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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 manuscript 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 manuscript file has been delivered in Microsoft Word. All identifying markers are removed.
  • As far as possible, URLs have been provided for all sources quoted that are available online, also those that provide access to Open Access versions of the source. The URLs must be hyperlinks (such as http://pkp.sfu.ca). Date read.
  • The text follows the format requirements regarding style and formatting of bibliographies listed in the Guidelines for author submissions, under"About the journal".
  • If the manuscript is sent to a peer review-assessed section of the journal, the special instructions on securing anonymous peer review have been followed. The author/s confirm that all relevant research ethics assessments have been made of the manuscript, and are willing to account for this upon request. (Also see the Guidelines from the national research ethics committees)

Author Guidelines

Authors must closely follow the guidelines and avoid another formatting than that which has been specified. Please download the Manuscript Template.docx or the Manuscript Template.rtf to see the required layout of your article.

There are no charges for publishing or submitting manuscripts to this journal.

Pictures, figures, tables, endnotes and the bibliography should be presented in the manuscript file in the way in which the author wants them to appear. If additional tools are used to generate references, tables or figures (such as EndNote or Excel), the elements to be included must be made as simple and stable as possible.

Article requirements: 

  • The manuscript must be written in English, Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish. Proof reading of the submitted manuscript is at the responsibility of the author.
  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page (including Acknowledgements); abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgements; references; appendices (as appropriate).
  • A separate cover page to be uploaded: All authors of a manuscript should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses on the cover page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the corresponding author. Please give the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the manuscript is accepted. Please note that the email address of the corresponding author will normally be displayed in the article.
  • Please supply a short biographical note of a maximum of 5 lines for each author.
  • Papers of approximately 5000 words (inclusive of all texts, bios, abstracts, references, appendices, tables/figures etc.) will be considered for review. Papers of more than 7000 words will be returned to the author without being considered for suitability for review - we would ask that such papers are reduced to an acceptable length before being resubmitted for consideration.
  • All persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship must be named in the manuscript as co-authors; the corresponding author must be authorized by all co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and the order of names should be agreed by all authors.
  • For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used.
The manuscript itself should be in a separate document made ready for blind review, i.e. removing identifying markers. Please ensure:
  • 150–300 word abstract
  • If the manuscript is in a Scandinavian language, the abstract must be written in English
  • 3-5 keywords in English
  • Page size A4
  • Font Times New Roman, space lining 1,15
  • Follow the APA 6 referencing style, including DOI in the list of references whenever the DOI is available (see crossref.org)
  • Notes should be footnotes, not endnotes
  • Short quotes should be included in the main body of the text with quotation marks. Quotes that exceed two line shifts should be indented; this means that there must be an extra line shift both before and after the quote, and the text must be indented, without quotation marks.
  • Emphasis in the main body of the text must be made using italics, except for hyperlinks, which are automatically underlined.
  • The following font sizes:
    Heading 1: 16 pt, bold
    Heading 2: 12 pt, bold
    Heading 3: 10.5 pt, bold
    Keywords: 10pt, normal
    Abstract: 10pt, italics
    Indented quotes: 10 pt, normal
    References: 10 pt, normal

Forum requirements: 

  • A Forum submission is an informed and critically reflective contribution to a contemporary topic drawing from different experiences, relevant for researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The Forum section may also include book reviews and discussion pieces.
  • Submissions should be between 1000-2000 words if it is single-authored, and fully referenced. Multi-authored pieces can be expanded to a maximum of 4000 words.
  • Perspectives and views should therefore be made concisely with reference to relevant literature.
  • While Forum submissions are not traditional academic articles, the writing style must nevertheless avoid the use of jargon and undefined acronyms. Submissions should not be overly-rhetorical or polemical.

When submitting contributions, the sender must also confirm that they have followed the checklist below.

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