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Author Guidelines

All articles will preferably be up to 8,000 words, but longer articles will be considered if written concisely. The text should be double-spaced; use an easy-reading 12-point font (such as Times New Roman); sparingly employ italics, rather than underlining for emphasis (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. If your articel is accepted for review, you may be asked to layout the article in the IJW format. 

Please note the policy in 'Peer Review Process' about the types of articels that the IJW is looking to publish. 

All articles should use internally consistent spelling, grammar, and language (American and British English will both be accepted). Please also restrict the use of latin phrases, long sentences, and overly-technical writing as much as possible.

Referencing should follow any one of the major referencing formats (APA, Chicago author-date or footnote, etc.) in any of the major referencing formats. Please see existing articles for examples. If using APA, please refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition. Please note there are some corrections to the 6th Edition (see them here). Basic and comprehensive guides to APA style and referencing are available here.

If you are having trouble with the submission process, please see this detailed guide to submission here.


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.

  1. The submission is the work of the named authors, has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs and DOIs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  6. An abstract of about 200 to 300 words is included at the beginning of your submission. Book reviews need abstracts too (of about 100 words).

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. The license prevents others from using the work for profit without the express consent of the author(s). The license also prevents the creation of derivative works wihtout the express consent of the author(s). Note that derivative works are very similar in nature to the original. Merely quoting (and appropriately referencing) a passage of a work is not making a derivative of it.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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