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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, WordPerfect, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-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.
  1. Length: Generally there is no page limit on manuscripts; however, it is recommended that papers do not exceed thirty pages, including tables, charts, appendices, trees, references, etc. 
  2. Layout
    • Paper: US-Letter (i.e. 8.5 x 11 inches)
    • Margins: Top and bottom 1", Left and margins 1.25" 
    • Spacing: Double-space 
    • Formatting: All tables, illustrations, and figures should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end; italics should be used rather than underlining (except for URLs)
  3. Fonts: Any fonts are fine (Times or Times New Roman are recommended), but be aware that there could be some issues in creating PDFs for documents using other fonts (please see the PDF guidelines for more information). The main text should be written in 12-pt. and footnotes should be written in 10-pt. of the same font. If phonetic symbols are needed, we strongly recommend that you use the following link to generate IPA characters: https://r12a.github.io/pickers/ipa/ 
  4. Page numbering: Page numbers should be placed on the bottom of each page with the center alignment. 
  5. Formats: All other formatting should follow the standards of a refereed journal to which your paper might be submitted at a later date.