Manuscript Preparation

  1. Language

    The language used for writing manuscripts should be either English or Japanese, but other languages may be accepted as necessary.

  2. Type of manuscript and character limit

    We consider character count instead of word count for submission. Table 1 shows the type of manuscript, its contents, and the character limit. The character limit includes spaces, charts, footnotes, and cited references.

    Table - 1 Type of manuscript and character limit
    TypeContentsNumber of English characters *
    (Number of Japanese characters)
    a) Research articlesFully documented reports of original work of empirical or theoretical research. The article should include clear research objectives, methods, findings, discussion of the findings and potential implications.50,000
    b) Review articlesEvaluation or analysis of information collected from relevant literature on the specified topic, discussion of issues, and the author's original ideas and viewpoints.50,000
    c) Practice reportsReports of innovative trials, pilots and field experiences. The implications for wider practice, for scaling-up, or for changes to policy should be drawn out.50,000
    d) Progress reportsSummarizing the preliminary findings and likely future direction of the research in progress.30,000
    e) Books or media reviewsCritiques or introduction of books and other content.15,000
    f) Academic trend reportsAnalysis of trends and perspectives in a specific research field, etc.15,000
    *Character number includes text, charts, footnotes, and cited references. The maximum number of cited documents is 50. However, this does not apply to review reports.

  3. Configuration

    The manuscript is prepared in the following order, with consecutive page number in the lower center from the cover page through to the references and consecutive line numbering on the left. Use the MS-Word function to insert page number and line number.

    First page (cover page)
    • Specify type of manuscript: a) Research article, b) Review article, c) Practical report, d) Progress report, e) Book or media review, or f) Academic trend report.
    • Title: Make the title concise and reflective of the content. List both Japanese and English titles. However, if the text is in another language, please provide the title in the text language as well as the Japanese and English titles.
    • Author name: For an MS-Word file submitted electronically, the names, affiliations, and positions of all the authors must be described in Japanese and English. Do not include the author names, affiliations, positions, or acknowledgment in the PDF file, or in the hard copy submitted separately.
    • Abstract: Submit the abstract in both Japanese and English not exceeding 250 characters in Japanese and 625 characters in English. An English abstract should be reviewed by an English-language proofreader or by an expert in the field who is a native speaker of English.
    • Keywords: List 3 to 5, both in English and Japanese.

    From the second page onward (text)
    • Avoid phrases that provide any indication of the identity of the author.
    • Main text format
      1 Introduction (foreword): Describe the background and purpose of the study.
      2 Method: Describe the participants of the study and the procedure in detail.
      3 Results: Describe the results of the study including relevant figures and tables if necessary.
      4 Discussion: Interpret the results referencing past literature where appropriate.
      5 Conclusion (closing): Summarize the findings that have been derived from the research.
      * Format each section as 3.1, 3.2 and the subsections as 3.1.1, 3.1.2, for example.
      * This "main text format" is one example of a research paper, and this format is not binding in other types of manuscripts.
    • Keep acknowledgments to the minimum.
    • Authors are required to disclose in the submitted manuscript potential conflicts of interest such as the presence of research funding or financial and personal relationships that may bias the research. If there are no potential conflicts of interest, state that fact. (Example: There are conflicts of interest related to this study.)
    • Insert footnotes in accordance with the guidance provided in section 6 below.
    • Citing and referencing styles are shown in section 7.

    In addition to the manuscripts, complete the separate form "KEIO SFC JOURNAL submission Form".

  4. Characters used / Font

    English font: Century 12pt or Times New Roman 12pt.
    Use “,” and “.” for papers written in foreign languages with many mathematical symbols.

  5. Figures and Tables

    For figures, indicate the figure number and title below the figure. For tables, indicate the table number and title above the table.
         Example: “Fig. 1 oooo” “Table 1 oooo”
    When citing or extracting charts from other literature, be sure to clearly indicate the source.
         Description example: "extract from Watanabe (2002) p. 76 Figure 8"

    (We will request the author to submit the following information once your manuscript is accepted.)
    1. Photo (graphics):
      If you shoot with a digital camera, submit the original photo with a resolution of 350 dpi or higher in a standard image format (JPEG) file. If it was taken with an analog camera, submit the developed photo.
    2. Line drawing (graphics):
      Prepare the file converted directly from the original CG software (AI, PPT, etc.) into a line drawing as EPS file.
    3. Table: Submit the original file used to create the table (e.g., Excel), not a scanned image.

  6. Footnote

    When using superscripts in text, assign a number series 1), 2), 3), etc., and describe them at the end of the text.

  7. Citation

    7-1. How to cite a document in the text
    In case of direct quotation, accurately copy the phrase including punctuation marks.
         Example: Sato (2001) says "It is... ···" (Sato 2001, p.25).
    To quote more than one reference by the same author from the same year, add a letter from the alphabet to the issue year.
         Example: According to Fujisawa (2010b)...
    If you quote from a foreign language paper, use an alphabetical citation.
         Example: If one author, Fukuzawa, 2004
         Example: If two authors, Fukuzawa and Fujisawa, 2018
         Example: If three or more authors, Fukuzawa et al., 2018

    7-2. How to write the citation list at the end of the paper
    Japanese literature is cited by the author's surname in Japanese alphabetical order, and foreign literature by the author's surname in alphabetical order. Examples are provided below. The description of co-authors is optional up to a maximum of five people, and if there are six or more co-authors, use "others," "et al.," etc.

    1) Journal article
    In a manuscript written in English or another foreign language, citations should be provided in the order of the author's surname followed by his or her initial, publication year in brackets, article title in quotation marks, journal name in Italic, volume number and issue number in brackets, and the number of pages to be posted.
    1. Japanese article
      Akiyama, M., and Takebayashi, T (2013). "Present situation of general practitioners' home medical care practice and challenges in regional medical care cooperation network for efficient homecare support ", Iryo TO Syakai 23 (1), pp.3-11 (in Japanese).
    2. foreign-language article
      Kuroda, H., Inui, M., Sugimoto, K., Hayata, T., and Asashima, M. (2002) “Axial protocadherin is a mediator of prenotochord cell sorting in Xenopus”, Developmental Biology. 244(2), pp.267-77.

    2) Book and Book Chapter
    1. Japanese book
      Shimizu, Y. (2013). Bureaucrats in modern Japan - from the refreshing bureaucrats to the educational elite, Tokyo: Chuokoron-Shinsha Inc. (in Japanese).
      Yamamoto, T., Shimizu, Y., Deguchi, Y (Eds.) (2016). Japan viewed from Constitutional Case, Tokyo: Nihon Hyoronsha. (in Japanese).
    2. Japanese book chapter
      Nakazawa, H. (2016). "Philosophy of platform design". In Murai, J (Ed.) Health information platform for value creation, Tokyo: Keio University Press. pp. 65-94. (in Japanese).
    3. foreign-language book chapter
      O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). “Men's and women's gender role journeys: Metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation”. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle New York: Springer. pp. 107-123.
    4. In case of translation
      Adorno, T.W. (1966). Negative Dialektik. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp. English edition: Adorno, T.W. (1973). Negative Dialectics (trans: Ashton, E.B.). London: Routledge.

    3) Quotation from a website
    For quotation from a website, indicate the URL where the citation content can be found, and list the date of access in parenthesis. If you have the same cited document in both a book and a website, cite the book reference.
    1. When the publication year of cited document is known
      Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (2008). "About notification status of major facility standards" (accessed on February 20, 2009)
    2. When the publication year is unknown
      Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare "Health Japan 21 (Secondary)"
      kenkounippon21/kenkounippon21 (accessed on December 1, 2017)
      NB: To quote more than one paper published in the same year by the same author, put an alphabet character after the issue year.
         Example: (2004a) (2004b) (2004c)

Submission Form

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