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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.

Submission Guidelines

General principles

  • Contributors are advised to maintain a sound balance between theory and practice.
  • Contributors are encouraged to identify issues and questions raised by their work and to develop the practical implications for those involved in the discipline concerned.
  • Articles based on experience and case material, rather than theories would be preferred.
  • A series of short articles on a linked theme appearing in successive issues is particularly welcome.
  • The author must confirm in writing that the manuscript being submitted has not been published previously, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Copyright ownership of the manuscript must be transferred by the author/s officially in writing to Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University before the Editors can begin the peer-review process.

The reviewing process

The Editor will first review each submission. If a submission is found to be suitable for publication, it will be then sent to at least two referees for electronic double-blind peer review or the Editorial Board. Based on their recommendations, the Editor will then decide whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected. The entire process is conducted online.

Manuscript requirements

  • Article needs to be typed out in A4 format and submitted in electronic format as a Microsoft Word Dot.doc or dot.rtf format file.
  • Article length should be between 2,000 and 7,000 words.
  • Article title should be provided; not exceeding ten words.
  • A brief resume of the author should be supplied including full name, affiliation, e-mail address and full international contact details.
  • A structured abstract, with a maximum of 250 words, set out under the following sub-headings is to be provided:
    • Purpose
    • Methodology/Approach
    • Findings
    • Research limitations/implications, if applicable
    • Practical implications, if applicable
    • Originality/value of paper
  • Up to 6 keywords that encapsulate the key topics of the paper
  • Paper classification : Research paper, Action Research, Technical paper, Conceptual paper, Case study, Literature review or General review.
  • Notes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article.


  • Figures should be supplied within the article itself.
  • All figures, charts, diagrams, line drawings and plates (photographic images) should be submitted in electronic form, with clear captions. Figures should be of clear quality, black and white or colour and numbered consecutively.
  • Acceptable standard image formats are: dot.eps and dot.pdf. If you are unable to supply graphics in these formats,  please ensure these are one of dot.tif, dot.jpeg, dot.bmp or dot.gif at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide. Alternatively, electronic figures can be saved and imported from the original software into a blank Microsoft Word document. Figures created in MS Powerpoint are also acceptable.
  • Photographic images (plates) should be saved as dot.tif or dot.jpeg files at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide. Digital camera settings should be set at the highest resolution/quality possible.


  • References to other publications should be completed in line with the APA Publication Manual (7th edition). They should contain full bibliographical details and journal titles should not be abbreviated. For multiple citations in the same year use a, b, c immediately following the year of publication. References should be shown within the text by giving the author's last name followed by a comma and year of publication all in round brackets, e.g. (Zairi, 1994). At the end of the article, there should be a reference list in alphabetical order.
  • All reference must have the DOI “Digital Object Identifier (DOI), whenever is applicable.



Ball, T. M., Shapiro, D. E., Monheim, C. J., & Weydert, J. A. (2003). A pilot study of the use of guided imagery for the treatment of recurrent abdominal pain in children. Clinical Pediatrics, 42(6), 527–532. https://doi.org/10.1177/000992280304200607


Johnson, P. (2003). Art: A new history. HarperCollins.


Chapter in Book

Martin, A. (2006). Literacies for the digital age. In A. Martin & D. Madigan (Eds.), Digital literacies for learning (pp. 3-25). London, England: Facet.

Electronic Sources

Le Couteur, D., Kendig, H., Naganathan, V., & McLachlan, A. (2010). The ethics of prescribing medications to older people. In S. Koch, F. M. Gloth, & R. Nay (Eds.), Medication management in older adults [Springer Link version] (pp. 29-42). doi:10.1007/978-1-60327-457-9_3