Paper Submission Guide
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the authorities responsible where the work was carried out. Copyrights for articles are retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. Authors have rights to reuse, reprint, archive, and distribute their own articles after publication. The journal/publisher is not responsible for subsequent usage of the work. All submissions will be checked by iThenticate, PlagScan and Grammarly before being sent to reviewers. Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word or LaTeX format and submitted online. The editors reserve the rights to edit or otherwise alter all contributions, but authors will receive proofs for approval before publication. If you have any questions, please contact the editor of the journal, Dr. Dickson Adom: firstname.lastname@example.org (Click here to download paper template)
Are you aware of our policies and the journal’s requirements? Kindly ensure that you read the following before submitting your work for consideration for publishing:
- Aims and Scope of the journal
- License and Permission
- Open Access Policy
- Publication Ethics
- Data and Reproducibility
- Allegations of Research Misconduct Policy
- Complaints and Appeals
- Copyright Policy
- Peer review policy
- Article Publishing Charges
Paper Selection and Publication Process
- a) Upon receipt of a submission, the editor sends an e-mail of confirmation to the submission’s author within one to three working days. If you fail to receive this confirmation, your submission e-mail may have been missed.
- b) Peer review. We use a double-blind system for peer review; both reviewers’ and authors’ identities remain anonymous. The paper will be reviewed by at least two experts: one editorial staff member and at least one external reviewer. The review process may take 12 to 16 weeks.
- c) Notification of the result of review by e-mail.
- d) If the submission is accepted, the authors revise accordingly and pay the publication fee.
- e) After publication, the corresponding author will receive one copy of the journal free of charge. If more copies are desired, please contact the editor before making an order.
- f) A PDF version of the journal is available for download on the journal’s webpage free of charge.
- General Requirements
Please write your text in proper English; American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of both.
1.2 Length of Paper
Papers between 5,000 and 7,000 words are preferred.
- Title Page
To ensure the integrity of the peer review process, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other.
When you upload a submission file, author identities should be removed from it. You should upload the title page as a supplementary file for the editor to review.
Be concise and informative. The title is often used in information-retrieval systems and should be no more than 21 words in length and not contain abbreviations or words that serve no purpose. If you choose to have a subtitle, it should be italicized and centered directly below the main title.
2.2 Authors’ Names and Affiliations
The preferred form of an author’s name is first name, middle initial(s), and last name; this form reduces the likelihood of mistaken identity. To assist researchers as well as librarians, use the same form for publication throughout your career; that is, do not use initials on one manuscript and your full name on a later one. Determining whether Juanita A. Smith is the same person as J. A. Smith, J. Smith, or A. Smith can be difficult, particularly when citations span several years and institutional affiliations. Omit all titles (e.g., Dr., Professor) and degrees (e.g., PhD, PsyD, EdD).
The authors’ affiliation identifies the location of the author(s) at the time the research was conducted, which is usually an institution. Include a dual affiliation only if two institutions contributed substantial support to the study. Include no more than two affiliations per author. If an author has no institutional affiliation, list the city and state of his/her residence. The names of the authors should appear in the order of their contributions, centered between the side margins. For names with suffixes (e,g., Jr. and II), separate the suffix from the rest of the name with a space instead of a comma. Only provide a complete mailing address of the corresponding author for correspondence.
Anne Smith1, Mary A. Meade1,2, David Wolf II1 & Charles Rockefeller Jr.2
1 School of Management, Northern Canada University, Toronto, Canada
2 School of Economics, Peking University, Beijing, China
Correspondence: David Wolf II, School of Management, Northern Canada University, Toronto, Ontario, M3A 2K7, Canada. Tel: 1-613-947-3592. E-mail: email@example.com
- Preparation of Text
Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:
Title; abstract; keywords (indexing terms, normally three-to-six items); introduction; material studied, area descriptions, methods and/or techniques; results; discussion; conclusion; acknowledgments; references.
3.1 General Rules for Text
Please use the following rules for the entire text, including abstract, keywords, headings, and references.
Font: Times New Roman; Size: 10 pt.
Paragraph Spacing: Above paragraph — 0 pt.; below paragraph — 4 pt.
Line Spacing: fixed, 12 pt.
Heading 1: Times New Roman; 10 pt.; Bold; for example, 1. First-level Heading
Heading 2: Times New Roman; 10 pt.; Italic; for example, 1.1 Second-level Heading
Heading 3: Times New Roman; 10 pt.; for example, 1.1.1 Third-level Heading
A concise and factual abstract is required. It should be between 200 and 250 words. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results, and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. References should therefore be avoided, but, if essential, they must be cited in full in the abstract without relying on the reference list.
Immediately after the abstract, provide 5-7 keywords in alphabetical order, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (e.g., “and,” “of”). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. Listing your keywords will help researchers find your work in databases.
3.4 Subdivision of the Article
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections (e.g., 1., 2., 3., etc.). Subsections should be numbered 1.1, 1.2, etc., and sub-subsections should be numbered 1.1.1, 1.1.2, etc. Note that the abstract is not included in section numbering. Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to “the text.” Any subsection, ideally, should not be more than 600 words. Authors are urged to write as concisely as possible but not at the expense of clarity.
The text size of equations should be similar to normal text size. The formula should be placed center justified with serial number on the right. For example:
Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place a table’s caption above the table’s body and its description below the body. Avoid vertical rules. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.
Table 1. Estimated Distance (cm) for Letter and Digit Stimuli
Note. CI=confidence; LL=lower limit, UL=upper limit.
You may resize the tables to fit the page size.
3.7 Figures and Schemes
Number figures consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place a figure’s caption and description below the figure body. A minimum resolution of 300 DPI is required. You may resize the figures or schemes to fit the page size.
Figure 1. Figure Title
Note. Avoid abbreviating the titles of tables, figures, and equations (i.e., Tab. 1, Fig. 2, Eq. 3) in the caption or in running text. Do not write “the table above/below” or “the figure on page 32,” because the position and page number of a table or figure cannot be determined until the pages are typeset.
Cite the work of those individuals whose ideas, theories, or research have directly influenced your work. They may provide key background information, support or dispute your thesis, or offer critical definitions and data. Citation of an article implies that you have personally read the cited work. In addition to crediting the ideas of others that you used to build your thesis, provide documentation for all facts and figures that are not considered common knowledge.
4.1 Citations in the Text
Each reference cited in the text must appear in the reference list, and each entry in the reference list must be cited in the text. However, two kinds of material are cited only in the text: references to classical works such as the Bible and the Qur’an, whose sections are standardized across editions, and references to personal communication. References in a meta-analysis are not cited in-text unless they are also mentioned in the text.
When formatting an in-text citation, give, in parentheses, the last name of the author of the cited work and the year it was published. For unpublished or informally published works, give the year the work was produced. Write “in press” in parentheses for articles that have been accepted for publication but that have not yet been published. Do not give a date until the article has actually been published.
In all other instances, citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association.
- A Work by Two Authors
Name both authors in the signal phrase or in the parentheses each time you cite the work. Use the word “and” between the authors’ names within the text; use the ampersand in the parentheses.
Research by Wegener and Petty (1994) supports...
(Wegener & Petty, 1994)
- A Work by Three to Five Authors
List all the authors in the signal phrase or in parentheses the first time you cite the source.
(Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, & Harlow, 1993)
In subsequent citations, only use the first author’s last name followed by “et al.” in the signal phrase or in parentheses.
(Kernis et al., 1993)
- Six or More Authors
Use the first author’s last name followed by et al. in the signal phrase or in parentheses.
Harris et al. (2001) argued...
(Harris et al., 2001)
- Authors with the Same Last Name
To prevent confusion, use first initials when citing two or more authors with the same last name.
(E. Johnson, 2001; L. Johnson, 1998)
- Unknown Author
If the work does not have an author, cite the source by its title in the signal phrase or use the first word or two in the parentheses. Titles of books and reports are italicized; titles of articles, chapters, and Web pages are put in quotation marks.
A similar study was done of students learning to format research papers.
Note: In the rare case that “Anonymous” is used for the author, treat it as the author’s name in parentheses and the reference page.
- Organization as an Author
If the author is an organization or a government agency, mention the organization in the signal phrase or in the parenthetical citation the first time you cite the source.
According to the American Psychological Association (2000), ...
If the organization has a well-known abbreviation, include the abbreviation in brackets behind the full name of the organization the first time the source is cited and then use only the abbreviation in later citations.
First citation: (Mothers Against Drunk Driving [MADD], 2000)
Second citation: (MADD, 2000)
4.2 Citing and Listing of Web References
As a minimum, the full URL should be given. Any further information (author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), if known, should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or they can be included in the reference list.
4.3 Reference List
Please find the below information for basic rules in a reference list.
- Each entry in your reference list should be defined by a hanging indent of two characters.
- Authors’ names are inverted (last name first); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work if it has three to seven authors. If the work has more than seven authors, list the first six authors and then use ellipses after the sixth author’s name. After the ellipses, list the last author’s name of the work. Use “&” instead of “and” when listing multiple authors of a single work.
- Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
- If you have more than one article by the same author, single-author references or multiple-author references with the exact same authors in the exact same order are listed in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.
- Capitalize all major words in journal titles.
- When referring to any work that is not a journal, such as a book, article, or Web page, capitalize only the first letter of the first word of a title and subtitle, the first word after a colon or a dash in the title, and proper nouns. Do not capitalize the first letter of the second word in a hyphenated compound word.
Submission Preparation Checklist
All submissions must meet the following requirements.
- 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, or RTF document file format.
- 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.
- Where available, DOIs and URLs for the references have been provided.
- I declare that I am not from Iraq nor Pakistan.
- Ability to pay the publication fee of USD1,410 upon acceptance, to support open Access Publishing and the overal quality of the work.
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