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Submission Guidelines

If you are interested in submitting your work, please note the following guidelines:

- Paper to address ethical issues and include evidence that the work has been conducted ethically and responsibly.

- We encourage the use of critical reflexivity and personal experience - Write in your own voice.

- Authors are encouraged to explore critically the relevance to, or implications for, practice in the paper.

- Word count to be no more than 8,000 words, including abstract, tables, references and appendices. (Please discuss with Editor if your work needs to fall outside these parameters).

- Provide details of your affiliations, email address, declaration of funding (if any), and any conflicts of interest. These details will appear with the paper if published. A short biography in the author’s own words should accompany the submission.

- Manuscripts to be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgements; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).

- The author to ensure that the source of all cited and reproduced material is appropriately acknowledged and adheres to the particular referencing requirements outlined in the APA Guidelines (7th edition)


LIRIC Checklist

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


The Process after Submission

On receipt of your submission the editorial board will enter it into the peer-review process which is double-blind in principle, but some reviewers might choose to disclose their identity. Your article will first be anonymised and sent to two reviewers who will make comments and/or suggestions for amendments and give a summary decision of whether to accept it or not. Your article will then be passed back to the editor who will return it to you with the feedback and ask for you to amend in accordance with the reviewers comments, or offer other feedback. Although it might difficult to hear that minor or even major amendments are needed, it is rare that papers would be accepted without suggestions for amendments. Those amendments often greatly enhance the quality of the papers and the learning for the author.

A useful flow chart of this process can be downloaded here.