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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, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 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.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Format and Layout

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Editorial Preparation:

Author's should take note of the following:

1. The TITLE of the article must be short and concise. The initials and surname of the author(s) must appear directly below the title with the author's title(s) and the name(s) and address(es) of the institution(s) where the research was done appearing as a footnote at the bottom of the first page of the article. The content of the article must match its title.

2. Keywords: Identify at least three (3) keywords.

3. The ABSTRACT should not exceed 200 words.

4. The content must be orderly arranged with appropriate headings for each sub-section. The following sub-division is recommended:

  • Definition of problems/Hypotheses
  • Procedure
  • Findings/Conclusions/Recommendations
  • Summary
  • References/Acknowledgements
  • Desimalize all paragraphs nomenclature (e.g. paragraph 4.2.1).

Headings should not be underlined.

Control the technical and grammatical correctness of the article.

The total length of the article should not exceed 8 pages (using a 12 font letter size).

5. Table captions must be placed above the relevant Tables and the Figure captions below the relevant figures e.g.

Figure 3: A hypothetical model of the mediating function of perception with decision making

All Tables and Figures must be referred to in the text.

6. Only accepted ABBREVIATIONS may be used. Figures from one to nine must be written out in full. Use figures for numbers higher than nine, fractions or units (e.g. 3,6 kg). Use metric units according to the SI and in accordance with international practice.

7. REFERENCES in the text must include the relevant page reference (e.g. Vosloo, 1979:24). The abbreviation et al (in Italics) is only permissible after the relevant authors have been quoted in full in the text and is in any case only applicable to sources consisting of three or more authors.

All references must be listed alphabetically according to the surname of the authors. The names of the authors appear in capital letters and the rest of the reference in small letters. The names of journals must be abbreviated according to the World List of Scientific Periodicals. Abbreviations of journals should appear in italics, e.g.

CAMPBELL, R. P., 1966. A suggested paradigm of the individual adoption process. Rur Soc., 31: 458 − 466.

(Text that defines the types of documents published by the journal; specification about the sections or parts that compose those kinds of documents; extension determination and other instructions to abstracts presentation; format determination, extension and other instructions to the presentation of illustrations, figures, photographs, tables, etc. Required presentation standards, establishment of bibliographic references standards, etc.)

Acknowledgment of Authors, Reviewers and Editors

Authors, reviewers and editors can submit hours worked on research articles in order to qualify for CPD points. The condition is that the individual needs to be a member of a professional body e.g. SACNASP. Login to the SACNASP portal for example, submit it to category 3B (Individual Activities) as part of the individual SACNASP portfolio, and also attach evidence of work done. The latter can be in the form of an email, screen capture or other, as long as it confirms and provides evidence that the work has been done. Important: It must be done by the editor/reviewer/author him/herself and is not the responsibility of the journal.

Remember - different disciplines have different professional bodies (SAQA Accredited) and might use different CPD systems. Please enquire with your SAQA accredited professional body in case of doubt. 

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