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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF 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

As a guide, articles should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words in length. It must be DOUBLESPACED using 12-point Times New Roman font. A title of not more than fifteen words should be provided. Page one should show full name of all authors, affiliation, email address and full contact details. Authors should not be identified anywhere else in the article. Page two should contain the article title, abstract and the contents.

Authors must provide up to five keywords which encapsulate the principal topics of the article.
Headings must be short, clearly defined and not numbered. The use of Footnotes within the text is discouraged. Figures should be of clear quality, black and white and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Tables: All Tables must be drawn using “insert table” and must be presented “no border” Tables must be numbered consecutively with roman numerals and a brief title and positioned within the text.

References to other publications must be in American Psychological Association (APA) style and authors must carefully check for completeness, accuracy and consistency. All author names and initials and full journal title must be included. You should cite publications in the text the end of the article a reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied.

For books: surname, initials, (year), title of book in italics, publisher, place of publication, e.g. Jibowo A.A. (2000) Essentials of Rural Sociology, Abeokuta, Gbemi Sodipo Press Ltd.

For Journals: Organista, K. C. (2009). New practice model for Latinos in need of social work services. Social Work, 54, 297-305.

For book chapters: Hartley, J. T., Harker J. O., & Walsh, D. A. (1980). Contemporary issues and new directions in adult development of learning and memory. In L. W. Poon (Ed.), Aging in the 1980s: Psychological issues (pp. 239-252). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

For electronic sources: if available online the full URL should be supplied at the end of the reference: e.g. Williams, J. (2008). The victims of crime. Sociology Review, 17(4), 30-32. Retrieved from


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