Format & Style

    • APA formatting as outlined in the current (7th) Style Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) except where we outline differences (see below)
    • In principle, between 2000 and 5000 words (including references & appendices)
    • Corbel 12-point font
    • Space following each paragraph, no indentation, (including before all headings)
    • No headers or footers, including page numbers
    • Email your paper to the editors as a Word document at the relevant internal email address
    • Justified formatting
    • Regarding spelling and punctuation, we accept both US and British spelling and punctuation conventions (e.g. commas inside or outside quotation marks) so long as the document is internally consistent

Specific Formatting Guidelines

      • Submission Title: CAPITALS, 18 pt. font, bold, centered, line space after; followed by author(s)’ name(s) in bold and institutional affiliation in regular text; combined title-subtitle is limited to 18 words
      • Primary Headings: CAPITALS, bold, left-aligned, line space after heading
      • Subheadings: Title Case, bold, no line space after headings
      • Supra-Subheadings: Title Case, bold, italics, no line space after headings
      • References: The word REFERENCES itself needs to be in CAPITALS, bold, left-aligned, two lines of space before heading, one line after; 
      • The reference list should follow APA format, left-aligned not hanging indent
      • DOIs should be included and hyper-linked, if available. If not links are preferable. 
      • Appendices: The word APPENDIX itself needs to be in CAPITALS, bold, left-aligned, 
      • Each appendix must be labeled with a letter (A, B, C, etc.) but if there is only 1, no letter is needed; in principle, each appendix should begin on a new page 
      • Title should go on the same line as APPENDIX but in Case title format,
      • Abstract: 12 pt. font, italics, 1.27 cm (0.5 inches) indentation left & right, single-spaced
      • Body: 12 pt. font, single-spaced, 1 inch (2.54 cm) margins all sides, full-justification, no indentation
      • Citation: Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition; use endnotes in lieu of footnotes
      • Figures & Tables: Titled as Fig./Table #.# ( in italics ), in numerical order (of mention within text). The title should be above table/figure, left aligned, italics; inserted figure/table should be centered. No vertical lines or outer borders. Internal horizontal lines are fine. Some shading is acceptable for emphasizing key information if used sparingly. Please limit shading to grayscale
      • No page numbers necessary, these will be added later, after editing
      • No use of single quotes for emphasis, instead use italics in accordance with APA guidelines.

Please use this sample to help you                                   


Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association. You are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition, copies of which may be ordered online, however, there is a web-based reference available. There is also a copy available in the ELI Professional Library available for check out. Details concerning this referencing style can also be found at:

List: References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters “a”, “b”, “c”, etc., placed after the year of publication.


Reference to a journal publication:

Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J. A. J., & Lupton, R. A. (2000). The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Scientific Communications, 16(1), 51–59.

Reference to a book:

Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The elements of style (3rd ed.). Macmillan.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book:

Mettam, G. R., & Adams, L. B. (1994). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In B. S. Jones, & R. Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the electronic age (pp. 281–304). E-Publishing Inc.