This checklist is a simple way of ensuring any submission has everything it needs. The latter part illustrates what will happen to your submission once it has been received by the editorial board.
You will need to have submitted:
• Your contact details, including full title, and email address
• Your actual submission – the article itself, including a full APA reference section, and any appendix.
• Your submission will require an abstract of 150-200 words.
• You will also be asked to provide a 150-word biography
On receipt of your submission the editorial board will enter it into the peer-review process. Which is double-blind on principle but some reviewers elect to disclose their identity.
1. Your article will be first anonymised and then sent to the first reviewer who will give marginalia comments and a summary decision of whether to accept it.
2. Your article is then passed back to the editor who then sends it to the second reviewer for the same feedback.
3. After this the editor will send you your article back with the feedback and ask for you to amend in accordance to the reviewers or offer other such feedback
APA Referencing and Style guide should be turned to in all cases except those listed below, which supersede it.
Font – Arial, 12 point
Text – left aligned; 1.5 line spacing; 12pt spacing after paragraph returns for normal body copy; no additional spacing after line ends within quotations – use a ‘soft return’.
Quotations over 40 words only – to be indented within the main body copy
All quotes in Arial, unless a pull-out quote is being used for emphasis – when text should be in italic
Article title – 14 point, centrally justified, bold text, underlined, formal style for capitalisation i.e. caps for keywords (not for little words such as ‘the’, ‘in’, ‘and’ etc)
Formal style of capitalisation – e.g. Summer
Dashes – use long dashes, except where a range of numbers e.g. pages 25-126.
Quote marks – normally single ‘smart’ quotes; use double quotes for ‘quotes within a quote’.
No full stops in for example – pm, UK
Dates – Monday 27th June – note order, and th
Possessive: the use of extra s after s’ – e.g. Jones’. Use extra s unless first s is silent e.g. Jones’s but Rabelais’
Bullet points – introduce with a colon but no dash.
-ise – or –ize, is accepted except for capsize and prize of course.
Use English UK spellings.
All numbers between one and ten written out in full.
Larger numbers to have comma rather than spaces– e.g. 1,000
Order of information
References – at end, rather than in footnotes
Author – after the title – e.g. By Simon Poole
Biographical information and links – insert at the end.
Avoid having footnotes within body copy.