Manuscript Style And Format

File format
Manuscript files must be in the following formats: DOC or DOCX.

Manuscripts should adhere to the author guidelines of the journal. See restrictions on word count, number of figures, or amount of supporting information.

Use Times New Roman with a font size of 12.

Layout and spacing
Manuscript text should have a 1.5 line spacing.

Special characters
Do not use the font named ‘Symbol’. To add symbols to the manuscript, use the Insert Symbol function in your word processor or paste in the appropriate Unicode character.

Ensure that formatting for headings is consistent in the manuscript. Limit manuscript sections and sub-sections to four heading levels. To avoid confusion during production process, ensure that the different heading levels used in your work are visually distinct from one another. The simplest way to achieve this is to use different font sizes and/or a combination of bold/italics for different heading levels.

List at least five keywords that represent the content of your manuscript and are specific to your field or sub-field. Test your keywords: when you enter your keywords into the various journal and academic databases like Google Scholar, do the results include papers similar to your topic? If not, revise the terms until they do.

Page and line numbers
Include page numbers and line numbers in the manuscript file. Use continuous line numbers (do not restart the numbering on each page).

Define abbreviations upon first appearance in the text. Do not use non-standard abbreviations unless they appear at least three times in the text. Keep abbreviations to a minimum.

Illustrations fall into two categories:

  • Figures: Photographs, drawings, diagrams, graphs, flowcharts, maps, etc.
  • Tables and/or Boxes: Text and/or numbers arranged in orderly columns and rows.

Every time a Figure or Table is presented in a manuscript, it should be referred to:

  • In a legend, which includes a number, a title, and its source. The legend is placed below a Figure and above a Table and/or Box.
  • In the body of your written manuscript. You should include an in-text citation and a sentence or two about the image explaining what it illustrates and why it is there.

Authors must adhere to the APA referencing