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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).
  • IMPORTANT: Do not put any author details, affiliations or institutions on the paper. You will be prompted to enter this information as part of the submission.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs (with Accessed date) or DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 1.5 spaced; uses a 10-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.
  • The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.
  • EJEL is an Open Access Journal, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. A publication fee of GBP400 is payable only once the paper has been accepted for publication.
  • Either An Ethics Statement, or a declaration stating that ethics approval is not required, has been provided in an accompanying letter to the editor with the submission. An example of such a statement might be, "All subjects gave their informed consent for inclusion before they participated in the study. The study was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki, and the protocol was approved by the Ethics Committee of XXX (quote approval number)". If your paper does require ethical approval you should also place the statement in the paper, after immediately before the References..
  • If you have used an AI tool in the development of the paper it must be declared within the paper, after the Ethics statement (if applicable) and before the references. You should indicate how the tool was used and how you used the material the tool produced in the paper you have submitted.

Author Guidelines

A paper may comprise empirical studies, using acceptable research strategies including survey, case study, experiment, archival analysis, history and so on; it may contain theoretical studies aimed at advancing current theory or adapting theory to local conditions, or it may arise from theoretical studies aimed at reviewing and/or synthesizing existing theory.
Concepts and underlying principles should be emphasized, with enough background information to orient any reader who is not a specialist in the particular subject area.
Multiple submissions
Papers must not be submitted to more than one journal at a time, and authors are requested to submit only one paper at a time to EJEL, waiting for the current paper process to be completed before submitting another. 

Preparation of scripts
  • Papers should not exceed 8000 words in length including figures, references and appendices. The Abstract should be 300-500 words in length. As well as appearing at the top of your paper, this abstract will be located on the contents screen for readers to peruse before they download the full paper.
  • Papers must have been closely scrutinized for typographical and grammatical errors. If English is not your first language then your paper should be proof-read by an English-speaking person, preferably one with experience of writing for academic use. Spelling should follow the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Key words. Within the journal Web Site there will be a search facility to look for papers that have been published and your keywords will be used in conjunction with this. Therefore please include up to six words or short phrases that highlight the topics covered by the paper.
  • If your paper required ethical clearance, please include an appropriate ethics statement immediately before the References.
  • The Harvard referencing convention is a requirement.  
  • A full and clear guide can be found at Papers not using this version of the Harvard convention will not be published.
  • If you have used an AI tool in the development of the paper it must be declared within the paper, after the Ethics statement if applicable and before the references. You should indicate how the tool was used and how you used the material the tool produced in the paper you have submitted.
   Technical specifications
  • Papers should be presented in Microsoft Word or RTF format (not pdf).
  • The page layout should be 10pt text single column with 1.5 line spacing and 2.54cm margins all around.
  • Please use numbered headings and do not use more than 3 levels.
  • End notes are not accepted and footnotes are discouraged.
  • Tables, graphs and illustrations should be drawn using a suitable drawing package. Colour may be used. Place all diagrams and tables where you wish them to appear in the paper. Ensure your diagrams fit within the margins and are resizable without distortion.
  •  Journal style guidelines can be found here:
Paper style guidelines
  • Advice on writing abstacts can be found here: 
writing an abstract

Review procedure
Following Editorial recommendation, papers are submitted to a double-blind review process by at least two members of the Review Board before publication. Commentary by reviewers will be summarized and sent by email to authors, who can choose to revise their papers in line with these remarks. Revised papers should have Track Changes turned on, and be accompanied by descriptions of the changes, so that the desk-editor can easily see where changes have been made.

Ethics Statement
Authors should provide an ethics statement declaring whether ethical approval has been sought and approved, quoting an approval number, or a statement declaring that ethical approval is not necessary. This should be placed at the end of the paper just before the references.

AI Statement

If you have used an AI tool in the development of the paper it must be declared within the paper, after the Ethics statement if applicable and before the references. You should indicate how the tool was used and how you used the material the tool produced in the paper you have submitted.

Identified cases of plagiarism are assessed on theirlimits. If plagiarism is detected by an editorial board member, a reviewer, editor etc., in any stage of the paper process, before or after acceptance, the author(s) will be in formed and will be asked to rewrite the content or the to fully and accurately cite the references from where the content has been taken. If more than 30% of the paper is plagiarized- the article may be rejected and this will be notified to the author.

Publishing Fee
In accordance with the practice in the open access community authors are asked to pay a nominal sum to publish in EJEL, which is intended to cover some of the costs of publishing. The current publication charge is GBP400 + VAT. This amount is payable only after the paper has been accepted for publication and there is no charge for paper submission. There will continue to be no charge to access the journals on screen or to print or download papers.


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