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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.
  • Where appropriate, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Use footnotes rather than endnotes (if applicable.) Footnotes should be used sparingly and only when a brief explanation within the text is not possible or appropriate.

Author Guidelines

  • Original research papers should be approximately 6,000 to 8,000 words in length. Please e-mail the journal editor if you would like to propose a different length (shorter or longer) or a different format (e.g., inclusion of multiple images.)  
  • Contact the editor for guidelines for other types of submissions (e.g., book reviews).
  • Submissions should include:
    • a title page with author contact information: name, title (optional), affiliation, contact e-mail address
    • an unstructured abstract (200 words or less)
    • three to five key words
    • a brief bio for all authors (3 to 5 sentences).
  • Any funding or other acknowledgements should appear after the reference list. 
  • Either MLA or APA citation guidelines should be used throughout. 
  • Please be consistent with spelling format (American or British).
  • Use inclusive, respectful language throughout.
  • If possible, please provide reviewer recommendations (1 or 2). 
  • You do not need to remove self-references in the paper text or citations list. Author(s) names will be removed from the title sheet prior to being sent for peer review. 
  • If applicable, use footnotes not endnotes. Please use footnotes sparingly (no more than 2 per page).
  • Tables should may be submitted in Microsoft Word or as a high resolution png or jpg file.
  • Any photos or images should be submitted as a high resolution png (preferred) or jpg file. 

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