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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 a Microsoft Word 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


Thank you for choosing to submit your manuscript to The Academic Literacy Journal. Before proceeding please read the journal’s aim and scope to ensure/confirm that your paper matches the requirements of the journal. In preparing your submission to ALJ please take time to read and follow the instructions below to ensure that your article can move through the different processes (peer review, production and publication) smoothly.

1. Registration:

To submit a manuscript you have to register as a user. Submitted manuscripts must be the author(s) original work and should not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere

2. Word count:

The manuscript should not be more than 7000 words inclusive of tables/figures, references, footnotes/endnotes

3. File type:

Word document (.doc/.docx)

4. Structure:

The article should have the following elements in the following order:

  • Title page: a clear and concise title that captures the main argument of the paper
  • Abstract: not more than 250 to 300 words
  • Key words: a minimum of 3 to 4 key words that will help others find your article quickly and accurately
  • Main text introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Results / Discussion: these sections may be presented separately
  • References
  • Appendices (if needed)

5. Style Guidelines 

  • Font:  Times New Roman, size 12, double line spacing
  • MarginsNormal (2.54 cm all around)
  • Title: bold with initial letter capitalized for any proper nouns
  • Abstract: slightly indented and italized
  • Key words: alphabetical, lower case (unless a proper noun) with each key word separated by a semi-colon
  • Headings:
          First-level headings (e.g. Introduction, Literature Review, etc) should be in bold, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.
          Second-level headings should be in bold italics, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.
          Third-level headings should be in italics, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.
          Fourth-level headings should be underlined, at the beginning of a paragraph. The text follows immediately after a full stop (full point) or other punctuation marks.
  • Tables and Figures: these should be clearly labelled and inserted into the main document of the text
  • References: Please use Harvard referencing style

Additional requirements    

  •  A letter from a professional language editor who has proof-read the article
  •  Completion of the check-list prior to submission
  •  Proof of ethical clearance (if applicable)

Publication charges:

There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this journal


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