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Author Guidelines

  1. As a guide, articles should be between 3000 and 8000 words in length.  
  2. The title of the paper should not be more than eight words.  
  3. The title page should contain the title of the paper, the name of the author(s), and the institutional affiliation and e-mail address.  This information should be provided on a separate sheet and author(s) should not be identified anywhere else in the article.  
  4. The author(s) must supply an abstract to include the purpose, design or methodology, findings, limitations/implications, and contribution of the research with a maximum of 250 words. In addition, the paper needs to provide up to six keywords which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper.
  5. Headings must be short, with a clear indication of the distinction between the hierarchy of headings. The headings should be presented in bold. 
  6. Footnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers.  
  7. All Figures (charts, diagrams and line drawings) should be submitted in electronic form and of clear quality, in black and white and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.
  8. Clear and succinct captions for all tables and figures should be supplied. Ensure that any superscripts or asterisks are shown next to the relevant items and have corresponding explanations displayed as footnotes to the tables or figures.  
  9. References to other publications must be in APA style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is one and a half-spaced; uses a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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