Guidelines for Authors of Journal Articles

Submitting an Article

Author/authors submitting an article for consideration for publication in any of the JAMES NICHOLAS JOURNALS can greatly speed up the processing and refereeing of the article and secure a quick response as to its acceptance or non-acceptance for publication by adhering to the following Guidelines for Authors.

Articles are only considered for publication on the understanding that they have not been published and are not simultaneously under consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts are therefore accepted for consideration on the understanding that they report unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

James Nicholas Publishers does not charge publication fees.

Upon receipt of article submission, an email of confirmation will follow within 3-5 working days. If you fail to receive this confirmation please email

Notification of the peer review result will be by E-mail.

After successful publication, the authors will receive a print copy and PDF of the journal free of charge.

The Refereeing Process

Articles chosen for publication in JAMES NICHOLAS PUBLISHERS journals are refereed by the double blind peer review process. The review process is confidential, which means that both author/authors and referees remain anonymous to one another throughout the review process. To maintain this anonymity some sections of the references and other sections in the manuscript must be removed by the author/authors prior to article submission.

Manuscripts are reviewed by invited reviewers with a special competence in the area represented by the manuscript. After completion of the review process, the contributor is notified by email whether the article is accepted for publication. Revisions may be suggested at this stage. The time between initial submission and acceptance of manuscripts usually ranges from 1 to 3 months but can take longer in some circumstances.

Guidelines for anonymising your article

The manuscript should only identify the author/authors on a separate cover page bearing the title, author’s/authors name/s, full mailing address/es and institutional affiliation/s.

A brief biographical note (2-4 lines) which includes previous publications and current research interests should be included on this separate page

Citation of in the text of papers published by the author/authors as follows: (Author/s, 2010).

In the references list all author/authors publications should be in alphabetical order under as per the following example: (Author/s 2010); Author/s 2011); Author/s 2012).

Do not refer to funding sources or include any acknowledgments.

If you refer to previous research by the author/s, do so by such expressions as ‘ . . . . has been shown earlier by Author/authors (date).’

Authors submitting articles for consideration should provide two copies of the article: one copy that has been anonymised and also a complete version of the article for our records which includes all citations of works by the author/authors.

Preparation of Manuscripts before Submission

  • Authors should submit their manuscript together with an ABSTRACT of 50 to 100 words. The language of the publication is English. Articles should generally contain between 5000 and 7000 words. The number and length of NOTES should be kept to a minimum. They should be serially numbered and included at the end of the text before the reference section. Footnotes should not be used.
  • Manuscripts can be submitted in the following formats: MS Word (.DOC & .DOCX) and Rich Text Format (.RTF).
  • The language of our publications is English. British English or American English spelling and terminology may be used, but either one should be followed consistently throughout the article.
  • FIGURES, MAPS, DIAGRAMS and TABLES should be included at the end of the manuscript, not in the body of the text.
  • References in the text should be quoted as follows: (Goodlad, 1977), (Hargreaves & Fullan, 1992) or (Bellah et al., 1985). Pagination is included where appropriate as follows: (Lee, 1965, p. 129) or Jones, 1999, pp, 20-23). Specify subsequent citations of the same source similarly; do not use ‘ibid.’, ‘op. cit.’ or ‘loc. cit.’ If the author’s name is in the text, use only the year of publication in parentheses, e.g., Dewey (1938).
  • Use “double” quotation marks, with closing punctuation (except colons and semicolons) inside marks, and ‘single’ marks for quotes within quotes.
  • List all entries cited in the text, alphabetically by author and year of publication in a separate, headed, reference section. Please follow the examples below and refer to APA 6th edition:
  • Journal References
    Nelissen, J. (2017). Psychological Problems of School to School Transition. Curriculum and Teaching, 32(1), 63-80.
  • Book References
    Holmes, B. (1985). Equality and freedom in education. London, England: George Allen & Unwin.
    Lawford, C. K. (2009). Moments of clarity: Voices from the front lines of addiction and recovery. New York, NY: William Morrow.
  • Webpage or web document
    APA style guide to electronic references. (2012). Retrieved from
    Greenblatt, S. (2002). A special letter from Stephen Greenblatt. Retrieved from
  • Authors should obtain permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.
  • The corresponding author takes responsibility for presenting only original work, for informing and gaining written agreement from all co-authors of the work and for obtaining written permission from the relevant publishers to include any copyright material, for ensuring that the article contains no unlawful or libellous statements, and does not infringe on the rights of others, and for informing the Editor that the article is submitted only to this journal, and has not been published before.

Check List for Intending Authors

Does your manuscript contain the following?

  • An abstract of 50 to 100 words?
  • Does it use our recommended reference style format? In the text? In the reference list?
  • A list of keywords and suggested running heads?
  • A brief biographical note of 2-4 lines which includes major publications and current research interests of the author/authors. ).
  • Author/authors’ institutional affiliation/s.
  • The corresponding author’s full mailing address?

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