Research: Author guidelines
1. Submitting your paper
- Papers should be submitted as Microsoft Word doc or docx files with
- all special tags, such as, Bookmarks, EndNotes removed (Use Ctrl+Shift+F9)
- If you paper does not have any images please submit as the doc/docx file
- If you have images these should be included in the Word document AND submitted separately
- Please create a zip archive containing the paper and the images.
1.1 Zip file notes
- A common problem occurring with zip files is if sub-folders are included. In some zip programs a separate check box indicated sub-folders. If you are using Windows the easiest way to zip a file is to right click the files (or folder containing the files) and choose "Send to.." > "Compressed folder".
- Please avoid other formats (e.g. rar) as it creates unnecessary work for the editors.
2. File Naming
- Please do not include spaces in Filenames (use CamelCase)
- All files should be named as <Year><FirstAuthor>_<ShortTitle> e.g. 2008Verhaart_Metadata.doc
- Separate image files should be labelled as the doc file with the addition of Fig1, Fig2 etc, e.g. 2008Verhaart_Metadata_Fig01.png
3. Some things to avoid in your paper
- The use of "I", "we", etc. is discouraged in academic publications. (The research is meant to be impartial!)
- Images should be included in your Word document AND supplied as separate files (refer to file naming above)
- png or jpg files are preferred, avoid using gif files (they are difficult to resize)
5. Structure and numbering
Please structure your paper and number as follows:
1. Introduction (h3)
2. Section (h3)
2.1 Sub-section (h4)
8. Conclusion (h3)
9. Acknowledgements (h3)
6. APA Checklist
- et al.
- ..(Blog & Blog, 2008).. or ..Blog and Blog (2008)..
- List all authors (No "et al.")
- Use & for multiple authors e.g. Blogg, & Blogg (2009)
- Italicise publication source, or title if no source
- You should not really need anon as a reference for any web site
6.3 Creating an APA web reference
To create a basic APA web reference you may find it useful to follow these steps.
- Look for the author
- Is it at the top of the page under the heading
- Is it at the bottom of the page next to the copyright (this may be a company)
- If you go to the home page is there an owner/author listed?
- Created date
- Is it under the heading
- Is it at the bottom of the page
- If you cant find it use (n.d.)
- Find the title
- Best to use the text inside the <title> tag (use right click, display page source, look for <title> tag and copy the text inside it) or
- Use the heading on the page
- Find the source (Is it a Journal paper, conference paper etc)?
- Italicise the source (Journal/Conference,/Book) OR Title if there is no source.
- Type in todays date "Retrieved month day, year" e.g. "Retrieved December 31, 2008 from "
- Highlight the URL in the URL area of the web browser, and [Ctrl]+[C] (copy), then [Ctrl]+[V] to paste into your reference..
.. and thats all there is to it!