GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS
Submission of manuscripts
Submit manuscripts to one of the editors.
The manuscript must be electronically submitted as an email attachment in MS
Word format to (email@example.com).
Papers are accepted only in English. Pages
must be sequentially numbered. Papers should not exceed 8,000 words in
length and contain no more than six figures / tables: longer papers may be
rejected as unsuitable for the Journal's format.
must be submitted with the manuscript confirming that the paper has not
previously been published in whole or part, confirming the originality and
the article, and acceptance of the copyright conditions.
Writing The Paper
The papers in this journal are intended for an interdisciplinary
readership. This requires a simple, direct and concise writing style.
Present the main thrust of your argument or a statement of the problem
first, with supporting details and arguments second. The significance of
your work should be apparent to readers outside your field, even if you
seem to explain too much to your colleagues. Avoid specialised jargon and
abbreviations, but use technical terms when necessary, defining those likely
to be known only inside your field. Readers will avoid a paper they do
The manuscript should be
organised in the following order:
Author(s) name, academic title and affiliation
(full postal address + e-mail) should appear, on a separate page. All correspondence
will go to the first named author, unless otherwise specified.
Each paper will be preceded by an abstract.
It should be around 150 words. It should clearly support the subject and
should be expressed unambiguously. Begin with a statement of purpose of
the study, unless it is embodied in the title. The abstract should not
be a simple duplication of the conclusion.
Under the abstract identify a set of six key
words or index terms which, optimally characterise the paper.
In terms of style, use the past tense not the present. The
present tense should only be used for generalisations. Use active voice
more often than passive, which uses more words and often obscures the agent
of action. Use first person, not third; do not use first person plural
when singular is appropriate. Do not say, "the findings are presented"
or "the findings are discussed". Use the direct approach. "In our study
of ... we found that", for example.
Text headings should be numbered consecutively and by level
1 FIRST LEVEL HEADINGS
Type first level text headings in capital letters over
to the left. Begin the text on the following line.
1.1 Second Level Headings
Second level headings should be typed in lower case letters
but with the main words capitalised. Begin the text on the following line.
1.1.1 Third level headings.
For third level headings, only the first letter should
be capitalised and the text should run on.
Wherever possible mathematical expressions should be produced
on the keyboard, with subscripts and superscripts clearly shown. It is
helpful to identify unusual or ambiguous symbols in the margin by reproducing
them and naming them (e.g lower case sigma) when they first occur. Equations
must be displayed exactly as they are to appear in print and numbered in
parentheses placed at the right margin. References to equations in the
text should use the form "Eq. (5)" or simply "(5)".
References In the text, authors
and year of publication should be given in parentheses; et al. should only
be used when there are more than two authors. Initials should not be used
unless to disambiguate. Publications cited in the text should be provided
on a second list of references and should appear in the following style:
Papers: All co-authors should be cited with their
initials, year of publication, title of paper, full name of volume (in
italics), volume number (in bold type), and page numbers.
Anderson, J.A. 1980. On the merits of ACT and
information processing technology: a response to Wexler's review, Cognition,8,
Books: authors name, initials, year of publication,
title of book (in italics), location, publisher, chapter or page number
Bolter, J.D. 1985. Turing's man: Western
culture in the computer age, London, Ducksworth.
Edited collection: Authors name, initials and year
of publication, title of paper, name of volume (in italics), editor's name,
location, publisher, page numbers.
Duda, R., Gaschnig, J. and Hart, P. 1979. Model
design in the PROSPECTOR consultant system for mineral exploration, in:
Expert systems in the micro electronic age, edited by Michie, D., Edinburgh,
Edinburgh University Press, 153-167.
Notes: Notes are indicated in the text by consecutive
superior Arabic numerals. The full list should be collected and typed in
numerical order at the end of the paper.
Figures and Tables All figures
should be numbered with consecutive Arabic numbers, have descriptive captions
and should be mentioned in the text. When referred to in the text the word
"figure" should be written out in full. Keep the actual figures separate
from the text, but indicate an approximate position for each in the text
by inserting in an appropriate place the line
"Figure x near here".
All figures should be of a high enough standard for reproduction
at reduced size. Figures and tables should be in a format readable by Microsoft
Word. Figures should be planned so they can be reduced
to 7.5 inch column width. There is an extra charge for colour reproduction. No
more than 6 figures per paper will be accepted.
Tables should be printed on separate sheets, numbered
consecutively with Arabic numerals, and each should have a short descriptive
caption at the top. They should be included with the figures. Indicate
in the text where the tables are to appear. The same data should not be
reproduced in tables and figures. Each table should be mentioned in the
text. Small tables may however be placed in the manuscript immediately
following the page of text.
Figure Legends All Figures should have
a legend that allows the reader to understand the content. They should give
sufficient information for the figure to be understood without reference to the
body of the text.
should be given separately and consecutively at the end of the manuscript,
and numbered with Arabic numerals corresponding to the figures.
Page proofs and reprints
Page proofs of the article will be sent to the corresponding author. These
should be carefully proof read. Except for typographical errors, corrections
should be minimal, and rewriting of the text is not permitted. Corrected
proofs must be returned within 48 hours of receipt to the publisher.
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