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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.

The editors initially evaluate the submitted manuscripts taking into account their quality and conformance with that journal's profile. Manuscripts accepted by the editors are then sent to at least two independent referees specializing in the appropriatefield. In accordance with the double-blind review process, the reviewers do not know the author's (or authors') identity and the authors do not know the names of the reviewers. The list of reviewers is published once a year.

All positively reviewed manuscripts and those corrected in compliance with the referees' suggestions are qualified for publication in a particular volume of the journal.

In accordance with the policy of transparency on the subjects making contribution to creating the manuscript, the editors counteract the manifestations of academic dishonesty, such as ghostwriting (not revealing shared authorship) and guest authorship (designating as authors or co-authors persons whose contribution in writing the manuscript was minimal or non-existent). It is the reason why the editors require from the authors to reveal the contribution of particular authors in producing the publication. All discovered cases of dishonesty will be disclosed. 

Guidelines for articles

Manuscripts should provide a significant theoretical contribution and should normally be no longer than approximately 8,000 words in length (they may be shorter), written in Word, 12 Times New Roman, double spaced, justified. Prepared in accordance with the APA style 6 (2010) manual. Please note that overly long papers, or papers not compliant with the editorial requirement will be returned without review at the Editors' discretion.

Research reports - based on the empirical data - making contemporary contributions to the Journal's fields of interest are also welcome by the Editors but these should not be longer than 5,000 words. (For further instructions see the last section of this guidelines).

Review essays: Discursive book review essays, situated within current debates, will be commissioned and should not exceed 5,500 words. They will be peer reviewed and the guidelines set down below for articles should be followed for layout purposes.


All submitted work should be provided in Word files and set in double-line spacing and conform to the APA 6 referencing style.

1. Please provide:

- a covering letter, containing assessor suggestions,
- a title page (stating only the title, number of words and date of submission),
- a copy of the article text. Please ensure you enter the title of the paper together with the word count and date of submission listed below the title and abstract,

2. Title page

The title of the article and date of submission.

3. Article Text

should contain the title, abstract and five to six keywords and should contain no identifiable references to the author either in the text or in the acknowledgements or endnotes.


For all contributions (apart from book reviews) please provide an abstract of up to 300 words, giving a concise statement of the intention, results and conclusions of the paper.Please state in your abstract:

- what is the article about,

- who else has commenced a similar research,

- how innovative, explorative or comparative is the research or argument presented,

- what are the main discoveries and the key conclusions?

4. Spelling practices

Should be consistent throughout the article. Whether you choose British English (s) or American English please be consistent (z). Spelling examples: acknowledgment (not acknowledgement); in so far as (four words), inasmuch as (two words), none the less (three words), nevertheless (one word).

5. Abbreviations:

Full stops should follow abbreviations e.g. pp., p., ed. (but eds), vol. ( but vols), no. ( but nos), and full stops should not be used for Dr, Mr or in acronyms such as NATO or UN, or well-known abbreviations, BBC, USA, MP.

6. Quotation marks:

Always single except for a quote within a quote: 'Parliament "ought" to approve the legislation', he said.

7. The words 'per cent' and not 'percent' or '%' should appear in the main written text. '%' may only be used in the Notes section, figures or tables.

8. Authors should avoid the use of sexist and racist language.

9. Tables and figures

May appear within the text but positioning them at the end of the text is preferable. They should be consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals (Table 1, Table 2 etc.) and tables should contain the minimal number of lines. If the article is accepted for publication you may be asked to supply line and combination line/tone artwork as .eps files (one per figure) of 800 dpi, and tone artwork (photographs) as .tif files of 300 dpi.

10. Notes appearing in the text

Should be kept to a minimum. They should be consecutively numbered using superscripts and placed at the appropriate point in the text.

11. Acknowledgements

Should be noted by the use of a superscript number '1' following the title of the article and the acknowledgement itself included in the Notes section.

12. Notes section

All the material relating to notes cited in the text should be set in double line spacing and placed in a 'Notes' section at the end of the article before the Bibliography. See the following layout:


1. The materials used for this study result from a series of questionnaires distributed to interest groups over the period in question.

2. This was an interesting response by several participants which was later retested later on in the same questionnaire.

Bibliographical referencing in text:

Please ensure all quotations/ citations/ references in text are correctly referenced in the text and entered in the References section at the end of the text (not Bibliography) (see APA style 6).

The form to be followed in the text is

'of total institution (Goffman 19xx: 15-16)'

'for example, Bourdieu (l9xx: 153) ...'

'a new view of education (Malinowski 1928, Smith 1999)

in the case of two works being referred to in the article which are by the same author and published in the same year the reference should be as follows 'see, for example Smith (1990a)', and if both are to be included in the one reference: 'Smith (1990a, b)', or if published by same author in a different year: 'Smith (1990, 1994)

where several references are cited together in the text they may be placed in alphabetical or chronological order or in order of importance and separated by semi-colons. However, whichever style is adopted this should be applied consistently throughout the article.

where there are four or more authors for a work the first name should be used, followed by et al.: ('Smith et al. 1969: 235–6)'

for mention of first editions and translations within the text, authors should cite the edition to which they are referring followed by the original publication date placed in square brackets e.g. (Marx 1970[1844]: 333).

op.cit., ibid., idem. etc. should not be used– the author, date and page reference should be cited in full.

The form for the Bibliography section

all material relating to references contained in the text should be placed in a separate 'References' section, set in double-line spacing, after the Notes.

authors should appear in alphabetical order. Where more than one article by an author appears these should be placed in chronological order and the name/s repeated and not replaced by a long dash. (–)

All entries should follow the following form:


Light, I . (2006). Deflecting immigration: Networks, markets, and regulation in Los Angeles. New York, NY: Russe l l Sage Foundation.

Light, M . A., & Light, I . H . (2008) . The geographic expansion of Mexican immigration in the United States and its implications for local law enforcement. Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal, 8, 73-82. (Excerpt from APA manual 2010, p. 176). 

Publishing agreements

All authors of contributions accepted for publication in the Journal (articles, comments, review articles, review essays, reviews etc.) will be sent publishing agreements for signature. Within the agreement the author will be required to assign copyright in their contribution to the Journal. The agreement must be signed and returned to the Journal Office. If the completed forms are not received the contribution will not be allowed to proceed to publication. In the case of multiple contributors,all contributors will have to sign the copyright agreement. If your article is accepted, please provide a full affiliation with the address of the institution and the e-mail address.

For research reports - empirical contributions

Please ensure that the following form is used. The report should contain 5 main sections:

1. An introduction, that should contain information about: what was the purpose of the research, brief description of methodology and techniques of data collection, research questions and the main theoretical problem investigated. It should also set down time and place, the scale of the phenomenon and the scale of the described research. It should contain information about previous research studies, their outcomes and earlier theoretical contributions. Furthermore this section should contain the main reasons for carrying out the described study.

2. Methods, techniques and data collection process.

3. Analysis of the obtained data.

4. The outcomes of the study. I should also contain an element of theoretical discussion.

5. Conclusions. Short conclusive notes should contain a summary of the key findings, the description of the main contribution or discovery and recommendations or questions for the future research in this field.Report's sections can have subsections.

They should be numbered: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 ...

If in doubt refer to APA manual 6.

You can use word templates