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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 (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.

Author Guidelines

The Executive Committee of the Foundation Year Network has established a pilot of an online journal for the Network. In the first instance, this will effectively be a ‘conference papers’ journal and we invite all those who are making presentations to the Foundation Year Network Annual Conference at University of Nottingham on 5-6 July to submit a paper to be considered for publication. As this is a pilot, the process of reviewing, editing and publication will be undertaken (using the open-source, ‘Open Journal Systems’) by a small team of members of the current (2017-18) Executive Committee:

  • Doug Ingram
  • Sarah Hale
  • Peter Watts

It is our aim to publish this first issue of the journal in late September or early October, so turnaround times are all quite tight! More information will be sent out in due course, but please note the following guidelines:

  • Articles should be submitted straight to the journal website where you can self-register (details to follow).
  • Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word or OpenOffice format, or some other compatible format – but not as a pdf.
  • Please send articles in a form which you believe should be ready for publication (i.e., full script, not notes/Powerpoint slides, etc. – there will be the opportunity as usual to get Powerpoint slides (or equivalent) uploaded to the network website).
  • Articles will be edited and proofs returned to you to check in August or early September.
  • We recommend articles be in the region of 3000-5000 words, but, given the likely nature of some presentations, will consider articles shorter than 3000 words.
  • Please ensure that your article consistently follows a recognised style (Harvard, Chicago, MLA, etc.), appropriate to your discipline.
  • Articles should include a bibliography or reference list.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that necessary permissions are obtained for any images, etc., used in your article – noting copyright laws and the new GDPR.

If you have any questions about this, please get in touch with Doug: doug.ingram@nottingham.ac.uk


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