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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 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.

Author Guidelines

Article Submission Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are requested to check the following:

  1. The article should be in Microsoft Word document file format.
  2. Article should contain complete details of corresponding author, E-mail and Full postal address
  3. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; Times New Roman; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  4. Cover Letter stating the work belongs to corresponding author and other co-authors.

Article Preparation Guidelines

The article must be prepared using single spacing, 12 point font, Times New Roman. All manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, for example, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions, Artwork and Tables with Captions.

1. Cover Letter
All submissions must include a cover letter in a separate word/pdf file that includes:
a) Declaration from the corresponding author on the behalf of all co-author(s).
b) An explanation of suitability of the article in this journal in the view of journal’s aims and scope.

2. Article Structure
The article structure may vary with the type of article. You may please refer to section 1.

Paper Title: Concise and informative using bold, 14 points, Times New Roman font. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author's Complete Details: Kindly Provide complete details for each author including Email ID.

Abstract: The Article should contain an abstract. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free and should not exceed 200 words.

Keywords: Authors are requested to provide 3-7 keywords related to the work. These keywords will be used for indexing purpose.

Introduction: This section should state the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Materials and Methods: This part should contain explanations to reproduce reported data. It can be divided into subsections if several methods are described. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.

Results and Discussion: This section should explore the significance of the results of the work. All the results should be provided along with appropriate discussion.

Conclusions: This section should clearly explain the main conclusions of the work, highlighting its importance and relevance.

Acknowledgments: All acknowledgments should be included in a separate section before the references and may include list of peoples who contributed to the work in the manuscript but not listed in the author list, supporting grants. The name of funding agencies should be provided if the funding is available for the research.

Citations, Formatting and Referencing : Please follow American Psychological Associal (APA) manual (6th ediion) guidelines for formatting, language editing, presentation, in text citations, and refrencing format. Manuscript should be in single column. Authors' identification and paper title should be shown in the first page. The next page should begin with the abstract followed by the full text. All in-text citations and referencing must follow APA style.

 Other general rules for the Format of the article

 All tables and graphs have to have consecutive numbering in Arabic numerals and titles. All tables and graphs should be placed in the text of the article. Their title should be Times New Roman, 11 pt.  The text in tables should be Times New Roman, 9 pt. In case of using decimal places, use decimal points, not commas!

Tables and graphs should be centered.

 Format paper: A4, width: 8.27" (21.0 cm), height: 11.69"(29.7 cm), margins top, left, bottom, right: 1.00". The paper is single-spaced throughout the whole text. Pages are not numbered. The Times New Roman is used throughout the whole article.

Title (Times New Roman, 14 pt, Allcaps, bold)

 Name and surname of the author/s (12pt)

Affiliation, Country (12 pt, Italic)

 Abstract (10 pt, Bold)

Text of the abstract (up to 200 words), Times New Roman 10 pt, flush on both left and rights margins with both margins even (one paragraph, no indentation).

 Key words: 3-7 key words separated by commas, Times New Roman 10 pt.

 Heading 1 (example: Introduction)

centred, All caps, Times New Roman 12 pt, BOLD

1 empty line (11pt)

            text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text.

             The body of the article should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt, regular, single-spaced throughout, for an emphasis you should use text (bold, italic) or text (just italic). Justify the whole text both to the left and right leaving both margins even. At the end of a paragraph use “enter”. Space before/after every paragraph is 0 pt. Every paragraph has an indentation of 10 spaces.

 Heading 2 (example: LITERATURE REVIEW)

centred, All caps, Times New Roman 12 pt, BOLD, Italic

             Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text.

 Heading 3: (example: METHODOLOGY)

Heading 4 (example: sample background)

centred, All caps, Times New Roman 12 pt, Italic

             Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text.

 References (12 pt)

References should appear in alphabetical order according to the surnames of the first authors and not numbered. For the format of the References – please follow APA (6th edition). For the text of the references use Times New Roman, 11 pt.

  A QUICK GUIDE TO THE APA REFERENCING STYLE (6TH EDITION)

 The American Psychological Association reference style uses the Author-Date format.

  • Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) for more information.
  • When quoting directly or indirectly from a source, the source must be acknowledged in the text by author name and year of publication.

  IN-TEXT

 To cite information directly or indirectly, there are two ways to acknowledge citations:

1) Make it a part of a sentence or 2) put it in parentheses at the end of the sentence.

 Direct quotation – use quotation marks around the quote and include page numbers

1) Cohen and Lotan (2014) argue that "many different kinds of abilities are essential for any profession" (p.151).

2) “Many different kinds of abilities are essential for any profession" (Cohen & Lotan, 2014, p.151).

 N.B. See APA webpage for a quotation of 40 or more words.

 Indirect quotation/paraphrasing/summarising – no quotation marks

1) Professional knowledge alone does not make someone a very capable professional (Cohen & Lotan, 2014).

2) According to Cohen and Lotan (2014), professional knowledge alone does not make someone a very capable professional.

 N.B. Page numbers are optional when paraphrasing, although it is useful to include them (Publication Manual, p. 171).

 Citations from a secondary source

1) Gould’s (1981) research “raises fundamental doubts as to whether we can continue to think of intelligence as unidimensional” (as cited in Cohen & Lotan, 2014, pp. 151-152).

2) Intelligence cannot be believed to consist of one single entity any more (Gould, 1981, as cited in Cohen & Lotan, 2014).

 N.B. To cite a source you found in another source, you must acknowledge all the authors.

·       The author(s) of the source referred to i.e. Gould, 1981

·       The author(s) of the work which contains the original source i.e. Cohen & Lotan, 2014

 In the reference list, only the book by Cohen & Lotan should be acknowledged. Do not list Gould.

  EXAMPLES OF REFERENCES BY TYPE  

 

In a reference list

In-text citation

1. Book with one author

 King, M. (2000). Wrestling with the angel: A life of Janet Frame. Auckland, New Zealand: Viking.

N.B. The first letter of the first word of the main title, subtitle and all proper nouns have capital letters.

(King, 2000) or

King (2000) compares Frame ...

 2. Book with two authors

Dancey, C. P., & Reidy, J. (2004). Statistics without maths for psychology: Using SPSS for Windows (3rd ed.). Harlow, England: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

N.B. Before “&” between authors, do not forget to put a comma.

(Dancey & Reidy, 2004) or

Dancey and Reidy (2004) said…

When paraphrasing in text, use and, not &.

 3. Book with three to five authors (see APA referencing webpage for six or more authors)

Krause, K.-L., Bochner, S., & Duchesne, S. (2006). Educational psychology for learning and teaching (2nd ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.

N.B. Use & between authors’ names, except when paraphrasing in text. When a work has three, four or five authors, cite all authors the first time, and in subsequent citations include only the first author followed by et al.

(Krause, Bochner, & Duchesne, 2006)

then

(Krause et al., 2006)

4. Book or report by a corporate author e.g. organisation, association, government department

 

International Labour Organization. (2007). Equality at work: Tackling the challenges (International Labour Conference report). Geneva, Switzerland: Author.

N.B. When the author and the publisher are the same, use Author in the publisher field. In text, some group authors may be abbreviated in subsequent citations if they are readily recognizable

(International Labour Organization, 2007) or

(International Labour Organization [ILO], 2007), then

(ILO, 2007)

 

 5. Book chapter in edited book

 

Kestly, T. (2010). Group sandplay in elementary schools. In A. A. Drewes, & C. E. Shaefer (Eds.), School-based play therapy (2nd ed., pp. 257-282). Hoboken, NJ: John Wileys & Sons.

N.B. Include the page numbers of the chapter after the book title.

(Kestly, 2010) or

Kestly (2010) compares educational settings of ...

 

 6. Conference paper online – (see APA referencing webpage for alternative formats)

 

Bochner, S. (1996, November). Mentoring in higher education: Issues to be addressed in developing a mentoring program. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Singapore. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/96pap/bochs96018.txt

(Bochner, 1996) or

Bochner (1996) illustrates that...

 

 

 

7. Journal article (academic/scholarly) with DOI

 

Germann, F., Ebbes, P., & Grewal, R. (2015). The chief marketing officer matters! Journal of Marketing, 79(3), 1-22. http://dx.doi.org/10.1509/jm.14.0244

N.B. DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a unique code assigned to a scholarly/academic publication. The DOI’s code links to the article online.

(Germann, Ebbes & Grewal, 2015)

then subsequently Germann el al (2015) if 3-5 authors

(Germann et al., 2015)

 

 8. Journal article with no DOI

Germann, F., Ebbes, P., & Grewal, R. (2015). The chief marketing officer matters! Journal of Marketing, 79(3), 1-22.

N.B. A capital letter is used for key words in the journal title. The journal title and volume number are italicised, followed by the issue number in brackets (not italicised).

Online journal articles with no DOI no longer require a retrieval statement (i.e. Retrieved from… database).  

Germann, Ebbes and Grewal (2015) claim that “there have been …” (p. 19).

then subsequently, if 3-5 authors

Germann et al. (2015) argue that…

 

9. Magazine/Newspaper article – popular/trade/general interest

 

Goodwin, D. K. (2002, February 4). How I caused that story. Time, 159(5), 69.

N.B. Full date is used if published weekly; month and year if monthly.  

(Goodwin, 2002) or

Goodwin (2002) defends ...

 

10. Magazine/Newspaper article with no author

 

Report casts shadow on biofuel crops. (2007, October 16). Waikato Times, p. 21.

N.B. Article title comes first. In the text, abbreviate title and use double quotation marks. Include p. or pp. before the page number for newspapers, not magazines.

(“Report Casts Shadow,” 2007)

 

 11. Personal Communication (letters, telephone conversations, emails, interviews, private social networking)

 

N.B. No reference list entry as the information is not recoverable.

(J. Bär, personal communication, March 19, 2004)

 

 12. Thesis Institutional or personal webpage - outside the US

 

Liu, G. (2014). Improving corporate Internet reporting in China (Doctoral thesis, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://researchcommons.waikato.ac.nz/handle/10289/2241

(Liu, 2014) or

Liu (2014) identified ...

 

 13. Webpage

 

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. (n.d.). Agribusiness. Retrieved from https://www.nzte.govt.nz/en/export/market-research/agribusiness/

N.B. (n.d.) = no date. The basic format is: (1) Author (could be organisation), (2) Date (either date of publication or latest update), (3) Title, (4) URL.

(New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, n.d., para. 1)

For direct quote, cite the paragraph number

 

         

 Other general rules for the Format of the article

 All tables and graphs have to have consecutive numbering in Arabic numerals and titles. All tables and graphs should be placed in the text of the article. Their title should be Times New Roman, 11 pt.  The text in tables should be Times New Roman, 9 pt. In case of using decimal places, use only two decimal points, and do not use commas.

Tables and graphs should be centered. 

Format paper: A4, width: 8.27" (21.0 cm), height: 11.69"(29.7 cm), margins top, left, bottom, right: 1.00". The paper is single-spaced throughout the whole text. Pages are not numbered. The Times New Roman is used throughout the whole article. 

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