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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 double-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.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should be formatted as anonymised word documents, double spaced in 12pt type with numbered pages to aid reviewers in making comments.  Images, figures and tables, where used, should be in the body of the text and appropriately numbered. 

Footnotes rather than endnotes should be used.  We do not enforce a particular citation style, recognising that our diverse authors prefer to make use of a standard referencing format, such as Harvard or APA that is in common usage in their professional or academic context. Please make sure that it is used consistently in your paper.

Frequently Asked Questions

“Is there a strict word or character limit for submissions?”

IJGSL as an online journal does not have strict minimum/ maximum character counts for submitted work.  However, we are an academic peer –reviewed journal and our readers will have certain expectations about the length of different types of article and for this reason we offer guideline lengths as follows:

Reviewed Articles – 8,000 - 10,000 words

Reviews (Books and other media) – 2,000- 3,000 words.

An advantage of the online journal is that we have the capacity to include more figures, diagrams and pictures (of course with necessary permissions) than print-only titles.

If your work does not fit into these categories, please contact the editor in the first instance to discuss it.

“When should I submit my paper and when will it be published?”

All content is subject to some form of review: everything is initially reviewed by the editor and then Reviews given direct feedback, normally within four weeks.  After the initial editorial check (usually within one week of submission) reviewed articles are assigned to blinded peer review by two reviewers. The peer-review process is dependent upon the generous contribution of our reviewers and while we aim for the first round of reviews to be completed within a month, this is not always possible.  There then follows a process of proof-reading and copy-editing for publication.  This means that pieces judged to need no revisions at all could be ‘in press’ after a minimum 6-8 weeks.  However, the quality of the feedback given by our reviewers means that many authors wish to make minor amendments to enhance their papers.  Many papers are accepted subject to minor revisions, a process which can take as little as a few weeks.  More substantial revisions are occasionally requested and this may, of course take considerably longer.  Once a paper is ‘in press’ it is likely to appear in the next edition, with the caveat that the editors may choose to hold papers over so as to place them alongside others in order to create debate or enhance the discussion. This process takes place in transparent communication with the authors.

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