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Concepts and underlying principles should be emphasized, with enough background information to orient any reader who is not a specialist in the particular subject area.
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- Papers must have been closely scrutinized for typographical and grammatical errors. If English is not your first language then your paper should be proof-read by an English-speaking person, preferably one with experience of writing for academic use. Spelling should follow the Oxford English Dictionary.
- Key words. Within the journal Web Site there will be a search facility to look for papers that have been published and your keywords will be used in conjunction with this. Therefore please include at least six words or short phrases that highlight the topics covered by the paper.
- The Harvard referencing convention is a requirement. A full and clear guide can be found at http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/harvard.htm. Papers not using this convention will not be published.
- Papers should be presented in Microsoft Word or RTF format (not pdf).
- The page layout should be single column with 1.5 line spacing and 2cm margins all around.
- Please use numbered headings and do not use more than 3 levels.
- End notes are not accepted and footnotes are discouraged.
- Tables, graphs and illustrations should be drawn using a suitable drawing package. Colour may be used. Place all diagrams and tables where you wish them to appear in the paper. Ensure your diagrams fit within the margins and are resizable without distortion.
- Ensure full details of all authors are included on the paper - the journal staff will blind the paper before sending it for review.
Following Editorial recommendation, papers are submitted to a double-blind review process before publication. Commentary by reviewers will be summarized and sent by email to authors, who can choose to revise their papers in line with these remarks. Re-submitted papers should be accompanied by descriptions of the changes, so that the desk-editor can easily see where changes have been made.
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