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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.
  • Main text is typed with 1.5 spacing; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); all tables and figures must be submitted as separate files. Their place in the manuscript must be indicated by using consecutive numbering and captions.
  • Text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and style guidelines.
  • Instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Indicated in 'Comments for the Editor', which stream the article is being submitted to: Research and Evaluation stream (double-blind peer review) or the Education-in-practice stream (single-blind peer review).

Author Guidelines

Manuscript submission

step-by-step guide on how to use the online system for authors is provided, that includes instructions on how to:

Style guidelines

Specifications for the formatting and layout of a manuscript are included for authors to check prior to submission. 

Article metadata

The following information must be included in the submitted article.


[Minimal capitalization]

Author/s (full names and affiliations)

[Full names, affiliations and ORCID ID]

Corresponding author’s full name


Corresponding author’s email


Corresponding author’s postal address


Education-in-practice stream OR Research and Evaluation stream

[Identify which stream the manuscript is being submitted to]

Article keywords

[Up to six keywords]


A title of not more than ten words should be provided and written in sentence case. Only the first word of the text, proper nouns, and genus names are capitalized.

Author list

All authors must meet the criteria for authorship outlined in the authorship policy. Those who contributed to the work but do not meet the criteria can be mentioned in the acknowledgements

  • All authors are listed in the proper order: lead author/s, co-author/s, and/or level of contribution
  • Each author on the list must have an affiliation. At a minimum, the address must include the author’s current institution, city, and country
  • If an author has multiple affiliations, when submitting enter only the preferred or primary affiliation
  • First name/s (or initials, if used), middle name/s (or initials, if used), and last name/s (surname, family name).


Abstract of up to 300 words. The abstract can be formatted in a structured manner according to the following sub-headings:

  • Purpose
  • Design/methodology/approach
  • Findings
  • Research implications
  • Practical implications
  • Originality/value
  • Limitations.


Author/s should provide up to six keywords appropriate and specific to the focus of the article. 


Those who contribute to a work but do not meet the criteria for authorship outlined in the authorship policy, can be listed in the acknowledgements. Authors are responsible for ensuring that anyone named in the Acknowledgments agrees to be named.

Funding sources are to be entered in the funding section of the manuscript.


This information should describe sources of funding that have supported the work. The statement should include:

  • Specific grant numbers
  • Initials of authors who received each award
  • Full names of commercial companies that funded the study or authors
  • Initials of authors who received salary or other funding from commercial companies
  • URLs to sponsors’ websites


Any and all available works can be cited in the references, which are listed at the end of the manuscript and numbered in the order that they appear in the test. In-text citations use the Author-Date/Harvard style. Refer to style guide for formatting references

  • Harvard_UQ is the recommended citation output style for EndNote, a reference management tool

Figures and Tables

All figures and tables must be submitted as separate supplementary files to the main body of the article.

  • Formatted as per the Author Guidelines
  • High quality, legible, and numbered consecutively
  • Position of each table clearly labelled in the body text of article
  • Corresponding labels clearly shown
  • Where the figures are reproductions/non-original content, permission has been assigned.

Supplementary material

Supplementary material and appendices are additions to the article. They aren’t part of the main body of the article and integral part of the argument and might include (a) research instruments, (b) data sets, which comply with the terms of the study's research ethics review, (c) sources that otherwise would be unavailable to readers, (d) figures and tables that cannot be integrated into the text itself, or other materials that add to the contribution of the work. Reading of these parts is optional and should not affect understanding of the article.

Supplementary material are usually data sets, sometimes links to external material etc. Supplementary files may not be part of the peer-review. If the additional material is available or hosted elsewhere, it can be hyperlinked.

Social media

Authors are also encouraged to submit their Twitter handles and a suggested Twitter post to the Editorial team ([email protected]). Twitter posts from @NswHeti are scheduled to promote articles once they have been published.

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