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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 or RTF document file format.
  • When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). Illustrations and figures are submitted as independent files.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Research papers

Short version of guidelines:

  • Article length should be 4000-7000 words, including endnotes, headings and a 150 word abstract.
  • Language: English.
  • The article should be submitted as a Microsoft Word or RTF-formatted file, font size 12. Do not perform any formatting other than italics (rather than underlining) and bullet style lists; only section headings, no subsection headings.
  • Notes should be indicated by superscript numbers and presented as endnotes.
  • Diagrams and other graphics should be submitted as separate files.
  • Please make sure you have the right to publish illustrations, if any.
  • Please use APA style (6th edition) for references.

PBL cases

  • PBL cases should be no more than 3000 words, including endnotes, headings and a 150 word abstract.
  • Apart from length cases should follow same guidelines as research papers (described above)


Proofreading and language revision
As an open access journal we do not have the resources to provide copy-editing and language revisions for manuscripts and articles. Authors are therefore required to ensure the quality of the language in their article/manuscript. We encourage authors to have either a native English speaker proofreading the article or that authors (at their own expense) consult a professional proofreading and language revision service.

Proofreading and language revision services
AAU Language and Communication Services (LACS) provides expert proofreading and language revision of academic articles. For further information, please visit or send an email, with your article attached, to to obtain a price quotation.

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