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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 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.
  • 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.
  • Please submit in WORD. Arial Font: 11 point1.5 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; 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 / findings / academic content might add and how this might be applicable to other disciplines).
  • The format of a research article should be: Introduction/Background; methods; results; conclusions; summary. The format of a non-research based paper is more flexible, although headings are encouraged.
  • A cover sheet must include: details of the contribution made by each author; A list of abbreviations (if used); a financial disclosure and/or statement of competing interests.
  • Please include all Authors' qualifications which will appear after each authors name.
  • Ensure that all tables and figures are embeded within the main body of the article and labelled appropriately. Permission must be sought by the author(s) to reproduced images.
  • Since articles will undergo a blind review process, ensure that your name and institutional address do not appear anywhere in the article itself.
  • 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: Email: c.l.parkin@kent.ac.uk / ajpp@kent.ac.uk 
  • In-text citations/referencing should appear by author-date in parentheses in Harvard style. Works cited should be formatted along following lines (for example).

BOOK:

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

ARTICLE:

Author(s). (Year) 'Title of Article'. Title of Journal. Volume: (Issue). pp.

WEB RESOURCE: 

Hunt, Kim. (1995) 'Title of Resource'. [Online]. Available from: http://www.............. [Accessed Date].

MULTIPLE AUTHORS:

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. 4 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.

 

 

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