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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
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or PDF document file format
  • Where available, URLs for the references and citations have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal
  • Ensure instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed

Author Guidelines

Submissions of Manuscripts:

Submissions for the First Edition of the Independent Student Journal shall be made online. Authors must register and create an ‘Author’ account for the purposes of uploading and submitting manuscripts. Authors should pay attention to the ‘Submission Preparation Checklist’ and the stylistic conventions indicated within.

Submissions of manuscripts should be uploaded as two unprotected OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or PDF files. One file should include the title page with Author’s biographical information. For the purposes of Blind Peer-Review, the second file should be void of personal information or identifying remarks. This includes eliminating author identification properties contained within the file type. See Ensuring a Blind Reivew instructions for further information.

Manuscripts shall initially be reviewed by the appropriate Section Editor. If deemed appropriate, the manuscript shall undergo the Peer-Review progress. Pursuant to the Review Policy, manuscripts should be returned to Authors within a two to three period period with relevant comments, or recommendations. If significant or fundamental errors, inaccuracies, or areas of legal concern have been identified, Authors shall be invited to amend the manuscript.

A final proof shall be made available to Authors by way of email. Authors are invited to review a downloadable PDF document containing the publication-bound manuscript. Authors are reminded that afterthoughts cannot be incorporated at the final proof stage.

Author Biographical Information:

The following should be included as part of Author’s biographic information, and applies to all co-authors:

  • Author’s name
  • Email address
  • Academic Institution
  • Programme of Study
  • Title of Article
  • Total number of words

Licence Form:

The Journal requires Authors to sign a Licence Form of all manuscripts accepted for publication, which shall be emailed to Authors. Acceptance of the License Form is a prerequisite for publication, and is non-negotiable. Signature of a License Form does not affect ownership of copyright material or the copyright of the material. Pursuant to the Licence Agreement, Authors shall retain the right to publish the submitted Article in other forms of print and digital media in various circumstances. Please contact the Editor-In-Chief regarding any Licence Form questions.

Formatting:

Authors shall ensure submissions conform to the following formatting requirements:

  • Uploaded as two unprotected OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or PDF files
  • Text is single-spaced, and employs 11 point font
  • Footnoting appearing on the same page as the relevant text, and indicated in Arabic numerals
  • Employees the appropriate citation and referencing convention. See Section Policies for more information
  • Bibliographies should be included as part of the submission. Bibliographies shall not be published

Law

Submissions should outline, debate, and discuss, contemporary legal issues concerning:

  • The rule of law
  • Threats to the rights of the indiviudal
  • The relationship between global libertarianism and the law
  • Transnational perils to international peace and security 

Submissions should be 3,000 to 6,000 words in length, excluding footnoting and references. A brief abstract of 200 words should be included. A bibliography should accompany submissions which shall not published.

Law submissions should conform to OSCOLA Standards.

International Relations

Submissions shall explore international affairs with contemporary issues concerning:

  • Emerging statecraft
  • Transnational perils to international peace and security
  • International Human rights
  • Global libertarianism

Submissions should be 3,000 to 6,000 words in length, excluding footnoting and references. A brief abstract of 200 words should be included. A bibliography should accompany submissions but shall not published.

International Relations submissions should conform to Harvard Referencing Standards.

Economics

Submissions shall explore contemporary economic issues concerning:

  • Financial markets
  • Energy industires
  • Political-economic trends

Submissions should be 3,000 to 6,000 words in length, excluding footnoting and references. A brief abstract of 200 words should be included. A bibliography should accompany submissions but shall not published.

Economics submissions should conform to Harvard Referencing Standards.

Medicine

Submissions shall explore issues concerning emerging medical developments within contemporary examples concerning:

  • Clinical and technological advances impacting care
  • The impact of government policies upon current medical pratice 
  • Ethics and medical law
  • The historical evolution of the current medical landscape

Submissions should be 3,000 to 6,000 words in length, excluding footnoting and references. A brief abstract of 200 words should be included. A bibliography should accompany submissions but shall not published.

Medical submissions should conform to Harvard Referencing Standards.

Psychology

Submissions shall address issues related to mental processes and behavioral responsces concerning:

  • Thoughts, feeling and motivation that impact peoples’ behavior and interaction
  • How individual differences (e.g. personality, intelligence) impact behavior
  • Human development and education from psychological perspective

Submissions should be 3,000 to 6,000 words in length, excluding footnoting and references. A brief abstract of 200 words should be included. A bibliography should accompany submissions but shall not published.

Psychology submissions should conform to Harvard Referencing Standards.

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