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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-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 is 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.

Prior to submission, prospective authors are required to contact their academic supervisor who is the Managing Editor for their journals. Your academic supervisor will advise you whether your proposed article suits the scope of topics of the journal.

Published papers will be PDF manuscripts with links to author-supplied supporting data including the authors’ name and a two-sentence summary that will accompany each published paper on the journal’s contents page.

1. Standards for Papers
All manuscripts need to be consistent with the scope of the journal and will need to be high-quality, original scholarly contributions that have not been submitted or published elsewhere. In this context, "scholarly contributions" would generally include:

  • An accurate descriptive review of a topic relevant to subject themes
  • Sufficient research to be well informed on the topic
  • Use the specialised theoretical language of the literature
  • References to important relevant publications and past work
  • An original contribution of new knowledge to the body of science.

Papers should be well reasoned with a clear differentiation between facts, speculation, original contribution and conclusions that are supported by the presented evidence. This includes references to other published work that are sufficiently detailed to enable verification.

The structure of papers should have a systematic coherence with a clear focus and logical organisation. Important points should stand out clearly and have an explanation to their significance to the nominated topic of the paper. An assessment rubric for peer-review may be provided by your academic supervisor.

2. How To Submit A Draft Paper for Peer Review
You submit your paper for review at the time nominated by your academic supervisor and, if required, re-submit it before the nominated time for re-submission.

3. Publication Workflow 
The publication workflow for a typical paper is outlined in the table below. The publication process has been made as streamlined as possible. Submission and return of reviews takes place as instructed in the schedule provided by your academic supervisor. Papers missing the final submission date of a scheduled journal issue will not be published.

4. Author Template
All papers will be refereed. A journal paper template is available from this site. It is your responsibility to ensure that this document can be opened by Microsoft Word that runs in either Windows or MacOS or Open Office. 

5. Formatting template for PDFs
An author template with the style guide for the final version of your full paper is available online.