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Author Guidelines

Authors need to fill up the EJAL Author, Abstract & Ethics Form and use the EJAL Manuscript Template to format their submissions.

Authors should consider the following criteria to guide them with the preparation of their manuscripts.

Originality – The author should ensure that the manuscript has not been previously published nor is being considered by another journal or book publisher.

Plagiarism - Content should be properly referenced. Be sure to check paper for possible accidental plagiarism.

Word Count – While EJAL does not prescribe any maximum length for manuscripts, we encourage authors to write concisely. Overall, a complete full length manuscript falls between 4,000 to 7,000 words, except for references, tables, figures, and appendices.

Writing – EJAL accepts American or British usage, but not a mixture of these. Authors are required to write in good English. The grammar, spelling, usage, and punctuation of the text are very important for an effective presentation. Hence, manuscripts are expected to be written in a clear and cogent style readily understandable by an international readership.

International Readership – Manuscripts should be aimed at a level consistent with the standards expected of a major international research journal.

Text Format – EJAL accepts most word-processing formats such as Open Office, Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or Word Perfect document, but MS Word format is preferred. The text should be in single spaced 10 point font single column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article. In particular, do not use the word processor's options to justify text or to hyphenate words. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc. (footnotes and notes); employ italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). When preparing tables, if you are using a table grid, use only one grid for each individual table and not a grid for each row. If no grid is used, use tabs, not spaces, to align columns. In general, figures and tables should conform to American Psychological Association (APA) formatting (6th edition). All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Should authors need professional academic editing services, they can email the editor-in-chief for further information. Email:

Manuscript for research articles submitted to EJAL typically consist of the following sections:

Appendices (if any)
For more information about the manuscript structure and content, see EJAL Manuscript Template, or American Psychological Association (APA) formatting (6th edition).


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 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, Rich text format (RTF), or WordPerfect document file format, but MS Word format is preferred. Please use the EJAL Manuscript Template for formatting guide.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 10-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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. A title page containing the title, author(s) name, affiliations, ranks, address, and email should be uploaded as a supplement file. Please use the EJAL Author & Abstract Form.

Copyright Notice

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the Publisher. The Editors reserve the right to edit or otherwise alter all contributions, but authors will receive proofs for approval before publication.

Copyrights for articles published in EJAL are retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. The journal/publisher is not responsible for subsequent uses of the work. It is the author's responsibility to bring an infringement action if so desired by the author.


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