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Author Guidelines

Manuscript Format

Final presentation will be done by the editorial team, so your keep your submission format as simple as possible.

Text should be

  • Double spaced, 
  • Left justified, 
  • Without paragraph indenting, 
  • Times Roman 12 point font. 
  • Margins are 2.5cm top, bottom, left, and right, 
  • Page size A4, 
  • Headings numbered,
  • Pages numbered ,
  • Diagrams and images placed appropriately within the text. 

Only include as authors those who have made a substantive contribution; those who have made marginal contributions (for example, colleagues or supervisors who have reviewed a draft of the work prior to submission) should be named in an Acknowledgments paragraph after the conclusions.

References must be formatted according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. If you are using the EndNote application, use the "APA 6th" style. DOI URLs are preferred over generic URLs. 

The length of the manuscript should be commensurate with content, and on the close order of 30 pages* (double spaced, including tables and diagrams, but not including abstract and references). Where manuscripts significantly vary from 30 pages justification needs to be made to the editor.

* Please note that Research Notes should be no more than 2,500 words, and can include two figures or tables. They should have at least eight references.


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 Open Document Text (ODT), Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. DOI URLs are preferred.
  4. The text is
    • double-spaced;
    • uses a 12-point font;
    • employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses);
    • all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end;
    • the length of the submission is no more than 30 pages when double spaced
    • References are in APA 6th edition format
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined above.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

AJIS publishes open-access articles distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons Non-Commercial and Attribution License which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and AJIS are credited. All other rights including granting permissions beyond those in the above license remain the property of the author(s).


Privacy Statement

Manuscripts will be reviewed with due respect for authors’ and reviewers' confidentiality. Our editors have been instructed to not disclose information about manuscripts (including their receipt, content, status in the reviewing process, criticism by reviewers, or ultimate fate) to anyone other than the authors and reviewers. Manuscripts sent for review are privileged communications. Therefore, reviewers and members of the editorial staff must respect the authors’ rights by not publicly discussing the authors’ work or appropriating their ideas before the manuscript is published. Reviewers may not make copies of the manuscript for their files and will not share it with others, except with the editor’s permission. Reviewers should return or destroy copies of manuscripts after submitting reviews.