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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

Author Guidelines

The editors invite contributions to the journal. Authors will not be charged any fees for publication in the journal (APCs).

Articles should meet the standards of original scholarly research, and will be anonymized and reviewed through a double-blind peer review process. Essays will be reviewed by one editor.

Articles can have a maximum length of 8,000 words, and authors must submit an abstract with a maximum length of 300 words.

Authors must be authenticated by the persistent digital identifier - ORCID. For more information on this look here. Submissions will not be considered for review before every author is identified and authenticated using his or her ORCID.

All contributions must be digitally submitted to the journal using its submission function. They will be post-processed according to our layout standards, and converted to PDF and EPUB prior to publication. All submitted manuscripts will be scanned for text similarities. All scans will also be done as “private scans”, i.e., no copies of submitted manuscripts will be saved on databases of any plagiarism detecting tool.

In order to complete the review process, papers should be submitted at least three months before publication of the next issue, see focus and scope.

General guidelines

Authors should upload an anonymized version of their manuscript, and enter all metadata directly into the journal’s digital editorial workflow.


  • Manuscripts are accepted in English, with British English spellings and punctuation preferred. Please use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’. Long quotations of 40 words or more should be indented without quotation marks.
  • A typical manuscript is not to exceed 8,000 words, including tables, references, captions, footnotes and endnotes. Manuscripts that greatly exceed this will be critically reviewed with respect to length, and authors should include a word count with their manuscript.
  • The submitted manuscripts should be in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references must be provided.
  • The text should be single-spaced and use a 12-point font, employing italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); all illustrations, figures and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Section headings should be concise.
  • Authors are encouraged to consider articles to be published in the JCSW when writing their manuscript.
  • Notes and references should be written according to the APA 7th edition style, and notes must be included in the text. For more information and support visit the official APA page or the Citation Compass.
  • When resubmitting a revised article after the peer reviews, the author shall mark the revisions that have been done by colouring the revised texts. The author shall also account for these revisions in relation to the reviews.


  • An abstract of not more than 300 words is required for all submitted manuscripts.
  • Each manuscript should also have at least three to six keywords. In addition, it is preferable to provide the manuscript with specific keywords concerning:
    - Academic discipline
    - Subject
    - Geo-spatial coverage
    - Chronological or historical coverage
    - Type, method or approach
  • Please give the affiliation where the research was conducted.
  • Authors should as a minimum include their full names, affiliations, e-mail addresses and ORCID.
  • One author should be identified as the corresponding author, and all persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship must be named in the manuscript as co-authors; the corresponding author must be authorized by all co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and the order of names should be agreed upon by all authors.

Ensuring a Blind Review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author / Author's own" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  • With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  • With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

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