Submission Guidelines

General Guidelines

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Please read the general guidelines thoroughly. Articles will be accepted in the following format:

  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).
  • Use 12-point Times New Roman or similar font.
  • Margins should be 1.0 inch on the top, bottom, and sides.
  • Include a title page with each author's name and contact information. (Please indicate the institutions and/or grant numbers of any financial support you have received for your research. Also indicate whether the research reported in the paper was the result of a for-pay consulting relationship.) If your submission is derived from a paper you have published elsewhere please make that evident on your title page as well.
  • Include an abstract of 175 or fewer words. The abstract should reflect the content and findings of the article and emphasize new and important aspects of or observations related to the study. In general, it should include information on the background or context of the study as well as the purpose(s), methods, results, conclusions, and policy and/or leadership recommendations.
  • Using the APA Style Manual, 6th edition, fully reference all prior work on the same subject and compare your paper to that work. In addition to referencing the work of other scholars, you should be certain to cite your own work when applicable.
  • Figures and Tables
    1. Please state the number of figures, tables, and illustrations accompanying your submission so that editorial staff and reviewers can verify their receipt.
    2. Where possible, supply figures in a format that can be edited so that we can regularize and edit spelling, the font and size of labels and legends, and the content and presentation of captions.
    3. Illustrations need to be of publishable quality as we do not have a dedicated graphics department.
    4. If you are submitting a figure as an image file (e.g., PNG or JPG), do not include the caption as part of the figure; instead, provide the captions with the Word file of the main text of your article.
  • We recommend short, effective titles that contain necessary and relevant information required for accurate electronic retrieval of the work. The title should be comprehensible to readers outside your field. Avoid specialist abbreviations if possible.
  • We publish a picture on the journal home page with each article. We encourage authors to submit their own digital photographs.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • Where available, URLs for the references are provided.
  • Upon acceptance of the manuscript, all revisions must be made in 'Track Change Mode' when resubmitted.

Genre Specific Guidelines

The genre guidelines governing submission follow after the general guidelines. These guidelines are specific to the type of paper you are submitting.
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Genre Types

The journal focuses on papers within the following genres:

  • empirical studies;
  • concept papers grounded in empirical and scholarly literature;
  • policy briefs;
  • reflective essays on professional experience.

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