCE staff
- Financing ECCE services
- Regulations and standards of ECCE
- Family and community engagement
- Quality issues in ECCE and parenting
- Integration of education and care in ECCE
- Policy on diversity and social inclusion in ECCE
- International comparisons of ECCE policy
Manuscript submitted to SEA-CECCEP has to ensure that it has not been submitted to other journals and, if accepted, will not be published elsewhere. All manuscripts are evaluated by subject matter experts and go through editorial revision. SEA-CECCEP Journal implements single blind review process, in which the identities of reviewers are kept confidential from the author(s).
SEA-CECCEP publishes the following article types:
- Full Research article
A full research article presents an original research focus with clear articulation of its significance, a scientifically acceptable methodology, and critical analysis and discussion of the findings. The components of the article consist of Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion, and References (see Manuscript Template/Manuscript Preparation). The article should be typed in A4 size paper and within 15 pages or 5,000 – 6,500 words (all texts). Papers, in English with spelling conforming to the Standard English, should be typed in Times New Roman font at 12-point size, one and a half spaced with margins on all four sides of 2 cm on standard A4 paper.
- Short communication
This differs from a full paper on the basis of scope or completeness, rather than quality of research. It may report significant new data arising from problems with narrow, well-defined limits, or important findings that warrant rapid publication before broader studies are complete. It should be between 1,500 – 3,000 words or approximately 6 - 12 pages of typescript). Papers, in English with spelling conforming to the Standard English, should be typed in Times New Roman font at 12-point size, one and a half spaced with margins on all four sides of 2 cm on standard A4 paper. When submitting a Short Communication, authors should make it clear that their work is to be treated as such.
- Review article
A review article summarizes previously published studies and the current state of understanding on a topic rather than reporting new facts or analysis. It should be between 1,500 – 3,000 words or approximately 6 - 12 pages of typescript. Papers, in English with spelling conforming to the Standard English, should be typed in Times New Roman font at 12-point size, one and a half spaced with margins on all four sides of 2 cm on standard A4 paper. When submitting a Review Article, authors should make it clear that their work is to be treated as such.
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright holder.
Corresponding/First Author should fill out the enclosed declaration form and sign it together with all the rest of the author(s) before sending it to SEA-CECCEP. The form can be accessed here.
Manuscript in the Microsoft Word file with proposed format should be sent to SEA-CECCEP Open Journal System (OJS) address: ??????. The manuscript declaration form should also be sent to SEA-CECCEP OJS as a supplementary file.
Overview of Manuscript Sections for Research Article and Short Communication
Manuscripts for Research Article and Short Communication submitted to SEA-CECCEP should be divided into the following sections (in this order):
Results and Discussion
Conclusion and Recommendation
Title and Sub-Title Writing Order
Each title begins with Arabic numerals (1. INTRODUCTION; 2. METHODS; and so on), while each sub-title begins with a derivative number of the title (1.1 History; 1.2 Development; and so on).
The title should:
- provide the title of the article, written in font size of 14 with 1 space, bold and capital letters. If there is a sub-title (parallel title) in the main title, then it must be written in capital letters at the beginning of each word, except for conjunctions. Title must be clear, specific, informative, and describe the substance or content of the article.
- list the full names, institutional addresses, email addresses and contact number for all authors. Font size 11, normal (not bold), 1 space spacing, and the first letter is capital (large). The author's name must be original (not withheld) without being followed by a degree. Multiple authors must be separated by a comma (,). All names of authors who contributed to the contents of the manuscript must be included.
- indicate the corresponding author using * mark.
- indicate a running title.
Structure for institutional address of authors:
- for university:name of department/study program, name of faculty, name of university, city with postal code, country
- for institution:name of center/division, name of institution, city with postal code, country
The Abstract of the manuscript should not exceed 350 words and consists of Introduction (i.e., the context and purpose of the study), Methods (i.e., the main methods and experimental design), Results (i.e., the main findings) and Conclusion (i.e., brief summary and potential implications). Please minimize the use of abbreviations and do not cite any reference in the abstract. The Abstract is written in one paragraph with font size of 11, 1 space spacing and left and right alignment.
Three to seven keywords represent the main content of the article. Keywords are written in font size 11 and in bold letters with 1 space. First letter in first keyword is written in capital letter, while the following keywords are lowercase.
The Introduction section should be written in a way that is understandable to other researchers without specialist knowledge in that area and must clearly state - and, if helpful, illustrate - the background to the research and its aims. The section should end with a brief statement of what is being reported in the article. Standard symbols and abbreviations may be used in the text, but full term should be given at the first mentioned. Units of measurements should be spelled out except when preceded by a numeral. If no-metric measurement units are used, the metric equivalent should be mentioned. Introduction is written in font size of 12.
The methods section should include a clear description of the design of the study, including population and sampling, and the type of analysis used, to enable replication.
Methods are written in font size of 12.
Results and Discussion
The Results and Discussion should be incorporated into a single section. Each result must be followed by its discussion. This section may be broken into subsections with short, informative headings. The contents of the results and discussion can be in the form of literature reviews, interview data, tables, pictures, and graphics. Results and Discussion are written in font size of 12.
Conclusion and Recommendation
The Conclusion dan Recommendation section should clearly state the main conclusions of the research and explain their importance and relevance. Summary illustrations may be included. Conclusion and Recommendation are written in font size of 12.
Acknowledgements must be given to anyone who substantially contributed to the conception, design, and data acquisition analysis and interpretation related to the research, or who was involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content, but who does not meet the criteria for authorship. Please also include the source(s) of funding for each author, and for the manuscript preparation. Authors must describe the role of the funding body, if any, in design, in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; and in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. Please also acknowledge anyone who contributed materials essential for the study. If a language editor has made a significant revision of the manuscript, proper acknowledgement is also recommended.
Authors should obtain permission to acknowledge from all those to be mentioned in the Acknowledgements section.
References cited in the text and on the list should be presented according to the American Psycological Association (APA) Style 6th Edition. The list of References should be given at the end of the paper.
Examples of SEA-CECCEP reference style
Books and Book Chapter
Single author :
Andreasen, N. C. (2001). Brave new brain: Conquering mental illness in the era of the genome. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
Two authors :
Copstead, L., & Banasik, J. (2005). Pathophysiology (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders.
Three to five authors :
Schneider, Z., Whitehead, D., & Elliott, D. (2007). Nursing and midwifery research: Methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice (3rd ed.). Marrickville, Australia: Elsevier Australia.
Note: Within each entry, author names should be listed in the order in which they appear on the source or as displayed on the title page.
Six or more authors :
All authors should be given when there are 6 or 7 authors. If a source has 8 or more authors, place three ellipsis points between the sixth and final author names to indicate that some names have been omitted e.g. Jones, P., ... Adams, N (2009).
Example for 8 or more authors:
Gilbert, D. G., McClernon, J. F., Rabinovich, N. E., Sugai, C., Plath, L. C., Asgaard, G., ...Botros, N. (2004). Effects of quitting smoking on EEG activation and attention last for more than 31 days and are more severe with stress, dependence, DRD2 A1 allele, and depressive traits. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 249-267. doi:10.1080/14622200410001676305
Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary (10th ed.). (1993). Springfield, MA: Merriam Webster.
Chapter, article or Section in A book:
For a section in a book that is entirely by one author(s):
Knowles, M. S. (1986). Using learning contracts (pp. 73-90). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Chapter, article or Section in An Edit book:
Ferres, K. (2001). Idiot box: Television, urban myths and ethical scenarios. In I. Craven (Ed.), Australian cinema in the 1990s (pp. 175-188). London, England: Frank Cass.
E-book available via database/publisher :
Storey, K. B. (2004). Functional metabolism: Regulation and adaptation. Retrieved from http://www.netlibrary.com
Journal article (print version)
Woolley, T., & Raasch, B. (2005). Predictors of sunburn in north Queensland recreational boat users. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 16(1), 26-31.
Journal article (full text from electronic database)
Journal with DOI:
van Heugten, K. (2013). Resilience as an underexplored outcome of workplace bullying. Qualitative Health Research, 23(3), 291-301. doi: 10.1177/1049732312468251
Journal with no DOI and restricted access
Wheeler, D.P., & Bragin, M. (2007). Bringing it all back home: Social work and the challenge of returning veterans. Health and Social Work, 32, 297-300. Retrieved from http://www.naswpressonline.org
Newspaper article (available in print)
Berkovic, N. (2009, March 31). Handouts may not be sent: Tax office seeks quick resolution of High Court challenge. The Australian, p. 5.
Newspaper article (from electronic database)
Wentworth, W. C. (1984, January 24). Why we need a permanent base on the moon. The Sydney Morning Herald, p. 11. Retrieved from http://archives.smh.com.au/index.php
Article (from internet, not available in print version)
Cooper, D. (2009, March 31). Native ant may stop toad in its tracks. ABC Science. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/ 2009/03/31/2530686.htm?site=science&topic=latest
Proceeding od Meetings and Symposium, Conference Papers
Muelbauer, J. (2007, September). Housing, credit, and consumer expenditure. In S. C. Ludvigson (Chair), Housing and consumer behaviour. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Jackson Hole, WY.
Government report (online)
Department of Health and Ageing. (2008). Ageing and aged care in Australia (Publication No. P3-4147). Retrieved from http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/BFE46F21A3241ECBCA2574BE001A6E06/$File/Ageing_and_Aged_Care.pdf
Fayadh, K. H. (2015). The legal regulation of assisted reproductive technology in Iraq: Lessons from the Australian approach (PhD thesis). Retrieved from
Preparing Illustrations and Figures
Table titles are written above the table, while image titles (graphics, charts, sketches, photos) are written below the figure with a font size of 11, not bold. The first letter in the table title and figure title is written in capital letters, except for hyphens and names of places, persons and institutions. The title is written "continuing" in accordance with the order of the tables and figures.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures or tables that have previously been published elsewhere.
Proofs will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author who is expected to proofread the article carefully. The corrected proof should be received by the administration within three working days.