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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).
  • If accepted for HERDC points from publication in Orbit then the article cannot be published elsewhere.
  • All those whose names appear as authors should have played a significant role in designing or carrying out the research, writing the manuscript or providing extensive guidance to the execution of the project.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF document file format and the paper is formatted according to the Author guidelines.
  • The text adheres to the Style guidelines outlined.
  • The Harvard referencing style has been used according to the author guidelines.
  • When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,
  • The locations of the linked files are clearly indicated and labelled within the document.
  • Any images, graphs or diagrams obtained from another source will need to have copyright clearance obtained by the author from the copyright holder.

Author Guidelines

Orbit invites authors to submit manuscripts that fall within the scope of the journal. Author's must use the DOCUMENT TEMPLATE for their submission. The work must be in English and spelling and usage must be consistent throughout. Authors are encouraged to write with precision, clarity and economy, using the active voice and first person wherever appropriate. Referencing should use the Harvard Style. Manuscripts can include essays, research reports and papers, review articles, case studies and short papers. Each article should be accompanied by a title page that includes: all authors’ names, institutional affiliations, award/degree details, address, telephone numbers, email addresses, abstract in English, keywords and brief biographical note about the authors. To be eligible to be included as part of the HERDC Collection articles must satisfy all current HERDC criteria including scholarly content. Research papers and some research reports may satisfy these criteria but it is unlikely that essays, short papers, review articles and case studies will be eligible. Authors should refer to the Style Guidelines. Manuscripts are submitted online via the Orbit website. A step-by-step guide to uploading you submission is available for Authors. Registration and login are required to submit items online and to check the status of submissions. Authors will be advised by the editorial board if the paper has been accepted or rejected. The editorial board will return submissions to authors who don’t follow the guidelines.

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