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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 Arial font, single-spaced; uses a 10-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

In order to submit, you must be registered on this journal site as an AUTHOR. When you REGISTER, please tick the AUTHOR box on the REGISTRATIONS page.
  • Submission to and publication in the AJPP is free. No submission fee or article processing charge will be applied at the present time. You will be required to pay for proofreading services via an approved proofreader.
  • Please submit in WORD. Arial Font: 10 point. Variable 1.12 spaced, except references which should be single-spaced. Use single quotation marks except 'where the quotation is "within" the quote'.
  • Articles should be a minimum of 2,000 words and not exceed 10,000 words, including notes. The author is responsible for the word count.
  • Articles should be submitted through this website. 
  • Each submission must include a title, an abstract of no more than 300 words and a list of between 3 and 6 key words.
  • There must be a 50 word [max] statement on 'What this paper adds' (e.g. what the method/ results/ academic content might add, and how this might be applicable to other disciplines).
  • The format of a research article should be: Introduction/ Background, Method, Results, Conclusion and Summary. The format of a non-research based paper is more flexible, although headings are encouraged.
  • Ensure that all tables and figures are embedded within the main body of the article and labelled appropriately. Permission must be sought by the author(s) to reproduce images.
  • Since articles will undergo a blind review process, ensure that your name and institutional address do not appear anywhere in the article itself. This includes the hidden document information, e.g. when you attempt to SAVE the document and you click on 'file' at the top of the document, the page displays the 'info' related to the document. It is important that you REMOVE any NAMES from the 'PEOPLE' section. Right click on the NAME and click 'remove person'.
  • Articles must be prepared according to these guidelines. Final submissions which do not follow AJPP's style will be returned for revision.
  • FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS: Please email the Editor directly and ask for the template to use for your poster abstract: c.l.parkin@kent.ac.uk/ ajpp@kent.ac.uk 
  • In-text citations/ referencing should appear by author-date in parentheses in AJPP house style (see below).
  • In summary you should upload:
  • Anonymised original manuscript
  • Supplementary files (if you have them)
  • A cover sheet containing:
  • Names of all authors
  • List of qualifications for all authors
  • ORCID numbers for all authors (if you have them)
  • Full addresses (affiliations) for all authors
  • List of key words
  • Full list of all abbreviations within the paper
  • 50 'What this paper adds' (this must fit the transdiciplinary nature of the AJPP).
  • Address for correspondence
  • Contact Email Address (the one you would like published)
  • Financial disclosure
  • Details of any competing interests



Lastname, Initial. (Year) Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher.


Author(s). (Year) 'Title of Article', Title of Journal, Volume, (Issue), pp. ??-??.


Hunt, Kim. (1995) 'Title of Resource'. Available at: http://www.............. [Accessed: Day Month Year e.g. 4 Novemver 2018].


Surname, Initial., Surname, Initial., Surname, Initial. and Surname, Initial. (date) 'Title of Article', Title of Journal, Volume, (Issue), pp. ??-??.

Within the text cite 3 authors max. Four or more authors must be cited as et al.

For further referencing information see: 

Pears, S. and Shield, G. (2016) CITE THEM RIGHT. 10th edn. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

For direct quotes use 'single inverted comma' and (Author, Year, p. ??) or Author (Year, p. ?).


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