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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 of the document.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Template
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The submission file size does not exceed 10 MB. Decreasing the size of e.g. a Microsoft Word document can be done by decreasing the resolution of the photos or changing the file format of the photos used, using a photo editing software like Photoshop or the freeware GIMP.

Author Guidelines


It is free to submit and publish an article in this journal.

In Author Guidelines, you will find:

Author Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit an article to the Journal?

  • In order to submit an article, you need to be logged in and registered as an author at the Journal.
  • Users registered as an author at the Journal will find author related links listed under the Journal on the USER HOME page. Author related links: Author, Active and [New Submission]
  • From USER HOME, below Formakademisk, follow [New Submission] to begin the submission process.
  • View our user guide for more details.

How do I register as an author with the journal?

  1. Follow this REGISTER link, also found at the top of every page to start the registration process.
  2. By default, only the reader role is selected, but you can choose any combination of the following roles: (reader, author and reviewer).
  3. Be sure to check Author checkbox in the Register as section of the registration form if you want to be able to submit articles.

I am already registered, but not as an author, how do I manage my roles?

  1. Log in - You will be logged in to the USER HOME page, and will see all the journals that you are registered in.
  2. Follow the link to the journal where you want to add role as an author (Formakademisk).
  3. Click Edit My Profile
  4. Scroll down to Roles, and check the Author role in the checkbox.
  5. Remember to click Save at the bottom to save your settings!

How do I update my article with a new version after submission?

After submitting an article, if you want to upload an updated version of the article, do not start a [New Submission] as this will start a whole new submission process and will give the journal manager a lot of extra work.

  1. From USER HOME, below Formakademisk, follow the Author or Active link as this will take you to a page with the submissions you already have.
  2. Select the submission where you want to upload a new version of the manuscript.
  3. On the top there will be links to SUMMARY, REVIEW and EDITING. Choose REVIEW.
  4. Upload your updated manuscript below the Editor Decision headline next to Upload Author Version.

How do I add figures to my submission?

You can add them during the submission process in the UPLOAD SUPPLEMENTARY FILES step.

I already submitted an article. How do I add figures to my existing submission?

  1. From USER HOME: Follow Author or Active link under Formakademisk.
  2. Select the submission where you want to upload/add figures.
  3. On the SUMMARY page, below the Submission headline follow the link ADD A SUPPLEMENTARY FILE.

Manuscript technical requirements

Clean files

An important aspect of a scientific journal is to publish good-quality technical manuscripts. Therefore, authors are encouraged to follow these guidelines conscientiously; in particular, unnecessary formatting of the manuscript or the files containing the articles should be avoided. We remind authors that an ideal style exists for scientific texts. As such, the emphasis should be placed on the content; its packaging should not be distracting. Consequently, the best layout is nearly invisible because no formal formatting is used that would disrupt the reader’s ability to concentrate on the content presented in the text.

Use the following template in Word.

Complete files

The manuscript file should be as complete as possible. This means that the images, figures, tables, endnotes and bibliography will preferably be placed within the script file as the author wishes them to appear in the final published article.

If the author is using additional tools (such as EndNote or Excel) to create references or tables and figures, the mounted elements should be as simple and as stable as possible. This is accomplished in slightly different ways for different programs, and for this reason, the journal requests that the author secure local help with these elements before the files are submitted. If this is not possible, the author should alert the editor about this matter prior to submitting the manuscript.

Well-formed files

The journal uses standard manuscript page layout specifications, as follows:

  • Page size: A4
  • Margins: 2.5 cm
  • Spacing: single
  • Font size: 12 point
  • Font type: Times New Roman
  • Abstract: 100-130 words, in third person

This journal requires the use of APA 6th Edition style formatting guidelines for literature citations and bibliographies. Click on this link to access the American Psychological Association Publication Manual.

Literature references should be placed in parentheses (Author, 2000) within the main text, adhering to the same format specifications as found in the rest of the text. Endnotes should be avoided and never used for pure literature references. Footnotes are not allowed.

Short quotations within the text should be marked with quotation marks. Quotations more than 40 words should be marked as a block quote and requires two line breaks, that is, with extra line breaks before and after the quote, and should be placed within the document as an indented paragraph without quotation marks in 11-point.

Normally, no more than five heading levels are used. Headings should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Headlines: 18-point, 14-point (+ italics)
  • Subtitles in the text: 12-point (+ bold italics).

Use italics to highlight information within the text, with the following two exceptions:

  • Clickable URLs will automatically be underlined;
  • Boldface type is used for 12-point subtitles.

For the texts for tables, figures, photos and notes, the author should use Arial 10-point font. This font size is also preferred in tables and figures. For larger bibliographies/reading lists, 10-point Times New Roman is preferred.

Use the following template in Word.

When submitting a manuscript, authors must confirm the items listed in the following checklist.

Manuscript preparation for the editing process

If your submission is accepted, you need to edit your manuscript in order to prepare it for copy editing, layout editing and the publication process. Remember to include author names and author contact information which is included in all the articles published. See prior published articles as a guidance to what information you need to include. Finally make sure your manuscript is in accordance with the template and the author guidelines.

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