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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.

We request the following information for research articles. 

Title page- The first page of the manuscript should contain the following information:

  1. The title of the paper
  2. A short title not exceeding 50 characters for use as a running header
  3. Names of authors
    1. Names of institutions at which the research was conducted
    2. Name, address, telephone number and email address of the corresponding author.


The structured abstract should not exceed 300 words.  The abstract must include the following subheadings:

  • Introduction - the context and purpose of the study
  • Methods - how the study was performed, and statistical tests used
  • Results - the main findings
  • Conclusions - brief summary and implications for policy and practice
  • Keywords - five to ten key words

Main text


The introduction section should provide a background to the study, a summary of the existing literature and the aims (research questions/hypotheses) of the research.


The methods section should include the research design of the study, a clear description of process and any interventions and data analysis. This section should provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced.


This section should include the findings of the study, including appropriate results of data analyses, which must be included in text or as tables and figures (please include tables and figures in-text).


This section should discuss the implications of the findings in the context of existing research and practice and highlight any limitations of the study.

Implications for Policy and Practice

This section requires the author(s) to discuss the implications of their research findings on intelligence policy/practice. This is to address the ‘so what?’ of the research. 


This section should report the main conclusions, provide an explanation of importance and relevance of the study provided.


All manuscripts must have the following:

  • Ethics statement.
  • Funding (if applicable): “This research was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].”
  • Data availability statement: If there is a data set associated with the paper that can be shared, please provide information about where the data supporting the results or analyses presented in the paper can be found. Where applicable, this should include the hyperlink, DOI or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s).
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable).
  • Conflicts of interest statement: All submitted manuscripts must include a ‘conflicts of interest’ section at the end of the manuscript listing all competing interests.  Where authors have no competing interests, the statement should read – “The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.”


Journal of Applied Operational Intelligence uses APA 7th Edition reference style for its publications.


Like all academic journals, we take plagiarism extremely seriously. We reserve the right to and routinely check articles using appropriate software. If there is a cause for concern the editor will arrange to discuss the potential problem with the contributor. We are happy to consider articles which have been submitted to other journals with the relevant permissions and attribution and the intellectual property rights of the submitted text remains with the author.