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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, RTF, or WordPerfect 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, which is 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

Author’s Responsibility

The author has several responsibilities that lead to the publication of the manuscript. Among them are the major ones listed below. The author must:

  • Follow all the guidelines provided in the Editorial Policy.
  • Uphold the highest standard of academic writing.
  • Effectively and efficiently make all required revisions (or explain convincingly why some recommendations are not integrated).
  • Keep in mind the option to turn down the required revisions (due to lack of time, non-expertise in the field, etc.)
  • Carefully follow the Manuscript Template.
  • Sign and uphold the standards of the Publication Release Form.
  • Cite the relevant literature properly.
  • Contribute new knowledge or expand on what is known.
  • Show academic humility and courtesy in the whole writing process.
  • Base claims on facts and data rather than simply on un-tested preconceptions.
  • Uphold Christian and ethical values.
  • Meet all deadlines.

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